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meet the host



kalyn1Kalyn Chapman James is the Host of Art LoftKalyn Chapman James is a native of Mobile, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. An accomplished dancer and choreographer, Kalyn studied tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and acrobatics, and hip-hop dance since the age of nine at Sheffield School of Dance (Mobile, Alabama), Broadway Dance Theater in New York and Millennium Dance Center in Los Angeles. Kalyn was the face and spokes model for the UPN network in Birmingham, Alabama, and served as a television journalist on The Fox Sports Network’s show Behind the Game. Kalyn is the first, and only, African-American woman to be crowned Miss Alabama (1993) where she placed as a top ten semi-finalist in the 1994 Miss America Pageant. She danced professionally for the Universal Dance Association, and Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney/MGM) in Orlando, Florida. 

Kalyn has worked in the arts since moving to Miami in 2003. She worked as a teaching artist for Arts for Learning Miami where she instructed after school programs in some of Miami’s most underserved communities including Wynwood and Overtown and at Girl Power in Liberty City. Kalyn has taught dance classes at In Motion and DancExchange studios. She is the emcee of the annual Hip Hop for Health Competition which encourages young students to live a healthy lifestyle through dance, nutrition and fitness.

She performed in the MTV Video Music Awards, the Latin Video Music Awards, the Latin Billboard Awards, and danced and choreographed for the Univision and Telemundo Television Networks in Miami. She has worked extensively as an events emcee, a print and television model appearing on the pages of Glamour, Ebony, Essence, Jet, and O Magazine and has been featured in national commercials for Crocs, Hershey’s Air Delights Chocolate Candy, Old Navy and Walt Disney World.

She currently teaches fitness classes at Ironflower Fitness Miami. Kalyn has been a supporter of Young Arts, City Year, and was also a gold member of Honey Shine, an Alonzo Mourning Charity. She is currently Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator for the Adrienne Arsht Center, where she secures funding to support the Center’s education and outreach programs.

“The arts gave me the confidence to push past boundaries that existed in my small hometown in southern Alabama. They opened the doors that would change my life forever and gave me a voice to reach thousands of students about the importance of education during my tenure as Miss Alabama. I’ve participated in the growth of Miami’s art scene and I am looking forward to sharing all that this wonderful city has to offer in the arts and culture. Wonderful things are happening here and I am proud to be a small part of making sure our community knows all about it!”


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