The Most Inspiring Day
Of Dance Education!

KAR Convention 2021 / Join the hottest master teachers from across the country for this one day dance convention! Come to dance, walk away inspired!

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Where
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
Host Hotel
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-491-1234
179.00 cut off 9.3.21
When
October 3, 2021
8am – 5pm

Faculty Members

Alexandria Kessinger
Jazz

Dance has always flowed through Alex Kessinger’s veins. Raised in Southern California, she started her wonderful journey with dance at the age of 4 at her mother’s dance studio, West Coast School of the Arts. Alex started working as a child actor and dancer at the age of 6, where she had the opportunity to be a part of numerous commercials, print work, and even danced with Martin Short in Disney’s Santa Clause 3. Dancing has also given Alex the unique opportunity to participate in various competitions where she has won many awards and National Titles. After winning a national title in 2011, she got to travel to Australia to represent the United States where she won the gold. After her competitive dance career, she furthered her education at Chapman University, where she was one of few that was awarded a talent scholarship to go along with her scholastic one. Alex graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University in 2016 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Theater Technology. Currently, she is signed with MSA Talent Agency. Some of her achievements have been dancing with Jojo Siwa, assisting on national commercials with Michael Rooney, television shows such as the newest hit tv show “GLOW” with Marguerite Derricks, a digital backup dancer in Paula Abdul’s tour “Straight Up Paula”, and dancing in and choreographing for music videos. Alex’s most recent dance achievement is becoming a full time faculty member on The Dance Xperience Convention, all while still pursuing the “starving artist’s” dream!

Mark Orsborn
Tap

Mark Orsborn is a tap dancer, choreographer and teacher born and raised in Washington, D.C. He is a former soloist with the Tap America Project (TAP) and was featured at the Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary and Smithsonian 150th Anniversary. Mark's early professional training started when he was a member of the pre-professional tap company "Tappers With Attitude" (TWA). He also studied with Debbie Allen and was an original cast member of her show, “Brothers of the Knight”. Mark co-founded his company, The JaM Project, in 2007 and has been recognized by The Washington Post, Dance Spirit, and numerous film festivals for his projects. The JaM Project was a winner at the 2016 Capezio Ace Awards, which recognizes the top emerging choreographers in the commercial dance industry. In 2017, the company's show, "Good Times, Bad Times" premiered a 30-minute set at Dancerpalooza's "25 Live" in Long Beach, CA and a 60-minute set at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The JaM Project was featured on Season 2 of NBC's "World of Dance" and continues to perform around the country.

Mark is the Director of The JaM Youth Project, a youth tap company focused on choreography and dance film production. The company attracts young tap dancers from all over the country and has received support from news outlets and national recording artist, The Doobie Brothers. Tap dance films created by the company have screened at the L.A. Dance Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Philadelphia Screendance Festival, American Dance Festival's "Movies by Movers" and Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival (Vancouver, BC). They have also been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine.

Mark's choreography was recognized in 2015 by the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC and he co-choreographed the closing number at both the 2015 and 2016 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards in New York City. He was a contributing choreographer and performer for YouTube's "Brandcast" at Radio City Music Hall. Mark was also a part of the Signature Theater's choreography team for its production of "Billy Elliot" and was nominated for a 2019 Helen Hayes Award. Mark Orsborn is a tap dancer, choreographer and teacher born and raised in Washington, D.C. He is a former soloist with the Tap America Project (TAP) and was featured at the Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary and Smithsonian 150th Anniversary. Mark's early professional training started when he was a member of the pre-professional tap company "Tappers With Attitude" (TWA). He also studied with Debbie Allen and was an original cast member of her show, “Brothers of the Knight”. Mark co-founded his company, The JaM Project, in 2007 and has been recognized by The Washington Post, Dance Spirit, and numerous film festivals for his projects. The JaM Project was a winner at the 2016 Capezio Ace Awards, which recognizes the top emerging choreographers in the commercial dance industry. In 2017, the company's show, "Good Times, Bad Times" premiered a 30-minute set at Dancerpalooza's "25 Live" in Long Beach, CA and a 60-minute set at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The JaM Project was featured on Season 2 of NBC's "World of Dance" and continues to perform around the country.
Recently, Mark began directing The JaM Youth Project, a youth tap company focused on choreography and dance film production. The company has already attracted young tap dancers from all over the country and received support from news outlets and national recording artist, The Doobie Brothers. Tap dance films created by the company have screened at the L.A. Dance Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Philadelphia Screendance Festival, American Dance Festival's "Movies by Movers" and Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival (Vancouver, BC). They have also been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine.

Mark's choreography was recognized in 2015 by the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC and he co-choreographed the closing number at both the 2015 and 2016 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards in New York City. Recently, Mark was a contributing choreographer and performer for YouTube's "Brandcast" at Radio City Music Hall. He was also a part of the Signature Theater's choreography team for its production of "Billy Elliot" and was nominated for a 2019 Helen Hayes Award. Mark has recently been on faculty for numerous tap dance festivals including DC Tap Fest, Jersey Tap Fest, OC Tap Fest, Orlando Tap Fest, Make Some Noise Tap Festival, RIFF: Rhythm in Fusion Festival, and Taps Alive.

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.

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. Some of her 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. She has also had the opportunity to choreograph while in Australia. 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 11th year on staff for KAR conventions. She was honored to be one of the judges for the very first KAR live in Australia. She is known for her warm heart and huge hugs!

Nancy O'Meara
Jazz

Nancy O’Meara is a noted dancer, choreographer, director and mentor. Nancy was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts with a strong technical background, trained in all forms of dance. Her choreography is known to be fast paced and powerful.



NANCY O’MEARA IS CURRENTLY THE GO-TO CHOREOGRAPHER AND MOVEMENT COACH FOR THE MAJORITY OF HOLLYWOOD RECORDS ARTISTS. SHE HAS PERFORMED AND WORKED WITH RECORDING ARTISTS AND ACTORS INCLUDING MILEY CYRUS, JENNIFER LOPEZ, KELLY CLARKSON, BRITNEY SPEARS, LL COOL J, USHER, PAULA ABDUL, REBA MCENTIRE, MIKE MYERS, MARTIN SHORT, VANESSA WILLIAMS, BEA MILLER, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, BRITNEY SPEARS, QUEEN LATIFAH, JOHN LEGEND AND THE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL TOUR.

HER CHOREOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE DIRECTION CAN ALSO BEEN SEEN ON CARLY RAE JEPSEN, JASON MRAZ, COLBIE CAILLAT, BIG TIME RUSH,, HILARY DUFF, JESSE MCCARTNEY, ALY AND AJ, VANESSA HUDGENS, ASHLEY TISDALE, GREYSON CHANCE, MATHEW KOMA, OWL CITY, CHARLIE PUTH AND 10 WORLD TOURS WITH MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ARTIST AND LATIN SUPERSTAR CHAYANNE.

HER TELEVISION CHOREOGRAPHY CREDITS INCLUDE HANNAH MONTANA, AMERICAN IDOL, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, TEEN CHOICE AWARDS, KIDS CHOICE AWARDS, BILLBOARD AWARDS, GRAMMY AWARDS, SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, ICARLY, THE TONIGHT SHOW, SNL, REGIS AND KELLY, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ELLEN, GRAMMY AWARDS, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, MTV AWARDS, BET AWARDS, KIDS CHOICE AWARDS, LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS

NANCY’S CHOREOGRAPHY CAN ALSO BE SEEN IN TOP MUSIC VIDEOS FOR MIRANDA COSGROVE, HILARY DUFF, VANESSA HUDGENS, JESSE MCCARTNEY, ASHLEY TISDALE, JACK AND JACK, MATHEW KOMA, GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ELVIS COSTELLO, PAULA ABDUL AND MANY OTHERS.

HER COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGNS ARE BURKER KING, DENTYNE ICE AND DEGREE DEODORANT.

HER FEATURE FILM DANCE CREDITS INCLUDE THE WEDDING PLANNER, 13 GOING ON 30, THE COUNTRY BEARS, FOREST GUMP, AUSTIN POWERS: GOLD MEMBER, AND CLERKS II. NANCY HAS PERFORMED IN A VARIETY OF SPECIALS INCLUDING THE GRAMMY AWARDS, THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS, THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE BILLBOARD AWARDS, AND THE LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS AND ON TELEVISION SHOWS THAT INCLUDE "THE TONIGHT SHOW" AND ELLEN.

Rachael Leitson
Musical Theater

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachael began her training at the age of 3 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. Rachael 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. Right after college, she was asked to perform in A Night of Entertainment in Prague, Czech Republic. Once returning from overseas, she then moved to NYC to further her dance career. Shortly following, Rachael performed in A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre. She performed in the Dr. Oz Health Corp Gala, and has performed at the City Center in NYC and Maui, Hawaii with Nextstep Dance Company. Rachael has taught dance all over the world and loves to share her love for dance with others. Her choreography has won numerous awards across the nation and she has won several Teacher of the Year Awards. Alongside performing and teaching, Rachael has a love for fitness. She is certified in barre and has become one of NYC's top teachers at Exhale Spa. With her love of movement, she is excited to share her knowledge with you all.

Tony Catalanotto
Contemporary

Tony Catalanotto is a New Orleans, Native. He has over 20 years professional stage and teaching experience and prides himself in being trained in all forms of dance. Tony travels the country performing, teaching master classes, judging, and choreographing for various dance companies from the East to West coast. Tony is best known for his traditional lyrical style, jazz, and broadway style Musical Theatre. His choreographic composition is meaningful, powerful, and always makes a statement. His versatility as a dancer, actor, costume specialist, and choreographer has all allowed Tony to gain credits covering a variety of fields in the entertainment industry, including Cajun Spice Productions, Paper Doll Promotions, Walt Disney and Paramount Parks. Tony’s students have gone on to work professionally in Cats, Jersey boys, and west side story on Broadway, Gus Giordano, Norwegian Cruise Line, Louisiana State University Tiger Girls, New Orleans Saintsations, Houston Ballet, and Los Angeles Ballet to name a few. One of his biggest rewards over the last few years was hosting several community wide workshops with other local studios to raise money for “I’m a Dancer Against Cancer”. With a heart as good as gold and a soul as pure as water, Tony not only trains his students technically, but he lays a foundation for a love of the arts that goes above and beyond any studio walls. To Tony, growth is more important than any trophy and he inspires his students to push beyond the mold that the dance world has created.

Your Dancers
Will Thank You!

Convention Price List / 5 classes + showcase at only $175

5 Classes

$175
 Jazz
 Tap
 Lyrical
 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater

5 Classes +
AUDITION WORKSHOP +
1 Parent Observer Band

$235
 Jazz
 Tap
 Lyrical
 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater

$20 Parent Observer Band

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