Academy Of Villains

Theatrical Dance Company

Established in 2009, Academy of Villains began as a dance company that pushed the envelope with over-the-top concepts and ideas. Under the direction of Pharside and Phoenix, this company quickly became one of the top in the nation. What started off as a freestyle-based company, turned into one of the most sought-after entertainment companies in the world. Appearing on hit tv shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent in addition to winning TruTV’s Fake Off, Academy of Villains prove time and time again that they are innovators and definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Through the art of storytelling, Academy of Villains uses dance, acrobatics, and theatrics to take their audience on a life-changing journey. They are most-known for their twist on shadow play, black light art, and projection mapping. Academy of Villains will have you rooting for the dark side, where anything is possible!


Christopher “Pharside” Jennings
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Krystal “Phoenix” Meraz
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Aaron Ricafort
Assistant Director
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Francis Tyrell
Assistant Director
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Credits and Accomplishments as Pharside & Phoenix

  • World of Dance Breakthrough Choreographers of the Year (2015)
  • Artistic Directors and Choreographers for House of Fear (Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios) 
  • Choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance (Season 11, 12, & 13)
  • Co-Producers and Choreographers for Elvira’s Big Top (Knott’s Scary Farm)
  • Artistic Directors and Choreographers for Nacion Muerta (Knott’s Scary Farm)
  • Co-Producers and Choreographers for Elvira’s Sinema Seance (Knott’s Scary Farm)

Academy of Villains Documentary 24:35

“The One, The Only: The Academy of Villains Documentary”, features interviews with Academy Of Villains directors, members, and long time friends. Peak into the world of Academy Of Villains and see what it truly means to be a Villain.

Academy of Villains Demo Reel 2:25

Academy Of Villains mission is to inspire others by fusing dance with the notion of magic. By combining story-telling, incredibly intense choreography, and jaw-dropping stunts. They will open your eyes to a world of wonder, glory, and excitement.

Credits and Accomplishments as Academy of Villains

  • #1 Show at Universal Studio’s (Orlando) Halloween Horror Nights out of all 26 years of existence
  • Featured performers on So You Think You Can Dance (Season 11 & 12)
  • Champions of TruTV’s Fake Off (Season 2)
  • World of Dance, Team of the Year (2015)
  • Semi-Finalists on America’s Got Talent (2012)
  • Hip Hop International USA Champions (2012)
  • Dance 2 Dance Champions (Switzerland)
  • First dance company to ever perform at the Magic Castle (2013)
  • Top placing team in every competition ever entered