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Our Story

The Company of University Dancers (CUDZ) was founded by Joel Fuentes Gallarde in 2001 at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Inspired by street dancing & by the Atenean philosophy of being ‘men-for-others’, he envisioned to share his passion of dance starting with the university student community. Not long after, the group has extended its services beyond the student community & now is one of the most well established Hip Hop / Urban dance companies in Australasia.

In 2004, the name “TRiPLe8FuNk” was created to represent CUDZ’s performing group when they competed for the very first time in the Missy Elliott ‘Get Your Freak On’ Hip Hop Dance Competition. After a decade in New Zealand, the group expanded and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. They still have an artistic & management team in Auckland, NZ and also have an operations team in Asia.

Today, the TRiPLe8FuNk Dance Crew continues to express their love of dance & performance by playing an active role in the dance scene and by sharing its vision & passion to dancers & non-dancers alike.


“Empowerment of all people through our passion & commitment in the Performing Arts”

Through the years, TRiPLe8FuNk has been featured in a number of major events including Carnival Choreographer’s Ball (Sydney), Coca-Cola Christmas in The Park (Auckland), Poreotic's Tic Tic Tour II (Melbourne), Tokyo Tower Showcase (Japan), Boogiezone International Showcase (Los Angeles), and many more. They have toured a number of cities worldwide and have organized a few dance events such as concerts, workshops and after-parties for international touring artists.

They also have an extensive dance training program as they teach beginner to advanced level classes at local dance studios. Auditions are usually held at the beginning of each year to recruit dancers for the performance crew. The group is also available for bookings to perform in a wide variety of live shows, parties & corporate events.

The company aims for excellence & believes in teamwork, discipline, artistic innovation, & community involvement. They create a funky flavour to the latest dance styles. So from the cool ‘old skool’ to the hot ‘new skool’, groovin’ to the freshest beats is what they do best!




Showcase - NRL Half Time Entertainment: Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos (July 2013) 
Showcase – Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, Auckland NZ (Dec 2010 & 2012)
Showcase – Champions Tour, Melbourne AU (May 2012)
Showcase – Melbourne Latin Festival, Melbourne AU (April 2012)
Showcase – Poreotic's Tic Tic Tour II, Melbourne AU (Sept 2011)
Showcase – Pasifika Festival, Auckland NZ (Mar 2011) 
Showcase – CARNIVAL Choreographers Ball, Sydney AU (April 2010)
Showcase – Tokyo Tower, Tokyo JAPAN (June 2009)
Champion – Subway Online Video Dance Competition, NZ (May 2009)
Showcase – Chinese Dance Festival / Te Papa National Museum, Wellington NZ (Jan 2009)
Participant / Award Nominee / Winner – TEMPO Dance Festival NZ (2006-2009)
Showcase – Farmer’s Santa Parade, Auckland NZ (Dec 2008)
Showcase – ANZ & LG National Netball Half Time Entertainment, NZ (2008)
Showcase – NZ National Cheerleading Championships, Auckland NZ (2007)
Showcase – Boogiezone International Showcase, Los Angeles USA (Aug 2007)
5th place – HHI World Hip Hop Dance Championships, Los Angeles USA (Aug 2007)
Champion – Chocolate City Battle, Auckland NZ (2005)
Showcase – Auckland Festival / AK05, Auckland NZ (Jan 2005)
1st Runner up – Missy Elliott Dance Competition, Auckland NZ (May 2004)




Romeo & Juliet - The Remix (2003)
Cleopatra (2004)
Snow White & The 7 Gs (2005)
Dance 101 (2006)
Blacula (2006)
Evolution (2007)
Alice In The Underground (2007)
Deadly Sins (2008)
Bond 008 (Auckland 2008 / Wellington 2009)
Around The World In 80 Minutes (2009)
Circus 10 (2009)
The END (2010)

Game Boy (2013)
Romeo & Juliet (2014)

GROUNDED: Battle of the Arts | 7 Deadly Sins (2015)
GROUNDED: Battle of the Arts | Prop Masters (2016 - Melbourne & Auckland)



Official Host – BOOGIEZONE Australia & New Zealand
Assisting Host – Dance2XS New Zealand
Founder - JAM REPUBLIC International

Workshop – Justin Timberlake 20/20 Dancers (Matt, Ivan & Lyle Beniga), AU & NZ Tour (2014)
Workshop – (Choreo) Cookies, AU & NZ Tour (2014)
Workshop – Royal Family, Melbourne Tour (2014)
Workshop – Rihanna Tour Dancers, AU & NZ (2013)
Workshop – Jennifer Lopez Tour Dancers, AU (2012)
Workshop – SDNZ National Dance Championships, NZ
Workshop – FISAF National Dance Championships, NZ
Workshop – World Supremacy Battlegrounds, AU
Workshop – ReQuest Crew Melbourne Tour, AU (2011)
Workshop – Justin Bieber Tour Dancers, AU (2011) 
Workshop – Usher 'OMG Girls Tour', AU & NZ (2011)
Workshop – Backstreet Boys Tour Dancers, NZ (2010)
Workshop – Black Eyed Peas Tour Dancers, NZ (2009)
Workshop – Pussycat Dolls Tour, NZ - Kenny Wormald (2009)
Workshop – Chris Brown Tour, NZ - Bryan Tanaka (2008)

After Party – Lady Gaga Tour, NZ / Hungary (2010)
After Party – Justin Timberlake Future Sex Love Tour, NZ (2008)

and many many more…