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The KAR Dance Convention offers one-day, affordable workshops in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater taught by some of the best Faculty in the industry!

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2022 Faculty Members

Alexandria Kessinger
Jazz

Dance has always flowed through Alex Kessinger’s veins. Raised in Southern California, she started her wonderful journey with dance at the age of 4 at her mother’s dance studio, West Coast School of the Arts. Alex started working as a child actor and dancer at the age of 6, where she had the opportunity to be a part of numerous commercials, print work, and even danced with Martin Short in Disney’s Santa Clause 3. Dancing has also given Alex the unique opportunity to participate in various competitions where she has won many awards and National Titles. After winning a national title in 2011, she got to travel to Australia to represent the United States where she won the gold. After her competitive dance career, she furthered her education at Chapman University, where she was one of few that was awarded a talent scholarship to go along with her scholastic one. Alex graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University in 2016 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Theater Technology. Currently, she is signed with MSA Talent Agency. Some of her achievements have been dancing with Jojo Siwa, assisting on national commercials with Michael Rooney, television shows such as the newest hit tv show “GLOW” with Marguerite Derricks, a digital backup dancer in Paula Abdul’s tour “Straight Up Paula”, and dancing in and choreographing for music videos. Alex’s most recent dance achievement is becoming a full time faculty member on The Dance Xperience Convention, all while still pursuing the “starving artist’s” dream!

Andrea Woodward
Lyrical

Andrea Woodward is the owner of Hermitage Dance Academy in Nashville, TN. In 2014 Andrea was nominated for the Industry Dance Awards choreographer of the year. Andrea has won countless awards for her stylistic and emotional choreography and for her students’ technical ability, including both Teacher of the Year and Choreographer of the Year every year from 2008 - 2015 at KAR Nationals. Andrea has been teaching lyrical on the KAR Convention circuit teaching since 2011. Andrea is certified by Dance Masters of America and holds a B.S. degree from Cumberland University in Nashville, TN.

Caley Carr
Tap

Caley Carr is a tap choreographer that hails from Southern California. Caley made his television debut on Fox’s hit tv show “So You Think You Can Dance” where he is still recognized as the tap dancing, mustache adoring surfer. He has also has been spotted on creditcards.com and most recently can been seen in Ty Dolla $ign featuring Post Malone’s hit single “Spicy.”

One of his recent credits includes Choregraphing for NBC’s hit show World of Dance.
Caley performed with Derek Hough in his “Kairos” music video and in his “Singing in the Rain” recreation performed at “Hollywood Night Under the Stars” hosted by George Clooney. Caley has spent time as a company member in “Rhapsody in Taps,” under the direction of Linda Sohl-Ellison, and has also spent multiple years as a company member of “Tap Sounds Under Ground,” directed by legendary Gregg Russell.

Caley has toured with Grammy Award Winner, Tim Kubart as his tap dancing side kick. He has also toured with Postmodern Jukebox, also widely known by the acronym PMJ, in a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee.
Caley was published in Dance Magazine as a “Top 25 Breakout Stars of 2018” and also featured a Q & A article in their “Tap Issue.”

Faliceano Turk
Hip Hop

Faliceano Keith Turk was brought into the world of entertainment at the early age of 8, with Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus. Faliceano learned most of his hip-hop skills and his dance technique as well as his Vibrant character which he displays from life’s courses of ups and downs. His hard hitting energetic style is what keeps his kids at the top of LA’s lists in all major competitions, shows, and projects far and wide. Partnered along with wife Summer Turk they have created the name K.A.S.T.(Keith and Summer Turk) Academy of the Arts that has taken a multitude of 1st place, top 1st, highest in categories, and countless title awards.
KAST is a leading entertainment academy that has been featured on many shows and television competitions recently. The academy is known for its high turnover rate of successful athletes and dancers. Faliceano's choreography can now be seen on shows such as Ellen, and So You Think You Can Dance New generation!! His training has led students to dance for P.diddy, Bet awards, Target commercials, AGT, and Disney. With a dancers career success rate at 90.4 % this studio brings the best out of students that travel distances for their training.
From choreographing a Bollywood bhangra for artist Sukshindar Shinda  from India, to landing a nationwide commercial along side of good friend D-trix ABDC/(quest Crew) he has also grabbed the attention of directors to score a part in the award winning broadway musical "WICKED".
Meeting with and auditioning for artist such as Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Madonna, Faliceano continues to push his students to the L.A. level to land jobs and gain knowledge of their future industry.
Faliceano says "Dance with no limits, leave the floor buzzing with your name on it.”
Dance Styles include: Hip-Hop, Jazz, African dance, and Lyrical.

Michelle Richey
Musical Theater

Michelle received her education in dance from Long Beach State and CSUF. She worked for United Spirit Association (USA) for 6 years as a songleading head coach. For over 10 years, Michelle made her home at Disneyland® Park, performing in both parades and live shows such as the “Queen Mary” and the “Spruce Goose” show. She has performed for many superstars like Milton Berle, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jackson and Frankie Avalon. Some of her choreography credits include “Grease”, “Anything Goes”, “Cabaret”, “Oliver”, “Peter Pan”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Godspell”, “The Wiz” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Michelle also was the proud owner of MKR Productions, which is now part of the Dance Precisions family. Her choreography

and students have been the recipients of many regional and national titles. She has also had the opportunity to choreograph while in Australia. Many of her students have performed on TV and in music videos, receiving scholarships to major universities, and become nationally ranked choreographers themselves. Michelle also works for Kids Artistic Revue and is in her 11th year on staff for KAR conventions. She was honored to be one of the judges for the very first KAR live in Australia. She is known for her warm heart and huge hugs!

Nancy O'Meara
Jazz

Nancy O’Meara is a noted dancer, choreographer, director and mentor. Nancy was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts with a strong technical background, trained in all forms of dance. Her choreography is known to be fast paced and powerful.



NANCY O’MEARA IS CURRENTLY THE GO-TO CHOREOGRAPHER AND MOVEMENT COACH FOR THE MAJORITY OF HOLLYWOOD RECORDS ARTISTS. SHE HAS PERFORMED AND WORKED WITH RECORDING ARTISTS AND ACTORS INCLUDING MILEY CYRUS, JENNIFER LOPEZ, KELLY CLARKSON, BRITNEY SPEARS, LL COOL J, USHER, PAULA ABDUL, REBA MCENTIRE, MIKE MYERS, MARTIN SHORT, VANESSA WILLIAMS, BEA MILLER, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, BRITNEY SPEARS, QUEEN LATIFAH, JOHN LEGEND AND THE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL TOUR.

HER CHOREOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE DIRECTION CAN ALSO BEEN SEEN ON CARLY RAE JEPSEN, JASON MRAZ, COLBIE CAILLAT, BIG TIME RUSH,, HILARY DUFF, JESSE MCCARTNEY, ALY AND AJ, VANESSA HUDGENS, ASHLEY TISDALE, GREYSON CHANCE, MATHEW KOMA, OWL CITY, CHARLIE PUTH AND 10 WORLD TOURS WITH MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ARTIST AND LATIN SUPERSTAR CHAYANNE.

HER TELEVISION CHOREOGRAPHY CREDITS INCLUDE HANNAH MONTANA, AMERICAN IDOL, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, TEEN CHOICE AWARDS, KIDS CHOICE AWARDS, BILLBOARD AWARDS, GRAMMY AWARDS, SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, ICARLY, THE TONIGHT SHOW, SNL, REGIS AND KELLY, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ELLEN, GRAMMY AWARDS, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, MTV AWARDS, BET AWARDS, KIDS CHOICE AWARDS, LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS

NANCY’S CHOREOGRAPHY CAN ALSO BE SEEN IN TOP MUSIC VIDEOS FOR MIRANDA COSGROVE, HILARY DUFF, VANESSA HUDGENS, JESSE MCCARTNEY, ASHLEY TISDALE, JACK AND JACK, MATHEW KOMA, GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ELVIS COSTELLO, PAULA ABDUL AND MANY OTHERS.

HER COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGNS ARE BURKER KING, DENTYNE ICE AND DEGREE DEODORANT.

HER FEATURE FILM DANCE CREDITS INCLUDE THE WEDDING PLANNER, 13 GOING ON 30, THE COUNTRY BEARS, FOREST GUMP, AUSTIN POWERS: GOLD MEMBER, AND CLERKS II. NANCY HAS PERFORMED IN A VARIETY OF SPECIALS INCLUDING THE GRAMMY AWARDS, THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS, THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE BILLBOARD AWARDS, AND THE LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS AND ON TELEVISION SHOWS THAT INCLUDE "THE TONIGHT SHOW" AND ELLEN.

Rachael Leitson
Musical Theater

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachael began her training at the age of 3 at Jordan Center Dance. There she trained in ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater and Tap. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships throughout her childhood. Along side her training at JCD, she studied at UNLV – Ballet Seminars, Florida Youth Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, and Dance Educators of America. Rachael graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from Chapman University. While in University, Rachael was a selected dancer to perform in the piece Falling Angels, by Jiri Kylian from Nederlands Dans Theater. Right after college, she was asked to perform in A Night of Entertainment in Prague, Czech Republic. Once returning from overseas, she then moved to NYC to further her dance career. Shortly following, Rachael performed in A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre. She performed in the Dr. Oz Health Corp Gala, and has performed at the City Center in NYC and Maui, Hawaii with Nextstep Dance Company. Rachael has taught dance all over the world and loves to share her love for dance with others. Her choreography has won numerous awards across the nation and she has won several Teacher of the Year Awards. Alongside performing and teaching, Rachael has a love for fitness. She is certified in barre and has become one of NYC's top teachers at Exhale Spa. With her love of movement, she is excited to share her knowledge with you all.

Ryann Alvarez
Jazz

RYANN ALVAREZ started dancing at the 7 years old and has trained in all forms of dance. She trained at Murrieta Dance Project under the ownership of Erin Babbs. Ryann is represented by one of the most exclusive agencies in Los Angeles, MSA where she has danced along side some of the industry’s best. During her extensive training, Ryann was awarded many scholarships along with bringing home regional and national titles throughout her elite competitive years. During her dancing career, she found a passion for teaching and choreography and started teaching at the age of 15. Since then, Ryann has used her knowledge and education to push future generations in their dance training. In 2018, Ryann had the opportunity to travel to Australia to teach, where she was able to share her love of technique and choreography with hundreds of dancers from across the country. Currently, she continues to teach and choreograph across the USA. From coast to coast, her students and choreography have won countless Regional / National/ International awards. Ryann is so excited to start her journey with KAR convention!

Sydney Moss
Musical Theater

Sydney Moss was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She grew up training at Studio 413, signed
with a dance agency at 14 years old, and moved to LA after high school to pursue her career. Since then,
Sydney has worked with choreographers such as Nappytabs, Sean Bankhead, Tyce Diorio, Chris Scott,
Melissa Garcia, Bryan Tanaka, Nicky Anderson, Andrew Winghart, Phillip Chbeeb, Mia Michaels,
Tessandra Chavez and more. She has danced for multiple pop artists such as Janet Jackson, Doja Cat,
Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. Her dance credits also include Pepsi, McDonald’s,
Google, The Billboard Awards, The Lortel Awards, High Strung Free Dance Film, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and
more. She also spent a full summer performing professionally at CFRT Regional Theatre in a musical–
singing and acting as well as dancing.

Tony Catalanotto
Lyrical

Tony Catalanotto is a New Orleans, Native. He has over 20 years professional stage and teaching experience and prides himself in being trained in all forms of dance. Tony travels the country performing, teaching master classes, judging, and choreographing for various dance companies from the East to West coast. Tony is best known for his traditional lyrical style, jazz, and broadway style Musical Theatre. His choreographic composition is meaningful, powerful, and always makes a statement. His versatility as a dancer, actor, costume specialist, and choreographer has all allowed Tony to gain credits covering a variety of fields in the entertainment industry, including Cajun Spice Productions, Paper Doll Promotions, Walt Disney and Paramount Parks. Tony’s students have gone on to work professionally in Cats, Jersey boys, and west side story on Broadway, Gus Giordano, Norwegian Cruise Line, Louisiana State University Tiger Girls, New Orleans Saintsations, Houston Ballet, and Los Angeles Ballet to name a few. One of his biggest rewards over the last few years was hosting several community wide workshops with other local studios to raise money for “I’m a Dancer Against Cancer”. With a heart as good as gold and a soul as pure as water, Tony not only trains his students technically, but he lays a foundation for a love of the arts that goes above and beyond any studio walls. To Tony, growth is more important than any trophy and he inspires his students to push beyond the mold that the dance world has created.

Will Simmons
Hip Hop

William “Big Will” Simmons is a professional dancer and Award-winning
choreographer who has danced and worked with some of the biggest names in
the entertainment industry such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo,
Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Prince, Lil Nas X, BTS and is a tour dancer for TLC.
But, one of his most memorable moments was getting to work with Childish
Gambino in the iconic “This is America” Video!

William’s talent in dancing has lead him to becoming an awesome choreographer
and dance instructor. He has choreographed for summer tours, was a main
choreographer for his role as a Mouseketeer on Disney’s “Club Mickey Mouse,”
and just recently was a choreographer for NBC’s newest dance show coming
soon, “Dancing with Myself.”

William has had sold-out workshops and one of his main passions is traveling
around the world teaching and mentoring dance students!

Zach Saunders
Tap

Originally from Columbus, OH and currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Zach has created a name for himself as both a dancer and performer as well as a sought after teacher and choreographer. His career has allowed him multiple performance opportunities across film, television, and stage. Select credits include: Warner Bros. feature film, ‘Project X,’ ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ assisting the legendary Michael Rooney on the television project, ‘Hit Record,’ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza, a Ford Super Bowl commercial starring James Franco, performing with China’s top 5 artists on Hunan TV’s New Years Countdown, and a world tour with pop artist Adam Tyler. Most Recently he worked with the band Walk The Moon as the assistant choreographer for the popular “Shut Up and Dance” music video. Zach cites tap as his truest love, and credits much of his training and artistry to both Gregg Russell, as well as Parris Mann and Rashida Kahn. Zach has had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing at studios both nationally and internationally, and can be found on tour with “Art of Movement” and “Kids Artist Revue” national dance conventions, as well as teaching for competitive studios in the greater Los Angeles area, where he hopes to inspire the next generation to love and appreciate dance as much as he does. Zach’s goal is to approach every class with a kind heart and constructive eye, pushing the dancers to not only believe in their movement, but most importantly in themselves.

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The KAR Dance Convention Showcase is an informal showing for the parents to see what the dancers have learned throughout the day. Parents are encouraged to take photos and videos of their dancer to capture the fun and excitement of the weekend. The showcase lasts approximately one hour and includes:

 Master Teacher Introduction

 Class Performances

 Scholarships

 Photo session

 FREE of charge

 Master Teacher Autographs

The showcase is free of charge and we encourage all family members to come and watch what the dancers learned throughout the day.

Any and all dancers who are not attending via a previously received scholarship.

The dancers are selected by the master teachers.

Yes, in order for a parent to observe class they need to purchase an Observer Band for $20.00.

No. All classes (Including the Protege Performer Audition) as well as the Parent Observer bands are all NON-REFUNDABLE.