The Most Inspiring Day
Of Dance Education!

KAR Convention 2022 / Join the hottest master teachers from across the country for this one day dance convention! Come to dance, walk away inspired!

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Host Hotel
Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
October 2, 2022
8am – 5pm

Faculty Members

Alexandria Kessinger

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

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.

Caley Carr

Caley Carr is a tap choreographer that hails from Southern California. Caley made his television debut on Fox’s hit tv show “So You Think You Can Dance” where he is still recognized as the tap dancing, mustache adoring surfer. He has also has been spotted on and most recently can been seen in Ty Dolla $ign featuring Post Malone’s hit single “Spicy.”

One of his recent credits includes Choregraphing for NBC’s hit show World of Dance.
Caley performed with Derek Hough in his “Kairos” music video and in his “Singing in the Rain” recreation performed at “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 spent multiple years as a company member of “Tap Sounds Under Ground,” directed by legendary Gregg Russell.

Caley has toured with Grammy Award Winner, Tim Kubart as his tap dancing side kick. He has also toured with Postmodern Jukebox, also widely known by the acronym PMJ, in a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee.
Caley was published in Dance Magazine as a “Top 25 Breakout Stars of 2018” and also featured a Q & A article in their “Tap Issue.”

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.

Will Simmons
Hip Hop

William “Big Will” Simmons is a professional dancer and Award-winning
choreographer who has danced and worked with some of the biggest names in
the entertainment industry such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo,
Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Prince, Lil Nas X, BTS and is a tour dancer for TLC.
But, one of his most memorable moments was getting to work with Childish
Gambino in the iconic “This is America” Video!

William’s talent in dancing has lead him to becoming an awesome choreographer
and dance instructor. He has choreographed for summer tours, was a main
choreographer for his role as a Mouseketeer on Disney’s “Club Mickey Mouse,”
and just recently was a choreographer for NBC’s newest dance show coming
soon, “Dancing with Myself.”

William has had sold-out workshops and one of his main passions is traveling
around the world teaching and mentoring dance students!

Your Dancers
Will Thank You!

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

5 Classes

 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater

5 Classes +
1 Parent Observer Band

 Hip Hop
 Musical Theater

$20 Parent Observer Band

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