Kalen [Keɪ-Lɪn] was born and raised on the island of O'ahu, in Hawai'i - not exactly the second star to the right, but close enough. It was full of adventure, imagination, and a whole lot of aloha. The multicultural environment developed his respect for inclusion while encouraging curiosity.
His movement studies began silently around the age of 12 within volleyball. Playing on an 18-and-under boys volleyball club team meant he had to play smarter. He wasn't tall, and his opponents were often about to go off to college. Kalen studied every position, learning the setter and blocking patterns of 5-1, 6-2, and 4-2. Which eventually led to acknowledging body patterns to predetermine where the ball would go. He continued to thrive as a volleyball player until the world of dance swept him up at 18.
After two years of dance education from the world-renown 24-VII Dancforce Studio in Kaneohe, Hawai'i, Kalen was signed with Bobby Ball Agency. In 2004 he booked his first dance gig, and the rest was history. He was privileged to have an 11-year professional dance career in the commercial and theatrical industries. Performing in national and international tours. He wasn't ready to end his dance career; however, his body had other plans after a 2016 dance audition injury. Kalen permanently fused his big toe bones in 2019. During his physical therapy process, they found additional damage in his ankle, which resulted in another foot surgery in 2020. He is still recovering from these surgeries and testing his new limitations every day.
Kalen received his BA in Performing Arts, precisely 20 years after achieving his High School Diploma. He recently completed Tier 1 (of 5) in obtaining a post-Baccalaureate, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. He is applying for graduate school and envisions a career as a creative producer specializing in movement. Although he can choreograph, he is more interested in supporting and editing physical movement than creating it.