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Raymond Bulatao

Hip Hop

Raymond Bulatao started his dance life as a b-boy, training at his high school dance club with local b-boy Sean Paul "Pha-rush" Arceta. Two years later, Sean’s sister, Layne Arceta, then introduced Raymond to hip-hop choreography. After graduation, Ray began to make the transition to choreography when he was offered a position as the main dance club teacher at Harry Ainlay High School.

RayBulataoIt was not until 2009 when Ray joined Edmonton dance crew, attention, that Ray became a full-fledged dancer. For the past few years, Ray has performed with attention at several benefit concerts (Little Hearts Big Dreams, Stand Up for Love, Forever Young, A Friend In Need is Japan Indeed, Too School for Cool). During this time, Ray also trained under Carlo Atienza (Faculty, 3D, White Chocolate) for two years, and danced in many hip hop teams in the city, such as 3D Company (2009-2010), Exposure (2009-2011) and TrailMix (2010-2012). Currently, Ray is an active member of Edmonton hip hop dance group NXG Company (directed by Alexander Chung), co-choreographs an all-male group called Menergy, and performs with his original dance family, attention, who recently won 2nd place at Represent Dance Competition on April 2012.

Throughout his dance career, Raymond Bulatao has had the opportunity to train under many up-and-coming choreographers and dancers, his most influential ones would be: Jerome Esplana (Faculty, 247 Company), JP Tarlit (Faculty), Christopher Martin (Choreo Cookies, BreakFX), Mariel Martin (Kingdom Made, Choreo Cookies), Lyle Beniga (Movement Lifestyle), and Jun Quemado (Mos Wanted Crew, Movement Lifestyle). Not only does Raymond Bulatao believe that good dance training is a must for a dancer, but also a teacher, as he wants to pass down as much knowledge and experience to the younger generation of dancers.

Raymond Bulatao's style of dance involves intricate movements that follow the character and heart of the music that inspires him. He likes to challenge his fellow dancers to find their own style in the dances given to them, and continue to inspire students everywhere to maintain a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and passion for what they do.