About Us

Executive/Artistic Director and Founder

Albertossy Espinoza
Born in Ecuador and raised in Chicago, Albertossy is an internationally known actor, dancer and choreographer. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. His dance career began as a Theater Dance major at Northern Illinois University (NIU). After three semesters at NIU, he was scouted by Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater and offered a company scholarship. Albertossy soon became an apprentice and started touring with the company, nationally and internationally. He also toured nationally and internationally with Soul y Duende Spanish American Dance Theater, Walt Disney Productions, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Djanbazian Dance Company, Jazz Antiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater. His other credits include teaching abroad, guest choreographing for various dance companies and performances in West Side Story, Annie Get Your Gun, Babes in Toy Land, The Pajama Game, and El Barbero de Sevilla. In Chicago he was also a proud member of Joel Hall Dancers, Teresa y Los Preferidos Spanish Dance Company and Winifred Haun & Dancers. Albertossy’s works as a choreographer have been presented nationally from Chicago to California and internationally in Spain, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.

In Los Angeles, Albertossy has choreographed for the Canadian TV series "Boystown,“ a feature “HEELS” and two music videos, "Una Vez Mas," featuring Elena Andujar, "Life is for Living," featuring Julissa Aguirre and “Fuego Malagueña” featuring internationally renown artist Esteban. Albertossy has worked with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Rosanegra Flamenco Company, Celina Zambon Flamenco Dance Company, Company of Strangers, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, Zina Bethune Theatre Dance and Djanbazian Dance Company. Currently he works with Rubans Rouges Dance Company, Mojácar Flamenco, Jazz Antiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and Flamenco Express. In 2004 he founded Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater (LAFDT) and made his company debut at SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival. The company has performed in various Los Angeles based dance festivals, and were invited to Guatemala to perform the piece “TRAPPED.” LAFDT was also nominated for a prestigious Lester Horton Award. In 2010, Albertossy was invited by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre dancer, Vernard Gilmore to perform in New York City for Summer Stage. His experience of sharing the stage with Alvin Ailey dancers was a dream come true. In January 2011, by the request of the Board of Directors of Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles, Albertossy stepped in the role of President for the organization after serving on the board for three and a half years. He served another three years as President. 2011 also brought Albertossy to the Malibu Stage Company as a principal dancer and choreographer for the incredible “Victor Victoria” musical. His highlight was when the Legendary Dick Van Dyke expressed how impressed he was with the choreography. In 2012, Mr. Van Dyke asked Albertossy to choreograph the production of “Cabaret” which he was producing. 2013 brought Albertossy the opportunity to teach Master Modern, Latin Rhythm Cardio and Flamenco Fusion classes throughout Los Angeles, and he was invited by the LA Opera to perform in their production of Carmen with Maestro, Placido Domingo. Albertossy joined the LA Opera again in February of 2015 for “The Barber of Seville.” He was asked to play Ambrogio.

As a versatile dancer, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Flamenco, Musical Theater and Folklore, Albertossy has been able to share the stage with some incredible and prestigious dancers and choreographers.

In his pursue of acting, Albertossy made his debut in one of the lead roles in an independent film, “The Price of the American Dream.” Since then he has had a lead role on five more features, three short films and a Canadian TV series.

Albertossy credits his mother for giving him the strength, will and drive to push onward in all aspects of life. He is tremendously grateful to his family, friends and teachers for their love and support and especially recognizes his good friend and foremost supporter, Carolyn James.

Hip Hop Instructor and D2MAD Artistic Director

Kassy Francis has been training in the art of dance since the age of 18. She began her training at Chaffey College, enrolling in jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop classes in the school’s dance program.

In 2008 Kassy joined ENVY Dance Company under the direction of, Brandon Aiken. She continued to perform with ENVY while attending nursing school to obtain her LVN. While working as a nurse she continued to have her passion in dance and decided to join  Academy of Swag in  2013. Under the direction of, JayChris Moore, she performed in events such as VIBE, Hip Hop International, and World of Dance. In 2013 Kassy also was signed to the S Agency, which allowed her opportunities to dance for artist Maryam Zadeh,  in a music video for electronic music project, Major Lazer and a video for choreographer Barry YoungBlood. She recently performed alongside other amazing dancers for the 2014  Phlextravaganza, a Hollywood event hosted by renown choreographer Phlex. Kassy is currently dancing and performing for both ENVY Dance Company and Academy of Swag, as well as a newly created team based in North Hollywood, The MOB.

She continues to broaden her styles of dance which now include hip hop, jazz funk, freestyle, krump, dancehall, and afro-Caribbean styles. Kassy’s love and passion for dance continues to grow as she nurtures her art form by delving in various styles and training under a variety of artistic and talented dance souls in the industry and community.

Outreach Director: Ecos de España

Susana Elena is a solo Spanish classical and flamenco dancer who        performs to recorded music.  She has studied with flamenco artists Concha Vargas, Irene Carrasco, Juan Antonio Tejero, Farruquito, Carmelilla Montoya, Angelita Gomez, Luis Pena, Juana       Amaya, Manuela Carrasco, Jose Galvan, Javier Heredia, Leilah             Broukhim, Maria Torres, Lidòn Patiño, Carmen Ledesma, and Luis de la Tota in Spain (Madrid at Amor de Dios Studio, Sevilla, and Jerez de la Frontera), California and New York.  

Susana Elena continues to attend weekly ballet and flamenco classes in Los Angeles because one never        stops learning. Susana is the recipient of a certificate from the Los Angeles    County Arts Commission that qualifies her to teach and perform Standards -based school assemblies and four -week workshops in K-12 grade schools. Her school program, Ecos de España, is listed on the Arts               Commission's Website in the “Arts For All, Programs for Students" directory.