who we are

Kiara 'KIKI' Barnes

Faculty, Event Director, AAC2

Miss Kiki is the most beloved of all teachers! Currently studying at Everglades University for a Bachelors in Science – Majoring in Aerospace and Aviation (Focus in Airport Management and Flight Ops). Miss Kiki brings a genuine warmth and authenticity to her classes that no-one can match.  Born in Ontario, Canada and moving to Lakewood Ranch in 2014, Kiki has a vast knowledge of dance styles from all over North America. With years of experience in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Ballet, she specializes in Acro, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Kiki is certified in the world renowned Acrobatic Arts syllabus through Module 2 after a week long trip to Boston, MA to complete her training, and pass all exams with DISTINCTION!! She has also accepted a job with OnStage America as a dance competition judge starting in the 2023 competition season! Kiki is eager to share her knowledge with the Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota community on behalf of Art & Soul Dance Company both as a faculty member, and Director of Camps & Events! After winning countless Overall High Score Awards across North America, and obtaining numerous choreography awards, and leading her dancers to awards such as Regional Championships, Golden Tickets, and Nationals Challenge of Champions, Miss Kiki cannot wait to continue to see her dancers grow both in and out of the studio, and continue to inspire the world of dance.