The Most Inspiring Day
Of Dance Education!

KAR Convention 2019 / Join the hottest master teachers from across the country for this one day dance convention! Come to dance, walk away inspired!

Where
Reno-Sparks Convention Center
4590 S. Virginia St
Reno, NV 89502
When
September 22, 2019
8am – 5pm

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

Kristen Hibbs
Jazz

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.

Michelle Colon-Tijerina
Musical Theater

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.

Pytron Parker
Hip Hop

Pytron Parker is a Georgia native, building a life around the performing arts. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in theatre with a minor concentration in dance from Brenau University. Pytron has been changing dancers' lives for over 13 years. Her classes are creative, high energy, and challenging while incorporating tons of fun. Pytron is an award-winning choreographer yet, Pytron is most alive while performing on stage. Her favorite experiences include A Christmas Carol, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, White Christmas, In The Heights, Ragtime, Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain, Intimate Apparel and For Colored Girls. Pytron has worked professionally for theatres across the nation as well as toured this great nation storytelling. Pytron has also served as a motivational speaker influencing and providing guidance to the youth on many platforms. Pytron is ecstatic about sharing her gift and knowledge with dancers nationwide with Kids Artistic Revue Dance Convention!

Rachel Leitson
Lyrical

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachael began her training at the age of 3 with her mom, Mary Spaniola, at Jordan Center Dance. There she trained in ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater and Tap. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships throughout her childhood. Along side her training at JCD, she studied at UNLV – Ballet Seminars, Florida Youth Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, and Dance Educators of America. She performed in NYC for 3 consecutive years for the Dr. Oz Health Corp Gala. She has performed at the City Center in NYC and Maui, Hawaii with Nextstep Company. Rachael just recently graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from Chapman University. While in University, Rachael was a selected dancer to perform in the piece Falling Angels, by Jiri Kylian from Nederlands Dans Theater. After Graduating she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel and perform in Prague, Czech Republic. She is now working as a professional dancer in New York City. Rachael was recently in A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre. Alongside performing, Rachael loves teaching and educating. Her choreography has won numerous awards across the nation and she has won Teacher Awards as well. Rachael loves working with dancers and is excited to be able to share her knowledge and love of dance.

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.

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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