With an extensive list of dance, choreographic and production credits, Chris “Shaik” Mathis is a much sought after commodity. An energetic and spontaneous personality, with a disarmingly smooth approach to dance, Shaik’s creative stylizing redefines the parameters of art in motion! His credits attest to both his choreographed and/or special appearances in countless music videos. Shaik has performed on television, on film, in arenas and various stages with renowned recording artists and has toured both as a featured dancer/choreographer throughout venues in the United States and abroad in places such as: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan; London, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Germany and other countries in the continents of Europe and Asia.
Throughout his illustrious career he’s also acquired production/costar credits. A true veteran of the stage, he possesses an inherent ability to captivate and thrill his audience with pure energy and passion. SHAIK is the embodiment of classic showmanship as he continues to challenge traditional ideas and methods, while creating an unimaginable thrill ride of perfection through his Urban Dance Fusion (Streetstyle Hip Hop, Freestyle House, Boogie Style). Presently Shaik is in full partnership with Carmela Torchia (established contemporary/modern dancer), collaborating on many productions, while building a new innovative dance company (CxC)=Streetstyle Contemporary.
Carmela began dancing as a child in her hometown of Crotone, Italy. When she was fourteen, she was recognized and selected to attend The National Academy of Dance in Rome, where she graduated and perform with. The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance was what brought Carmela New York, with full scolarship. She joined the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble touring nationally and internationally, performing soloist roles. During this time She performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company for their 80thAnniversary and many other events in and outside of New York City. Carmela has performed for Elisa Monte Dance Company, NY/2 Dance Nejla Yatkin,Dance Iquail, Jana Hicks, Mariana Beckerman Dance Company, and the International Danish Association E.K.K.O.
Her dance speaks of diversity ranging from modern/contemporary to experimental,streetstyle and many club styles, trough the involvment with: Full Circle Soul Production,The Legendary House of Ninja, appearing on TV Show Showtime at The Apollo Theather and featured as a principal dancer and assistant choreographer for established recording artist (Cyre').
Presently while dancing for Murray Spalding Mandalas Dance Company, Carmela is in full partnership with Shaik (formerly Lil Shake) renowned music,video,tour choreographer, collaborating on many productions while building a new innovative dance company (CxC)=Streetstyle Contemporary.