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
Gateway Center
One Gateway Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
When
October 17, 2021
8am – 5pm

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

Caley Carr
Tap

J. Caley-Ryan Carr is represented by "Go 2 Talent Agency" in Los Angeles. Has been dancing professionally as his life's dream and can't wish for anything more. Most recently has been featured in “Dance Magazine.” As one of the Top 25 Breakout Stars of 2018 and also just recently had a Q&A article for the “Tap Issue” for “Dance Spirit Magazine,” all of this of course with his beautiful fiancée, Kelsey McCowan. He has contributed tap choreography for Derek Hough that has been featured on “Dancing With The Stars”, “Good Morning America”, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and the “Move Live Tour” with his sister Julianne. Along with performing with Derek Hough in his “Kairos” music video and his “Singing in the Rain” recreation performed at the Hollywood Night Under the Stars” hosted by George Clooney. Caley has spent time as a company member in “Rhapsody in Taps”, under the direction of Linda Sohl-Ellison, and has also been a company member of “Taps Sounds Under Ground,” directed by Greg Russell. Now you may have seen Caley on Season 9 of “So You Think You Can Dance” as a featured dancer. Or possibly seen him in a credit card suit tap dancing for a creditcards.com commercial. You may have also caught him performing for the Pasadena POPS Orchestra, conducted by Michael Feinstein. Or caught him tapping it away in Baku, for the 2015 European Olympic! (Baku- under Russia, next door to Turkey) But hopefully you have seen him as part of a dynamic duo with his amazing dance partner Kelsey McCowan. Together they have done countless performances and are constantly working together to make new exciting pieces. Check out more of their work and adventures on Instagram @caleyandkelsey

Faliceano Turk
Hip Hop

Faliceano Keith Turk was brought into the world of entertainment at the early age of 8, with Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus. Faliceano learned most of his hip-hop skills and his dance technique as well as his Vibrant character which he displays from life’s courses of ups and downs. His hard hitting energetic style is what keeps his kids at the top of LA’s lists in all major competitions, shows, and projects far and wide. Partnered along with wife Summer Turk they have created the name K.A.S.T.(Keith and Summer Turk) Academy of the Arts that has taken a multitude of 1st place, top 1st, highest in categories, and countless title awards.
KAST is a leading entertainment academy that has been featured on many shows and television competitions recently. The academy is known for its high turnover rate of successful athletes and dancers. Faliceano's choreography can now be seen on shows such as Ellen, and So You Think You Can Dance New generation!! His training has led students to dance for P.diddy, Bet awards, Target commercials, AGT, and Disney. With a dancers career success rate at 90.4 % this studio brings the best out of students that travel distances for their training.
From choreographing a Bollywood bhangra for artist Sukshindar Shinda  from India, to landing a nationwide commercial along side of good friend D-trix ABDC/(quest Crew) he has also grabbed the attention of directors to score a part in the award winning broadway musical "WICKED".
Meeting with and auditioning for artist such as Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Madonna, Faliceano continues to push his students to the L.A. level to land jobs and gain knowledge of their future industry.
Faliceano says "Dance with no limits, leave the floor buzzing with your name on it.”
Dance Styles include: Hip-Hop, Jazz, African dance, and Lyrical.

Nancy O'Meara
Guest Faculty Drop-In Class - $10 per dancer.

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.

Ryann Alvarez
Jazz

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!

Tony Catalanotto
Lyrical

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.

What is the Protege Performer Program?

NEW Protege Performer Program!

Protege Performer Audition only $30

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.

Protege Performer Winners will receive:

  • $500 scholarship to a 2022 Hollywood Dance Experience
  • KAR Convention Tour Scholarship, to be used at any KAR Conventions during the 2021-2022 season
  • Exclusive Protege Performer Swag Bag!
  • Featured in Protege Concept Video featured on KAR Youtube Channel
  • Assist Master Teachers at all 2022 KAR Conventions
  • Host Hotel Accommodation Included!

*All Protege Performer Winners must attend at least 5 cities.

Protege Performer Runners-Up will receive:

  • $300 scholarship to a 2022 Hollywood Dance Experience
  • One KAR Convention Tour Scholarship to be used at any KAR Conventions during the 2021-2022 season

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Your Dancers
Will Thank You!

Convention Price List / 6 classes + showcase at only $165

6 Classes

$165
 Jazz
 Tap
 Lyrical
 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater
 Audition Workshop

6 Classes +
Protege Performer Audition +
1 Parent Observer Band

$215
 Jazz
 Tap
 Lyrical
 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater
 Audition Workshop

$20 Parent Observer Band

Register Now