Tiffany “Jimini” Bong is a world-class, Hip Hop dancer and educator with a strong repertoire of original Hip Hop/Street dance forms. Her titles include being the two-time world Locking champion for Hip Hop International and the North American Locking Champion and representative at the renowned R-16 World Battle in Seoul, Korea.
She is a founding member of the female dance crew, The Syrenz - who have performed beside commercial artists such as Justin Bieber, Usher, and Rihanna, and a member of World Dance Crew - founded by Janet Jackson’s iconic choreographer, Anthony “Bam Bam” Thomas. She continues to contribute to the global Hip Hop dance community by performing, judging, and teaching around the world.
Tiffany has two bachelors’ degrees in dance and psychology, along with a professional designation in arts education. She is a teaching artist and presenter for prestigious organizations such as The Music Center, the LA County Arts Commission, and Culture Shock LA. She is the founder and executive director of UniverSOUL Hip Hop - a community-based, K-12 cultural education company that brings cutting-edge Hip Hop programs into diverse school communities.
In August 2016, Tiffany joined the faculty team at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance as a Lecturer in Hip Hop dance. Tiffany provides stimulating workshops in Hip Hop/Street Dance that introduce students to the history and culture of dance styles such as Lockin’, Poppin’, and B-boyin’/B-girlin’ (Breakdance). In each workshop, students experience the elements of dance and foundation of Hip Hop/Street Dance, while developing skills of self-expression, communication, and confidence. Workshop activities are primarily group-centered, with an emphasis on problem-solving, teamwork, and creative expression. All lessons adhere to the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards, and are specially designed to suit the needs and goals of each grade level, classroom teacher, and school. Workshop concepts can be connected to subjects such as Social Science, Language Arts, and Math; and can emphasize Community and Culture, Diversity in Friendships, and Self-expression and Individuality.