Kesha McKey (Dancer/Choreographer)
Founder and Artistic Director, Kesha McKey, established KM Dance Project to provide professional performance and choreography opportunities for dancers in the New Orleans community a well as a platform to artistically present commentary on social justice issues. Her previous works, which earned Big Easy Classical Arts Award nominations, include “Taken” (2013) – addressing violence in African American communities as well as the growing absence of chief males in the African American family – and “Distorted Images” (2012) – a personal outlook on self image, truth, discontent and the unrealistic expectations of female body image created by the media.
Kesha McKey, is a choreographer, educator and professional performing artist in New Orleans. Kesha is a graduate of NOCCA, has received her BS from Xavier University and her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With a focus in contemporary modern dance, she has presented choreographic works for events such as the 2014 Courageous Conversations Summit, 2014 Dance for Social Change Festival, Fringe Festival – N.O., and the Guantanamo Public Memory Project. She is a faculty member of the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute and has been an artistic facilitator for the Unita Blackwell Young Women’s Leadership Training. She has worked as a director on productions such as the Vagina Monologues and The Origins of Life on Earth. She is also a dance educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (teaching modern technique) and the Program Coordinator of the Kuumba Institute, Ashé Cultural Arts Center Youth Program.
Catherine Caldwell (Dancer/Choreographer)
Catherine lives dance. She is a local New Orleanian and began her dance training with Deidre’s School of Dance and 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 three summers with Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute. She has also participated as a Teacher Fellow with the annual Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. Catherine has also briefly studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She currently performs 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 Dance Faculty at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Jeremy is the Education Coordinator at Dancing Grounds, a dance non-profit organization that aims to build community through dance. He also teaches dance to 2nd graders at Akili Academy of New Orleans. He received his undergraduate degree in Theater and Performance Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has previously performed with KM Dance Project in Taken and Origins of Life and with Junebug Productions in Gomela/to return.
Randall from Louisville, KY, has been preforming dance for 15 beginning in his early teenage years with local dance crews until moving to New Orleans in 2006. Randall directed and choreographed for The Asylum Dance Crew in New Orleans from 2007 to 2009 and trained with Liquid Rhythm Inc in 2009, under the direction of Derik and Mariangel Dollis, performing in cities around the nation in Salsa and various Latin styles. He currently is a company member of KM Dance, serves as Marketing & Youth Coordinator for Dancing Grounds (dancingrounds.org), and teaches 5 – 8 grade boys dance at Arise Academy.
Kehinde Ishangi holds a MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Brenau University. She founded The Ishangi Institute to further her research and application of practices leading to the integral health and longevity of dancers and athletes. Currently, Ms. Ishangi is on faculty with Tulane University’s Department of Theatre and Dance where she teaches Dance Science, Ballet and Modern.
Celine is a N.O. native began her training at Kelly's school of dance and Crescent City Gymnastics. She furthered her training at NOCCA and NOBA and has had the opportunity to perform with the Martha Graham project, Nutcracker and many projects in the N.O. dance community. She is a senior at NOCCA and plans to graduate, attend college and major in dance. She is very happy to be working with KM Dance Project under the supervision of her mentor Kesha McKey.
Ceylon Seiber a N.O. native began her training at Kelly's school of dance and Crescent City Gymnastics. She furthered her training at NOCCA and NOBA and has had the opportunity to perform with the Martha Graham project, Nutcracker, NBA Stingers and many projects in the N.O. dance community. She is a senior at NOCCA and plans to graduate attend college and major in dance. She is very happy to be working with KM Dance Project under the supervision of her mentor Kesha McKey.