KDA will host a National Dance Day celebration on September 19, 2020! We had anticipated an exciting celebration similar to our 2019 event, but 2020 is turning out to be a little different. While we will not host an in-person celebration, we WILL host an all day party filled with raffles, giveaways, and more! Join us as we celebrate our favorite day of the year. . . our national dance holiday!
Established in 2010 by American Dance Movement co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Dance Day is an annual celebration dedicated to dance, that encourages Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. By creating a focused day of celebration to show support for dance as a valuable form of exercise and of artistic expression, American Dance Movement aims to educate the public about dance and its many benefits, as well as make dance accessible and inclusive to everyone.
American Dance Movement (ADM) believes that participation in dance connects the mind and body, promotes health and wellbeing, connects us with others and enables us to find joy through dance and movement. National Dance Day (NDD) is a day of celebrating dance, in all its forms, and takes place annually on the third Saturday in September.
Accessible to everyone at every ability level, National Dance Day provides:
- An instructional video, made available online, for people to view, learn and share with others wherever they are
- American Dance Movement Co-Hosted events in two key cities, providing free dance classes and performances for all ages and skills levels, with information from a range of community dance organizations
- Nation-wide Event Registration that encourages and supports individuals & communities, as they celebrate NDD
- Strong online presence, allowing everyone to participate, no matter where they are across America
In celebration of our national dance holiday, KDA is so excited to join efforts with today’s TOP dance industry professionals by offering YOU a chance to experience a 1-hour private lesson. Check out our amazing line-up below and stay tuned to our social media handles to learn about how you can win!
Tiler Peck is an award-winning principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, an actress, choreographer and designer. Last summer, she added the title of curator to her ever-growing list of accolades, as she launched and starred in the Los Angeles Music Center’s presentation of BalletNOW, a part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance At The Music Center program. Tiler also starred in the Hulu feature documentary, Ballet Now from Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions with executive producer, Elisabeth Moss and director, Steven Cantor. Most recently, she had the honor of choreographing the box office smash action movie, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
Ms. Peck was born in Bakersfield, California where she began her dance training at the age of two at her mom’s dance studio. At the age of 14, she entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, full time. The same year, she became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet and in a few short months was asked to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Tiler was promoted to Soloist in 2006 and to Principal Dancer in 2009 where she remains to this day.
Tiler made her Broadway debut as Gracie Shinn in Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man at the age of 11 and also appeared on Broadway as Ivy Smith in the Tony Nominated On The Town. She portrayed the role of Louise in the Emmy-nominated production of New York Philharmonic’s Live From Lincoln Center production of Carousel and recently played the title role in Susan Stroman’s newest musical, Little Dancer, at the Kennedy Center. She is attached to star in the production, now called Marie, for its Broadway run.
Tiler’s most recent work can be seen in Season 7 of Ray Donovan where she appears opposite of Liev Shreiber and she will soon appear in the Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things. As a guest star, she was seen on Dancing with The Stars for three seasons, the Bravo TV show Rocco’s Dinner Party and on Julie Andrews’ Netflix series, Julie’s Greenroom. She also starred in the film Ballet 422.
Ms. Peck had the honor of performing for President Obama at the 2012 and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. She was the 2004 Mae L. Wien Award winner, the Janice Levin Honoree for 2006-2007, winner of the Leonide Massine’s Positano Premia La Danza for International Emerging Artists and a 2004 recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation- USA Dance Fellowship. In 2013, she was named Forbes 30 under 30 in Hollywood Entertainment and won the Princess Grace Statue Award. She also received the 2016 Dance Magazine Award.
Ms. Peck is the designer of Tiler Peck Designs for Body Wrappers, a line that includes leotards, dresses, tutus, undergarments, shorts and skirts that can be worn from workout to studio to street. Her first children’s book will be published on May 1, 2019 from Simon & Schuster, Katarina Ballerina. With the universal language of dance as a backdrop, the title character, Katarina, learns that with hard work and determination everything is possible and the qualities that make us different can often be our biggest strengths.
Saleemah E. Knight is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist in the concert and commercial dance realms, TV-personality, choreographer, television host, lifestyle influencer and professional dancer. She is currently a professor of dance and founding faculty at the highly-acclaimed University of Southern California, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Saleemah graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Arizona, School of Dance. As a selected fellowship recipient, she holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of California, Irvine. Saleemah was a featured dancer in Disney’s world-renowned Broadway Musical, The Lion King and is a concert and commercial dance choreographer and performer whose background includes training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, and Hip-Hop Dance from outstanding private schools/dance masters throughout the United States. They include yet are not limited to: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, River North Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, The Edge Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, and Broadway Dance Center.
Saleemah’s choreographic expertise has grabbed the attention of entertainers worldwide. She has been the selected choreographer for various performers, ranging from MTV Asia, to The Bay to the A Tour, featuring well-known recording artists Bosko Kante, E-40, Rick Ross, Lil’ Jon and Busta Rhymes and has done artist development for Akon’s singing sensation, Tami Chynn. Saleemah’s Contemporary Dance work entitled “The Drowning” was also performed at the American Cancer Society Benefit
Concert located in Beverly Hills, California, benefiting cancer patients across the United States. Saleemah provided movement coaching and artistic direction for Latin rap artist Daddy Yankee’s “Limbo” music video and was the choreographer for his “La Noche de Los Dos” music video, both directed by Jessy Terrero of Cinema Giants (formerly known as Terrero Films). Saleemah was also commissioned by Cinema Giants to choreograph the “Que Viva La Vida” music video for international Puerto Rican pop artist, Wisin (formerly of Wisin y Yandel) as well as the “La Malquerida” music video for Latin pop princess, Chiquis Rivera. Saleemah has provided movement coaching for recording artist Wiz Khalifa as well as created choreography for Jan and Dean’s legendary hit “Surf City” on behalf of Cigna Healthcare.
As an instructor Saleemah offers repertoire and technical development to students in the concert dance realm as well as movement coaching for recording artists. She provides discussion workshops regarding the pursuit of the arts in the concert, commercial and academic realms. During the academic season, she has provided undergraduate dance courses at the University of California, Irvine and Santa Ana College in Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop Dance. She has also taught Modern and Jazz Dance technique as a guest instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and as a graduate associate at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been an invited guest
speaker and Jazz master class instructor at Loyola Marymount University, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Tremaine Dance Conventions, CLI Studios, Laguna Dance Festival, Ballet Plus Miami, New Century Dance Project, Dance Teacher Magazine’s Dance Teacher Summit and Break the Floor’s Dancer-Palooza event, among many other nationally and internationally recognized dance workshops and festivals. Saleemah was an international guest master teacher and choreographer for St. Petersburg, Russia’s DAR Jazz Festival and speaker and women’s empowerment panelist for Rihanna’s 2017 “Ladies Night” event sponsored by Fenty x Rihanna and Shiekh Shoes. Saleemah is a recurring guest instructor and choreographer at the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy. In the spirit of providing arts accessibility for low-income communities, she also offers dance outreach classes to inner city youth.
Saleemah’s performance credits include many well-known entertainers. As an adolescent, Saleemah performed with the formerly known company, Donald Byrd/ The Group of New York in the World Premiere of “The Harlem Nutcracker” at Gammage Auditorium. She has since performed alongside Beyoncé at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and has also danced with The Pussycat Dolls, Tatu, and Matisyahu. She is featured on the Jillian Michaels Fitness DVD series entitled, “No More Trouble Zones” and “Banish the Fat, Boost Your Metabolism”, currently sold in stores. Saleemah also danced lead with Chris Brown in Ludacris’ music video, “I Know What Them Girls Like” and made a guest appearance in Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It On the Alcohol” music video. She was featured on Gatorade’s Mission G Episode 3 of “Leave It On the Floor” featuring well-known artist, Will.I.Am. She also choreographed Christian Audigier’s Spring 2009 Ed Hardy Fashion Show featuring America’s Next Top Model winner, Whitney Thompson and danced on tour with actor and recording artist Tyrese in 2007 and again in 2009. Saleemah has danced in work choreographed by UCLA faculty Victoria Marks, entitled “Not About Iraq”. She has also appeared on Country Music Television as a featured dance instructor for the TV series, “Made”. In 2013 Saleemah also performed in world- renowned Contemporary Ballet choreographer Jodie Gates’ work, honoring the Rite of Spring, entitled the “Sacre Project”.
Her performance abilities have deemed her recipient of The University of Arizona’s Medici Fine Arts Scholarship, the Brian Friedman Millennium Dance Scholarship, the Gus Giordano Scholarship, Coca Cola’s Leadership Scholarship, and fellowships and awards at the University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts. In addition, she is a past selected company member for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II.
Saleemah E. Knight currently teaches Jazz Dance technique as well as theory courses in the areas of world studies, jazz dance history and popular culture on faculty at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, choreographs live productions, and teaches master classes worldwide. She is also the artistic inspiration behind Shop Saleemah, a shop-able Instagram based store featuring ready-to-wear fashion and dancewear. Saleemah is known for her outstanding instruction and choreography in Jazz and Contemporary Jazz; she was recently featured in Dance Teacher Magazine as a leading university professor in the field of Jazz Dance. Saleemah is currently featured on
the Transmission Jazz Dance documentary and feature film alongside dance legends
Michelle Elkin has served as Choreographer for Sutton Foster and Jonathon Groff Live At Lincoln Center for PBS, the tv series Younger, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Young Sheldon with Jason Alexander. She was seen on Netflix as a co star in Gilmore Girls “Winter”. She also choreographed the tv show Me and My Grandma with Rhea Perlman, as well as a Southwest Airlines web spot. Select Theater credits include Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Broadway World Awards Nominee) Sister Act The musical (Broadway World Awards Nominee, Scenie Award), a piece for the NSO Pops Opening at Kennedy Center and “Children Of Eden” (Broadway World Awards Nominee). She also created musical numbers featuring Sutton Foster and special guest Joshua Henry for the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall. She has also lent her choreographic talents to the hit ABC Family show, Baby Daddy, a TNT pilot titled “Dawn” directed by Sam Raimi as well as a production of Little Shop Of Horrors in Tampa, FL, the feature films Wild Hogs and What Just Happened, as well as Emmy award winning television shows, Boston Legal, Weeds, Lifetime’s reality show “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, Warren The Ape on MTV, Marvin, Marvin on Nickelodeon, as well as the tap sequences in ABC Family’s Bunheads. She made her professional debut at the age of 8 in the movie musical “Annie”. Since then, she continued to work in numerous film, television, commercial, and theater projects as a dancer and assistant choreographer such as Bunheads, Boston Legal, Joan Of Arcadia, Boston Public, Ally McBeal, Charmed, American Idol, the tv series Fame LA, 3rd Rock from the Sun, That 70’s Show, Tracey Takes On, The Country Bears, Batman and Robin, Austin Powers I-III, A Time For Dancing, and Elizabethtown. She was the Associate Choreographer for the films, Semi-Pro, Tropic Thunder, 10 Things I Hate About You, Cinderelmo, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, 13 Going on 30, Starsky and Hutch, tv series Viva Laughlin, Dancing With The Stars, the musical, Sister Act at Pasadena Playhouse, as well as the 58th Emmy Awards with Conan O’ Brien, the 63rd Emmy Awards with Jane Lynch and 81st Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman. Michelle was also the Associate Choreographer of the Broadway show, Wonderland at the Marriott Marquis Theater.
Comfort Fedoke was born in Fort Worth, TX and lived majority of her life in the Dallas metroplex. She is also half Nigerian; Warri in Delta State.
She is a multi-talented, Emmy-Award Winning dancer, choreographer, director, actress, and singer. Known for competing on So You Think You Can Dance Season 4, Comfort was invited back as an All-Star and choreographer and continues mentoring new competitors each season.
Comforts dance roots stem from the street and has competed in freestyle dance battles all over the world. Recently, her success in battle has taken her from the dance floor to the commentator’s booth, working alongside Sway Calloway for Red Bull TV. Comfort was also featured in Nike’s 30-year celebration of Air commercial promoting the new VaporMax shoe and MJ’s Pepsi generation
On stage, Comfort has worked and performed live with talented artists such as Kanye West, LL Cool J, Chaka Kahn, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Wale,Jason Derulo, JLo, Travis Scott, Drake, Gwen Staffani, lizzo , and Missy Elliott. Comfort currently serves as a dancer for Hip-Hop legend Missy Elliott and has appeared in a number of her music videos. Her work doesn’t end on the dance floor. She has acted in a number of films and TV shows over the past five years. Such as films like Step Up 5 All In and The Mindy project. She was also in the film, High Strung, which was directed by Michael Damien, where Comfort played the supporting lead female character, “Poptart.”
Comfort is now transitioning into more choreography, acting, creative directing and her own music. Comfort now wrote, produced, & features on a new song “My kind of night “ by Emanuel Giella. She will soon be releasing new music with producer BeatSlaya under Labld Fresh.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Joshua Blake Carter joined Giordano Dance Chicago in 2009 as a member of Giordano II. He then danced for seven seasons with GDC’s main company where he had the opportunity to perform works by Frank Chaves, Peter Chu, Ron De Jesús, Autumn Eckman, Gus Giordano, Ray Leeper, Ray Mercer, Mia Michaels and more. Joshua is in his eighth season as Director of Giordano II, and he also acts as Operations Manager for the organization.
As a choreographer, Joshua’s works have been celebrated nationwide. In 2009, he was selected as the winner of Wonderbound’s (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) national choreography competition, dancemakers2.0, and in the spring of 2013 he was one of six winners commissioned to create a new work for DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceMoves choreography competition. Later in 2013, Joshua was awarded the Producers’ Panel Prize by the Ruth Page Foundation for his work, Ripen. He’s created two original works for Giordano Dance Chicago and eight original works for Giordano II. Joshua’s choreography for Disney’s NEWSIES at the Paramount Theatre was nominated for a Jeff Award and Regional Broadway World Award. Other commissions include Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Artifact Dance Project as well as an original work for Embarq with Joffrey Ballet. Additionally, Joshua created the finale for the 2016 event Sing! featuring Elton John. Joshua has been an Artist in Residence with Brenau University, Glendale Community College and Illinois State University.
Chelsie Hightower is a nationally-recognized dancer from Orem, Utah. She was a fan favorite on FOX’s hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, where she still makes appearances as a choreographer and All-Star. Two of her pieces in which she danced in with her partner were nominated for Emmy awards.
She moved straight from there to ABC’s Dancing With The Stars where she performed for nine seasons. Her partners have ranged from Olympic athletes to world-renowned entertainers. She was nominated for yet another Emmy award for a dance she choreographed with fellow cast mate Derek Hough.
Chelsie has graced the cover of many national fitness and dance magazines as well as being the face of Reebok’s dance line and has had the opportunity to endorse many national products. She has been touring the country for the last 3 years with Revive dance convention teaching ballroom to ages 5-18 and also performs for audiences everywhere. She started a company called Dance Elevated in 2016; dance camps designed for the younger generation. She most recently hosted for Fox’s The Place from 2018-2019 and played Tina Sparkle in the US premier of Baz Lurmen’s “Strictly Ballroom” this year. Chelsie is passionate about life and hopes to inspire others to live their best lives for years to come.
Sean Aaron Carmon (Beaumont, TX) graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA in Dance program and performed on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles and The Phantom of the Opera before joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. For seven years, he performed major solo roles with the Company, including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s original role in Alvin Ailey’s Pas de Duke and featured roles in ballets by other notable choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Johan Inger, Ulysses Dove, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin and Christopher L. Huggins. In addition, he was featured on Conan, the national TBS television talk show, Lincoln Center at the Movies, broadcast nationally on PBS and profiled in the Huffington Post for his work as an AGMA union representative for the Ailey dancers.
After seven seasons with Ailey, Sean made the decision to go back to his musical theater roots — you can now see him performing all over North America as a featured dancer with Disney’s The Lion King!
His own choreographies have been performed all across the country and internationally and have been lauded as “everything and then some…” and “powerful” and “seriously flawless” by major national print and online publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, JET Magazine, BroadwayBlack, DanceSpirit and Dance Magazine. He was awarded The Joffrey Ballet’s 2017 Winning Works choreographic award and created his Suite Hearts on The Joffrey Studio Company and The Joffrey Academy’s advanced trainees. Also in 2017, his work longstoryshort was commissioned by the Dance Gallery Festival NYC and was selected as the Audience Choice Award Winner out of 30 pieces created for the festival. He has created works on the AAADT for multiple Ailey Dancers’ Resource Fund benefit performances and for Houston Contemporary Dance Company’s 2019 inaugural season.