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 or contact




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





Photo Credit: Chuck Hashim


Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

SPRING April 1 – May 20, 2017 | FALL September 9 – October 28, 2017
KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

SHINE for Girls is a nationally recognized, innovative, curriculum-based, after-school program for middle school girls. Utilizing kinesthetic learning, SHINE combines formal dance training with rigorous math instruction to improve girls’ math scores and spark their interest in STEM careers.

Click HERE to view our dedicated SHINE page.





National Honors Society for Dance Arts™

National Honors Society for Dance ArtsTM (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 through Kern Dance Alliance.

Click HERE to view our dedicated NHSDA page.




Summer 2017

In collaboration with the Kern County Library and Kern Literary Council, Books in Motion links dance and literacy for children, Kindergarten-3rd grade. Focused on Common Core Standards in Reading Literature, families are invited to attend Kern County Library branches to see their favorite stories come to life through dance performance.

Click HERE to view our dedicated Books in Motion page.





July 21-23, 2017

In partnership with Garden Pathways, the Summer Dance Camp is rooted in the mission to mentor young people through the arts. Under the guidance of professionals in the field, dancers are encouraged to explore a variety of dance related resources to further develop their dance education.

2017 Summer Dance Camp Guest Artists 

Allyssa Bross – Principal Dancer, Los Angeles Ballet

Saleemah E. Knight – Professor of Dance, USC Kauffman School of Dance

Dr. Suzanne Knosp – Director of Music/Professor of Dance, University of Arizona School of Dance

Jim Nowakowski – Ballet Dancer, SYTYCD Season 12/Houston Ballet/Shaping Sound Dance Company

Joe-Joe “Grooves” Smith – Internationally Acclaimed Professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer

Click HERE to view our dedicated Summer Dance Camp page.

Photo Credit: Chuck Hashim




November 16, 2016
Bakersfield Fox Theater

The Children’s Dance Education + Outreach Event provides socioeconomically disadvantaged children the chance to experience an afternoon of dance. Children are invited to the Fox Theater to view professional dance performances, participate in a Q & A session with the performers, partake in a dance class, and perform on stage.

Click HERE to view our dedicated Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Event page.

Photo Credit: Ashley DePencier