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
Long Island Marriott
101 Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553
When
November 18, 2018
8am – 5pm

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

Kiara Brown
Lyrical

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.

Mario Velez
Hip Hop

Mario Velez Jr. is a professional hip-hop choreographer and dancer\performer. Mario has toured and worked with artists such as Omarion, TLC, Rock Steady Crew, Fergie, My Chemical Romance, Brandy, Boyz II Men, Doug E. Fresh, Paula Abdul & many others! He has also toured with the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters! Mario is currently performing and choreographing for the National Recording Artist, Jasmine Hormez and for Automatic Response Dance Crew which was featured on the show’s first season of “ America’s Best Dance Crew!”. He has also done work with the NBA and WNBA Phoenix Suns Dance Team, The Seattle Supersonics, The Warrior Girls , The Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop Squad. He has trained dancers that have worked with artist such as: Lady GaGa, The Jabbawockeez, Jason Derulo and pricipal dancer David Hallberg from ABT, and many others. Mario has also started an exciting and very passionate Dance Studio called Diverse Elements. His diversity also includes choreography for shows, Splash and Bottoms UP in Las Vegas NV, and Jubilation in Reno, NV. This was all possible because of his long time partner and wife Melissa Velez. Mario has one saying that he lives by-"Hip-hop is not just rapping and music, it is a culture, a way of life!"

Michelle Richey
Musical Theater

Michelle received her education in dance from Long Beach State and CSUF. She worked for United Spirit Association (USA) for 6 years as a songleading head coach. For over 10 years, Michelle made her home at Disneyland® Park, performing in both parades and live shows such as the “Queen Mary” and the “Spruce Goose” show. She has performed for many superstars like Milton Berle, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jackson and Frankie Avalon. Her most recent choreography credits include “Grease”, “Anything Goes”, “Cabaret”, “Oliver”, “Peter Pan”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Godspell”, “The Wiz” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Michelle also was the proud owner of MKR Productions, which is now part of the Dance Precisions family. Her choreography
and students have been the recipients of many regional and national titles. Many of her students have performed on TV and in music videos, receiving scholarships to major universities, and become nationally ranked choreographers themselves. Michelle also works for Kids Artistic Revue and is in her 8th year on staff for KAR conventions. Michelle is currently a teacher and an award-winning choreographer at Dance Precisions. She is known for her warm heart and huge hugs!

Renee Ritchie
Jazz

Renee Ritchie has been dancing for many years starting her dance training in Tasmania (Australia) at the age of 5.  In 2007 at age 17 she made the move to Sydney to pursue her dance career studying full-time at Brent Street Dance Studios.  

Since graduating, Renee has had a very successful journey in Australia being a contestant on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance, making it to the Top 12. Renee also has worked as a dancer for Artist such Major Lazer, MO, J Balvin, Farruko, Wisin, Gente De Zona, Nicky Jam, Omi, Fitz and the Tantrums, Reedfoo, Kylie Minouge, Kelly Clarkson, Tina Arena, many more. 

Renee is trained is all styles of dance from Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, House, Wacking, Ballroom many more. 

Renee recently performed in Vegas on the latin grammy’s with Artist Farruko and Gente De Zona and performed at Univision Telethon in los angeles for latin artist Wisin and Chiquis Rivera. 
In 2015 Renee did TV series Every Single Step on App Go90. Looking for Americas new upcoming Choreographer. Mentored by Brian Friedman and produced by Niguel Lithgow. Making it to the top 6 of the series. 

Renee choreographed Seasons 4 SYTYCD Australia and working closely with many other choreographers and dancers throughout the season. 
She co-choreographed Paula Abdul's "Check Yourself" Music Video.  Winning an award at the World Choreographer Awards. 
Also she recently choreographed Music Video for one of Australia’s biggest pop stars Dami Im. New hit song “Fighting For love”. 

Renee currently works with company LUX Convention as a faculty member and Judges for KAR Live and Legacy Dance Championships.

Renee is a very well rounded and experienced teacher/choreographer that has a passion for teaching, giving and bringing her own style to share with other dancers around the world.

Tiffany Schlater
Tap

Tiffany has over thirty-five years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater and several styles of tap dancing including Broadway to Hoofing. She served as Dance Captain in the production “Kizmet” at the Ohio State University at age 16 and received a full dance scholarship to the prestigious Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, Illinois. She has performed at the Capital Building in Washington D.C., the Chicago Theater, in the promotional tour for the movie “TAP”, various industrials, charity events and on television. Tiffany has performed with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Savion Glover, Lane Alexander, the late Gregory Hines and was an original member of the “ETC” Tap Company. She has also had the honor of studying under such greats as Gus Giordano, Henry LeTang, Sandman Simms, Jimmy Slyde, Derick Grant and the Emmy winning Jason Samuels Smith. Tiffany has earned the titles Teacher Of The Year & Top Choreographer on Regional and National level and her choreography has been featured in the New York City Tap Extravaganza and Industry Dance Awards in Hollywood, CA and Las Vegas. Her students can be found on television, Broadway, movies and professional dance companies. Tiffany has been recognized by Stanford Who’s Who of America, Ohio House of Representatives for her dedication to the Arts and is a member of the International Tap Association. She now serves as a National Adjudicator, Master Teacher/Choreographer, NYC Tap Legacy Foundation Ambassador and the Elite Company Director at Judy Dollenmayer Studio of Dance in Columbus, Ohio. Tiffany is committed to sharing her love of dance through mentoring, educating and teaching proper technique across the country.

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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