Kern Dance Alliance evolved from the Kern Classical Ballet Company (KCBC). The KCBC, incorporated in 1996, was initiated to expand understanding and appreciation of ballet through education and performance outreach. Primarily a performance-based nonprofit, KCBC operated for 10 years before disbanding the ballet company in 2006. Between 2006 and 2012, KCBC operated as a scholarship organization, providing scholarships to dancers and educators to attend programs of study.
Recognizing that the needs of the Kern dance community had changed, in June 2012 the Board of Directors approved the motion to allow KCBC to change its name and mission. As a result, KCBC was amended with the California Secretary of State in January 2015 and officially became Kern Dance Alliance.
Kern Dance Alliance was established to advocate for the variety of dance organizations in Kern County; whether they be private studios, school programs or organizations that promote traditional cultural dance. The Kern Dance Alliance is an autonomous organization that will support an underserved niche and provide four pillars of resources related to the field of dance:
- DANCE COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for TEACHERS
- PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES/MASTER CLASSES
- SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS for STUDENTS & PROFESSIONALS
Kern Dance Alliance seeks to grow and strengthen the existing dance community in Kern County. KDA will be a resource, both on-line and in-person where dancers and organizations will be able to learn from one another, widen their professional and cultural experiences and evolve as both individuals and groups.