Tap Ages 6-8


This class is taught by:

Kelsey S. Smith

Kelsey, former SCPA company dancer, started dancing at age of 3. She began dancing at the Dance Factory, then competing with South Coast for 8 years and the Dance Place for 1 year. She grew up on the stage, whether at dance competitions or theater performances. Kelsey has been teaching dance for 7 years, working with minis all the way up to high school dance teamers. Kelsey graduated from Cal State Fullerton with her B.S. in Child Development. She is currently getting a multiple subjects teaching credential at Vanguard University of Southern California. So when she isn’t teaching in the studio, she is teaching in the elementary school classroom. And she is SO happy to be back with her SCPA family again.

Kelsey M. McCowan

Kelsey has over twenty years dedicated to the art of tap dance and because of this, has become one of Hollywood’s leading celebrity trainers, privately coaching stars such as Bette Midler, Derek Hough, Jeremy Piven, Azealia Banks, and more. She also has worked on many films, most recently doing all of the tap foley/ADR work for Kermit the Frog and Ricky Gervais in the “Muppets Movie”, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in their upcoming movie musical, “La La Land”. She has worked with Seth Macfarlane and the John Wilson Orchestra on numerous occasions, most recently performing at Seth’s Oscar’s party. She and her dance partner, Caley Carr, were hand picked to perform with Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena Pops as a tribute to Broadway. Other credits include working with Fergie, the Disney Channel, Universal Studios Hollywood, industrials for Mac Cosmetics, and more. Her choreography and assistant choreography credits include Derek Hough, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Access Hollywood, the 2015 Fashion and Film Awards, Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey's hit show "Little Big Shots", and Universal Studios. She also teaches weekly at one of the top leading studios for professional dancers, the Edge Performing Arts Center.