Jacob 'Kujo' Lyons
-Cirque du Soleil Consultant
-Teaches in over 36 countries
Jacob "Kujo" Lyons is a b-boy first. He's been a preeminent figure in the global b-boy/breakdance scene for over 20 years: performing, competing, judging competitions, and teaching in 36 countries on 6 continents. His creative contributions to b-boy culture and movement vocabulary are indisputable and pervasive, and continue to inspire and influence b-boys around the world to this day.Kujo is one of the founding members of Soul Control Crew. Established in late 1995, Soul Control forever changed the way power moves were done in the b-boy world. The vast majority of fundamental air flare combinations were pioneered by members of Soul Control, including Pablo (RIP), Charles, Mega Man, Inferno, Babak, and Kujo as well.
Kujo has been featured in a number of high-profile media projects - he back-flipped into jeans for a Levi's national commercial, was the principal b-boy in Run DMC's music video, "It's Like That," and was featured in the film Step Up 2: The Streets. He can also be seen in the upcoming film, Battle of the Year 3D. Additionally, Kujo is an accomplished circus artist - he excels on aerial straps and Chinese poles, and has performed in numerous shows internationally. He was also hired by Cirque du Soleil, as a consultant for The Beatles: Love in 2004, and again for their upcoming 2013 show.
While completing his degree in Dance Kinesiology at Cal State Northridge, Kujo began to combine his various movement talents - breakdance, modern dance, ballet, acrobatics, and circus - into a dynamic, hybrid method of choreography. This new technique, along with Kujo's global reputation for innovation, attracted some highly talented acrobatic dancers looking for something completely different, and in 2006, Lux Aeterna was born. Lux and Kujo have won multiple awards for their work, including 3 Lester Horton Dance Awards and Choreographer of the Year 2008 from the Beverly Hills Outlook. Lux has since established itself as one of Los Angelesâ€™ premiere dance theater companies, and continues to innovate with its new approach to urban dance & circus theater.
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