Dance

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Catherine Caldwell
Jazz and Ballet Dance Teacher

Catherine is a local New Orleanian and began her dance training with Deidre’s School of Dance and Gymnastics then with Kelly’s School of Dance and Gymnastics. As a teen, Catherine was accepted into The Dance Theatre of Harlem School, and studied at The Ailey School (the official school for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre). She has also studied with Kris Cangelosi as a member of the Cangelosi Dance Project. Catherine spent two summers studying with Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute. She has also participated in the Teacher Fellowship program with the annual Bates Dance Festival. Catherine has studied and worked with several amazing dance teachers and choreographers such as Deirdre Jefferson, Adrianne Mitchell, Ana Marie Forsythe, Maguette Camara, Liz Lehrman, Jawolle Zollar, Maria Bauman, Marjani Forte, and the list is still growing.
She currently performers with KM Dance Project here in New Orleans. Catherine holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of New Orleans, where she wrote her final thesis on Arts Integrated Learning. She has taught dance in several local schools, in the Greater New Orleans Area.
She currently serves as a Ballet teacher at Kelly’s School of Dance, as well as the Ballet, Modern and Jazz teacher at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

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Karl Condon
Chair of Dance Dance

In his second year as the Chair of the NOCCA Dance Department, Mr. Condon began his career dancing professionally in Boston Ballet for 13 years where he ended his performing career as a Principal Dancer. His notable roles were, leads in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Lander’s Etudes, Puck in Bruce Well’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo in Choo San Goh’s Romeo and Juliet which he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Karl spent the next 18 years of his career as a Ballet Master and then Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Memphis in Memphis, TN, where he coached and restaged works by such renowned choreographers as Trey McIntyre, Mark Godden, Robert Battle and Julia Adam.

He is looking forward to continuing and furthering the conservatory atmosphere and professional level training for his young student dancers.

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Stephani Kammer
Dance

Stephani Kammer resides in New Orleans as a professional instructor and choreographer. After earning her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Oklahoma City University Stephani began her professional career in New York appearing in regional theaters, industrials, and prime time television. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Stephani would begin her nine-year working relationship with Janet Jackson. She has appeared in several videos and TV performances with Ms. Jackson and served as Assistant Creative Director on Janet’s Rock Witch U world tour. Local jobs have included work on the feature film “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation”, head choreographer for the pilot show, Danzkids, and employment by Touch Down Entertainment to help cast the local talent and serve as field director for the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show in New Orleans featuring Beyonce. Stephani currently serves as the Head Choreographer & Stage Director for the Miss USA and Universe pageants under the ownership of Donald Trump. Ms. Kammer is very active in the professional dance industry and had the honor of performing in the Michael Jackson tribute on the MTV Video Music Awards after his passing. In recent years she has been inducted into The Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive & Professional Women for her many years of hard work and dedication to the arts. Stephani has taught internationally in Tokyo, Japan at Broadway Dance Center and traveled to over 65 countries educating and inspiring dancers all over the globe. She is the creator and artistic director of NTG DANCE, an educational convention and competition that focuses on the importance of studying all genres of dance while providing performance opportunities. Stephani is thrilled to be joining the esteemed faculty of NOCCA and looks forward to developing the talents of local, aspiring performers.

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Heidi Malnar
Tap and Jazz Dance Teacher

Heidi Malnar is an Emmy Award and Big Easy Award winning dancer and choreographer from Chicago. She is the Artistic Director of Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap– New Orleans’ Premier Rhythm Tap Company; whose mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve America’s indigenous dance form in the birthplace of jazz. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. She is currently choreographing “America’s Wartime Sweethearts: The Andrews Sisters” and “Mysterious Wisterias” at the World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. She is also looking forward to assistant directing and choreographing “Peter and The Starcatcher” at Le Petit Theatre in the Fall of 2014. Heidi is a former company member, of the Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, directed by Billy Siegenfeld, where she received an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence on Camera: Performer” for her work in the multiple-Emmy- Award-winning documentary Jump Rhythm Jazz
Project: Getting There, produced by HMS Media and aired on PBS. She also performed with the edgy, experimental Chicago Tap Theatre, directed by Mark Yonally. Before moving to New Orleans, Heidi enjoyed her faculty position at Carthage College where her choreography for “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Certificate of Merit. Other recent productions include “Annie,” “42nd Street,”“13,” “Spamalot,” with Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. She has enjoyed teaching positions at Tulane University, New Orleans Ballet Association, St. Martin’s Episcopal School, and Encore Studios in New Orleans. Heidi is thrilled to be part of the NOCCA faculty, and looks forward to an amazing year of creativity, exploration, and celebrating rhythm!

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Kesha McKey
Dance: Dance Prep, Drama: Movement Dance and Drama

Kesha McKey is a choreographer, educator and professional performing artist in New Orleans. Kesha is a graduate of NOCCA, has received her Bachelor of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of KM Dance Project and has directed and produced concerts such as Taken, Distorted Images, Lasting Images and Footprints; traces of expressions. She is on the faculty of the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute and has directed multi-disciplinary productions such as the Vagina Monologues and The Origins of Life on Earth. Kesha has worked as an arts educator in New Orleans for the past 15 years and is currently the Program Coordinator of the Kuumba Institute Youth Arts Program at Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
Kesha is a featured performing artist and rehearsal director for local dance companies such as Lula Elzy Dance Theatre, Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective, Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre, Prophecy Dance Company, Exhibit Dance Collective, and with Ashé Cultural Arts Center. She has studied dance at various institutions in New Orleans as well as received scholarships to study at The Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Broadway Dance Center, and Celebration Barn Theater. She has had the wonderful honor and opportunity to work closely and study with well renown artists such as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Chuck Davis, Robert Battle, Richard Gonzales, Michael Foley, Tania Issac, Lynn Simonson, Anne Reinking, Chet Walker, Nat Horne, and Luigi. Kesha continues to nourish her artistic talents and grow as an accomplished performer and educator as she teaches, choreographs and performs throughout the country.