New studio and teachers, free classes at KEA

Sep 07, 2018
Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions will begin work soon on a new stage production.

Camden — Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions has announced big changes this fall season. Owner/director Kea Tesseyman has run the local dance business for going on nine year on her won, teaching classes, directing sold-out shows and creating an environment of dance that is open to all.

The addition of a second studio at the KEA location, 255 Molyneaux Road, has enabled her to double her schedule and studio offerings, so she has hired new teachers to join her. All have danced with KEA for a number of years “and I know they are a perfect fit for my greater vision of this company,” she said.

The new teachers include Sandee Havunen, who is teaching one of the fall’s two free community classes at the studio. Havunen, who began teaching Humphrey/Limon modern dance technique at KEA last winter, has taught ballet, modern and creative movement at various dance and private schools in the area, including theater, art and circus. Her free improvisation class is offered Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 12.

Lyn Tesseyman, a professionally trained Russian Vaganova ballerina with more than 30 years experience, is translating a successful career on stage to sharing her knowledge through teaching. Renovations to the current main studio and the second, brand new renovated studio in the same building, has created more room in the schedule and studio space to offer multiple ballet classes for kids, teens and adults and various levels.

Marlee Luehman, who recently received her Masters in Education with a concentration on integrating the arts into curriculum and instruction, will bring her love of movement and arts education to the studios of Kinetic Energy Alive Dance. She will be working closely with Kea Tesseyman, along with her professional contemporary performance group Breaking Form, in development of the next major studio showcase. “Grit & Grace IV: Super Heroes Among Us” is set for April 5 and 6 at the Camden Opera House.

Young teachers in training Adrian Pierce and Zhenya Ana Mikah will teach a kids beginner hiphop class together. Both students trained last year in her K.E.A.'s Nex/Gen: Young Teachers, Leaders and Entrepreneurs course and accompanied Tesseyman to New York City this past June to train and study.

The annual “Thriller” Halloween flash mob has led to the other free class. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 15, community members are invited to learn the Michael Jackson choreography that has enlivened Pearl Street every Oct. 31st.

“This year it is donation only, to make sure that anyone who wants to be involved feels welcome and that they can participate in a great community dance event,” said Tesseyman.

Registration is Sunday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Studios and welcomes beginners, aspiring and experienced and professional dancers seeking collective collaboration. New season classes begin Monday, Sept. 10. Dance styles offered at KEA include old school hiphop (popping, locking, breaking) new school hiphop (street jazz/jazz funk), contemporary, lyrical contemporary, cotemporary hiphop fusion, ballet, modern, creative movement, theater and the popular conditioning, alignment and flexibility. Yoga, taught by Denyse Robinson, also is returning to the schedule.

For the new schedule, class offerings and more information about the company, visit kineticenergyalive.com; or contact Tesseyman for questions at 975-4450 or kineticenergyalive@gmail.com.

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

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