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.
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 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.
Nicole Doerr is an award-winning dancer and choreographer with many accomplishments. She owns and directs a studio in Farmington Hills, MI with her mother. Her students have received many top awards at regional and national competitions, including 2 National Championships in 2016. She was the co-director of Burn The Floor...with the Doerr's Performing Arts Camp, an annual camp that took place in Fenton, MI that drew in dancers from all over the USA for 10 years. Nicole developed a love for dance growing up in her mother's studio. She was a member of the Detroit Pistons Dance Team: Automotion. During her time with Automotion she was hand-selected by Brian Friedman to perform with him in the opening number of ESPN's PRODANCE along with many other great opportunities. Nicole also performed at a Superbowl XL event in Detroit and helped to promote Britney Spears' perfume line, Curious. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was accepted into the dance program, and was a member of Impact Dance Theater while she was there. Nicole has traveled all over the United States through her dancing, and she also toured in Australia performing and taking master classes from Australian teachers. Nicole has trained with the Joffrey Ballet of New York and many professional choreographers and instructors. She was also accepted into the National Ballet of Canada School. Many of Nicole’s students have went on to pursue college dance programs, college dance teams, performing arts schools, Cirque de Soleil, Broadway, and many have continued on to be dance teachers. She has been judging nationally for many years and also teaches on convention circuits throughout the United States and Canada. Nicole strives to instill her love, passion and knowledge for dance with all dancers.
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.
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.
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