Identity Dance Co. was founded locally in 2003 by Lindsey Cooper, with the desire to create a dance company that made a positive impact on the community. Then primarily a hip hop company, named "Breakdown", it was geared towards college age students, and it quickly became popular.
After 7 years of having no “home base”, Breakdown found its first studio location. Then with only 18 dancers and a big leap of faith it has since grown to offer dance to anyone ages 2-Adult, incorporating Breakdance, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, and Zumba! The re-location and expansion of the dance studio last Spring brought an official name change to Identity Dance Co.!
We are a faith based studio that believes God has given each of us a unique purpose in this life. We hope to express to our students that their identity is not found in anyone or any thing, even dance. Who they are is not what they "do". They were created to be unique individuals with a purpose. Our motto is "Stand. Dance. Live." For us that means to Stand up for what you believe in, Dance on Purpose, and Live your life in a way that blesses others. What is Dance On Purpose? It means to dance for something outside of yourself. Its the knowledge that if you dont use your talent to better someone else’s life, it would be wasted. Dance is a GIFT. This is the lesson we hope to instill into our dancers. Dance On Purpose also means we won't dance to any music just because its popular, or because we think its cool. Our choice of music, will always be with a reason. Our shows and productions will always have a storyline or theme. We hope when our audiences walk away from our productions, they feel encouraged and inspired. That is what it means to DANCE ON PURPOSE.
On a broader spectrum, our goal is to motivate the younger generations to put positive music and influences into their minds. There is so much negativity that is easily accessible to our youth. We want to take a stand for positivity in dance, music, and performance. We believe that music and dance (and all artistic expression) is a gift from God, and we want to redeem it into something positive!
Lindsey started her dancing career at the age of 13 at the Eugene Jazz Studio. Since then, her love of dance has continued to fluorish. Co-captain of Marist High school dance team and recipient of multiple awards, Lindsey continued studying dance through her college career at LCC, adding hip hop to her repertoire.di
Her teaching career took off after becoming the hip hop instructor at 24 hour fitness at age 20. Shortly after she began teaching at Tada Productions, Body Now, & Hosanna Dance. She has choreographed for multiple local dance teams and individual projects, as well as the production of "Altar Boyz" with the Actors Cabaret of Eugene.
In 2003, Lindsey's dream of starting her own company came true with the start of Breakdown Dance (Now Identity). She believes that dance is not only a gift from God, but is a healthy outlet for any generation. Lindsey feels blessed to be serving the families at Identity Dance Company.padd
Baylee has been dancing for 14 plus years. She trained at Hosanna Dance in everything from Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern. Baylee started Hip Hop when she joined the North Eugene Dance Team her freshman year. She was a part of NE Dance Team through out all of high school, becoming captain her junior and senior year. Baylee was awarded onto the All State Team for OSAA, being the first in her schools history to be awarded to the All State Dance Team. After graduating she continued to dance with companies all over the Eugene/Springfield community.
For two years Baylee trained as a dance instructor at Hosanna Dance under the tutelage of Miss Sarah Vaughn. She has choreographed and taught several hip hop dances for her high school dance team, , and she has also been volunteering at my church weekly teaching kids hip hop from 1st- 5th grade. Baylee's passion for dance inspires her students and Identity welcomes her to our team!
Street dance has always been more than a hobby for Brad. Specializing in funkstyle dancing such as popping and locking as well as b-boying. Free style hip hop became another style to become his passion when joining dance groups at the university of Oregon. He hopes to share his knowledge of street dance as well as the 5 tenants of hip hop culture. Peace, love, unity, respect, and having fun.
Jessica has been dancing for fourteen years, but unofficially her whole life, getting her first tap shoes at 6. She started dancing Tap and Jazz at Eugene Ballet at the age of 8, then moved to Hosanna when she was 10 and continued studying in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, and Modern. "Tap is my passion in dance because it is so free yet so precise, I can make it my own and tap to any music or even in silence, the rhythm rumbles in me and frequently escapes showing my joy and love for tap. If you watch me long enough i'll most likely break out a move or two with out even realizing. The beat and base to Tap ties everyone and everything together, I just love it and hope to carry it with me for the rest of my life!"
Jessica's knowledge of technique and her strong foundation as a dancer will be an asset to our Leaps/Turns program, as well as our Kids Combo class. Jessica says "I look forward to teaching at Identity because it is such a safe, accepting, faith-based group. Everything is done for God and everyone is one big family!"
Brielle began her dance journey at Identity in 2013, and from the moment she took her first hip hop dance class she fell in love with it. Brielle immediately knew dance was her passion. She enrolled in every class she could and very quickly exceled as one of Identity’s top dancers. Within a year she was assisting classes and shortly after came on board as an instructor.
"I can’t even describe how happy dancing makes me. I’ve never felt a drive and a love for something like I do for dance. I love how dance allows you to physically become part of a song, and I love how you can tell a story and touch someone just from your movement. I love teaching at Identity because I love how much of a family we are here, and I love that we dance for a purpose."
Dayla has been dancing since she was 6, and found Identity in 2012 at the age of 13. Over her time at Identity she has trained in contemporary, lyrical, jazz tumbling, ballet, tap and hip hop. Dayla apprenticed to become a teacher under director Lindsey cooper assisting in Twinkle toes and Sweet Feet.
"I love dancing because I can truly express myself and communicate to others without speaking. I love teaching because I am able to pass my ability onto kids. I love teaching something that the kids love so much, it brings me a lot of joy. I’m truly blessed to be able to dance at Identity, they have become like my second family. Christ is the center of our studio and is such a safe place for everyone to grow in their walk with the Lord. Every time I walk into Identity my love for the Lord grows stronger and makes me want to be there as much as I can."
Chloe Dorris started dancing at the young age of 3 at Hosanna Dance Studio. When she entered high school, she joined the North Eugene Dance Team. Throughout her years at Hosanna and North, she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, contemporary, tap, modern, tumbling, hip hop and African dance. As captain of the dance team, she helped choreograph select routines, and also assisted with choreography for a school play. During her senior year at North Eugene, she was named a member of the DDCA All State dance team. After graduating, Chloe stayed highly involved with dance. She thrives in ballet and has assisted local dance teams and studios in ballet instruction and tumbling programs.