Teachers who Kea currently trains with
Karen Arceneaux: Horton, Alvin Ailey
Ryan Daniel Beck: bodyART, Broadway Dance Center
Carlos Netto: Street Jazz, Broadway Dance Center
Ginger Cox: Contemporary Jazz, Broadway Dance Center
Kartik Mohan: Bollywood, Mumbai, India
Teachers Kea has worked with that have greatly influenced her dancing and teaching are:
Hilti & Bosch: Locking
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Founder/Director of Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions, Kea Tesseyman has devoted her life to offering quality, wholesome and inspiring dance opportunities and performances. Based out of the Midcoast Maine area, she travels internationally teaching and training in many different styles, methods and techniques. Kea’s experiences in the dance world have shaped her philosophy and built the structure that she uses to deliver her unique approach to dance instruction. The catalyst for her passion and love of the art of movement comes from the hope to inspire young generations to think and feel for themselves with self-love and validation that their ideas matter and will change the world.
Kea has been teaching since 2002. In addition to years of training in Boston with the legends of Old School Hip Hop, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey Extension in NYC, she was also printed in Dance Spirit magazine, holds a National High Gold win with the company Dancer’s Inc., has been a keynote speaker for conferences such as Juice 3.0, is an advocate for teen health and suicide/bullying/drug/alcohol prevention.
Kea continues her training in New York City and teachers, choreographs and performs internationally. She strongly believes that to continue to offer the best education to her clients in the midcoast area and anywhere she travels, that she must constantly stay on top of her own training and ahead of the curve with the dance world.
She attends Broadway Dance Center’s teacher training program each summer, Urban Dance Camp in Germany and other trainings that specifically work on teacher training.
In addition to years of training in Boston with the legends of Old School Hip Hop, Kea has received training from top instructors at Alvin Ailey such as Karen Arcenueaux in Horton Technique and Finis Jhung in Ballet. At Broadway Dance Center Kea has training with Dorit Koppel, Derek Mitchel, Ginger Cox, Tracie Stanfield, Jon Rua (a member of the new hit on Broadway, “Hamilton”) Lane Napper, and more. Here she studies with the best of the best and has attended their Dance Educator Development Training. Her hip hop mentor is Carlos Netto. Kea attended Urban Dance Camp in 2017 in Lorach Germany, and worked with teachers/choreographers Dylan Mayoral, Lia Kim, Koharu Sugawara, Jun Quemado, Ysabelle Capitule, Marthe Vangeel and her absolute favorite, Hilty & Bosch.
Before she created her dance company in 2010, she worked at the Pen Bay YMCA for five years and Rockport Dance Conservatory for three. During that time, Kea helped to direct and choreograph the studio shows and bring choreography to the studio’s competition arena such as 2008’s Maine’s Best Dance Crew where they won 1st place, and in 2009, where Kea was printed in Dance Spirit Magazine along with her dancers, for her choreography and performance at Dancer’s Inc. National Competition for which she holds a National High Gold success.
In 2010 and 2011, Kea worked on building her business while putting on showcases with Swing and Sway in Rockland Maine. From 2012-2015, Kea worked on other projects such as producing fun and uplifting Dance Show Events with her company, while also stepping into the arena of documentary and short film work. During this adventure, along with co-creator with Lee Parent, a Belfast native, they developed a dance method called Power Performance, inspired by the healing work and therapy-like results from her unique style of one-on-one coaching and group motivation/guidance on the dance floor through chorographical stories based on real life events of experience, trauma, strength and hope.
In 2015 to present, Kea runs her Dance studio turned Dance school and has put on a series of Annual Student Showcases, at the Camden Opera House, known as Grit & Grace, “Just be You” (2016), “The Evolution” SOLD OUT (2017), “Unleashed: The Next Generation” SOLD OUT (2018) and “Superheroes Among Us” SOLD OUT (2019). Kea also created, choreographed, directed and produced “The Lion King: A Brothers’ Tale” in 2017, which was held at the Strom Auditorium at the Camden Hills Regional High School, which also sold out!
Kea has been a keynote speaker for conferences such as Juice 3.0 and 3.5, is an advocate for teen health and drug/alcohol prevention, and spent three years as the dance representative for health food awareness non-profit organization, Dunk the Junk. Kea has volunteered for the Wayfinder school’s efforts for six years between 2010 and 2016, assisting and performing for their fundraiser, “Dancing with the Local Stars”, and other countless local community events for great causes that call for dance support and energy such as Awareness for Bullying in 2013 in southern Maine and more. In 2013 and 2014, Kea toured in Coechella Valley, California, covering a 21-school district area, bringing dance to the children of the area.
When she is not dancing, Kea spends time with her family, and enjoys snowboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, finding the best tacos and taking naps on the beach.