Kinetic Energy Alive crew battles in Summit

Sep 12, 2017
The hip-hop crew of Camden’s Kinetic Energy Alive inspires passers by in downtown Portland.

Portland — Students from the teen hip-hop crew of Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions performed Aug. 19 at the Maine Hip Hop Summit. Dancers performed in an exhibition with other Maine dance studios; and individuals from the crew battled in the All Styles battle, as well. There was breaking, DJ emcees and graffiti.

Twelve dancers trained over the summer for this fun event, incorporating some of their skills into a routine they learned in the studio's big Summer Dance Camp in July. While their teacher/director/owner Kea Tesseyman was training in Germany at the prestigious Urban Dance Camp in early August, students practiced in her absence to build camaraderie and character.

"Team work is really big at this studio," said Adrian Pierce, Tesseyman's son, who dances in the crew and took the lead in running rehearsals at the studio in Tesseyman's absence.

Other students helped to teach, as well. Some were beginners just getting into hip-hop and some have been dancing at KEA Dance Studio for some time. With six weeks of practice over the summer, they worked to make one routine solid enough to perform. In addition to Pierce, the summer Crew included Molly Hamilton, Kaven Kibler, CeCe Kibler, Adrian Morgan Mitchel, Sydney Densmore, Leanna Cotton, Zhenya Scott, Emily Boynton and Josie Adams.

Hamilton, new to this dance scene, battled in her first-ever event and made it to the final three, winning her category. CeCe Kibler, the youngest hip-hop all-star at age 6, also battled for the first time — against a teenager — and won.

"I had a really good time,” she said. “I was nervous, but everyone was together and counting on each other."

Tesseyman said she was proud of the kids and their participation in the Maine Hip Hop Summit was a “positive and fun way for these students to see the bigger culture I spent so much time in when I was younger.” They met people who had trained her when she was starting out breaking and popping and the original b-boys and teachers “who showed me my path into Old School Hip Hop — which changed my career and personal interest in dance forever."

Tesseyman will offer a community talk and slide show, with a free dance class open to all, in January about what she learned at Urban Dance Camp. Upcoming in October is KEA's third annual “Thriller” performance on Pearl Street for Halloween; anyone interested can contact the studio and find out how to get involved. And the first weekend in December, Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions will present its original dance theater production of "Lion King, A Brother's Tale" at the Strom Auditorium.

Fall classes have just begun. For more information on the studio’s activities, visit kineticenergyalive.com and check out Kinetic Energy Alive Dance’s Facebook Page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Studio director Kea Tesseyman trained at Germany’s Urban Dance Camp this summer.
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