Jerome “EKOS” Upayoken



Okinawa, Japan

EPIK Member Since:


Jerome was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina as the youngest of three brothers. Growing up a military brat who moved around a lot (including graduating from high school in Okinawa, Japan), he learned to love the new experiences and opportunities he was exposed to. Though he never thought that dancing would be a huge part of his life, he was hooked after seeing and imitating Michael Jackson on his “Thriller” tour. That passion led to him start investigating b-boying, which he has now studied for over a decade. He has opened for DMX and Usher, performed with the WNBA Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad, as well as worked with Celebrity Cruises as the ship’s dancer.  Currently, Jerome dances with Mellow Drama Crew and of course, EPIK Dance Company.