At the young age of 3, Cori Heckmann-Moody began her dance training and fell in love with the rhythms and sounds of tap. After thirteen years of training and assisting, it wasn't long before Cori knew she wanted to share her passion for tap with others. For twelve years, Cori directed the tap programs for several studios throughout California, and in 2015 opened her own studio, Roseville Academy of Dance in Roseville, CA. With recognition from today's most popular dance competitions, Cori has won numerous awards for her choreography, most entertaining acts, and highest scoring tap performances at both the regional and national level. Her students have received high point awards, title awards, scholarships, and have taken home top honors from many dance competitions. Cori spends her free time continuing her dance education, choreographing and teaching master classes for studios throughout the United States, judging dance competitions, and running a private lesson based business, CHM Dance Productions. Cori loves teaching dance and is very excited to be returning for her fourth year with the KAR Dance Convention.
Jessica has been dancing since the age of 8 and has trained in all genres of dance, making her a versatile teacher and choreographer. She trained with many studios & dance companies before settling into the world of teaching. Jessica currently owns & directs her own studio and dance company in Maryland, where her students are national champion competitors and performers. She has been a featured performer at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, PA, and she has participated in several events to honor National Dance Week. She was awarded with the Frank Hatchett Broadway Dance Center Scholarship along with the Los Angeles Dance Force, "Dance with the Force Award." Jessica was also named the American Dance Awards "Young Choreographer of the Year,” and her award-winning choreography can be seen throughout the country on both the competition & convention stages. Jessica is a part of the Dance Olympus/DanceAmerica and International Dance Challenge Faculty, where she has had the opportunity to travel to numerous cities, teaching master classes, judging dance competitions, and performing. Jessica graduated from McDaniel College with a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. She was also awarded the Richard Clower Award for Excellence.
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.
Kiara Brown started dancing at the tender age of 5 in Riverside, CA at Just Plain Dancin under the direction of Mandy and Terry Schulke.
Kiara’s training in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Salsa, Modern, Ballet, Heels and Hip Hop has led her to be awarded numerous scholarships.
Kiara is a National and World competition winning soloist. She represented the United States in Australia winning the International title and World Dancer Of The Year. She has done various commercials and Just Dance Video Games. Kiara has also performed with Brittany Spears, Will Smith, Usher, Mindless Behavior, Sade and Justin Bieber.
She currently teaches at various studios in Northern California and around the United States. She is committed to a positive dance education and is thrilled to share her passion for dance.
Michelle has taught Dance for 24 years and has taught for the KAR Convention for the last five years. Her training includes all forms of dance from local and world-renowned instructors. Michelle has won numerous awards and national titles, and has been awarded scholarships to Broadway Dance Center in New York, and Tremaine Dance Center in Los Angeles. Her credits include Capezio Model, Taffy’s Model, HBJ Model, “Welcome Freshman”, “Clarissa Explains It All”, “Fifteen”, “Mickey Mouse Club”, SeaWorld, Wet-n-Wild, Florida Lottery, and “Parenthood”.She has also choreographed for popular musical acts “NSB”, “REAL”, “2 for 1”, Emily & Amy Pratt, and “Next Generation Kids”. Her dancing has taken her to tour South America with Pollyanna Dorough and Howie D of the “Backstreet Boys”. Michelle owned and operated her studio Starz Studios Inc/Starz Dance Galaxy for 15 years. Her instruction earned her studio the honor of being in Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit Magazine naming Starz one of the top 50 studios in the country. The Federation of Dance awarded her studio in the top 25 for five consecutive years. Also naming them 7th in the country in 2011. Michelle’s love for dance has led her to a successful career in dance instruction. She had the honor of being the choreographer for the Orlando Magic Minis for Eight NBA seasons. In 2012 her dancers and choreography were selected to be a part of the NBA ALL STAR GAMES. She feels that she can make every child a “star” by giving them the proper training, love and encouragement necessary to help each student reach their full potential. Currently she continues to share her love of dance with her new students in Southern California.
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!