The Most Inspiring Day
Of Dance Education!

KAR Convention 2018 / Join the hottest master teachers from across the country for this one day dance convention! Come to dance, walk away inspired!

Where
San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
When
September 30, 2018
8am – 5pm

Master Teachers / yes, teachers who understand students of all ages and abilities because they currently teach at dance studios like yours!

Christopher Babcock
Jazz


Originally from San Jose, CA, Chris is trained in many styles of dance with a few including: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap and Ballet. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from Chapman University. Following Graduation, he was fortunate to travel and perform in Prague, Czech Republic in the historic National Theatre of Prague. He is represented by one of the most prestigious talent agencies in New York City; Mc Donald-Selznick and Associates (MSA). Chris was a featured dancer in the opening number for Intel's Keynote Speaker at the 2015 & 2016 International CES Convention in Las Vegas, NV. He performed in the extravagant opening number at the 2016 Cisco Live event at the Mandalay Bay Arena. He had his television debut on season 6 of the Hit TV show GLEE as a member of Vocal Adrenaline. He is also a dancing avatar in the video game: Just Dance Disney Party 2. Chris currently resides in New York City and has danced in Cirque du Soleil's production of "The Beatles LOVE" at the Mirage Hotel and Casino as well as "Steve Wynn's Showstoppers" at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last year Chris traveled to Mumbai, India to perform for a very high profile private event. He has danced on Saturday Night Live in an opening number performance with Jimmy Fallon. He most recently could be seen performing alongside the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He is an award-winning choreographer and master teacher for his work and education at studios as well as high school dance teams across the United States.

Daniel Aries
Lyrical

Daniel Aries began his journey in the dance world at the age of 15 competing for a local dance studio in his hometown in Northern California. Before dance, he was an all star baseball player. After competing at numerous competitions in his short competition career, in 2001 Daniel took home the title of Mr. Dance America at KAR National Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shortly after graduating from high school, Daniel signed a contract to perform for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines touring the Western Caribbean on the Monarch of the Seas. Once the contract ended Daniel relocated to Southern California where he continued his career in the dance industry teaching for a couple of studios in the Southern California area as well as joining the incredible team at Kids Artistic Revue. Today, Daniel has been working at Kids Artistic Revue for 14 years. Now a National Director with KAR, Daniel has really found his passion working in the dance competition circuit traveling all over the U.S. and watching the incredibly talented dancers as well as seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  

Daniel Longo
Musical Theater

Daniel Longo, Co-Founder and Owner of East Coast Artists Dance Center is a choreographer, teacher and dancer from Long Island. He is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Dance, and Master's Degree in Business Administration from Dowling College. After appearing on Sesame Street when he was only 10 years old, Daniel has gone on to perform and choreograph for the Alvin Ailey showcase in New York City directed by Kat Wildish and continues to choreograph for their showcases. Daniel is a regional and national judge for several competitions including StarQuest, Kids Artistic Revue and International Dance Challenge. Daniel is also the co-founder Artistic Director of Arrhythmia Dance Company. Through Arrhythmia Dance Company, Daniel has choreographed for SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Binghamton, Silvercreek High School and has done master classes at SUNY Binghamton and Monticello High School and many other studios as well. He has also worked with Erica Sobol of colliEdance and Allison Holker from So You Think You Can Dance through Arrhythmia Dance Convention. Recently, Daniel’s choreography was chosen to go before the executive producers for the 2012 season of America’s Got Talent. Also in 2012, Daniel was personally hand picked by Katee Shean from Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance to assist her at an Excel in Motion master class. Daniel was also chosen to work with Chehon and Eliana from Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance for the official convention in Las Vegas. Daniel’s choreography was also chosen to present at the Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC at the Symphony Space, as well as New York City's Dance Week at the Dixon Place. Most recently, Daniel was selected as a finalist for the Artist Simply Human's National choreography competition, theDANCEproject in Atlantic City.

Mark Orsborn
Tap

Mark Orsborn is a tap dancer, choreographer, and master teacher. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mark began his dance career at the age of five. He was a soloist with the Tap America Project (TAP) and featured in such events as the Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary and Smithsonian 150th Anniversary. Mark is a former member of the tap company, Tappers With Attitude (TWA). During his time with TWA, Mark had the opportunity to perform on a regular basis on stages and theaters across the United States. Mark was also an original cast member in the Debbie Allen production of Brothers of the Knight. At the age of 16, Mark began assisting Laurie Johnson on the Tremaine Dance Convention circuit. He parlayed his experience and extensive training to begin teaching and choreographing. Mark quickly built a following and became an in-demand choreographer and master tap teacher. For years, Mark choreographed and taught for numerous dance studios and companies. His choreography was recognized in 2015 by the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC and he has co-choreographed the closing number for the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards for the past two years. Mark was also a finalist for the 2016 Capezio ACE Awards which honors emerging and influential choreographers in the commercial dance world. Mark is currently on faculty for dance conventions such as the KAR Dance Convention, Starpower Power Pak, and Dance Masters of America. Mark is the co-founder of the company, The JaM Project, and was recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine and The Washington Post for his choreography and concept video production. The youth sector of the company, The JaM Youth Project features tap dancers from across the United States and has recently been featured on WUSA 9 Great Day Washington and received recognition from classic rock artists The Doobie Brothers.

Melissa Ruiz
Hip Hop

Melissa Ruiz was born and raised in Miami, FL where she began dancing at the age of 4 and continued her training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern throughout her school years. Later moving to Orlando, Fl brought her many opportunities in the dance industry performing for local recording artists, MTV, Nickelodeon Studios, McDonalds, Miller Beer and Surf Expo. In addition, she has choreographed for NBA’s Orlando Magic Dancers, Orlando Predators, FSU's Golden Girls, along with countless dance studios, high school and college dance teams throughout the country. She currently teaches and choreographs Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary along with directing 5 Hip Hop competition teams in the Central Florida area. Melissa is now owner/creator of Underground Dance Xperience and continues her determination to bring more opportunities to the Florida dance community.

What is the Audition Workshop?

Back by POPULAR demand! Audition Workshop for only $25

The Audition Workshop is a one-hour educational experience for dancers of all ages who are interested in pursuing a professional career in dance or commercial work. The Audition Workshop is led by one of our accredited master teachers and is designed to better prepare the dancers for any auditioning experience.

The class will provide all of the fundamentals and knowledge for a successful audition. The workshop is broken down into sections, focusing on the important topics you can expect at a professional audition.

All of these useful tools and tips can be applied to everything in a dancer’s career, from auditions to interviews and much more! The Audition Workshop is in a setting that is nurturing and supportive and is also educational and fun! The cost is $25 per dancer to attend this exclusive experience. Do not miss this incredible opportunity!

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Your Dancers
Will Thank You!

Convention Price List / 5 classes + showcase at only $125

5 Classes

$125
 Jazz
 Tap
 Lyrical
 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater

5 Classes +
AUDITION WORKSHOP +
1 Parent Observer Band

$170
 Jazz
 Tap
 Lyrical
 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater

$20 Parent Observer Band

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