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!
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 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.
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!
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.