It’s amazing what we can do when we come together to support the children of our community!


Our programs including our classes, dance crews, camps and after schools programs has been a staple of the community for almost 12 years.


The Origin is dedicated to supporting the cultural, social, creative, and educational values of  Hip Hop. We educate and inspire youth to utilize the genre  as a tool for learning.

Our Mission

"In June 2010,  The Frye Family opened up our first facility to support  Visual and Performing Arts through the Hip Hop Culture. We have now served over 1500 youth teens and adults who love the positive and educational values of  Hip Hop and it's 4 core elements. We have faced many obstacles but have persevered with "thumbs up". from many community advocates such as  Young Artist Music 'Academy Walmart, Sycuan Casino, La Mesa Spring Valley School District, San Diego A-list, Yelp, The Better Business Bureau and a host of other community friends."

Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!

​Cheryl Armour Frye M.A. Ed

A NOTE FROM OUR owner/director

The Origin enjoys broad local support and collaborations with a variety of  businesses and private benefactors.Voted Best hip hop dance studio in 2016 and 2017

December 2017 Winner "World of Dance Las Vegas" Best Costume, Best Theme and 2nd place overall (Junior Division)

August 2018 HHI USA Finalist  Junior and Varsity, Division Bronze Medalist Adult Division. HHI World Championship Semi Finalist Adult Division


December 2018 Winner Best Costume

World of Dance

Las Vegas

December 2018 5 Star Yelp Award

March 2019 Genesis takes 2nd place @ Collaboration

SoCal Mini Division

May 2019 Genesis retains title @ Collaboration Norcal 2

years running

May 2019 Origination claims 3rd place in the Senior Division at Collaboration NorCal 

August 2019 5 out of 6 teams head to USA Finals at Hip Hop International World Championships

 October 2019 Opened first Black Owned Haunted Hip Hop Attraction In San Diego

March 2020 Transitioned to on-line and Park classes to support youth and families during COVID pandemic.

November 2021 Partnered with Westfield Mission Valley Mall San Diego to open new Academy becoming the first to operate out of a major shopping center

September 2021 USA Hip Hop International Finalists is all 5 Divisions. Silver Medalist in the Adult Division (OC-Unlimited) Bronze Medalists In the Mini Division (OC-SHE)

December 2021 3rd place winner at Maxt Out National Dance Competition in the Major Choreography Division

March 2022 New host of the prestigious National Dance Competition PRELUDE SOCAL

April 2018 Genesis places 1st @

Collaboration NorCal Mini Division hip hop dance championship winner in San Diego

First ever winners in newly introduced Division in the hip hop dance Mini Crew division representing San Diego

November 2018 Produced and Directed our own feature film with Red Carpet premiere in Los Angeles "OrigiNation" Return to HHI"

June 2010- The Origin HHCC opens a the first Hip Hop Education Studio in San Diego.

March 2012- Opened one of the first  drug free alcohol free safe and secure weekend teen dance party nights in San Diego, Club Origin.

February 2013- Became one of the first Hip Hop Programs to incorporate a dance program in a local school district during school hours (Hip Hop 4 Health)

Christmas 2013-  Held our first Dancing Santa Toy Drive serving over 25 low income children.

 March 2014- Double Platinum First Pace Winners @ Showstoppers Dance Competition Regionals in San Mateo, California

May 2014- ​Introduce ​our first "Combat Zone - All Styles Dance Battle"

July 2014- Relocated to new La Mesa location renamed The Origin Hip Hop Performing Arts Academy.

October 2014- Participant/Competitor World of Dance San Diego

June 2015-  Celebrating 5 years, brought back Club Origin.

May 2016 ​Voted The Best Dance Studio in San Diego by the San Diego A-List  1st place overall and 3rd in Dance Instruction! 

 May 2016 Tied for 1st pace @ Showstoppers Competition Small Group Teens Hip Hop Division.

​September 2016 2nd Place in Urban Street Jam Dance Competition San Diego in Varsity and Trio Divisions.

December 2016 5 Star Yelp Award

February 2017 Our New Junior Crew Genesis wins 1st place at Sharp International in Hip Hop and overall Divisions.

February 2017- Origin Crew wins 1st place Hip Hop Division at San Diego Black Repertory Theater "Kuumba Fest"

March 2017 -Origin Trio Division

OC-3 wins 1st place in Trio Division at Urban Street Jam LA

May 2017 Crystal first place Origin Crew Showstopper 1st Genesis Crew Hip Hop 2nd place Tap

July 2017 Moved to El Cajon to 8100 sqft. facility!

August 2017 Origin Varsity Crew places 10th best team in the USA at Hip Hop International World Championship.

August 2017 Named the Best Studio in San Diego for the second year in a row by the San Diego A-list as well as named Best in Dance Instruction.

September 2017 Winner Best Costume World Of Dance San Diego (Junior Division)