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
Visalia Convention Center
303 E. Acequia
Visalia, CA 93291
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!

Kevin Nguyen & Dea Sevilla
Hip Hop

Kevin Nguyen and Dea Sevilla are an accomplished, engaged dancing duo. They met during Keone and Mari’s project, “Daydreamer,” for Dance for A Wish, a charity show for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Kevin and Dea are both technically trained in various styles including, ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. They trained in hip hop under Jabbawockeez own, Rainen Paguio and Kevin Brewer on Future Shock San Diego and Super Galactic Beat Manipulators. Dea furthered her training with America’s Best Dance Crew’s Boxcuttuhz and Lando Wilkins.

The duo currently dances for Choreo Cookies, one of Southern California's best hip hop dance teams. They are champions at Body Rock Dance Competition, World of Dance, and Vibe Dance Competition.

Over the years the duo has worked with top music artists including Pharrell Williams, Jawan Harris, Korean Pop Artists: B1A4, 2PM, JYP, Troublemaker, Sunmi, and Gee Kazz. Kevin was a featured dancer in an Android watch commercial and a principal dancer for Fox’s hit TV show, “X Factor.” Dea was a featured dancer on Fox's "Mobbed," and the Ellen Degeneres show and has worked with Casio G-Shock for their “Shock the World Tour” in Singapore.

They are world renowned choreographers, having taught dance classes and judged competitions in Spain, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Russia, Switzerland, Paraguay, Singapore, Philippines, Germany to name a few.

Together, they’re currently touring with World of Dance as judges, performers and choreographers and are Master Teachers for KAR Dance Convention.

Kristen Hibbs
Musical Theater

Kristen Hibbs was born and raised in sunny San Diego. She started dancing at the early age of 3. At the age of 14, she was assisting dance classes under the guidance of San Diego Dance Centre owner, Sharon Keller. While being mentored by Sharon, Kristen was also busy competing for SDDC in regional/national dance competitions. She was also a member of the Rancho Bernardo High School dance team.
Kristen graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School in 2000. In the summer of that same year, Kristen joined the United Spirit Association staff and taught dance camps for high schools all along the California coast. She then went on to dance on the national championship dance team at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Ca. In 2002, Orange Coast College won a berth to the UCA national finals in Orlando, Florida. "Coast" was the first junior college to win the national title in division 1A. It was a great experience for Kristen and her dance career. While dancing with OCC, Kristen made her way to North Hollywood to train at the nation's famous dance studios; Millennium Dance Complex and The Edge Performing Arts Center. Later that year the OCC dance team was asked to be part of the hit comedy "The Hot Chick". Kristen moved home from Orange County in 2003 and became a head instructor for the San Diego Dance Centre.

Kristen has had the pleasure of training with some of the nation's most respected instructors and choreographers, including Dee Caspary, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Cory Finn, and Mark Goodman. Kristen has always aspired to one day own and operate her own dance studio. In August of 2007, Kristen acquired the San Diego Dance Centre. She is happy to be living her dream as a studio owner and is looking forward to her future endeavors.

Megan Carcioppolo
Jazz

Megan is from San Diego California. She was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for two
years where she performed with country music stars Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Trace
Adkins and Kacey Musgrave’s. She also traveled overseas for the 81 st USO Tour.
Graduated from The University of Arizona, studying Arts, Media and Entertainment,
with a minor in dance. While in college, Megan was Captain of the Pride of Arizona Pom
Line. She began her dancing and pageant career at the young age of three years old;
receiving notoriety including several National and International Titles. The most
prestigious award was winning Junior Dancer of the Year in 2006. Megan went on to
compete in Australia representing the United States where she competed against kids
from all around the world and won the world title at the age of thirteen. She was also
Miss Teen Starpower, and Starpower spokes woman, Miss Dance America, Urban Dance
Wear Model, Discount Dance and In-style Magazine Model. She can also be seen in
National Television commercials such as Bratz dolls and a co-starring role in Disney’s
Wizards of Waverly place with Selena Gomez.
Megan is currently the Head Coach of the University of Montana Dance Team.

Raymon Ashley
Tap

Raymon Ashley found his passion for dance at the young age of 8 years old, while residing in Northern California. He went on to attend the University of Arizona where he continued to study dance and furthered his training extensively in the styles of Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap where he graduated with his BFA in Dance. Raymon immediately went on to pursue a professional career in dance, booking jobs with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble as well as the David Taylor Dance Theatre, both companies located in Denver, Colorado. Raymon has had the honor and privilege of working with legendary educators and choreographers, Donald McKale and Milton Meyers. After pursuing his career in the "company" world of dance, Raymon made his way to San Diego as well as Los Angeles where he turned his sights to the "commercial" industry of dance. He booked steady work dancing in Industrials, Pepsi and Ford commercials as well as Music Video's with some of the music industries top recording artists. Once Raymon fulfilled his passions as a dancer, he began pursuing his career as a dance educator. His fresh, upbeat approach to teaching has made him one of the most popular and in demand teachers in Southern California as well as across the Country as a guest teacher. When not traveling as one of our fabulous Directors, Raymon spends much of his time traveling with "Fusion Dance" and "KAR Dance" Conventions. The VERY MOST rewarding opportunity in Raymon's life, is being the proud father of his amazing son, Rylan.

Sara Brendel
Lyrical

Sara Brendel is a native of St.louis, MO and has years of dance training and performance experience. She started her professional career dancing for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines. She has worked industrial shows and special events for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Nissan Motors, Siemens Technologies, and several other companies with Event Show Productions. She performed in Branson, Missouri with the production shows "Dino's - Somewhere in Christmas" and "The Shoji Tabuchi Show”. Sara also danced in the Broadway-style production of "Katonga" at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay. Sara has performed beside talented dancers with the Les Grand Ballets Canadians and appeared in the musicals “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, "The Music Man", and "42nd Street". Sara received her education from Columbia College Chicago and Webster University as a dance major with a concentration in choreography. She has choreographed numerous nationally award-winning pieces and has received several choreography awards as well as having her work featured on ESPN. Her work has also been performed by the SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee,WI. Sara's students have been accepted into prestigious dance programs at the Edge Performing Arts Center, Oklahoma City University, Chapman University and several other universities. Many of her students have successful dance careers performing with world tours, professional dance companies, production shows, music videos and cruise lines. Sara is a faculty member for KAR Convention and a judge for Rainbow Connection and Kids Artistic Revue Dance Competition. She has had the honor of teaching and judging talent across the country as well as internationally with Kids Artistic Revue in Australia. Sara encourages her students to push their boundaries and to never settle.

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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