Liana Veda

 

Music has always been at the root of my existence. I was born in the small seaport town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a multi-cultural home. This allowed me to see and appreciate different ways of life. My mother is of Irish decent, and my father was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Both my parents have strong musical backgrounds, music and dance was all I knew. Growing up my parents told me stories of me dancing before I could even talk, and breaking out of my walker to Michael Jackson’s “BEAT IT.” This was only the beginning of a life filled with dreams and aspirations all revolving around music.
My strong dance background also plays a key part in who I am today as an artist. I always dreamed of not only being a dancer and singer, but a true performer; combining singing with dance to put on a show stopping performance. I have always said that my life didn’t actually begin until the age of two when I began dance lessons. Throughout my life I have studied many styles of dance; Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin, Funk, Theatrical, among many more. I then moved on to teaching. I have taught all sorts of styles and levels; from Ballet to Hip Hop and from Tap to Zumba. Through the years my students have ranged from the ages of 2 all the way up to 85 and beyond. With all of this under my belt I have been truly blessed; given the opportunity to travel all over instructing Master level classes. My most recent adventure as an instructor has been with the Zumba® Fitness program. I was invited to the 2009 Zumba Convention in Orlando, Florida; as a guest presenter. There I taught the Reggaeton section of the Master workshops, to the thousands of instructors who attended this magnificent event. Thanks to that wonderful opportunity I have been able to travel internationally teaching Zumba® Master Classes and in addition have been selected to give choreography workshops to fellow instructor with my current position as a “Zumba® Jammer.” Teaching to me is one of the most rewording things. I love being able to share the gift of dance with others who are hungry for knowledge, and eager to experience the joys it can bring to ones life.
As a child I set many goals for myself as a performer. My longtime dancing career has definitely helped me successfully reach many goals, but I still strive to reach and accomplish many more. Some of my accomplishments include…. Performing in Disney World, choreographing and taking part in musical productions, teaching, choreographing on a professional level, and being part of major music videos. One of the music videos I played a part in was the hit song, “Rakata”, by Winsin and Yandel. I not only appeared in this video, but I was also hired as one of the choreographers. I have choreographed concert tours for artists such as, Baby Ranks, Joseph, Wibal y Alex , Divino, and Khriz y Angel . My latest work as a choreographer took me to Paris where I choreographed and featured in the new “Just Dance 2” video game for the Nintendo Wii system.
Being a proud alumni of the “Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theater,” I have achieved many dreams. I am an instructor with this company as well as a performer. I had many great experiences with this company such as, being one of the official dancers of the “Boston Celtics” for six years, Coaching the “Lil’ Phunk” Celtics Dancers, appearing on MTV’s “MADE”, performing at Jordan’s Furniture’s “Camp Miracles”, the Special Olympics, performing at concerts for radio stations like, “Hot 97.7,” “Jamn’ 94.5,” and “Kiss 108,” appearing with artists such as, Amerie, Britney Spears, Daniel Bedingfeild, TLC, Michelle Branch, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Wayne Wonder, Jewel, Lisa Marie Presley, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Maroon Five, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Hilary Duff, and Simple Plan, to name a few.
Now here I am; still striving to achieve my ultimate goal as a performer. The goal of one day being able to share my gift of music and, and effect people’s lives all around the world. The goal of inspiring young children all over to never give up hope and to always reach for their dreams, because dreams really do come true.

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