Meet Kea Tesseyman
As Founder/Director of Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions, Kea Tesseyman has devoted her life to offering quality, wholesome and original dance classes and performances, to not only the five town communities, but nation-wide. In her fifteenth year as a dance instructor and seventh year as a studio director/owner, Kea’s experiences in the dance world have shaped her philosophy and structure of the movement arts.
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 Finis Jhung and other Horton Technique mentors, and Broadway Dance Center, in New York City. Most recently, Kea has returned from a rigorous week of training at BDC’s Dance Educator Development Training where she worked with Dorit Koppel, Derek Mitchel, Ginger Cox, Tracie Stanfield, Jon Rua (a member of the new hit on Broadway, “Hamilton”) Lane Napper, and more.
Before she created her dance company, she worked at the Pen Bay YMCA for five years and RDC in Rockport 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.
For the past four years, Kea has been working on other projects than just producing fun and uplifting Dance Show Events with her company, but stepping into the arena of documentary and short film. 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.
She 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 the past six years, 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.
When she is not dancing, Kea spends time with her 13-year-old son and fiancé, and enjoys snowboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and taking naps on the beach.
“Technique, choreography, and performance training is vital to a student’s education as a dancer; however, it is self esteem, confidence and love that is vital to their growth as human beings.” – Kea Tesseyman