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
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48274
When
October 7, 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
Lyrical


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.

Dino Elias
Tap

Dino is a dance instructor at Forever Dance Lake Tahoe. He specializes in Tap, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Musical Theater. In 2012, Dino attended Jacob's Pillow in the pre-professional tap program, studying with Diane Walker, Lane Alexander, Derek Grand, Brenda Buffalino, and Lisa LaTouche. In December 2013, Dino performed in the first all tap show "Juba!", at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Dino choreographed and danced in "Red Hot Superstars" at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV. Dino performed in the Muny's production of Billy Elliot this past summer in St. Louis, MO. He has also performed with the contemporary dance company, Emerge, at The El Portal theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Dino has choreographed and taught master classes for studios throughout the West and East coast. Dino has been recognized on the national level for his choreography and teaching abilities, including two nominations for the Industry Dance Awards.

Jordan Casanova
Musical Theater

Jordan Casanova discovered her passion for dance at the young age of eight. Years of training tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and lyrical led to many things. Starting at Dellos dance studio and performing arts under the direction of Bobbie Dellos from age 8-15. Jordan then moved to Dance Precisions under the direction of Edith Montoya from the age 16 until she graduated. Mean while being trained by amazing choreographers like Donna Shepherd-Wood and Shannon Mather. She has won many awards throughout her dance career including WCDE senior dancer of the years 1st runner up and Miss world Starpower 2010. Jordan is the Spotlight Award winner of 2009 and also a top 8 finalist on season eight of the hit dance show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Jordan is currently living in North Hollywood California where she is pursuing her career in dance, singing and acting.

Kevin Hermann
Jazz

KEVIN HERMANN, now residing in San Diego, CA, began his dance training as a child in Albuquerque, NM. He went on to receive his formal training from the University of Arizona, where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in dance. He has had the privilege of performing works by world-renowned choreographers Mia Michaels and Dee Caspary, and has danced with Malashock Dance and Company and the San Diego Opera.

Kevin is a full time teacher and choreographer at The Element Dance Center in La Mesa, CA; winner of the 2008 FDC Pinnacle Cup. His students can be seen in national commercials for Welch's Grape Juice, Divaz Dolls, Target, Kraft, Mattel and McDonald's. He has also been awarded Teacher of the Year and Choreography of the Year from Kids Artistic Revue National Dance Competition.

Kevin has also added video and television work to his credits including commercials for Allstate Insurance, videos for Los Angeles based singer Brooke Wilkes, Melissa Lowe's The New Ballet Workout (Kultur Productions), and has appeared dancing on CBS with Miss America 2000, Heather Renee French.

Mr. Hermann continues to travel from coast to coast setting his high energy, unique choreography for kids of all ages and is in high demand for master classes and summer intensives. In addition, Kevin travels with the highly acclaimed Fusion Dance Workshops, a personalized in house intensive, to studios around the country. He enjoys sharing his love and passion for dance with kids around the country!

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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