Spring 2021 - Teen Hip hop

Kenny Jezek

TAP

Kenny has performed, choreographed, directed and staged productions of all types. Feature films, television, music videos, commercials, theatrical productions, Kenny has literally done it all. While starring as Lars Englund on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” he did much of his own choreography. He has performed in the Los Angeles companies (1st National Touring Co.) of two Tony award winning Broadway musicals; “Cats” and “42nd Street”. Some of his other stage credits include, “Anything Goes” with Chita Rivera, and “Paint Your
Wagon” with Gordon Macrae. Live theatre choreography credits include; Fleeing Down to Rio (a spoof on Flying Down to Rio), Johnny Bugle, Mystery At Windemere Mansion, Rocky’s Place and In Command of The Children. Kenny has lent his talents for dance and movement to stars like Gloria Loring and Michael Jackson. He has worked with, learned from and danced with some of the top choreographers and instructors in the industry including, Joe Tremaine (whom he was on full scholarship with and assisted throughout the country), Kenny Ortega, Jeffrey Hornaday, Marcea Lane, Rick Atwell, Dame Gillian Lynne,
Jackie Sleight, Bill Prudich, Ben Lokey, Joe Bennet, Doug Caldwell, Jaime Rogers, Arlene Phillips, Bill Goodson, Jerry Evans, Michael Peters, Barry Lather, Helene Phillips, Vincent Patterson, and many others. He has performed with such stars as Jermaine Jackson, Dianna Ross, Olivia Newton John, Chita Rivera, Alice Cooper, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Travolta, Dinah Shore, Gordon Macrae, Leroy Reams, Nana Visitor, John Cipher, Gloria Loring, Michael DeLorenzo, Molly Ringwald, Sydney Poitier, Eva LaRue, Millie Carlucci, and Kim
Fields, to name a few. 

 

An all around dancer Kenny, worked constantly in the entertainment industry As a tapper Kenny has tapped with and learned from some of the very best in the business including Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr. Hinton Battle, Fayard and Howard Nicholas, Chloe Arnold, Sarah Reich, Rusty Frank, Louis DaPron, Benny Smith, Paul DeRolf and Tony Coppola. It is this knowledge and performance expertise that Kenny brings to all his choreography and teaching. Being well versed in Jazz, Lyrical and period dancing he can add movement and entertaining dancing to just about any production, be it theatre, T.V. or film. Kenny also holds black belts and Master certifications in several different martial arts styles and has often been called on to choreograph fight sequences for stage and film. Currently Kenny and his lovely wife Karen (also an accomplished actress with a long list of professional credits) head up their production company; Command Performers and have produced numerous stage plays, an independent feature film, a Ford Mustang commercial and several music videos including the latest for International Pop Star Autumn Allen. 


Kenny’s movie credits include lead roles in three independent feature films “Karla Faye Tucker - Forevermore”, “Come What May”, and “Jack Phoenix” the latter of which he also served as Co-producer. Two other film credits are “Fast Forward” Produced and Directed by Academy award winning legend Sydney
Poitier and “Pretty in Pink” starring Molly Ringwald. Among his numerous television credits, he has also had guest starring roles in several TV shows including “Hill Street Blues”, “St. Elsewhere” and “FAME”. 

 

A true Master Jazz and Tap teacher, Kenny currently teaches dance and acting at four Arizona studios all while managing and developing projects through his production company. Along with his friend and fellow industry teacher Helene Phillips his “Master Class - Intensives” is taught at studios throughout the country with an emphasis on training dancers in performance jazz and helping them truly know what it takes to be a successful working dancer in “the industry” and how to sustain that career. Along those same lines, he hosts
a very special and unique “Industry Insider” trip to Hollywood where he and his wife take a select and small (no more than 4) group of “industry hopefuls” to Hollywood to take classes and meet one on one with actual people in the industry (dancers, actors, choreographers, and agents), all of which are personal friends and colleagues of Kenny and his wife. He is on faculty with Just West Of Broadway and Phoenix Tap Festival. And he serves as an adjunct judge with Act 1 Talent, Encore Performing Arts, Step Up 2 Dance and Nexus
Competitions. Kenny also is an Adjunct Professor for Dance, Acting and Martial Arts thru the Maricopa Community College system and has served as a special guest choreographer for many of their dance shows. More recently, Kenny had the privilege of opening Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding concert at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix with a routine he both choreographed and performed in. And he was honored to teach at an intensive for Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston two years ago for his good friend Randal Flynn. In
addition to all this, Kenny also teaches master jazz and tap workshops throughout the country.

Kenny career has run the gambit of acting, dancing, choreographing, directing and producing in all avenues of the professional industry including film, television, stage, commercials and music videos. And he continues to be connected to his colleagues in the industry in Hollywood and New York. It is this knowledge, experience, passion and joy that he brings, not only to his performing but also to each and every one of his classes to further equip a new generation of gifted and enthusiastic dancers to move the art forward and to achieve their own dreams of becoming a professional entertainer.

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