“Dracula the Ballet” Performance + Master Class 



Bruce Steivel presents a special one evening performance of “Dracula The Ballet” by Bay Pointe Ballet:

October 23rd at 8:00pm at the historic Fox Theater

Based on the novel by Bram Stoker and brought to life by Bruce Steivel’s innovative choreography, this haunting tale of Dracula’s eternal search for the woman he loves will have you on the edge of your seat. In case you were wondering… yes, costumes are allowed and encouraged at all Dracula performances!

Performance is recommended for adults and children 13 years and older due to mature themes.

Discount tickets are available to Kern Dance Alliance Members.


“Dance + Talk” with Tiler Peck

One of America’s favorite ballerinas and Bakersfield native, Tiler Peck, will be partnering with Kern Dance Alliance to host a Master Class and Q/A!

Tiler Peck was born in Bakersfield, California where she began her dance training at the age of two at her mother’s studio. In 2004, at the age of 14, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, full time. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet and in February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in December 2006 and Principal Dancer in October 2009. She is currently enjoying her 6th year as a Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Tiler made her Broadway debut as Gracie Shinn in Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man at the age of 11. She has been seen as a guest star on Dancing With The Stars for 2 seasons, had the pleasure of being a guest on Bravo’s TV show Rocco’s Dinner Party, and stars in the film Ballet 422.

Tiler had the honor of performing for President Obama at the 2012 and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors and portrayed the role of Louise in the Emmy nominated 2013 production of New York Philharmonic’s Live From Lincoln Center production of Carousel. Tiler recently played the title role in Susan Stroman’s newest musical, Little Dancer, at the Kennedy Center and was seen on Broadway as Ivy Smith in On The Town.

Ms. Peck is the 2004 Mae L. Wien Award winner, the Janice Levin Honoree for 2006-2007, winner of the Leonide Massine’s Positano Premia La Danza for International Emerging Artists, a 2004 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation- USA Dance Fellowship, and a 2013 Princess Grace Statue Award Winner. In 2013, she was named Forbes 30 under 30 in Hollywood Entertainment. Ms. Peck is also designer of Tiler Peck Designs.

Sunday, November 1st at Garces Memorial High School Dance Studio

Ballet Class — 12:30-1:30
Q/A — 1:30-2:00

  • $5 for KDA Members
  • $10 for non KDA Members

Become a KDA Member!

Do you have a question for Tiler? Tweet us, Facebook us, or send us a direct message via Instagram — we will include your question in our Q/A segment!


Email info@kerndance.org with your name(s) by Saturday, October 31st at 10:00 PM.



November 19, 2015

In partnership with the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Garden Pathways Organization, the Boys and Girls Club, the Fox Theater Foundation, and local dance organizations, KDA will host performances and dance classes at the Fox Theater for underserved children.

The Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Program @ The Fox Theater is aimed at providing an opportunity for underserved children to enhance development by experiencing live arts performances and classes.  Children will be invited to the Fox Theater to view a professional dance performance, participate in a Q & A session with the performers, and partake in a dance class on stage.







The David A. and Linda A. Cates Family Foundation





November 17, 2016

Kern Dance Alliance is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Day at the Fox Theater on Thursday, November 17, 2016.  This special event benefits local children from the Bakersfield Homeless CenterCASAGarden PathwaysBoys and Girls Club, and other organizations that serve socially+  economically disadvantaged children by providing them with afternoon of dance at one of Kern County’s most treasured theaters.

Sponsored by the Arts Council of Kern and the Fox Theater Foundation, the Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Event provides children with a live dance performance, dance class/choreography, and the opportunity to perform on the Fox stage.  Additionally, children learn about the history of the Fox and are provided with snacks donated by Grimmway Farms.


Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Event PERFORMER INFORMATION

KDA needs your help in producing this event!  We believe in providing dancers with special opportunities to perform in circumstances that are not always available, and the Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Event happens to be one of those special opportunities.

KDA is seeking dancers and dance organizations to provide performances (minimum 1 minute- maximum 3 minutes) and to assist the KDA Board of Directors with the children’s dance class. Solos, group numbers, diverse dances and techniques ranging from ballet to hip hop, cultural, folk, and social dances are all welcome to apply.  There is no cost to YOU or YOUR organization, KDA simply asks for your volunteered time to make this event great!

Deadline to apply is Friday, November 4 at 10:00 PM.


The Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Event is a day of service dedicated to our community children. KDA understands that this event may conflict with dancer’s school commitments, however; KDA has created an official waiver allowing dancers to take the day off from school. KDA recommends making accommodations with school teachers and administrators to submit work early.

Need community service?  KDA will happily sign off on all community service requests.


November 4 @ 10:00 PM | Performance Application Deadline

November 17 | Children’s Dance Education + Outreach Event
11:00-11:25 AM- Performer Registration in Fox Lobby
11:30 AM- Event Overview and Information Session
12:00 PM- Choreography + Mentor Session
12:45 PM- Tech/Dress Rehearsal Begins
3:30 PM- Wrap Up + Choreography Session
4:00 PM- Doors Open
4:30 PM- Performance Begins
5:15PM- Dance Class Begins
6:00PM- Children’s Performance On Stage
6:15PM- Q/A with Performers
6:30 PM- Event Ends

To apply, simply click the “PERFORMANCE APPLICATION- CLICK HERE” button and submit your information by 10:00 PM on Friday, November 4. Candidates will be notified by November 7 @ 5:00 PM.

Contact Whitney Pascual, whitney@kerndance.org



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DANCING YOUR WAY TO COLLEGE: A crash course in planning your dance future [Postponed until 2017]

It is never too early to begin thinking about college.  Community service, SATs, scholarships, application essays, and auditions are all ingredients necessary to score admission to the college or university of your choice!  KDA is pleased to partner with California Institute for the Arts (CALArts), Dr. Kim Flachmann- Writing Program Coordinator at CSUB, and Kat Clowes, CEO + Founder March Consulting, for an afternoon of planning your dance future.  This special event will outline the essential components needed to help you succeed, AND as a special perk, high school junior and seniors interested in CALArts enrollment may use the sample audition class as an official audition!

DANCING YOUR WAY TO COLLEGE: A crash course in planning your dance future is open to all ages, and parents are strongly encouraged to attend! 

KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

2800 Loma Linda Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93305


$20 KDA Members

Limited space available.


Interested in attending only a portion of the event?  Partial registration is available.  Contact info@kerndance.org for more information.


1:00-2:00 College Admission Essentials with Kat Clowes

Wondering what it takes to create a stand-out college application? Not sure when you should start each step?  Worried about how you’ll afford college with soaring tuition costs?  Kat Clowes will answer all of this and more!  She’ll cover the modern college application process, how to create an application that stands out from the crowd and get the attention of admissions officers, dispel common admissions myths, and teach you how to maximize scholarships to afford college tuition.

2:00-3:00 College Writing with Dr. Kim Flachmann

Most college and university admission applications require an essay. Dr. Flachmann will explain the reason for the college essay, what you need to accomplish in the essay, and how you can use the essay to your advantage.

3:00-3:15 Break + Light Refreshments

3:15-5pm Performing Arts Major Overview + Sample Audition Class with CALArts

The CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance will conduct a Ballet sample Audition Class as well as an Information Session to discuss and give an overview of the dance program. Two CalArts representatives will be in attendance.


  • Females – Form fitting clothing, preferably leotards and tights. Yoga pants, bicycle shorts and form fitting tops are also acceptable.  Please NO BAGGY DANCEWEAR.
  • Males – Form fitting clothing, preferably tee shirts, jazz pants/black tights.  Dance belt, if needed or suspenders to hold up tights. Gym shorts and/or bicycle shorts are also acceptable. Please NO BAGGY DANCEWEAR.
  • Feet – shoes will be determined based upon the specific class
  • Hair – Hair must be swept back and secured properly.
  • Safety Clause – No gum or wrist/finger jewelry is allowed during class.  Please be prepared to have kneepads for every class.


Kat Clowes is the CEO of March Consulting, an educational consulting firm that helps students with the college admissions process, financial aid, and helping students figure out what they want to be when they grow up.  She holds an MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s University, a BA in Communications from Santa Clara University, and a post-graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine.   She’s the author of Put College to Work, detailing how students can maximize their time in college in a way that will prepare them for a successful career.  Learn more: www.mymarchconsulting.com

Dr. Kim Flachmann is the director of the Writing Program at CSUB.  She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon, where she also performed in the University of Oregon Dance Company.  She loves teaching writing because writing helps people get what they want out of life.  She works very closely with the high schools and community colleges in our county so the local students have a seamless experience in their writing instruction.

CalArts Representatives:

Faculty – Laurence Blake, Interim Dean and Ballet Technique Instructor

Staff – Ebony Ruffin, Admissions Counselor, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance

Laurence Blake is a native of Virginia and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduation he joined the North Carolina Dance Theater and later the Joffrey Ballet.  He has been resident choreographer for the Hawaii Ballet Theater, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet and Inland Pacific Ballet.  Blake is currently the associate director of the Pasadena Dance Theater. He has received the National Choreography Plan Award from Regional Dance America/Pacific in 1998. He has taught at Loyola Marymont University, Orange County High School of the Arts and Ballet-Kadiem in Stockholm. Laurence has been a member of the faculty of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts since 1980, where he has taught ballet technique and now serves as the Interim Dean.

Ebony Ruffin is originally form Los Angeles, CA and received her dance training from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and MFA in Dance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Ebony has performed professionally with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks and Dancers, nathantrice/Rituals, Hope Boykin and the Brockus Dance Project. As an Arts Administrator, she has worked in many facets for The Ailey School and The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. She is currently the Admissions Counselor for The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts.


KDA hosts BAY POINTE BALLET Master Classes and Peter Pan Auditions

Bay Pointe Ballet returns to Kern County presenting Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan at the historic Fox Theater! Be swept away to Neverland with captivating choreography that brings this beloved childhood tale to life. With newly constructed sets and costumes, this production features the late Thomas Semanski’s playful score composed specifically for Bruce Steivel’s acclaimed Peter Pan, now in production around the world.

KDA Members receive discount tickets!  BUY TICKETS HERE. 

KDA is pleased to host two master classes with Bay Pointe Ballet Artistic Director, Bruce Steivel, as well as auditions for the upcoming Peter Pan production.

Saturday, August 20

(Classes to also be used as Peter Pan Auditions: those auditioning will wear a number for class.)

1:30-3:00 Intermediate Ballet Class

3:05-4:35 Advanced Ballet Class (pointe shoes optional)

Interested in audition for Peter Pan?  Visit the KDA JOB BOARD for more information.

KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

2800 Loma Linda Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93305

$10 Non-KDA Members (NOT A MEMBER?  JOIN HERE!)

$5 KDA Members

Courtesy of Kern Dance Alliance

Courtesy of Kern Dance Alliance

KDA & Garden Pathways presents Summer Dance Camp: Arts + Mentoring

July 22-24, 2016

KDA is pleased to present the Summer Dance Camp: Arts + Mentoring in partnership with Garden Pathways.  With generous support from the Bakersfield Californian Foundation and the Padre Hotel, the camp will host three days of high caliber dance taught by current industry professionals.

Dance Guest Artists/Mentors:

Joshua Blake Carter, Dancer – Giordano Dance Chicago

Fernando Duarte, Dancer – Joffrey Ballet

Saleemah Knight, Professor of Dance – USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Dr. Suzanne Knosp, Professor of Dance – Univ. of Arizona School of Dance

Friday, July 22

1:00 Introduction

1:30-3:00 Ballet w/ Duarte

3:00-4:30 Music for Dancers w/ Knosp

4:30-6:00 Contemporary w/ Carter

Saturday, July 23

9:00-10:00 Ballet w/ Duarte

10:00-11:00 Contemporary w/Carter

11:00-12:00 Music for Dancers w/ Knosp

12:00-12:25 LUNCH

12:30-2:00 Jazz w/ Knight

2:00-2:15 BREAK

2:15-4:00 Showcase Rehearsal with w/Duarte, Carter, Knight, Knosp

4:00-5:00 Mentor Session w/Duarte, Carter, Knight, Knosp

Sunday, July 24

9:00-10:30 Jazz w/ Knight

10:30-12:00 Showcase Rehearsal w/Duarte, Carter, Knight, Knosp

12:00-12:30 LUNCH

1:00 Showcase Call

1:30 Showcase Performance + Artist Talk Back w/Duarte, Carter, Knight, Knosp — Open and FREE to the Public

Location: KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

Ages 12 – 18

No audition.  Minimum 3 years dance experience required.

Cost: $150/KDA Members, $175/non-KDA Members

Interested in attending the Garden Pathways Singing and Theater Camps too?  Discounts for attending multiple camps are available!

Camp Scholarships are available- contact info@kerndance.org 


Dance Camp Overview

The Summer Dance Camp: Arts + Mentoring is rooted in the mission to mentor young people through the arts, specifically dance.  Through the guidance of professionals in the field, dancers will be encouraged to explore a variety of dance related resources to further develop their dance education.   Dancers will train in technical dance disciplines, learn about anatomy and injury prevention, dance history, music theory, dynamics, aesthetics, body awareness, and performance.

A final dance showcase will culminate the camp. Students will have the opportunity to perform material developed during the camp.  Camp Mentors will outline their experiences, influences, and expertise in the field of dance and a Q&A session will be available for students and the audience to pose questions.

Dance Camp Dress Code:

  • Females – Form fitting clothing, preferably leotards and tights. Yoga pants, bicycle shorts and form fitting tops are also acceptable.  Please NO BAGGY DANCEWEAR.
  • Males – Form fitting clothing, preferably tee shirts, jazz pants/black tights.  Dance belt, if needed or suspenders to hold up tights. Gym shorts and/or bicycle shorts are also acceptable. Please NO BAGGY DANCEWEAR.
  • Feet – shoes will be determined based upon the specific class.
  • Hair – Hair must be swept back and secured properly.

Safety Clause – No gum or wrist/finger jewelry is allowed during class.  Please be prepared to have kneepads for every class.

Dance Camp Essentials:

Dancers are encouraged to bring the following to the Dance Camp:

  • Water
  • Healthy Snacks- Lunch will NOT be provided, please make meal accommodations
  • Notebook/Journal for Writing Assignments
  • Yoga Mats
  • Knee Pads
  • Appropriate Foot Attire: Ballet Shoes, Jazz Shoes, Tennis Shoes, and Black Socks

Dance Camp Final Showcase Performance:

Sunday, July 24 @ 1:30 PM

KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

Family and friends of participating dancers are invited and encouraged to attend the final showcase performance.

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National Honors Society for Dance Arts™ 

National Honors Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance. Kern County dancers are eligible to become NHSDA inductees.

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danceABILITY w/ AXIS Dance Company 

May 6, 2017
KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

KDA is teaming up with the League of Dreams to bring the first dance + disability program, danceABILITY, to Kern County. Led by one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, AXIS Dance Company will inspire diverse populations to dance. The AXIS residency will provide creative dance classes, a professional development course geared toward educators working with diverse populations, and a professional dance performance.

AXIS Dance Company Youth Class 1:00 – 2:30 pm

AXIS Dance Company dancers will teach students the company’s form of inclusive creative dance that is accessible to kids with and without physical disabilities. In the class, students will have the opportunity to explore their own dance vocabulary, build confidence, practice cooperation, and develop appreciation of each other’s creative expression.


AXIS Dance Company Family Matinee Performance 3:00 – 3:45 pm

AXIS Dance Company offers mind-opening family performance programs showcasing innovative choreography that emphasizes collaboration among people of all physical abilities. This performance will include interactive participation by audience members, and a candid Q&A with AXIS dancers about dance and disability. The program includes “Just add Water” a whimsical how-to guide for making and appreciating dance. A blend of poetry and camp, this work is intended for families but can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to demystify the dance making process!

AXIS Dance Company Teacher Training in Physically Integrated Dance 5:00 – 8:00 pm

The Fundamentals AXIS Dance Company offers this exciting, movement-based workshop geared toward teachers and faculty working with diverse populations, with the goal of introducing inclusive dance practices and sensitivity. The session includes learning and experiencing participatory exercises and activities for use in classrooms as well as discussion about disability, language, and the development of AXIS’ extraordinary inclusive community education program.





Photo Credit: AXIS | Photographer: David DeSilva


Bay Pointe Ballet Summer Intensive Auditions

April 2, 2017
KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

KDA will host auditions for the 2017 Bay Pointe Ballet Summer Intensive.  Located in San Francisco, dancers (8 years +) are invited to audition for the summer session: July 10-August 4.  Housing is located at the San Francisco State University dormitories for ages 14+.  Two and four-week summer intensive attendance is available.

Audition Requirements:

Registration 1:30pm
Audition 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Boys and Girls, Ages 8 – 21

Non – Refundable Registration Fee: $15

Please bring:

  • Headshot (or School Photo)
  • Photograph in First Arabesque
  • Pointe shoes for ladies en pointe

About the Bay Pointe Ballet Summer Intensive Program Dates:

July 10 – August 4, 2017

Two Week Session: July 10 – July 21
Four Week Session: July 10 – August 4

Photo Credit: Bay Pointe Ballet | Photographer: Stan Olzsewski, SOSKIphoto | Dancer: Katya Duncan

Students attending the four-week session participate in a performance on Friday, August 4. 

Led by Artistic Director Bruce Steivel, Bay Pointe Ballet’s 4 Week Summer Intensive program offers the serious ballet student an unparalleled training experience. Our comprehensive program includes Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Men’s Classes, Pas de Deux, Repertory, Pantomime, Character, Conditioning, Jazz, Modern and Hip-Hop. Students are coached daily by internationally renowned master teachers to gain the skill, musicality, and self-confidence needed to improve their technique and develop their artistry.

For tuition and housing prices, please visit baypointeballet.org or contact info@baypointeballet.org




Philanthropy on Tap: Kern Dance Alliance 

July 11, 2017
Imbibe Wine- 4140 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, 93309

KDA has been chosen as 1 of 11 Kern County nonprofits to be highlighted during the Kern Community Foundation/Bakersfield Young Professionals 2017 ‘Philanthropy on Tap’ Series.  Enjoy complimentary wine or beer and appetizers while learning more about KDA. Open and free to the public.




Behind the Scenes of BALLETNOW™ with Tiler Peck 

July 27, 2017
Music Center: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

KDA will send 3 lucky KDA Members plus a guest to go behind the scenes of BalletNOW, starring Bakersfield-born, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Tiler Peck. Contest rules and eligibility will be announced this spring- stay tuned!

BALLETNOW™ Performances: July 28-30, 2017


Guest curator and international ballerina Tiler Peck leads an exciting roster of dance superstars for three distinct performances. Peck brings exquisite grace, energy, and unmatched artistry from her Southern California beginnings to her meteoric rise as one of the youngest principal dancers of the New York City Ballet. Among the many dance superstars joining Peck for the performances will be Robert Fairchild, New York City Ballet principal dancer and Tony nominated original star of the Broadway production, An American in Paris. Don’t miss this new chapter of BalletNow as renowned dancers push the boundaries in a mix of iconic and contemporary ballets by some of the most revered choreographers.


Photo Credit: NYC Dance Project | Dancers: Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild, New York City Ballet