Brian Rapaido

Brian was born in San Diego, California, and moved to the Bay Area at the age of 6. He began dancing in garages with other neighborhood kids in the early 1990’s. His first performance on stage was at a talent show in 1990 where he and his friends danced a hip hop routine; and from that experience, Brian realized he had a strong passion for dance.


After graduating Milpitas High School in 2000, Brian joined the U.S. Army and was stationed on the east coast. There, he was introduced to other dance styles, such as “Stepping” and many latin dance styles. In 2006, Brian moved back to San Diego and started teaching for a studio directed by world renowned salsa dancers, Angel and Tulane Rivera. With their expertise in latin and afro-cuban movement, Brian saw the heavy influence of latin and afro-cuban movements in the more modern hip hop dances.



As Brian learned about the history and culture of certain dance styles through his travels and experience as a dance instructor, his love for dance continued to grow. Brian and his dance partner, Jeannette, started their own studio in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they taught hip hop and latin dances. While in Mexico, they had the opportunity to dance on stage with famous latin musicians and travel the Caribbean Islands dancing on cruise ships.


n 2009, Brian moved back to the Bay Area and joined DS Players, directed by Hip Hop Battlefest Hall of Famer, Ceech Hsu. The DS Players is a funk styles hip  hop family that has placed first in hip hop events, such as Body Rock and All The Way Live. Brian has also performed in music videos with the Limousines and in independent films as a salsa dancer.


Brian loves to teach as well as take classes.  He believes that even as a teacher, he also must always be a student. Brian loves to share his passion for dance and spread the knowledge that he has learned to his students.