Born and raised in Orange County, California, Angela Mattern immediately found a love for dance. Angela began training extensively in jazz, contemporary, ballet, and modern dance very early on, and has recently discovered a passion for Los Angeles' jazz funk and hip hop scene. She previously attended the Orange County High School of the Arts with the Classical/Contemporary Dance Department, and has performed as a soloist with the Nouveau Chamber Ballet. Angela earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at the California State University of Long Beach where she had the opportunity to study from world-renowned dancers and choreographers and gain inspiration from other aspiring artists. While in college, Angela was a proud member of the nationally ranked CSULB Dance Team under the direction of Rey Lozano, and was also a founding member of the modern dance company, LeverageDance. Angela recently appeared on the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards dancing behind the Black Eyed Peas and Jack Black. Upon graduating college, Angela Mattern accepted a contract with Holland America Cruise Lines as a dancer in their at sea production shows, and spent time touring Asia, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean, and Alaska. Angela is currently pursuing her career in dance in Los Angeles with The Movement Talent Agency.
Jordan Leitson comes from Cleveland, OH and brings over 20 years of dance experience. He is currently the Co-Owner and Co-Artistic Director of Jordan Center Dance. He was the first worldwide recipient of the prestigious Al Gilbert Memorial Tap Scholarship. Jordan has studied at Point Park University, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance center, UNLV – Ballet Seminars, and Florida Youth Ballet. He has performed in Disney World, Jazz on Tap Festivals in Atlanta, The David Lynch Show, Doug Benz’Cinderella (danseur and Geppetto) and performances with The Next Project at New York’s City Center Theater and in Maui, Hawaii. He was also featured in Stepp Stewarts Off Broadway hit Red Hot Broadway. Jordan specializes in contemporary, lyrical, tap, ballet and jazz technique and choreography. He has judged and taught for many outstanding dance competitions and conventions around the country. He enjoys teaching and inspiring dancers to be the BEST they can be.
Kristi Fair began dancing at the age of three in Riverside, California. At the age of 10 she began dancing for the prestigious West Coast School of the Arts in Cypress, California. During Kristi’s competition years she took top honors in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. In 2001 Kristi opened her own dance studio where she teaches tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. In the past four years Kristi’s students have received high top honors at competitions at both the regional and national level. Kristi has choreographed for local theaters, high schools, and colleges earning top honors. Kristi spends a lot of her time traveling teaching master classes. Kristi received her training from teachers and choreographers such as Cory Finn, Tina D’Amato, Paula Kessinger, Amy Bates, Dawni Novak, and many teachers\choreographers in the LA area.
Patrick 31, began his dancing career at a very early age growing up and training at his Mother's dance studio in Bowie Maryland. His professional career started right out of high school with off broadway shows and national tours of the Broadway musical "Footloose" choreographed by AC Ciulla. He then went on and was a backup dancer for 2 years for Toni Braxton's Las Vegas show "Revealed". He has backup danced in music videos and shows for artists such as Toni Braxton, Amerie, Mario,Lupe Fiasco, Cassie, and Corbin Bleu to name a few. He was featured in the major motion picture "Step Up 2 The Streets" choreographed by Jamal Sims. His television debut was a 4 episode stint for ABC's "One Life To Live" and performed on NBC's "The View". Pat has also performed with Rasta Thomas' "Bad Boys Of Dance". Pat has been on the KAR Convention faculty for 6 seasons. He is extremely passionate and loves nothing more than working with young artists and passing on his knowledge and love for dance.
Skylar Joy Schultz is a performing artist who grew up in from Racine, WI. She received her BFA degree in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked with Keigwin & Co, Jess Hendricks, Troy Powell, Garfield Lemonius, The Dizzy Feet Foundation and Capezio’s 125th Anniversary Show choreographed by Mandy Moore. This Spring Skylar will be relocating to Las Vegas, NV to pursue a career in the dance industry.
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