May 2018 Edition
NOW REGISTERING FOR FALL 2018 KJ CLASSES
We are excited about the next month and a half, and look forward to coming together as a family to show off these precious and talented dancers.
Concert Costume Sheets
Concert Quick Links
Summer 2018 at KJ-NEW classes added TODAY!
Summer Classes & Camps
Important Rhythm and Rhyme Recital Information:
Arrival the Day of the Show: Dancers will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their recital show time. They will arrive with hair and make-up complete and costume on.
Showtimes: All showtimes have been posted to the KJ website. Please visit Kjdance.com, click on the "events" tab and scroll down to the Rhythm and Rhyme Recital information.
Tickets: Each family will receive 2 complimentary tickets to your dancer's show. Two additional tickets are available to each family for purchase on the KJ website under the "Shop" tab. All extra tickets that are not purchased by May 6th, will be sold Monday, May 7th at noon from the Plano office. Children under 2 years of age may sit in the lap of an adult. To avoid distracting our performing dancers, no children will be allowed to sit on the floor. This space is reserved for teachers and KJ assistants.
We are excited to showcase these tiny treasures and celebrate their dance journey in May!
New Staff @ KJ
The KJ family is thrilled to welcome HOME these two beautiful young ladies! Welcome aboard, we are ecstatic you are back in DFW and training our young dancers!
Meredith Madden is originally from Plano, Texas where she grew up dancing at KJ Dance. She left Texas to attend the University of South Carolina to obtain a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. While training and going to school, she taught all styles of dance at a nearby dance studio.
After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue her career as a professional dancer. Meredith continued her training at Broadway Dance Center. She starred in music videos, tv appearances, performances around the city and a quick tour in China. Meredith left New York to be in a show in Guam as a dancer and magic assistant. Upon her return, she travelled the country as a dancer in various shows including 'Cirque Le Noir', Broadway’s ‘The Illusionists’ World Tour, and ‘The Magic of Adam Trent’.
Meredith recently returned to her home state of Texas and is so happy to be back with her second family, KJ Dance.
Leah Mitchell is from a loving, supportive family of six, and a dancer born and bread in Plano, Texas. Here is where she began developing her love for dance (age, two) at the prestigious KJ Dance of Plano, where she was a devoted company member and multi-nationally ranked competition dancer. The training, love and support she received from Kristy Blakeslee, Audrea Cowan and her staff of dedicated, proficient instructors (combined with her own dedication, tenacity, and passion for dance), led her to her desire to further her education, and became the recipient of a dance scholarship and conclusively a BFA from Southern Methodist University.
While studying at the University, she worked with and performed works by Robert Battle, Jessica Lange, Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, and The Martha Graham Dance Company. Before graduating, she had already began her professional career as the assistant choreographer and principal dancer for an off broadway production tour of Symphony on the Dance Floor, where she travelled the nation and performed at the critically acclaimed BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York city. During the summers she worked/performed industrially as a dancer for Mary Kay Cosmetics and Sally’s Beauty Supply.
Post graduation, she continued her education with invitations to company mentorship programs, such as; Dana Foglia’s International Dance Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory Summer Program, & Bacheva Dance Company Summer Intensive. She has toured internationally with a number of national dance companies and touring productions. She recently returned from a tour in China with Daniel Ezralow’s* international Modern dance company PEARL, where she was the dance captain and Principal dancer of a show commissioned by the Chinese Government.
*Daniel Ezralow Choreographer known for Katy Perry, Beatle’s movie Across the Universe.
Professionally, Leah is represented by the Top dance Agency, Bloc Talent Agency in Los Angeles, California, and is a working member of the SAG/AFTRA Union. Her most recent projects include working with artist, such as KATY PERRY, Adam Levine, Mary J. Blige, Pit Bull, and Paula Abdul. She has performed in the 59th GRAMMY Awards, Latin American Music Awards, and annual ARIA + Venetian NYE Shows in Vegas. You can watch her featured on episodes of Castle, Black-ish (Season 2 Finale with P. Diddy & Mary J.Blige), Dallas Cowboys’ Cheerleader Making The Team, and seasons 9 & 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. She was featured in movies like Scary Movie 5, and commercials for The Greatest Showman, McDonald’s (with Mindy Kaling), Apple, DELL and Toyota.
Leah is passionate about teaching/choreography & sharing her love for dance with aspiring young artist. She is so happy and proud to be apart of the KJ Dance Family Legacy, and excited to positively develop and inspire the talent of young dancers, so they too can grow up with the confidence, kindness, and determination to do what they love and achieve their hopes and dreams, whatever they may be… the way KJ did (and still does) for her
Competitive Performance Opportunities @ KJ
Dancers who are interested in AUDITIONING for PULSE or FRISCO TEAM (KJ’s Competitive Performance Companies) or the Junior Apprentice Program are required to participate in the KJ Dance North Texas Summer Dance Intensive (June 14-18, 2018)
Dancers with interest in auditioning for PULSE or FRISCO TEAM must be prepared to:
*Train at least 5 hours a week beginning Fall of 2018.
*Attend 4 convention/competitions with possible travel required.
*Attend weekend rehearsals & choreography when scheduled.
*Show up ready to work with a fabulous attitude AT ALL TIMES!!!
Please contact our Plano office at 972.473.4017 with questions regarding the PULSE or FRISCO TEAM audition process, commitment, or program expectations.
KJ Dance Students of the Month
Every month a student from each of the studios is selected by the KJ staff as someone who stands out amongst their peers. KJ Dance is committed to instilling character, compassion and competence in our students and KJ families. The dancers chosen each month go above and beyond in class exhibiting these fine characteristics. Congratulations to these amazing dancers. We are extremely proud of you, and thank you for leading by example!
May Student of the Month- KJ PLANO
May Student of the Month- KJ FRISCO
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Mark your Calendars:
May 1st- Fall 2018 Enrollment begins
May 18th-20th- Rhythm and Rhyme Recital
May 20th- VIBE Hip Hop Showcase
June 2nd-4th- 25th Annual Spring Concert
June 13th- Deadline for Summer Dance Intensive Registration
June 14th-18th- North Texas Summer Dance Intensive