Michael "Mappy" Mappala

OWNER • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR • DANCE INSTRUCTOR
re.DEFINE Dance Collective

I would describe myself as a modern day renaissance man.  Stevie Wonder has taught me that creativity is only limited by fear and much like his music has inspired me to reach for higher grounds. I hope I have also inspired others to also be fearless and passionate. My taste buds keep me drawn to where I’m from but I find comfort in Italian cuisine.  I keep my creativity balanced by playing the guitar and my photography keeps me working. I aspire to be a designer and a filmmaker. However it’s dance that holds a special majority rule in all of my passions.   


Margela Cruz

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR • DANCE INSTRUCTOR
re.DEFINE Dance Collective

I live by the words: “Find beauty and give love.” I am a firm believer in the power of kindness and compassion. My music taste changes with what I’m feeling, but lately it’s been a lot of R&B and Acoustic Soul. I was a vegetarian for a few years, haven’t been vegetarian for a few years, and am on the verge of going back to a vegetarian lifestyle. My parents took me to my first dance class at the age of 3 and I haven’t stopped dancing since. Recently I’ve been exploring what it’s like behind a camera. Not only do I love creating art with movement, but I love being able to capture it in photos and videos. 


Ron General

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR • DANCE INSTRUCTOR
re.DEFINE Dance Collective

I’m the sweetest villain you'll ever meet and my wicked tendency will have you falling in love. As a member of the rhythm nation since ’89 I’ve pushed through Velvet Ropes to find out just how Unbreakable I am.  Center pieces are my weakness and party planning my profession. I’m a bigger believer that fried chicken can fix anything and after 18 plus years of dancing I’ve found that dancing is just as effective.


Anthony Oshiro

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR • DANCE INSTRUCTOR
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I'm a simple person who likes to pretend to be grown, but really I’m a kid at heart who likes shiny things. As someone who is easily entertained, I enjoy almost all types of music, but nothing gets my basic heart racing like the sweet rush of pop music. It’s wild, it’s fun, and it always gives me the courage to break out of my shell. When I’m not dancing or sleeping, I’m most likely eating cheeseburgers or burritos. But sushi on the daily? That’s the dream. Creatively, I’ve always been drawn to sketching and painting, but I consider graphic design my current interest. And, above all, when creativity meets passion, dance gives me the space I crave to explore my thoughts and ideas.


reDEFINE Dance Collective Staff

Artistic Coordinators
Cole Lorenzo
Renz Gatchalian

Marketing Coordinator
Kristen Soriano

Media Coordinator
Cyrene Castillo

Project Coordinator
Alexandra Niedzielski

Outreach Coordinator
Kim Alejandro


Cole Lorenzo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR • DANCE INSTRUCTOR
re.DEFINE Juniors

I’m just your average dark skinned Irish guy with Filipino tendencies and a whole lot of Dad jokes. When those jokes aren't landing, I’m getting lost in R&B with Justin Timberlake leading the way. Sometimes I float away on island jams and reggae, ending up with what I hope is excellent choreography. Cheesecake is my go to, but I know that I’ve got to have a proper meal before dessert. Loco Moco works right? When creativity needs to be itched, I find myself building to the sky one Lego block at a time. However, its my spot on timing with pun that keep me blocking that boredom. Despite all the things that keep me smiling, I find the most joy and satisfaction in watching other people grow.


Kristen Soriano

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
re.DEFINE Juniors

I’d like to think that I’m the consummate artist driven by my need to express myself creatively.  Just like my favorite artist Beyonce, I want to be able to find myself behind a mic, in the studio or on stage. I keep myself fueled with sushi and lumpia, bite sized and quick sources of energy to keep up with rehearsals and college life. Perhaps its the result of my need for creative expression that I’ve found myself quite the jack of all trades. I’m in love with singing, with music in general and that goes quite well with my piano skills. Its creativity that keeps me so in love with life. The ability to tell a story and touch a life is both inspiring and humbling.


Renz Gatchalian

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR • DANCE INSTRUCTOR
re.DEFINE Juniors

I would describe myself as a wanderer perhaps even an explorer with a destination I hope to never reach. This journey has allowed me to discover a world through shapes, colors and texture. My journey finds abundant truth when listening to ambient sound and my favorite artists, Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper. Music can take you places just like my favorite food to eat is my mother’s baked mac n’ cheese. Whenever I have it, I am brought back to my childhood.  It’s a powerful place of inspiration that allows me to express myself in so many beautiful ways: dancing, sculpting and eventually web developing and designing. The final product I have found has been happiness, that in turn starts the cycle all over again because happiness is so very inspiring.


Lauren Pickering

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR • DANCE INSTRUCTOR
re.DEFINE Juniors

I’m a clumsy ball of energy with a self diagnosed case of RSF (resting smile face). Although I find joy and peace with bad puns. I could always count on Kehlani to bring me confidence, J Boog to bring the good vibes, and any Disney soundtrack to bring back the childhood nostalgia. Nothing compares to my love for pizza, ‘nough said. Creatively, I love to draw and play the piano; they bring a healing catharsis as powerful as dance. My passion is art. Even when there’s an art I’m not good at, I still love all of it.