National Dance Week - STL - 2018

April 28, 2018 at Washington & Grand

Honorary Dance Company


Consuming Kinetics Dance Company (CKDC) is a 501 (c) nonprofit professional dance company in St. Louis. Founded in 2009 by Artistic and Executive Director Arica Brown, CKDC produces two full-length concerts and participates in many community events such as National Dance Week each year. CKDC is a resident of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation and a member of the .ZACK Arts Incubator Program. CKDC offers a full program of adult drop-in dance classes, a youth program which focuses on a concert dance approach to training, and creates job opportunities for local full-time artists. CKDC believes in making dance accessible to everyone, and is proud to be the Honorary Company for National Dance Week 2018

Master of Ceremonies

Keith Tyrone Williams

Keith is very proud to be among the few people certified by Katherine Dunham to teach the world renowned Dunham Technique and holds a Bachelor of Science, MA, and MFA in Theatre.

His Broadway, national, and international credits include Once On This Island, Legs Diamond, Five Guys Named Moe( LA Ovation and NAACP nomination,) The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber(British Royal Command Performance), Bubbling Brown Sugar, Starlight Express, and Katherine Dunham Gala at Carnegie Hall. Keith received a Kevin Klein Award for his role as "Horse" in Stage's Full Monty and for his Choreography for Sarafina, at the Black Rep, where he also awarded the Woody King Award for his role as Appplegate in Damn Yankees.

Keith is also a distinguished recipient of the NAACP Award for his contributions to the cultural arts and Arts-In-Education and a 2014 St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Fellow. As an arts educator, Keith serves as Chair of Theatre at Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis, MO., and is committed to the achievement of arts and academic excellence in instruction which fosters an awareness of cultural diversity, stimulates imagination, and promotes literacy.

Proudly, Keith has been honored as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Arts Educator of the Year.

Guest Speaker

Christopher Mohanani, Managing Director, Dance St. Louis