Celebrate National Dance Day in the USA with KDA on July 28!
10 hours. 10 dance classes. $2 a class. KDA is hosting the biggest National Dance Day celebration in Kern County by setting the dance floor on fire this summer with dance classes, giveaways, yummy snacks, and cool drinks. Dance classes are taught by dance educators from across Kern County and will vary from beginning to advanced and range in dance styles. From Zumba to Hip Hop, Country Line Dance to Contemporary, dance classes are open to all community members, dancers and non-dancers, who want to join in the fun!
KDA National Dance Day Membership Perk
KDA members enjoy National Dance Day classes for only $1 a class! Not a member? JOIN HERE!
KDA National Dance Day Classes
All National Dance Day Classes will be held at the KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School, 2800 Loma Linda Drive, Bakersfield, CA. 93305
Beat the line on National Dance Day and register ONLINE! All online pre-registrations will receive FREE KDA swag!
Walk-up registrations are available on July 28.
NATIONAL DANCE DAY IS A CASH ONLY EVENT– please bring cash or check for all National Dance Day payments. Credit Card purchases will not be accepted.
Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure enough time to register for class!
KDA National Dance Day Class Descriptions + Teacher Biographies
ZUMBA – Mixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Nesi Sheldon
Nesi Sheldon is a 24 Hour Fitness Zumba Zin Certified Instructor teaching in Bakersfield, Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley. Nesi enjoys providing Zumba instruction for private events and is a past member of a Salsa Dance Team and Lindy Hop Dance Team.
CONTEMPORARY – Mixed Level, Experience Necessary w/ Nicole Helton
Nicole Helton is a lifelong Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer with a passion for helping dancers discover their hidden potentials in Contemporary, Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Choreography. Nicole holds a BFA in Dance from UC Santa Barbara and eighteen years teaching experience.
JAZZ – Intermediate/Advanced, Experience Necessary w/ Shelbie Johnson
Shelbie Johnson has over 25 years of dance training. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and has held multiple professional jobs including dancing on a cruise ship and as a Los Angeles Laker Girl. She specializes in ballet, jazz, technique, and team/athletic settings & currently coaches the Dance Team at CSUB.
HIP HOP for CHILDREN – Mixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Naomi Rivera
Naomi Rivera has been dancing for 18 years. She specializes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Shway style. She’s appeared on the Nickelodeon show Victorious, the ABC hit show Modern Family, commercials for Telemundo and Chukchansi Resort & Casino. She currently teaches at Experience Dance and DDAC.
HIP HOP for ADULTS – Mixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Brushay Taylor
Brushay Taylor has over 20 years of dance training, including performances throughout the community as a student at East Bakersfield High School and CSUB. She has trained and performed with Bernita Stewart’s SUMTHYNG KNEW and is currently the Co-Owner of D.A.T. Krew Dance Team.
MUSICAL THEATER – Mixed Level, Experience Necessary w/ Alicia Angelini
Alicia Angelini has been on faculty for nearly 20 years with Civic Dance Center, where she also trained. She attended UC Irvine and received a BA in Dance and a minor in Education. Alicia enjoys teaching and choreographing a range of styles, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater. She is also an associate director of Civic Dance Center’s annual Nutcracker, and Choreographer for the recently re-established local ballet company, Bakersfield City Ballet.
AFRO MODERN – Mixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Natalia Mallory
Natalia Mallory is the owner and artistic director of Mallory Academy of Dance. She has professionally trained in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, and Modern dance. She has always been inspired by her Trinidadian roots and loves to fuse her technical and cultural backgrounds into her teaching. Miss Mallory was featured on season 8 of the hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, and is also has a career as a recording artist.
DANCE for DISABILITY- Special Needs, No Experience Necessary w/ Sakina Hansford
Sakina Hansford began teaching dance at the age of 13 in Anchorage, Alaska for Barbara Clausen of Barbara’s School of Dance. She danced for Disneyland Entertainment as well as teaching at many studios all over California. Currently she teaches for Marvin Ramey at Experience Dance, and for ADAPTidance with Kern Dance Alliance and the League of Dreams.
COUNTRY LINE DANCE- Beginner, No Experience Necessary w/ Joel Hoffman
Joel Hoffman has taught line dancing in Bakersfield and Taft for 20 years. He currently teaches beginning classes at Temblor Brewing Company that average 60+ dancers per class. He teaches Intermediate classes weekly at The Grange Dance Hall.
POLE DANCE for ADULTS – Beginner, No Experience Necessary w/ Carmen Tomshack
Carmen Tomshack found pole dance by accident! While looking for kickboxing classes in her home town of Utah, she stumbled upon one of the first pole dance studios in the nation that happened to offer kickboxing, along with other forms of dance and aerial fitness. Eight years later, she now owns Bakersfield’s only pole dance studio, Royalty Pole Dance. Along with group training, she attends workshops to broaden her pole dance knowledge, and trains with professional pole dance athletes.
What is National Dance Day?
Established in 2010 by Dizzy Feet Foundation co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration dedicated to dance, that encourages Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. By creating a focused day of celebration, the Dizzy Feet Foundation and Kern Dance Alliance aims to educate the public about dance and its many benefits, as well as make dance accessible and inclusive to everyone.
Kern Dance Alliance and the Dizzy Feet Foundation believes that participation in dance connects the mind and body, promotes health and wellbeing, connects us with others and enables us to find joy through dance and movement. National Dance Day (NDD) is a day of celebrating dance, in all its forms, and takes place annually on the last Saturday in July.
Information courtesy of the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Learn the National Dance Day Choreography
Each year the Dizzy Feet Foundation produces and distributes instructional video/s featuring dance routines offering participants, across the United States, a free opportunity to learn an original choreography, uniting dancers and dance enthusiasts everywhere, by performing it wherever they are as part of a national day of dance.
Created by well-known choreographers and featuring dancers from popular dance TV shows & movies, the National Dance Day routine is aimed at a range of dance abilities to ensure everyone can participate.