Lee Banaga

Lee was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he first began his love for dance at the age of 14. He has been travelling with his former team, Sikat Dance Company since 2011. They have competed in numerous international competitions such as World of Dance: Chicago, San Diego, Orlando, and Pasadena (Los Angeles) and showcased in San Francisco for a showcase called “Urban Paradise”. In the past, Lee has also competed in national competitions such as Canadian Hip Hop Nationals held in Montreal and Artist Emerge in Vancouver/Edmonton. In 2014, he was fortunate to travel to San Diego, California to take a one on one private training lesson at Building Block from world-renown dancers, Keone and Mariel Madrid.

As a former competitor, Lee received his placing and awards from previous dance companies. Starting in late 2009-2018, Lee joined numerous dance companies; Un1te Dance Company, Project Dance Company, Dance Tec Company (DTC10-13) and Sikat Dance Company. At the same time, Lee was also a solo competitor. He successfully placed and received awards at local/national competitions with the help from his dance mentor/instructor Sofia Costantini.

Currently, Lee is studying at the University of Winnipeg to obtain his Kinesiology & Applied Health degree. As a dance teacher at LA Dance Academy, his main objective is to inspire and contribute his understanding and appreciation of urban hip-hop by educating his future students. The balance between of being a student and teacher can be difficult, but he wants to demonstrate his students that anything is possible with hard work and balance.