Lilliana Ketchman “Lilly K” first entered the dance world at the age of 2 when she took her first class. She quickly fell in love with dance and being on stage. At the age of 7, she was cast on Lifetime’s hit series Dance Moms. Soon after, she was cast as the lead in Sia’s lyric video for her hit Move Your Body. In addition to dance, Lilly enjoys singing, acting, and designing for her dancewear brand, the “Lilly K Collection.” She is super excited to represent and tour with Transcend this coming year!
Kylee started dancing at two years old. Her parents say she was born for it! She has been dancing competitively since the age of four with Dance Unlimited Company in Miami, Florida where she trains more than 20 hours a week. Most recently, Kylee performed in the official music video for SofiTukker’s “Baby I’m A Queen” which was her first opportunity to not only dance but also act on camera. She was also involved in a feature on “The Balancing Act,” a Lifetime daily show. She was a finalist for a model search contest with a South Florida dancewear company called Opra Dancewear. This year, Kylee was awarded Hype Petite Improv Champ, Petite Ms. Hype Title Winner, Nuvo Breakout Artist, Radix Core Performer, ADA America’s Young Female Dancer of the Year, Petite Ms. Legacy Runner Up, and Mini Transcendent. Kylee has taken many Master classes and performed guest choreography with noted professional and renowned dancers in the industry. Kylee’s ultimate goal is to become a professional dancer and have a lifelong career doing what she loves and is passionate about.
“I want to do, see, and learn all that I can in the dance and entertainment world.”
Kennedy is an 11 year old dancer originally from New Jersey. She began as a gymnast and was quickly discovered by a local dance studio in Edison, NJ. It did not take long for Kennedy to fall in love with the art of dance. In 2016, her family relocated to North Carolina where she began training at CC & Company Dance Complex in the styles of jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, acro and hip hop. Although relatively new to the dance world, Kennedy has received numerous awards at conventions such as JUMP, NUVO, 24seven, Hollywood Vibe, and NYCDA, and is a proud member of the DancerPalooza 2018 Beat Squad. Kennedy continues to evolve as an artist and is dedicated to becoming the best dancer she can be. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with the amazing faculty at Transcend.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
Kaitlyn is a 12 year old dancer from Raleigh, North Carolina. She currently trains in various styles of dance, including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and acro with CC and Company Dance Complex under the direction of Christy Curtis. Kaitlyn was the 2nd runner up Mini Outstanding Dancer at the 2017 NYCDA Nationals and placed in the top 10 as a Mini Best Dancer at the 2017 Dance Awards. Kaitlyn was also chosen to be a member of the 2018 Beat Squad this summer. She is excited to meet new people and share her love for dance with others while on tour with Transcend for the 2018-19 season.
Isabella started dancing at the age of 2 and has been hooked every since! She trains in all genres. Isabella is known for her adorable, sweet personality as well as for her versatility as a dancer. She has won numerous Regional and National titles. Isabella has appeared in several music videos as well as performed on stage at VidCon. She was recently chosen out of over 10,000 as a finalist to dance with Janet Jackson. Isabella also LOVES fashion and she loves to travel! Having the opportunity to tour with Transcend is a dream come true!
Ellie has been dancing since the age of 3, and has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern, heels, ballroom, musical theater and improvisation. She currently trains at Big City Dance Center and is a member of a Detroit-based hip hop crew. She has attended many dance intensives, workshops, and classes in Detroit, NYC and LA. Ellie has won numerous awards and top scholarships at various competitions/conventions, and this past season was awarded Transcendent, ASH Apprentice, Wild Apprentice, and WCDE Teen Elite Dancer Detroit. She will also be seen assisting classes at Wild Dance Intensive for the 2018-19 season. She is excited to join Transcend Tour as an Ultimate Transcendent this year and to learn from some of the best choreographers in the industry and get to know dancers from around the country!
Aoife (pronounced Eefah) Porter is a dancer from South Florida. She first fell in love with dance when she attended an after school hip hop program in 4th grade. After initially concentrating in only hip hop, she has been pushing herself out of her comfort zone and learning different styles over the last year. She is currently working with some amazing, new, up and coming artists and hopes to continue to do so in the future. She is looking forward to meeting and dancing with many talented Transcend choreographers and dancers this season while growing and evolving as a dancer and person.
Kellie took her first ballet class the day she turned three. During the years she has added jazz, contemporary, musical theatre and hip hop. She was named a True Performer at Intrigue and Pulse Protege with Pulse Dance Experience. Kellie danced during Cirque Dreams’ tour at the Broward Center. She can be seen eating ice cream during the car scene in Step Up Revolution. Recently, she was given the opportunity to train with Nakul (SYTYCD) doing a Bollywood scene for High Strung Free Dance (coming out in 2018). Kellie has appeared in various TV shows and commercials. Some of them include Burn Notice, Canadian Tire, Burger King and Office Depot. Kellie is thankful and blessed to be given an opportunity to train with Transcend this coming season. She hopes to inspire and be a positive role model for other dancers.
Holden has been dancing since the age of two. He lives in the Pacific Northwest and trains with Allegro Performing Arts Academy, First Class Dance, and Westlake Dance Center in ballet, ballroom, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and tap.
Kelly started as a competitive dancer at age 10. She is 16 now and works professionally in films, TV, commercials and Music videos for different artists, live performances in Vidcon and Choreographer’s Carnival. She has choreographed for different competition teams and music videos. She competed In World of Dance season 2 with the group GirlCool.
Taylor Knight is a 19 year old professional dancer. She has been dancing for a total of 11 years and has been working professionally for 7 years out of those 11. She comes from a technically trained background, but moved on to train and expand her skill set within hip hop as well. She has worked with multiple different artists throughout her dance career—Some of those artists are, Kat Graham, Zendaya, Todrick Hall, Justin Bieber, Kevin Hart, and most recently, Bebe Rexha. Currently, she is under contract and on tour with Latin-American artist, J Balvin.
Elyssa Cueto has been dancing since the age of three. She currently trains with Kozmic Edge, Immabeast, Abstrakt Beings, and Young Lions Training Program. She is also a part of Clear Talent Group. She went on tour with a dance convention known as The Pulse on Tour during the 2014-2015 season and had the opportunity to assist world renowned choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Tessandra Chavez, Gil Duldulao and many more. She has had the opportunity to perform on many prestigious stages such as the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall. She had the opportunity to perform for Christina Aguilera on the TV show known as TRL and was featured in Laurieann Gibson’s Lifetime show called Beyond the Spotlight when she danced for Sean “Diddy” Combs. She also performed live for Camila Cabello on The Today Show and has been in music videos for artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Jason Derulo. Besides travelling the world and training in many styles of dance she also modeled for Discount Dance Supply. She recently was featured in a Geico commercial promoting the VMAs that was choreographed by Luam Keflezgy.