Meet the Owner, Ms. Kim!!
Kimberly Nicole Jones was born in Greenville, NC and grew up in the small town of Farmville, NC. Farmville is where Kim began her music and dance training at the tender age of 3 in schools and local dance studios. Kim grew up in a very musical and spiritual home with her parents, Bishop Jessie W. Jones and Co-pastor Carolyn Jones and 2 sisters. Even as a young child Kim understood her God-given gift of and had a strong vision to use it to give God glory. At the age of 8, she started her first dance team, “SpLaSh!” As a teenager, she gained plenty of experience working for Christlike Productions, Inc. as an actress and background vocalist. Kim is also a graduate of John Casablancas Modeling and Acting Center. In 2000, Kim became director of the performing arts ministry at her father’s church, Rouse’s Abundant Life Ministries.
She was also a very active student at North Carolina State University where she majored in Arts Applications with a Music Concentration. While at State, she modeled with Black Finesse Modeling Troupe and danced with DanceVisions where she studied under Stafford , the associate Artistic Director for the African Dance Ensemble. Kim also danced with ‘Commercial Break’- State’s original Hip Hop Dance Team where she was the assistant choreographer.
Wanting to take the dance ministry to another level, Kim started Kalyani Productions in the summer of 2004. Taking the ministry outside the 4 walls of the church, Kim started this company to teach all who desired to know, the value of the ministry of the performing arts as well as the skill and training involved. In May of 2006, the name was changed to Katura Productions, Inc. Katura is an African term that means -take a burden off my mind-. We believe that in this ministry, as we worship God and minister to His people through the arts, He will manifest, lift all of our burdens., set free, and deliver. Kim and her Katura staff operated in the summer as a camp offered to ALL ages and as workshops during the year. Kim opened Katura Dance Academy in August of 2011.
Kim, now an award-winning choreographer, just completed 8 years at DanceArt Studio, Inc. in Garner, NC (www.danceartinc.com) as the hip hop, tap, ballet, and praise dance instructor. There she is coached and choreographed for over 8 teams. Take a look at the video they made for Ms. Kim above! Although it was hard for Ms. Kim to leave her DanceArt family, their support and love constantly encourages her to continue to go for her dreams!
She continues to choreograph for pageants, fashion and hair shows, etc. It has only been God's Grace and Favor that has allowed Kim the many opportunities to be a blessing to others.
Meet Our Contemporary and Hip Hop Instructor, Ms. Kennedy!!
Kennedy Hill has always had a passion for dance. She has been dancing for ten years and has been technically trained for five years through Katura Dance Academy in Greenville, North Carolina. She is currently enrolled at East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance as a dance education major. There she enhances her dance training while taking courses that will certify her as a future dance teacher. In the summer of 2015, Kennedy auditioned and was given the amazing opportunity to study with Debbie Allen and her prestigious staff at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in LA. Kennedy owes all of her success to Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior who blessed her with such a gift. Her first experience dancing was with a praise dance at Greenville Community Christian Church where she is a member and she believes liturgical dance with praise and worship is only a small way to give thanks back to God who gave her the ability to dance.
“Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!”—Psalm 149:3
Meet Our Lyrical Instructor, Ms. Amy!!
Marcelino began dancing at the age of 13 under the instruction of Miss Lisa
Zola-DeLibero and Miss Sherri DiStefano at The Ballet Studio in Yardville, NJ. Before long, she began competing in local and
regional dance competitions with the TBS Competition Program and assisted in
teaching various classes at the studio.
Amy has attended many open and Master classes at various studios,
including the Princeton Ballet School. By 16, she was accepted into the elite
Dance Performance program at NDHS, allowing her to attend workshops with Disney
World choreographers and performers and also the opportunity to perform in
Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida. Her
background and training allowed her to perform in many different roles for
musical theatre including Co-Dance Captain for the musical Annie at the
Washington Crossing Open Air Theater. Amy’s job as a full-time Office Manager relocated
her from NJ to NC in 2007 and she is so excited to be a part of the KDA
Meet Ms. Shannon!!
Shannon Carter started dancing at the age of eight at DanceArt Studio in Garner, NC. Throughout the years, she has studied ballet, jazz, and lyrical; and was a member of the hip hop competition team directed by Ms. Kim. Shannon was also a member of the West Johnston High School award winning dance team under the direction of Mr. Richard Patten and became captain her senior year. At West, Shannon’s favorite aspect of her dance classes was choreography. She has choreographed since her freshman year in a number of different styles including jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, and Bollywood. Last year, Shannon choreographed her first competition jazz routine on the West Dance Team which won first place in their jazz category at Southeast Showdown Dance Competition. She is now at East Carolina University studying Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health. Since the beginning, Ms. Kim has inspired Shannon to be a humble, hardworking dancer and she is excited that she is able to continue working with Ms. Kim from Garner to Greenville.
Meet Ms. Jaz!!
(Ballet Instructor and Ms. Kim's Personal Assistant)
Jasmine grew up dancing in local studios and training under Ms. Kim in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop since she was 5 years old. In High School, she received training and experience in teaching by assisting Ms. Kim. She is now a student at East Carolina University! She has performed all over the states for and on the same platform of many including Leandria Johnson, Dorinda Clark-Cole. She just recently performed at Women's Empowerment 2013 with rising star, JoceLien!! We are excited and privelaged to have Jasmine continue to teach and assist at KDA!
Meet Our Office Manager, Mrs. Jones!! (a.k.a Aunt Ninnie)
Carolyn Jones is the wife of Bishop Jessie W. Jones and a proud mother of 3 daughters, including Miss Kim! She is the Co-Pastor of Rouse's Abundant Life Ministries and a Teacher's Assistant at H.B. Suggs Elementary School. Mrs. Jones is also a fabulous cook and will be providing the food during our Summer Camps and sometimes during the season!! She has a huge heart for children and they love her too!!