July 21-23, 2017

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

Dance Guest Artists/Mentors:

Allyssa Bross, Principal Dancer- Los Angeles Ballet

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

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

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



Friday, July 21
1:00 Introduction
1:30-3:00 Ballet w/ Bross
3:00-4:30 Music for Dancers w/ Knosp
4:30-6:00 Hip Hop w/ Smith

Saturday, July 22
9:00-10:00 Ballet w/ Bross
10:00-11:00 Music for Dancers w/ Knosp
11:00-12:00 Hip Hop w/ Smith
12:00-12:30 LUNCH
12:30-2:00 Class w/ Knight
2:00-2:15 BREAK
2:15-4:00 Showcase Rehearsal with w/ Bross, Knight, Knosp, Smith
4:00-5:00 Mentor Session w/ Bross, Knight, Knosp, Smith

Sunday, July 23
9:00-10:30 Class w/ Knight
10:30-12:00 Showcase Rehearsal w/ Bross, Knight, Knosp, Smith
12:00-12:30 LUNCH
1:00 Showcase Call
1:30 Showcase Performance + Artist Talk Back w/ Bross, Knight, Knosp, Smith

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

Single Class Drop-In Rates AVAILABLE – Contact info@kerndance.org

Professional Development Observations Rates AVAILABLE – Contact info@kerndance.org

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




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 23 2017 @ 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.

Dance Camp Final Showcase Performance Admission is FREE




KDA aims to provide high quality, educational experiences for young artists at a minimal cost. You can help others to participate in the Summer Dance Camp by becoming a donor.

  • $35 affords ballet shoes for one dance camp participants
  • $75 provides meals and snacks for 3 dance camp participants
  • $175 affords one student scholarship
  • $250 affords an entire dance wardrobe (leotards, tights, shoes) for one dance camp participant
  • $525 affords three student scholarships
  • $1500 affords one guest mentor honorarium
  • $6000 affords four guest mentor honorariums
  • $10,000 affords an entire Summer Dance Camp session



Allyssa Bross, born and raised in Charlotte, started her ballet training at North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. At the age of 16 she was accepted into the School of American Ballet’s winter term. While at SAB, Allyssa had the chance to dance with New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in Balanchine’s “Nutcracker.” After finishing her high school training at SAB, Allyssa accepted a contract with the Los Angeles Ballet. Within her first year there, she was promoted to the company’s first ever principal dancer. Allyssa has been leading lady in Thordal Christensen’s World Premiers of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, and Giselle. She has done principal roles in numerous Balanchine ballets and performed works by Jirí Kylián, José Limón, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey, and many others. Her favorite role was Juliet in the American Premier of Sir Fredrick Ashton’s, “Romeo and Juliet.” Along with dancing, Allyssa has been featured on several Television commercials, shows, and magazines and is a published author in Simon and Schuster’s “Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Power of Positive.” When she is not performing she helps her husband run their LA based nonprofit, Good City Mentors, which provides mentorship to the inner city’s youth.



Saleemah E. Knight is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist in the concert and commercial dance realms, a Professor of Jazz Dance and lecturer at the highly acclaimed USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Saleemah holds a Master of Fine Arts in dance from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona School of Dance. Her training in dance technique stems from reputable concert dance companies such as: Gus Giordano Chicago, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and River North Chicago. As a performer Saleemah has been a featured dancer in Disney’s world renowned production, The Lion King Broadway Musical and has also danced alongside prominent icons such as Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Jillian Michaels, Jamie Foxx, Ludacris, Tyrese and many more! At the university level, Saleemah specializes in the areas of Jazz and Modern dance technique, as well as theory courses on “World Perspectives on Dance”, “Choreography for the Camera” and “Dance in Popular Culture”. Learn more about Saleemah by visiting saleemaheknight.com.





Dr. Suzanne Knosp is a Professor of Dance and Music Director for the School of Dance at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music and dance and accompanies dance technique classes. She was recently awarded the Louis Horst Award for outstanding contributions to the fields of music and dance (2015) by the International Guild of Musicians in Dance.

Dr. Knosp is recognized as a pianist, composer and collaborative artist in both music and dance. She has worked with master teachers from many professional companies including the Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Limon Company. Her work with dancer Melissa Lowe includes three DVDs distributed internationally on the KULTUR label. Her ballet and contemporary scores and recordings for dance class are available from Princeton Book Company Publishers and on Amazon. In addition to 48 years as a collaborative artist, she was a member of Crossing Barriers for 10 years, an experimental improvisational group directed by internationally known double bassist, Patrick Neher.

Dr. Knosp is a specialist in the research, education and training of dance musicians. She created the curriculum for the Master of Music in Dance Accompaniment in both piano and percussion performance. She has lectured and performed at numerous national and international festivals and conferences and is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, Music Teachers National Association and is Past-President of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. In 1988, she received a DMA in piano performance pedagogy from the University of Iowa where she was a student of Kenneth Amada.



Joe-Joe “Grooves” Smith – since receiving his BFA in Dance Performance in Jazz from East Carolina University in 2004, he has become an accomplished professional commercial hip hop dancer who’s worked with major artists such as Paula Abdul, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, KeKe Palmer, Latin Popstar Chayanne, Sugarland,Tisha Campbell Martin, and Nicki Mina.  As well as well known choreographers such as Richard Jackson (Lady Gaga), Laurieann Gibson (Keri Hilson, Katy Perry,) Tyce Diorio (Paula Abdul, SYTYCD), Micheal Rooney (Paula Abdul, Kylie Minogue), Anthony Thomas (Janet Jackson), Chucky Klapow (Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, and High school Musical) and Kennis Marquis (Tamar Braxton, LL Cool J, and Britney Spears) just to name a few.  He’s been on 3 Major world tours traveling across the US, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, the Carribean, and Mexico. He recently got to play the part of the infamous MC SKAT KAT from Paula Abdul’s music video “Opposites Attract” for Paula’s live concert, as well some Motion Capture work for the FACEBOOK company.