Dance 100, Netflix’s latest dance challenge, will feature an unprecedented number of artists and directors. The competitors in the upcoming series don’t want to be the second best player; they want to be the next best director and earn $100,000. Boston’s Keenan Kitchens is one of the candidates scheduled to compete in the upcoming dance competition. Keenan is an up and coming dancer who has worked on several advertisements, including a BET and a GAP commercial. Dance 100’s season debut airs Friday, March 17 at 3:01 a.m. ET.
Keenan Kitchens, a Dance 100 contestant, worked as a “moving instructor” on an episode of Blindspot.
Keenan Kitchens is one of eight shortlisted candidates for Netflix’s Dance 100. According to his Instagram profile, the future Dance 100 competitor has previously been credited with collaborating with numerous musicians, including Cardi B, JLo, Kelly Rowland, Prince Royce, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Lizza Halsey, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and BTS. According to his website, he previously directed ads for BET and GAP, and also served as a “movement teacher” for an episode of Blindspot season 2.
According to the website:
“Cardi B’s first choreographer was Keenan. He choreographed Cardi’s first show, “The Underestimated Tour”, during his tenure with her. He also directed her first two award shows, which were at the MTV Video Music Awards and the BET Awards Aftershow.”
According to the website:
“Keenan has also worked with David Guetta, J Balvin, Bebe Rexha, Meek Mill and Yo Gotti on choreography. He has also worked as an associate dancer for Kelly Rowland and Lizzo. His dance can be seen in Lizzo’s Made in America performance and in her Saturday Night Live performance. Keenan has only recently started working as a choreographer.”
The future Dance 100 contestant grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He started performing when he was 14 years old and moved to New York City in 2008 to look for a job as a recording artist. His work has taken him all over the world and he has taught in Japan, South Korea, China, Peru, Spain, Germany, France, Argentina, England, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Canada and South Africa.
The ensemble member works as a teacher at Studio Broadway Dance Center in New York City and as a special faculty member at Movement Lifestyle and Millenium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. His courses as a teacher focus on ‘improving performance quality’ and he encourages his students not only to be open, but also to find methods to connect dance and music to everyday circumstances.
According to his Broadway Ballet Center bio:
“The class begins with a warm-up that includes exercises as well as basic hip-hop rhythms found in Keenan’s routines. You are encouraged to integrate personality, acting, accuracy and rhythm as you learn the routines in the classroom. Keenan’s courses are HIGH ENERGY so please dress appropriately.
Rudy Garcia, Brandi Chun, Rex Kline, Akira Armstrong, Celine Edmondson, Max Pham, and Janick Arseneau are among those who have joined the Netflix program.
According to Netflix’s news statement, the program will be:
“There can be 100 performers in a room… but they will all be needed to determine who will be the next big director. Every move counts in the upcoming Dance 100 competition series, premiering March 17.”
Dance 100’s season debut will be available on Netflix on Friday, March 17.