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An Eastern Michigan University graduate with a degree in French & International Trade and a minor in Marketing, has been dancing for over 20 years. She has been formally trained in Cecchetti Ballet Grades I-IV, as well as being learned in other ballet methods. Along with Ballet, Kiyana has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical, and Modern methods including Horton, Graham, and Franklin. She has participated in many dance programs including Dance Theatre of Harlem’s, “Masters and Mentors” Summer Intensive, in New York City, and was a dance major at Eastern Michigan University before changing her academic focus.
As an adult dancer, Kiyana took a much loved dive into the word of ballroom, teaching and choreographing for American Rhythm and Smooth at The Dance Pavilion. After traveling the country performing with her former partner in ladies’ styling for Zouk, Bachata and Salsa, she has refocused her current goals on a professional Ballroom career.
She has been training in International Latin under the instruction of Andrzej Przybyl to eventually compete pro/pro with her partner, Chad Brown. Kiyana recently received her USISTD Professional Certification in International Ballroom, International Latin, and American Ballroom at the Associate level after completing three 30-hour teacher training programs under the instruction of Izabela Jaworska. She is happy to announce that she passed her exams highly commended and looks forward to continuing her education at the professional level.
She is passionate about dance, and still continues to perform locally and nationally. Here at The Dance Pavilion, Kiyana also uses her degree “behind the scenes” as our Assistant Manager to enrich our studio and help keep things running smoothly.
Kiyana’s teaching goals are to share the love of dance with her students and to teach them about bettering their bodies, mind and spirit through the art of dance. She is looking forward to advancing her career with multiple performance opportunities and teaching avenues.