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Keyla Parker

Tap Director

Keyla Parker

Keyla Parker began her dance career at the age of 3 in Puerto Rico. When she moved to California with her family at the age of 5, she continued her dance training in Jazz, Tap and Cecchetti method of Ballet at Sierra Dance Academy in Roseville under the instruction of Jean Fulton, Darcy Sellers, and later Felicia Flores.


At the age of 11, she continued her dance training  Off Broadway in Folsom  under the instruction of Tony Crane, Norine Brown, Lena Logan and Lisa Wickwire. With Tony Crane she studied the Al Gilbert style of tap and continued the Cecchetti method  of ballet.


At age 14, she moved her dance training to Northern California Dance Conservatory (NCDC) where she started modern training with Jen Bradford, ballet with Thedore Constant, Contemporary Jazz with Kelli Leighton and Tap with Alyson Meador. 


In 2009, at the age of 17, she started dancing at Hawkins School of Performing Arts and joined Sound Out Tap Company under Artistic Director Alyson Meador. That December, she had the honor of  flying to New York to perform in the tap show “Tappy Holidays” with Sound Out Tap Company where they took home the title of New York’s Favorite Tap Group at the show. While at Hawkins, she took Ballet classes with Deirdre Hawkins and Modern with Tony Nguyen until 2013. 


All throughout high school, she was enrolled in Advance Dance classes taught by Desiree Milburn at Granite Bay High School. She eventually became a Teacher Intern her Junior year where she was able to start teaching and choreographing dances of her own. She was also a member of the Emerald Dancers and the Dance and Drill team while at Granite Bay. 


Once graduated from high school, she started her first teaching position at Anti-Gravity School of Dance owned by Felicia Flores. There she taught mostly Tap, but eventually branched out to teach some Jazz and Contemporary classes while taking classes at the studio. She taught here from 2010 until 2016. Keyla also got the opportunity to teach at Studio 65 in Rocklin, and Step 1 Dance and Fitness between 2016 and 2018. She was also a dancer for Red Bucket Dance Theatre, directed by Nolan T’Sani and Lisa Ross, in 2011 and 2012. 


Keyla participated in numerous competitions from the age of 8 until she was 18 in which she traveled to several parts of California and Nevada. Throughout her dance training, she got to perform at Disneyland five times, Mondavi Center in Davis, California State Fair, Sacramento County Fair, numerous community performances,  played the role of a soldier in Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker, won a scholarship from Sacramento Area Dance Alliance (SADA) which later auditioned her own self-choreographed piece for a chance at another scholarship. Over the years, she has gotten the opportunity to take many master classes in various dance styles while focusing more in Tap. She was able to participate in LA Tap Fest during summer 2019 where she was inspired even more by the Tap community. 


In the fall of 2019, Keyla had the honor of becoming the new Artistic Director of Hawkins Tap Company at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. She accomplished directing two shows, one of them fully producing and directing the entire show virtually due to the Covid pandemic. Currently, she expanded her horizon by teaching at various studios inspiring students of the age of seven through adulthood. 


Keyla graduated from Sac State in May 2019 with a BA in Photography and a minor in dance. She highly enjoys photographing dancers and hopes to continue combining both art forms in the future. She is currently teaching at Divergence Dance Conservatory in Roseville and Elevation Dance Center in Rocklin. 

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