Ford Dimension Dream Builders Program
S.T.E.P. – Senior Targeted Exercise Program 

February 8, 2018
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Adventist Health Bakersfield Medical Center
1527 27th Street, Room Rio Bravo 1

KDA is proud to partner with Team Bank of the Sierra of the Ford Dimension Dream Builders Program on their project, S.T.E.P., a Senior Targeted Exercise Program focused on reducing muscle degenerative diseases. The workshop will be presented by specialists who will demonstrate and speak on physical therapy exercises, Dance/Movement Therapy, nutritional and mental health aspects to promote healthy and active lifestyles. The event is free and open to the public.

Diane Campbell- Registered Dietitian

Diane is originally from Canada but has been in Bakersfield for 18 years. She has been been a RD for 21 years and has worked in many aspects in dietetics including acute care and long term care. Diane had her own business for 17 years where she helped young adolescents overcome eating disorders. Now she is at Adventist Health Bakersfield Hospital in the Wellness Center. In the Wellness Center, she sees patients who need help with diabetes, weight loss, malnutrition, food allergies, high cholesterol and many other medical conditions. Diane loves being a Dietitian and she loves food…. Real food that is!! Let food be your medicine as good nutrition can change and improve quality of life.

Elena Rezai- Dance/Movement Therapist

Elena grew up in California and started dancing at the age of 5. She received her BA in Dance from UC Irvine, and went on to receive her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. She has used her experience as a Dance/Movement Therapist in a number of inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and care facilities, working with people from a diversity of backgrounds and age-groups.  She loves building community through movement, and facilitating spaces where movement can foster the physical, emotional and mental integration of the individual.

Lorelei D. Punsalan- Neurology Nurse Practitioner

Lorelei D. Punsalan is a Neurology Nurse Practitioner for the Kern County Medical group where she fulfills the duties of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients with various neurological symptoms. Punsalan is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has received the prestigious Summa Cum Laude honor at Lakeville College. Punsalan also holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science where she completed 650 total clinical hours in Internal Medicine, Primary and Urgent Care, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Neurology.

Tim Terrio- Founder and President of TERRIO Physical Therapy-Fitness, Inc

Tim Terrio is the Founder and President of TERRIO Physical Therapy-Fitness, Inc. As a Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength Coach for over 20 years, Terrio has personally assisted thousands of clients to recover function after injury or surgery and has earned a reputation for solving complex problems with innovative solutions. An advocate of lifelong learning, Terrio has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Masters Degree in Physical Education with an Athletic Training emphasis.




BEHIND THE SCENES: The Joffrey Ballet Romeo and Juliet

March 9 at 1:00 PM
Music Center, Los Angeles

KDA will send 2 lucky KDA Members to go behind of the scenes of The Joffrey Ballet’s

Romeo and Juliet by attending the technical/dress rehearsal at the Music Center in Los Angeles. Contest rules and eligibility will be announced early spring.


May 26, 2018 at the PADRE HOTEL – Prairie Fire Patio

EAT, DRINK, and DANCE under the stars at one of Kern County’s most treasured historic hotels, The Padre Hotel, featuring celebrity dancer, actress, and singer, Heather Morris, best known for her role as Brittney S. Pierce on the Fox musical-comedy series GLEE and Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 24. Take a dance class with Heather Morris and her partner from Dancing with the Stars, KC Monnie, eat delicious appetizers, drink fine crafted cocktails, and enjoy a mini performance and Q&A with Heather and KC  on the Padre Hotel’s 2nd floor patio, Prairie Fire.

Click HERE to view our devoted DANCING UNDER THE STARS webpage


The Dancing Under The Stars class is open to amateurs and novices alike. Heather Morris and KC Monnie will teach the Cha-Cha! 


4:30-5:30         Registration + Cocktail Hour

4:45-5:15          VIP Meet and Greet w/ Heather Morris + KC Monnie

5:30-6:30         Dance Class

6:30-7:30         Mini Performance, Q&A, and Discussion w/ Heather Morris + KC Monnie

7:30-10:00       Open Dance + Mingle Session


$150 VIP Ticket*

$90 KDA Member/$100 Non-KDA Member Couple Ticket**

$48 KDA Member/$58 Non-KDA Member Single Ticket**

$25 Pre-Order Signature Drink- ChaChaShake

Make a charitable donation to KDA and enjoy our whimsical and over-the-top ChaChaShake! Let your imagination and taste buds go wild with a signature drink created just for Dancing Under The Stars. The ChaChaShake blends liquor and food all in one unique libation! Don’t miss out, pre-order your ChaChaShake today by making a donation now.

Not a KDA Member?  JOIN HERE

*VIP Ticket includes Private meet and greet w/ Heather Morris + KC Monnie, signed autograph, commemorative photo, 1 free drink, appetizers, and exclusive access to Dancing Under The Stars

**Ticket price includes 1 free drink, appetizers, and exclusive access to Dancing Under The Stars




April 9 – May 22
Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County, Inc.

KDA has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County, Inc. (ADAKC) by offering MemoryMOVES: DANCE + THERAPY for memory-impaired clients. In collaboration with registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Elena Rezai, MemoryMOVES will utilize Dance/Movement Therapy as a modality of support and offer clients, staff and caregivers alike, a glimpse into the transformative power of movement. Registration opens March 1.

Click HERE to view our devoted MemoryMOVES page




KDA and the Bakersfield Museum of Art (BMoA) are seeking dance artists to produce an evening of dance for Art After Dark: MUSEUM DANCES on May 31, 2018. Applications close April 20 at 10:00 PM. For complete information please visit the KDA Job Board.




July 28
KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

10 hours. 10 dance classes. $2 a class. KDA is setting the dance floor on fire this summer in celebration of National Dance Day! Dance classes will vary from beginning to advanced and range in dance disciplines.

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!  For more information, click HERE





Photo Credit: Chuck Hashim


Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fall 2018
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 2018

In collaboration with the Kern County Library, Kern Literary Council, and Barnes and Noble, 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.





KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

In partnership with Garden Pathways, the Master Class Series: ARTS + MENTORING 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.

2018 Dance Guest  Artists

February 4 | CONTEMPORARY MODERN – Emily Schoen – Director/ Choreographer of Schoen Movement Company, Dancer for Keigwin + Company

More Master Class Dance Guest Artists + dates will be announced soon!


Click HERE to view our dedicated Master Class Series page.

Photo Credit: Chuck Hashim




Fall 2018
KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

KDA and the League of Dreams will offer ADAPTIdance, an adaptive dance program for Kern County residents.

Participants will learn inclusive, creative dance that is accessible for movers with and without cognitive and physical disabilities. This program will culminate with a performance at the historic Bakersfield Fox Theater. ADAPTIdance is the only dance and disability program available for children with cognitive and physical disabilities in Kern County.

Registration for dancers and ADAPTidance dance interns open September 1.

Click HERE to view our dedicated ADAPTidance page.



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