Actress, dancer and innovative choreographer Regina Williams is credited as the pioneer of hip-hop in the dance studios. She hails from New Jersey but moved to Southern California to earn her bachelor’s degree in musical theater. She soon launched Regina’s Studio of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and became a staff at the University of Southern California. She is also known as the Director and Founder of the Hollywood Dancers.
Regina Williams was the first to teach hip-hop to the technical dance world, in her belief that even the street form of dance should be included in the professional studio environment. Her ideals led her to travel around the world, teaching hip-hop and other forms of dance extensively. She has remarked that one of her unforgettable experiences occurred in the Middle East, when she taught hip-hop to the Princess of Saudi Arabia. Regina has been praised for her performances on shows like The Soul Train Music Awards, The 2004 BET Music Awards and The Steve Harvey Show. She has also worked on music videos and has become a choreographer for the Oxygen Network. Her work has also allowed her to take part in national tours of R&B and hip-hop artists Chante Moore, Tisha Campbell and Johnny Hill. She next signed on as faculty for the ABC reality show High School Musical: Get in the Picture.