Meet Kia Dawn
Originally from Seattle, Washington, heavily bred and greatly influenced by the art of music, gymnastics, modeling, dancing and news entertainment;
Having grandparents who were pioneers on the 1940's New York jazz music scene:
Otis “CANDY” Finch - The drummer working with Dizzy Gillespie, Shirley Scott, Big John Patton and many other famous Jazz composers;
Willa Mae Dozier - Jet Beauty Magazine Model/ Cotton Club Dancer/ Alvin Ailey Dance Academy/ Children's Daycare educator.
Akim “The Dream” Finch (Father) - A percussionist having worked with Darren Motamedy, Russel Wilson, Anthony Anderson, James Gore and many other resounding artist. He also has a career as a children's elementary educator.
AKIA DAWN received a cheer scholarship to attend Langston University in Oklahoma, where she participated in a plethora of school activities such as pageants, a cheerleader (2009-2011) and a J-Sette dancer with the HBCU Marching Band (2011-2013) meanwhile earning credits towards a Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Throughout college, she would spend winter and summer breaks traveling to attend the different cheer and dance workshops hosted by "Going Pro Sports Entertainment Company". For weeks she'd attend these camps led by NFL Cheerleaders and NBA Dancers, receiving 1 on1 consultation and training from the following: Seahawks Sea Gal - Mhkeeba Pate (2009), Houston Texans Cheerleader - Briitany Davis (2010),Oklahoma CityThunders Girl - Shereka B. (2011), Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleader- Mercedes M. (2012),Atlanta Hawks Dancer- Lauren P ATL Falcons Cheerleader - Kadija J. (2014), Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader - Denita C. (2015), Atlanta Hawks Dancer Jennifer (2016).
After moving to Atlanta in 2013, AKIA DAWN transferred her college credits to Georgia State University to finish up her Bachelors Degree in Journalism with a minor in Psychology.
Furthering her dance career, she began training under Emmy Award winning choreographer Rikki McKinney / CiCi Kelly/ Lauren Pittman at Gotta Dance Atlanta Dance Company (2014 - 2016). In 2016 she began auditioning for the local Semi- Professional National Atlanta Basketball Leagues as a dancer and Football Leagues as cheerleader: GA Falcons Football Team (2016) / The Atlanta Wildcats Basketball team (2017) / ATL SHOW Basketball Team (2018).
Now with over 20 yrs of dance experience with a background of Performing Arts/ Cheerleading / Belly Dance / West African Drums / Zumba Fitness / Salsa / Line Dancing / Hiphop /Dancehall / Waistline Whine Infusion/ J-Sette/ Burlesque/ Jazz / Leaps and Turns (limited training) /Contemporary (limited training) / Ballet (limited Training). Currently, she using her talents to teach and instruct these skills through her own two businesses a therapeutic fitness leader. A wellness brand Mindfulness Mobility, LLC and a nonprofit Twist N Shout Arena, INC by making an impact through the full mind - body connection.
Her artistry, stage presence, and creative direction has seen earns herself the benefit of working as a independent contractor/artist. Most recently, her dance chorography, Human Statue, and belly dance performances have been seen at the Atlanta Defenders Basketball Games, Braves Stadium, and on the final season of "Iyanla Van Fix My Life" Tv show as well as many other amazing oppurtunities.