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!

Where
Columbus Convention Center
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
When
October 10, 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!

Hollind Hardy
Tap

Hollind Hardy grew up in California and Texas where she found a love for dancing, singing, and acting. Growing up as a competitive dancer she was trained in multiple styles including jazz, ballet, contemporary, musical theater, etc... but soon found her niche in tap dancing. After high school she joined a professional company, Rhythmic Souls Tap Company, where she was able to teach at multiple dance studios throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, educating to students of all ages. During this time Hollind was able to take classes and learn from world renowned tap dancers such as Anthony Morigerato, Nick Dinicolangelo, Acia Gray, and many more. Once relocated to Los Angeles in 2019 she began to take professional classes with Rhythmatic Tap Co. and trained in multiple styles at Edge Performing Arts Center and other studios. She also began working for Kids Artistic Revue as an emcee, where she travels nationally working dance events. Currently Hollind is back in Dallas/Fort Worth where she continues to train, teach, choreograph, and take every possible opportunity to refine her skills and help her students learn in a safe and dedicated environment.

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!

Ryann Alvarez
Lyrical

RYANN ALVAREZ started dancing at the 7 years old and has trained in all forms of dance. She trained at Murrieta Dance Project under the ownership of Erin Babbs. Ryann is represented by one of the most exclusive agencies in Los Angeles, MSA where she has danced along side some of the industry’s best. During her extensive training, Ryann was awarded many scholarships along with bringing home regional and national titles throughout her elite competitive years. During her dancing career, she found a passion for teaching and choreography and started teaching at the age of 15. Since then, Ryann has used her knowledge and education to push future generations in their dance training. In 2018, Ryann had the opportunity to travel to Australia to teach, where she was able to share her love of technique and choreography with hundreds of dancers from across the country. Currently, she continues to teach and choreograph across the USA. From coast to coast, her students and choreography have won countless Regional / National/ International awards. Ryann is so excited to start her journey with KAR convention!

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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