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!

Where
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
When
October 9, 2022
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!

Andrea Woodward
Contemporary

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.

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!

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!

Zach Saunders
Tap

Originally from Columbus, OH and currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Zach has created a name for himself as both a dancer and performer as well as a sought after teacher and choreographer. His career has allowed him multiple performance opportunities across film, television, and stage. Select credits include: Warner Bros. feature film, ‘Project X,’ ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ assisting the legendary Michael Rooney on the television project, ‘Hit Record,’ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza, a Ford Super Bowl commercial starring James Franco, performing with China’s top 5 artists on Hunan TV’s New Years Countdown, and a world tour with pop artist Adam Tyler. Most Recently he worked with the band Walk The Moon as the assistant choreographer for the popular “Shut Up and Dance” music video. Zach cites tap as his truest love, and credits much of his training and artistry to both Gregg Russell, as well as Parris Mann and Rashida Kahn. Zach has had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing at studios both nationally and internationally, and can be found on tour with “Art of Movement” and “Kids Artist Revue” national dance conventions, as well as teaching for competitive studios in the greater Los Angeles area, where he hopes to inspire the next generation to love and appreciate dance as much as he does. Zach’s goal is to approach every class with a kind heart and constructive eye, pushing the dancers to not only believe in their movement, but most importantly in themselves.

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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