Born & raised in Fullerton, CA, Alex began her dance training at a young age. After dancing both competitively & artistically, she is now a graduate of The University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance (2015).
Alex has spent inspiring summers with Interlochen Arts Camp, Brockus Dance Project, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, & River North Dance Chicago. She had the opportunity to tour 14 cities of China with Art.If.Act Dance Project in The Great American Dance Tour, as well as assisting Sam Watson at the Bolzano Summer Dance Festival in Bolzano, Italy.
In the fall of 2016, Alex assumed Guest Artist in Residence for the UNLV Department of Dance for two semesters. She had the pleasure of teaching all ages of dance at Millennium Dance Complex Las Vegas, The Rock Center for Dance, The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, and Theatre Arts Prep School Las Vegas.
Alex performed on Dancing with the Stars: Showstoppers, danced with Walk The Moon at Life is Beautiful and has performed in several events presented by Cirque Du Soleil. She most recently wrapped up her five years as a full-time ensemble dancer & soloist in The Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil, where she assumed Dance Captain and Artist Coach (2015 - 2020).
She has now relocated to Los Angeles, CA, represented by Go2Talent Agency. She most recently performed in Paris Jackson & The Struts new music video "Low Key In Love." She currently teaches the students of Pasadena Dance Theatre, Elite Dance Center, and The House Dance Complex.
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!
Andrea Woodward is the owner of Hermitage Dance Academy in Nashville, TN. In 2014 Andrea was nominated for the Industry Dance Awards choreographer of the year. Andrea has won countless awards for her stylistic and emotional choreography and for her students’ technical ability, including both Teacher of the Year and Choreographer of the Year every year from 2008 - 2015 at KAR Nationals. Andrea has been teaching lyrical on the KAR Convention circuit teaching since 2011. Andrea is certified by Dance Masters of America and holds a B.S. degree from Cumberland University in Nashville, TN.
Patrick 31, began his dancing career at a very early age growing up and training at his Mother's dance studio in Bowie Maryland. His professional career started right out of high school with off broadway shows and national tours of the Broadway musical "Footloose" choreographed by AC Ciulla. He then went on and was a backup dancer for 2 years for Toni Braxton's Las Vegas show "Revealed". He has backup danced in music videos and shows for artists such as Toni Braxton, Amerie, Mario,Lupe Fiasco, Cassie, and Corbin Bleu to name a few. He was featured in the major motion picture "Step Up 2 The Streets" choreographed by Jamal Sims. His television debut was a 4 episode stint for ABC's "One Life To Live" and performed on NBC's "The View". Pat has also performed with Rasta Thomas' "Bad Boys Of Dance". Pat has been on the KAR Convention faculty for 6 seasons. He is extremely passionate and loves nothing more than working with young artists and passing on his knowledge and love for dance.
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 received a full dance scholarship to the prestigious Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 17. 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, 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 International Adjudicator, Master Teacher/Choreographer, NYC Tap Legacy Foundation Ambassador and the Elite Company Director at JDSD in Columbus, Ohio. Tiffany is committed to sharing her love of dance through mentoring, educating and teaching proper technique across the country.
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.
At KAR Convention, all Junior, Teen and Senior dancers (ages 9 & Above) that are registered for the full workshop & Protege Performer Audition will be participating in the Protege Performer Scholarship Audition Class. Dancers must audition by their age as of January 1, 2021. During the class prior to the audition, students will learn a jazz routine. During the audition, the dancers will be broken up into groups and the KAR Convention Master Teachers will evaluate. Dancers will be chosen by the Master Teachers in each of the following age groups: Junior (9-12), Teen (13-15) and Senior (16-19). The selected students will be announced at the end of the showcase. These students will be the "PROTEGE PERFORMER"! All Protege Performers will be called up on stage at the end of the Closing Showcase on Sunday afternoon and the winners and remaining runners-up in each age division will be announced.
Once you are a Protege Performer Winner in one regional city, you are not eligible to be a Protege Performer (Winner or Runner-up) in another city. Protege Performer Runners-up may continue to audition in other cities to become a Protege Performer Winner.
*All Protege Performer Winners must attend at least 5 cities.