Kim Hale brings a 360-degree approach to her teaching given her experience not only as a performer but as a university professor, choreographer, talent agent and publicist as well. She is equally passionate about sharing her journey and the invaluable lessons she learned along the way with the next generation of artists.
Kim is a highly respected teacher of jazz and theater dance on both coasts known for her ability to train technically strong, passionate, and "working professionals." She spent five years as Assistant Professor of Dance in the BFA Musical Theater program at Syracuse University where she taught all levels of jazz, theater dance and beginning ballet. Kim has also served on the dance faculty at UMASS Amherst, Chapman University, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as well as Steps on Broadway in New York City and The Edge in Los Angeles. She has taught at numerous summer programs around the country including Ballet Hispanico, UCLA Arts Camp at the School of Theater, Syracuse Summer Dance Intensive, Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Intensive, Burbank Dance Academy, Pasadena Musical Theatre Program, 92nd Street Y and the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp to name a few.
Kim was active on the dance convention circuit for many years as an adjudicator for events such as Hollywood Vibe, Headliners, Starquest, Shine Dance Competition (CN), Dance Educators of America and Talent On Parade. She has also taught master classes for Dance Masters of America chapters across the country including DMA - Southern California, DMA - St. Louis, DMA - Texas, DMA - Ohio, DMA - Michigan and the Montana Dance Arts Association. Most recently, Kim traveled with Revel Dance Convention for three years teaching audition workshops and scouting dancers for The Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles.
"Kim has raised the bar high for all my students and pushed them to unprecedented levels of achievement. She teaches well disciplined classes that are real favorites of my students."
Debbie Allen, Artistic Director and Founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy
Los Angeles, CA
"Ms. Hale's ability to work with students and dancers of varying levels of training and experience further demonstrates how gifted a teacher she truly is."
Tina Ramirez, Founder of Ballet Hispanico
New York City, NY
"I had the pleasure of working with Kim Hale at Syracuse University's Department of Drama where she taught all levels of Jazz and Theater Dance. Kim is a highly qualified teacher who is artistic, professional and has anatomical awareness of what the dancer needs."
Anthony Salatino, Associate Professor - Syracuse University, BFA Musical Theater program
"The performing arts world is full of dance teachers and choreographers but Kim is the real deal! She is a consummate professional with years of hands-on experience teaching and mentoring students. Her knowledge of technique and creative choreography, staging, combined with her enthusiasm, makes her a tremendous asset to a creative team."
Judith Patterson, President and CEO of U.S. Performing Arts Camps
Los Angeles, CA
"Kim is a great teacher. Her people skills make her someone that students and performers can relate to and feel comfortable with. She connects with the people she works with in a way that leaves them not only feeling educated, but inspired as well. Her knowledge of the craft makes her someone that has a lot to give and a diverse background to share."
Tramaine Montell Ford, Syracuse University alum, Hairspray the movie cast
New York, NY
"Kim Hale's classes are incredibly inspiring. She combines the foundations of technical dance with the fine arts of performance, taking movement to the next level."
Stephen Carrasco, Syracuse University alum, Broadway veteran (nine productions)
New York, NY
"Kim's dance class was the only class that focused on technique and performance in an audition and performance setting. I know my dance training my entire life was important, but i learned how to apply that technique for auditions and in performance from Kim. When I look around my circle of friends in the business today what sets the working actors apart from the non-working actors is not talent, looks or even resume as I previously thought. It's the way you apply all of your skills, the way you present yourself, and the way your work with people. I really felt that Kim brought out that extra something in me. And now, I am living my dream and working on Broadway. For that, I will always be grateful to Kim.
Sharone Sayegh, Syracuse University alum, Broadway's The Band's Visit and Mamma Mia
"Kim's class has an emphasis on pure jazz technique, but she also uses her knowledge to expose her students to as many techniques as possible. In Kim's class I was introduced to a variety of techniques including Luigi, Fosse, and even commercial dance. Kim is exactly what a strong dance or musical theater program needs. She is someone who truly cares about her students and is interesting in advancing their careers."
Michael Rios, Syracuse University alum, National Tours CATS, Newsies, and Hello Dolly