What is the Protégé Performer Program?

If you want nothing more than to dance with The KAR faculty as much as possible, work, work, work to become a KAR Protégé. Dancers with varying skill levels are chosen in every city on tour. The KAR Protégé program gives dancers the opportunity to train with The KAR choreographers in every regional city. Plus, members receive free tuition for a FULL calendar year.

In addition to going on tour with The KAR staff, Protégés make invaluable connections with some of the industry’s biggest names. These connections are theirs to keep for a lifetime and definitely come in handy down the road. Protégés also get discounted rates to attend classes at the Hollywood Dance Experience. Working alongside choreographers and creative directors like Nancy O’Meara and Alex Kessinger & Rachael Leitson is an award that keeps on giving. Anytime spent with this faculty is an opportunity hundreds of thousands of aspiring dancers desperately want.

The great thing about KAR is any dancer can participate and learn. Whether you’re just starting dance or working towards the Elite Protégé status, KAR gives its resources to everyone. These resources land their dancers gigs with artists like Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and many more. To feel the rush that KAR’s environment brings to your body, come join us this season.


NEW Protégé Performer Program!

Protégé Performer Audition only $30

At KAR Convention, all Junior, Teen and Senior dancers (ages 9 & Above) that are registered for the full workshop & Protégé Performer Audition will be participating in the Protégé Performer Scholarship Audition Class. Dancers must audition by their age as of January 1, 2021. During the class prior to the audition, students will learn a jazz routine. During the audition, the dancers will be broken up into groups and the KAR Convention Master Teachers will evaluate. Dancers will be chosen by the Master Teachers in each of the following age groups: Junior (9-12), Teen (13-15) and Senior (16-19). The selected students will be announced at the end of the showcase. These students will be the "PROTÉGÉ PERFORMER"! All Protégé Performers will be called up on stage at the end of the Closing Showcase on Sunday afternoon and the winners and remaining runners-up in each age division will be announced.

Once you are a Protégé Performer Winner in one regional city, you are not eligible to be a Protégé Performer (Winner or Runner-up) in another city. Protégé Performer Runners-up may continue to audition in other cities to become a Protégé Performer Winner.

Protégé Performer Winners will receive:

  • $500 scholarship to a 2022 Hollywood Dance Experience
  • KAR Convention Tour Scholarship, to be used at any KAR Conventions during the 2021-2022 season
  • Exclusive Protégé Performer Swag Bag!
  • Featured in Protégé Concept Video featured on KAR Youtube Channel
  • Assist Master Teachers at all 2022 KAR Conventions
  • Host Hotel Accommodation Included!

*All Protégé Performer Winners must attend at least 5 cities.

Protégé Performer Runners-Up will receive:

  • $300 scholarship to a 2022 Hollywood Dance Experience
  • One KAR Convention Tour Scholarship to be used at any KAR Conventions during the 2021-2022 season

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The highlight of my weekend is workingwith the dancers in the Audition Workshop!
I love helping them toprepare for successful auditions!
- Michelle Richey, Master Teacher

2021 Protégé Performers  

Katie Albright

Katie Albright began dancing at the age of 2. Her competition career began on the KAR stage at age 4. She is a five-time national solo champion and won the KAR Elite Miss Teen Dance America title in 2020. Katie trains in all styles of dance at the Element Dance Center in La Mesa, California where she has been on the competition team for the last 13 years. She is a proud member of the American Tap Company and competed at the 2018 and 2019 IDO World Tap Championships in Germany (the Olympics of dance) where she earned 3 silver medals for Team USA. Katie is also a two-time world champion in Latin ballroom dance. She is an active volunteer with Dancers Against Cancer and Feeding America. Katie was crowned International Cinderella Miss in 2018. A professional model and actress since the age of 3, Katie has appeared on TV, in commercials and magazines, on runways and numerous toy and costume packages. Katie is a junior in high school at The Cambridge School where she is a student leader and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Her favorite subjects include history, literature, varsity debate and Greek. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, singing and frequent visits to Disneyland. Katie is 16 years old and resides in San Diego, California. She plans to dance her way through college and attend law school.

Makaelah Argueta

I am from Houston TX. I started dancing when I was 6 years old. From a shy little girl I have gained my confidence through my love for dance. I have been competing for the past 4 years. In this past year as a junior performer I have learned so much and really challenged myself. I pushed myself and was determined to grow in my acro skills and my technique. I train at J-Dance Company in South Houston I train in jazz, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. My favorite type of dance is Jazz! In 2018 I performed with the Houston Ballet in “The Nutcracker” and in 2021 I was recognized as a All-Star and got to compete with amazing dancers . In 2021 I also won Miss Junior title . Dance is how I get to express myself and get to really show the fun and sassy side of me. Outside of dance I love fashion and love to bake.

Mia Barone

Mia is a 14 year old competitive dancer who has been dancing for 12 years. Currently, she trains all forms of dance, with Ballet being her favorite. Mia has studied with teachers from the east to west coast, and has attended many conventions across the country. Mia has gotten to work with Marinda Davis on several projects over the past few years, and these are opportunities she will never forget. She has won numerous awards, scholarships And Titles since starting competitive dance at age 6.
Those include: *National Miss Petite KAR 2016, National Miss Junior KAR 2017, 2019, and Miss Teen KAR 2020, 2021 *Rainbow dancer of the year:
Petite 2017, Junior 2018 & 2019, Teen 2020 & 2021*Hollywood Vibe Junior Dancer Of the year 2017 *In10sity National Junior Con10der 2018 and 2019 And National Teen Con10der 2021 *Jump VIP winner 2017 *Radix Mini Female Core Performer Winner 2017 *Beyond the Stars National Junior Title winner 2018
*Dance Makers Scholarship winner 2018 and 2019 *TDX Protege winner 2019
*Nuvo Junior Female Breakout Artist winner 2020 *Nuvo Teen Female Breakout Artist finalist 2021 *Elite Dance Cup National Teen Title winner 2020 *Showstopper AllStar 2021 Mia is also a cheerleader for her high school and an assistant teacher at her dance studio. She assists around 7 classes a week in addition to taking 13 hours of class of her own.

Emma Bowles

Meet Emma Bowles! She dances at Judy Dollenmayer Studio of Dance from Gahanna, Ohio. She is 16 years old and has been training for the past five years. She trains in acrobatics, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre. She’s apart of her schools show choir as well! Her favorite styles to perform are jazz and lyrical and her favorite lyrics dance step to do is turns. She’s so excited to be apart of this program and can’t wait to dance with everyone!

Kylee Brady

Kylee was born and raised in Southern California. From the very young age of 1 years old she has enjoyed music, dancing, and singing. At just 20 months old she asked to go to dance class. Her journey began taking ballet and tap. Her very first performance was just shy of turning 3 in her dance studio’s recital. It was that recital tap dance that had her fall in love with performing. Kylee at the age of 11, now trains in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and tumbling at her studio. Kylee has had a solo since the age of 5 years old, with many top overall placements as well as winning scholarships for her solo performances, and standing out at conventions. Kylee’s favorite styles are tap, hip hop, and jazz funk. She looks to learn and excel more in all styles to continue to grow in her dance education.

Addison Brill

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Lucas Cardona

Lucas started dancing at 3 years old training in all genres. After finding a love for hip hop at age 8 he decided to train more in the style & became a member of Brickhouse’s crew program in NYC. Lucas’s love for dance grew after being introduced to the convention world. He began attending The Pulse on Tour & Monster’s of Hip Hop. In 2017, at age 9, he was awarded both Lead Counselor & Kid Cast which allowed him to tour, assist, & train with the best in the industry. Lucas is on his 6th year dancing with NBA’s Brooklyn Nets Kids. He has performed on stage with Justin Bieber at MSG & danced with Pharell at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. He can be seen dancing in the Kidz Bop “One KISS” video. You can also see him throughout the “In The Heights” film where he was casted as a principle kid dancer & most recently in the upcoming 2022 Disney film “Better Nate Than Ever”. Aside from dance Lucas also enjoys playing basketball, and football. His plans are to continue to have fun being a kid, continue his training, focus more on his choreography, & eventually go on tour.

Hannah Colin

Hannah Grace Colin from Lifetime’s hit TV show Dance Moms, is from New Albany, IN. She has been dancing since 18 months at DanceWorks. Hannah has performed with Jojo Siwa, Eden
XO and Darryl McDaniels from Run DMC. Not only does she dance but she sings, acts, models, plays the ukulele and the bass guitar. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with
friends, shopping and riding her skateboard. Hannah is an advocate for her personal platform: Kindness Wins - Teaching others how to overcome bullies with kindness.

Bryanna Fernandez

Bryanna Fernandez is an energetic 16 year old high school junior. Bryanna was born and raised in Victorville California. Bryanna has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 and has been a competitive dancer since the age of 5. Bryanna currently attends Elevate Dance & Fitness Studio in Rancho Cucamonga, directed by Wynesha Groce. Bryanna studies and practices all forms of dance but feels most at home in the style of Hip Hop & Jazz. Since the age of 10 Bryanna has been signed with the Movement Talent Agency (MTA). Bryanna has had the great opportunity to appear in two game shows, Drop that Seat & Family Game Night. Bryanna has also appeared in two dance commercials, LOL Surprise and Party Popteenies. From the age of 10 to 15 Bryanna was fortunate to be part of the Lythgoe Family theater productions in Pasadena California as an on-stage dancer. Bryanna is extremely grateful to be part of the Protege Program for the 2021 KAR Convention tour, Bryanna can't wait to meet new friends and train with the KAR Team.

Adelaide Glenn

My name is Adelaide Glenn, and I’m 11 years old (but I’ll be 12 by San Diego). I just started my first year in junior high. I am with Republic Edge Dance Company in Cypress, Texas which is my home away from home. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 and competing since I was 6. Dance is my life! I just want to keep pushing myself to grow as a dancer and hope to make it a career one day!

Berlynn Gonzalez

My name is Berlynn Gonzalez. I’m currently 15 years old and i’m from corona, California. I started dancing competitively at the age of 10 and i’ve been in love with it ever since! At the age of 13 i started training at OCPAA in Anaheim, california. It was here that I decided I wanted to take dance more seriously so I tried out for their pre professional program called OC pro. I am now on year 2 of being apart of OC pro and i’m so extremely grateful for the opportunities it’s brought me. I learn from some of the best. Through dance I’ve been able to accomplish a lot. From winning titles, winning competitions, receiving scholarships, to having the privilege of being apart of assistant programs and now this! i’m ecstatic to have this opportunity with KAR. KAR was one of the first conventions/ competitions I had ever been to. I cant wait to share the dance floor with you and I hope to see you at a KAR convention this year!

Ciara Hines

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Mariah Humphrey

Mariah “Riah” Humphrey is a 14 year-old high school freshman. She trains in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Tap. She started dancing at 18 months old, started competing at 3 years old, and won her first National Title at 5 years old. She is a accomplished dancer who has won several National Championships and National Titles over the years. In 2019 she was selected to the 2019-2020 TDX dance convention tour as a Lead Counselor. She got to assist and learn from some of the most amazing industry choreographers. Along with dance she enjoys performing in local theatre productions. She has performed in Aladdin, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Long King, The Grinch, and played Clara in The Tumbling Nutcracker. Riah is a current member of the tap company So-Cal Junior Hoofers Club, directed by Michelle Miner. She also belongs to a young women’s leadership group. The group strives to grow young leaders who positively impact their peers and their community. When she’s not dancing she enjoys playing soccer, roller skating, and driving her Jet Ski on the bay.

Anny Juvera

Ever since Anny Juvera was 3 years old, dance became the center of her world. She began her dance competition journey at just 4 years old and continues to stun judges to this day. Currently a sophomore at the San Diego of Creative and Performing Arts, Anny is steadfast about the discipline of dance. She enjoys learning all facets of dance from Ballet to Hip Hop but she counts Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz as some of her favorites. “Watching her artistry unfold on stage moves me every time”, notes her mom.
As a former martial artist, Anny knows hard work and effort is the key to success. “People who do not give up motivate me because I can relate. It’s about self-belief and knowing you can do it. I love seeing people succeed.”
With Signature Dance Academy behind her, Anny Juvera humbly won the title KAR National Champion and most recently, was named KAR Protégé. “Being a KAR protégé means the world to me. It’s truly an honor and I can’t wait to begin this journey.”
Her ultimate and only goal is to become a professional dancer and choreographer, eventually showcasing what she learned to students around the globe.
When she’s not dancing, she loves spending time with family and friends or simply listening to music.

Chloe Lutosky

Chloe Lutosky is a 16-year-old junior from sunny San Diego. A relative latecomer to dance, Chloe began her competitive dancing career at The Element Dance Center just five years ago. Proving it is never too late to start dancing, Chloe immersed herself in all genres, training upwards of 20 hours a week. Her hard work has paid off! While she has earned several regional 1st Overall High Point awards, titles and scholarships, the highlight of Chloe's year was being awarded Miss Dance America and Miss National Photogenic at KAR’s National Competition this summer. Prior to finding her passion for dance, Chloe spent much of her time in in front of the camera working in print, commercial and film. Chloe finds dance to be an extension of acting and she loves bringing storylines to life through her dance. Chloe can still be seen as regular on the Fine Bros Kids React/Teens React today.

Lauryn Martin

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Lacey Mashurn

Dancing since the age of 4, Lacey Mashburn has trained at South County Dance Company in the areas of jazz, musical theater, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz-funk, hip-hop, and acro. She has trained with multiple choreographers such as Clarisse Takemoto, Sara Gentile, Nicole Hagen, Matthew Kubitz, Vickie Roan, Marlena Arellano, and Kelley Guise. Lacey has danced competitively for 7 years, winning numerous titles, scholarships, and awards. Most recently she was honored to win the junior National KAR Title in Las Vegas and the KAR Convention Scholarship.
Lacey loves competing and performing in all avenues of dance and dreams of dancing professionally one day. She has earned the Hollywood Experience Dance Scholarship and participated in the Youth Summer Intensive with Entity Contemporary Dance Company. Lacey is honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a KAR Protege and is looking forward to incredible new experiences ahead.

Ayden Nguyen

Ayden Nguyen is from Dallas, TX. He is 12 years old and began dancing at the age of 5. Although he is mainly known for hip hop, he also trains in ballet, jazz, contemporary, breaking and tumbling. He was a Pro NFL Dancer for the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Squad. He travels regularly back and forth to LA for dance training, projects and jobs. Ayden has also traveled to Singapore, where he discovered his love for freestyle battles and was Radikal Force Jam 7-to-Smoke Junior All Styles Battle Champion 2019. He has performed live with mega artists such as Justin Bieber, Pharrel, Lil Wayne, Rosalia and Travis Scott. Ayden was also part of The Lab on NBC World of Dance Season 2 winners of the $1M grand prize. He has appeared in several TV Shows, commercials and ads – including H&M, Ellen, America’s Got Talent, Chuck E Cheese, Neiman Marcus, and KidzBop. He is excited to travel and train with the KAR faculty and take his dance training to the next level.

Ainsley Reagan Dobbs

Ainsley Reagan Dobbs was born in Roswell, GA to Mark and Melanie Dobbs. She is the youngest of four children and the only girl. She began showing interest in the entertainment industry at a very young age. In addition to her love of acting, Ainsley Reagan also models, sings and is a very accomplished competitive dancer training and performing across the US. She currently trains and works in the Los Angeles area.

Isabelle Richards

Isabelle Irene Richards is a 17-year-old San Diego based dance artist. She is a senior who currently attends High Tech High school and Mesa college concurrently. She has attended The Element Dance Center for the last 7 years and teaches the pre mini,mini and petite classes . She strives to gain as many dance skills as possible and also trains with Malashock dance and The Brea space.She choreographed the California Cinderella Music Video, “Stand By Me” along with several other HTH dance team performances.
She is the founder and CEO for her own non- profit organization that serves Wounded and injured service members. This organization is what has shaped her future aspirations of attaining her BFA in dance and to open her own Dance Therapy studio.
Isabelle trains in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys Contemporary,Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. In 2020 Isabelle was recognized as the National KAR Senior Overall winner in virtual Las Vegas. In 2021 she won several overall senior Elite awards as well as Miss Senior Dance. For 8 weeks in 2021 she served as a dancer assistant to Angela Cifone and traveled all over the country working with younger dancers who were learning new skills.
In addition to dance awards Isabelle was named the Navy Military Child of the Year award for her leadership, community service and resilience. She was nominated along with over 1000 other military children and received her award in Washington, D.C.

Maggie Sherrill

Maggie Sherrill is 15 year old high school sophomore from High Point, NC. She began dancing at the age of 3 at Starz Elite Dance Center. She trains in all forms of dance and especially enjoys lyrical and jazz. Maggie has received many top overall placement awards on a regional and national level. She was a Regional KAR Title Winner and most recently won Miss Dance America at KAR Nationals in Myrtle Beach. Maggie was a 2021 ADMA scholarship recipient, Discovery Spotlight Scholarship winner, and an Inspire All Star. She has received numerous convention scholarships including JUMP VIP runner up, ASH Nationals Scholarship, and Groove Convention Scholarship. In addition, she has been featured in various lead roles within her studio including Clara in their annual Holiday Spectacular Presentation. Maggie also is a varsity cheerleader and active in student government.

Sari Shocket

Sari Shocket is 17 years old and a senior in high school. She has grown up in New Albany, Ohio and has been dancing since she was two years old and began competing when she was seven. At her studio, she assists and teaches private lessons to younger dancers. As well, she was awarded Team Member of the Year in 2019, Best Technique in 2021, and this year she is a captain for the competition team at her studio. As well, she is the assistant choreographer for the New Albany High School musicals and has taken classes at EDGE Studios LA and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her favorite styles of dance are lyrical and musical theater. Outside of dance, Sari’s favorite passion is volunteering. She serves as Vice President of her school’s Service Board and volunteers with children who have special needs. She looks forward to continuing her dance career in college either on a dance team or majoring in dance.

Alyssa Stallings

Alyssa Stallings: Alyssa is 13 years old and has been dancing since she was 3. She currently dances at C&C Dance Company in Bowie, MD. Alyssa loves all styles of dance but especially Musical Theater. Alyssa is an ambassador for Allyday photography. She uses her dance talent as a Dance Hope Cure ambassador, spreading awareness about childhood cancer. Alyssa loves that KAR supports families that have been impacted by cancer. She enjoys spending time with her identical twin, 4 dogs and family when she's not dancing. Her favorite thing about dance is knowing that she can be herself and show off her quirky side. Alyssa knows that hard work and determination can lead to wonderful things and hopes to keep working on her dance technique through studio classes, conventions and competitions.

Tessa Stallings

Tessa Stallings: Tessa is 13 years old and has been dancing since the age of 3. She dances at C&C Dance Co. in Bowie, Maryland. She loves everything about dance, from technique to entertainment. She is known as a Jazz Baby and lives for HipHop. She's been a part of the international HipHop team, representing America in the World HipHop Championship. She's been part of the first HipHop group, 34th & Phunk, to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Hollywood Christmas Parade. She's been part of the Big Stage TV show with 34th & Phunk. Tessa strives to learn new tricks and polish her technique whenever the opportunity presents itself. She has won numerous titles, with her 2019 KAR National JR Miss Dance being one of her favorite dance moments. Tessa is an ambassador for Allyday photography and Dance Hope Cure. When she's not dancing, she's hanging with her twin sister.

Macyn Swincicki

Macyn Swincicki was raised in New Albany, Ohio where she has been dancing for the past 11 years. She has won numerous overalls and titles dancing with the Broadway Bound Dance Centre Elite Competition Team. She has traveled to New York and Los Angeles to take classes at various studios including Edge Performing Arts Center; she has also taken classes under Broadway performers. While in New York, Macyn helped create choreography videos for Musical Theater International. Through dancing, she has learned to love all different styles of dance and takes classes in each. Macyn has found a love for dance and performs in various school and community events and has begun both choreographing and instructing individual and group numbers. She has helped choreograph school productions and other school events. She is currently a high school senior, dance team captain, and is planning to continue dancing after graduation. She is so excited to be a part of KAR’s conventions to help assist dance classes and meet new people!

Madeline Underwood

Madeline is from Jamestown, NC where she grew up training and competing. She won numerous first overall and title awards at both the Regional and National level during her competition career. She was featured on Season 7 of Dance Moms as a member of the Candy Apple Team. She was also featured in Bloch’s “Dance with Confidence” campaign shot by Jordan Matter. She is sponsored by both Bloch and Jo and Jax and loves to represent both of these companies. She currently trains at The Brea Space in their Launch program under the direction of Krista Miller. While at the space, she has appeared in music videos and also assisted many online dance classes. She has already begun her professional career, appearing on “This is Us” last season. She just finished filming a short film titled “Saturday night” where she played the lead role.