Kesha McKey

Kesha McKey is an innovative dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and educator and has been a professional performing artist for over 20 years. She is the co-founding Artistic Director and Choreographer for Crescent City Choreographers Dance Ensemble. She has directed and co-produced “Lasting Images,” which premeired at the CAC in August 2010 and “Footprints; traces of expressions,” which premeired in the 2008 New Orleans Fringe Festival. Her work with Cresent City Choreographers has provided not only cutting edge choreography, but also social commentary on issues such as: violence in African American communities as well as the growing absence of chief males in the African American family; and a personal outlook on self image - truth, discontent and the unrealistic expectations of female body image created by the media. Kesha is a featured performing artist and rehearsal director for local dance companies such as Lula Elzy Dance Theatre, Prophecy Dance Company, Exhibit Dance Collective, and with Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Her most recent performances also include acting/singing roles such as Farrah/Hi’iaka in Amusing at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray at Le Petite Theatre, Delores in 13 Lessons with Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Calpurnia in To Kill a Mocking Bird and Almeda/Lula Buffington in Violet with NOCCA Stage Company. She has also worked as an arts educator in New Orleans and Baton Rouge Public School systems for the past 10 years. She is currently a dance instructor at NOCCA and the Program Coordinator of the Kuumba Institute Youth Arts Program at Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Kesha is a graduate of NOCCA and has received her BS from Xavier University of Louisiana. She has studied dance at various institutions in New Orleans and received scholarships to study at The Urban Bush Women Summer Institute, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, The Broadway Dance Center, and Celebration Barn Theater. She has had the wonderful honor and opportunity to study with renowned artists such as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Robert Battle, Richard Gonzales, Michael Foley, Tania Issac, Lynn Simonson, Anne Reinking, Chet Walker, Nat Horne, Fred Garbo and Luigi. Kesha continues to nourish her artistic talents and grow as an accomplished performer and educator as she teaches, choreographs and performs throughout the United States.