SPECIAL EVENTS

 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.

YOUTH CLASS REGISTRATION

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

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.

TEACHER TRAINING REGISTRATION

 

BECOME A danceABILITY DONOR

DONATE to danceABILITY

AXIS Dance Company Bio:

AXIS Dance Company exists to change the face of dance and disability. Based in Oakland, CA, AXIS is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith, the Company has collaborated with leading contemporary choreographers and composers, including Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Alex Ketley, Marc Brew, Joanna Haigood, Sonya Delwaide, Margaret Jenkins, Meredith Monk, Fred Frith and Joan Jeanrenaud.

AXIS has toured major dance venues and festivals in more than 100 cities nationwide as well as internationally to Europe and Russia. AXIS was featured twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance as well as on KQED’s SPARK program and KRCB’s One in 5 Stories. AXIS’ work has been honored with seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards.

Through the AXIS dance education and outreach program, Dance Access, thousands of children and adults of all ages and abilities are inspired to dance each year. Programs include classes, assemblies, residencies and our internationally attended Summer Intensive and Teacher Training. For more information visit axisdance.org.

 


 

danceABILITY

October 7- November 4, 2017
KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

Fresh off the heels of the spring 2017 AXIS Dance Company residency, KDA and the League of Dreams will offer a 5-week dance + disability program aimed at diverse individuals, ages 5-22. Participants will learn inclusive, creative dance that is accessible to movers with and without physical disabilities. The program will culminate with a performance at the historic Bakersfield Fox Theater.

Registration opens August 1st, 2017

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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

TILER PECK ON YOUTUBE

 

 


 

Photo Credit: Chuck Hashim

SHINE for Girls: MATH + DANCE = SUCCESS

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.

 


 

BOOKS IN MOTION: DANCE + LITERACY

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.

 

 


 

SUMMER DANCE CAMP: ARTS + MENTORING

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

 


 

CHILDREN’S DANCE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH EVENT 

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