Team

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Gary "Lake Wisdom" Nelson

Gary Nelson is an Indianapolois, Indiana native, and Co-founded Nova Star Dance Company in 2017 with wife Kay Nelson. Gary has been a dancer for over 19 years and was a  performer since his youth, performing with Dynasty Dance Crew all over Indianapolis, and winning top state competitions such as I State 2009, IUPUI 2007-2009 and Star Quest and won a solo competition at I State in 2011. 

He has performed on the Hypnotize Tour with T-Pain, Rick Ross and Bootsie and opened up for Lil Scrappy. Gary teaches waving, popping, locking, and animation. Additionally, he holds his Acrobatic Arts Certification.

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Kay " Kayy Nova " Nelson

Co-Owner/Ballroom & Latin Director

Kay Nelson has over 23 years of dance experience. She is from a small town called Hazlehurst, Georgia and is the Co-Owner & Co-founder of Nova Star Dance Company LLC. She moved to Indianapolis, In with her family as a child where she met husband Gary Nelson. Kay began her dance career as a paid Cheer Coach for the King's Elite Cheer Squad when she was 18 years old. She performed alongside the late  composer Marvin Hamlisch at the 2005 Vocal Jazz Fest with her high school at Butler University. She also served as a Co-Drum Major and Dance Captain for Knights of Glory Drum Corps until she aged out in 2010. Kay's family re-located to Las Vegas where she earned her Arthur Murray Associate Bronze & DVIDA ballroom teaching certifications. 

Kay has appeared in commercials for Drai's Night Club, the Las Vegas Convention Center, and appeared on the 376th issue of Porsche Christophorous Magazine in Germany. Other career accomplishments include TESOL ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification, and Japanese 1 certification from St Petersburg State University Russia that she earned in May 2020.

Kay teaches House, Whacking, Combo Class, International and American style Ballroom, Dance Hall, Afro Beat and Stepping.

Meet The Team

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Florence Awuah
 
Assistant/Visual Artist

Florence Awuah is a local artist in Las Vegas. She attended Las Vegas School of  Performing Arts. Her artwork was featured in “Drawing Us Together” Hosted by House Of Blues. Her painting “City Of Music” won the competition and helped to raise funds for the art programs in the United States. She has done private and group art classes. She has had her artwork featured in "The Urban Lounge Downtown Las Vegas for their grand opening. Florence Awuah was mentored by an Illustrator of "The Las Vegas Review Journal". Her illustrations featured for three years In the "R-JENERATION'' section of the Newspaper. She received a scholarship from "The Las Vegas Review Journal " for being one of the most valuable workers. She had the honor of painting a martini glass for Mayor Goodman at a BBQ restaurant's grand opening. and has won Congressional awards.

   Florence Awuah is also a singer-songwriter. Whose stage name is now Freely.Sol. She got her start doing showcases with AGI Entertainment and singing in the school choir in Atlanta, where she first discovered her passion for performing. She got to work with Natarsha Garcia, and Brandin Jay in their Artist bootcamp as a little girl. She also did a photoshoot with Celebrity Photographer DBlanks of Atlanta in the AGI bootcamp.  She has performed in " The  House Of Blues "Bringing Down The House'' competition, where she came in third place in the musical competition performing her own original music. She has performed in different shows and has a soulful musical style. Freely.Sol was also seen on the Las Vegas News, performing with a non-profit organization, " Life Long Dreams". Where she volunteered and helped with music, and art classes. She enjoyed every second of it. 

   Freely.Sol has got to work with Lake Wisdom, where she collaborated in a song he produced called," Know you say. She has also got to sing background vocals for Kayy Nova, in her rendition of ," I want you around". By snoh Aalegra. Freely.Sol.has worked with Demkisss, and many other artists as well. 

Freely.Sol was in the limited episode reality show " The Journey Lv ". This was a reality show based on  the journey of some of the Las Vegas talent. Freely.Sol has performed 

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, House Of Blues Las Vegas, Artifice lounge, and more. She is currently the assistant for Nova Star Dance Co. She's always loved singing since a young age and continues to spread her heart through music and art.

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Monet Smith

Professional Competitor/Assistant Teacher

Monet is 21 years old and is a Las Vegas native. She began dancing at a young age and the majority of her dance training can be accredited to the West Las Vegas Arts Center. She competes with The Village, having multiple competitions under her belt. In addition to her 10 year dance career, she has been modeling on print and Las Vegas runways for 3 years. Mo has performed in fashion shows, and frequents Tuesday Blend. In addition to her performance experience, she Assists at the Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain.