Over the next two weeks we’ll be announcing the key talent that will be appearing at Florida Anime Experience: YEAR 6. Each of our Guests/Featured Talent are selected based on a number of variables… most specifically their contributions to Japanese culture and related popular arts. Today we are announcing our first four Featured Talent:
Alvin Aki is a jack-of-all-trades: Not only is he a skilled origami artist, but Aki is also a storyteller and singer at Epcot’s Japanese pavilion, and he’s a film actor who had roles in National Lampoon’s RoboDoc and Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor. His origami art is featured in the Orlando Public Library and he regularly hosts workshops in the Central Florida region. Aki joins Florida Anime Experience for a second year as we continue our mission to expand the cultural programming in conventions. We’re excited to have Al back for Saturday and Sunday of FAE 2016.
Mandy Moore (AmazonMandy) is a cosplayer, designer, and business owner who makes her living sewing custom cosplays, gowns, and clothing. At conventions, she has years of experience cosplaying, being a panelist, judge, and guest. She offers video tutorials and she works hard to bring positivity and acceptance to cosplay, firmly believing anyone of any age, shape, color and size should be able to participate in and enjoy the hobby. She tries to teach people about inclusiveness in the community, and loves meeting new people at conventions. She makes costumes for anyone who would like one, feeling that the best reward of all is making her clients feel pretty, bad-ass, sexy, and glamorous wearing her creations.
Noise Complaint is a group of professional tap dancers who perform full sets of choreographed dances as characters from Sailor Moon, DBZ, Pokemon and more. Noise Complaint’s dances are choreographed using music that is either directly taken from or inspired by currently trending or favorite Anime and Video Games. Their show brings to life epic battles and famed alliances on the stage and combines it with entertaining choreography and catchy rhythms! Our show brings to life epic battles and famed alliances on the stage and combines it with entertaining choreography and catchy rhythms! This high energy cosplay dance show will have you both glued to your seat and dying to get up and dance at the same time.
Taylor “Tayrex” Nelms is both a locally know cosplay AND yoga instructor. In addition to participating on cosplay events throughout the weekend at Florida Anime Experience 2016, Tayrex Cosplay will host a couple of themed yoga classes. Watch for scheduling updates for times/location at the convention. We’re excited to add this unique presentation to the convention.