Born and raised in the South Bronx, La Jon aka Lil Luda aka Smiles grew up stepping and dancing in the streets. He began his career in a local after school program called Teens In Motion. While there he honed his skills in stepping and dancing. His lust for dancing led him to Broadway Dance Center. Once there he trained with such teachers as Bev Brown, Rhapsody James, and Brian "Footwork" Green. After working and training hard he audition for Rhapsody the company and has been apart of the company since 2004. From then on he has been working hard and it has paid off. He has been blessed to work with such choreograhpers as Luther Brown, Dave Scott, Chuck Maldanado, Nu Styles, just to name a few. His job credits include major movies such as "Stomp the Yard," "Step Up 2" and dancing for various artists and performing with Rhaposdy the company.