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Kelsey has over 25 years of dance experience ranging from major motion pictures to teaching students all across the country and judging for several prestigious dance competitions within the United States. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University.
Some of Kelsey's professional performing credits include Anchorman II: The Legend Continues, Rock of Ages (major motion picture), Million Dollar Arm, HSN, Royal Caribbean International, Feld Entertainment/Feld Motor Sports, Cirque Productions, Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens, Hardrive Inc., Event Show Productions, D Squared Productions, Cirque USA, and many more. Along with performing, Kelsey has a passion for providing quality instruction and choreography. She has had the opportunity to continually develop both her teaching and choreography portfolio by working with St. John's University, Wake Forest University, McKendree University, University of South Florida, New Bern High School (NC), Father Lopez High School (FL), Barron Collier High School (FL), Oviedo High School (FL), Victoria's School of Dance, USA Ambassador Pageant, Cirque USA, BookAFlashMob.com, Universal Dance Association and many more local studios in Florida. Kelsey has been honored to be a Master Instructor for both Universal Dance Association and Dance Team Union in the past few years.
You can find Kelsey on the judging panel of several different national competitions and as a member of Impact Dance Adjudicators. She has had the honor of judging several different National Finals for Universal Dance Association and USASF. She is always working to provide the most beneficial and valuable critiques possible to help both students and teachers alike grow and develop. Her passion for dance spreads wide and far and is always looking for new ways to continue to expand her wings in the entertainment and education industry.
After growing up training competitively in Middle Tennessee, Manning received a B.F.A from The Ohio State University where she worked with choreographers such as Abby Zbikowski, Joshua Manculich, Ann Sofie Clemmenson, Stephen Koplowitz, Ohad Fishof/Noa Zuk, & others.As a sophomore, her duet with Tadas Varaneckas, Blended Hues, premiered at the 2015 Midwest American College Dance Festival Conference. Her senior choreographic work From Four to Two, a ten minute piece based on anthropological studies of humans, won the 2016 BellaMoxi Emerging Choreographic Artist Festival in Chicago Illinois & an article in Dance Informa Magazine. While at OSU Manning curated a love for dance film. Unveiling premiered at both 30FPS Film Festival in Columbus Ohio & the Jacksonville Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. She's set work for Seven Dance Company, The Collaborative Dance Project, Susan Petry & The Gift Project, Found Youth, Found Movement Group, Nashville School of the Arts, & studios across the country.
Now back in Nashville, she has taken on the role of Associate Director for Found Movement Group under the executive direction of Stacie Flood-Popp where she will be presenting her first evening length work the way i see it. Other recent endeavors include performing at Lincoln Center in New York as a part of Booking’s Dance Festival, choreographing & directing the dance video for Beth Crowley’s Standstill, presenting her piece Bum One at Big River Dance Festival, & working as the videographer for American Dance Festival’s Winter Intensive at NYU Tisch this past winter. She is excited to back on faculty for Southern Association of Dance Masters this year! You can catch her Modern/Contemporary/Floorwork technique classes at the Millenium Dance Complex in Nashville as well as open classes held across Middle Tennessee.
Rebekah Hampton Barger has been sharing the love of dance and movement with students around the country for over 25 years. She specializes in classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance, and has also taught aerial dance for more than 10 years. Her teaching integrates kinesthetic awareness and skeletal alignment, with positive reinforcement and clear, detailed demonstration.
In 2010, Rebekah ended her work with Perpetual Motion Dance and the Oklahoma City Ballet to move to Nashville and found FALL, the city’s first aerial and contemporary dance company. She was a guest choreographer in 2018 for Nashville Ballet and has created commissions for the Nashville Symphony, and OZ Arts. Rebekah’s work has been featured in the Sideshow Fringe Festival, Tennessee Arts Academy, Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, Nashville Fashion Week, and in music videos for Humming House, Ryan Beaver, Kat Jones & The Prophets, Timbre, and Genuine Joy.
Rebekah has trained with the East Coast Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat, and currently directs the Ann Carroll School of Dance ballet program. She is also a guest instructor for New Dialect, the Governor’s School, and the Tennessee Association of Dance, and recently completed a 5 year residency with abrasiveMedia.