Kern Dance Alliance + CSUB Dance Team


September 21, 2019

CSUB Student Recreation Center


$2 a class. 9 hours. 18 classes.


KDA and the CSUB Dance Team are hosting the biggest National Dance Day celebration in Kern County by setting the dance floor on fire with dance classes and giveaways.  Classes are taught by dance educators from across Kern County and will vary from beginning to advanced and range in dance styles. From Zumba to Hip Hop, Swing Dance to Contemporary, dance classes are open to all community members, dancers and non-dancers, who want to join in the fun!

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From KDA’s National Dance Day 2018




Zumba with Nesi Sheldon

Yoga for Dancers with Danielle Lopez


Int./Adv. Jazz with Alicia Angelini

Beg. Tap for Teens/Adults with Brenlea Smith


The College Dance Team Experience with Shelbie Johnson

Toddler Tap with Megan Johnston


Hip Hop for Kids with Ashley Tenorio

Hip Hop for Teens/Adults with DAT Krew


Int/Adv Lyrical with Alissa Garza

Dance for Disabilities with Sakina Hansford


Contemporary with Naomi Rivera

Beg. Jazz Funk for Teens/Adults with Sharida Rejon-Rodriguez


Int/Adv Tap with Sydnee Johanesen

Mexican Folk Dance with Brandi Root


Swing Dance with Suze DeArmond

Int/Adv. Turns and Technique with Shelby Walls


Modern with Elena Rezai

Foxtrot with Marilyn Stone


ZUMBA —  Mixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Nesi Sheldon

YOGA for DANCERSMixed Level, Experience Necessary w/ Danielle Lopez

JAZZIntermediate/Advanced, Experience Necessary w/ Alicia Angelini

TAP for TEENS/ADULTSMixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Brenlea Smith

THE COLLEGE DANCE TEAM EXPERIENCEMixed Level, Experience Necessary w/ Shelbie Johnson

TODDLER TAPMixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Megan Johnston

HIP HOP for KIDSMixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Ashley Tenorio

HIP HOP for TEENS/ADULTSMixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ DAT KREW

LYRICALIntermediate/Advanced, Experience Necessary w/ Alissa Garza

DANCE for DISABILITYSpecial Needs, No Experience Necessary w/ Sakina Hasford

CONTEMPORARYMixed Level, Experience Necessary w/ Naomi Rivera

JAZZ FUNK for TEENS/ADULTSBeginning, No Experience Necessary w/ Sharida Rejon-Rodriguez

TAPIntermediate/Advanced, Experience Necessary w/ Sydnee Johanesen

MEXICAN FOLK DANCEMixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Brandi Root

TURNS & TECHNIQUEIntermediate/Advanced, Experience Necessary w/ Shelby Walls

SWING DANCEMixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Suze DeArmond

MODERNMixed Level, Experience Necessary w/ Elena Rezai

FOXTROTMixed Level, No Experience Necessary w/ Marilyn Stone


Alicia Angelini has been on faculty for nearly 20 years with Civic Dance Center, where she also trained. She attended UC Irvine and received a BA in Dance and a minor in Education. Alicia enjoys teaching and choreographing a range of styles, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater. She is also an associate director of Civic Dance Center’s annual Nutcracker and Choreographer for the recently re-established local ballet company, Bakersfield City Ballet. Her love of dance is something that has been a driving force in her life since she was a child. She considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to pass that love of dance on to others. Through her teaching and choreography, she always strives to give the same joy and passion to her students as she was given when she was performing on stage as a dancer over the years.

Suze DeArmond teaches a variety of dance classes such as Ballet, Zumba Fitness, Barre Fitness, and Swing Dancing. She was primarily trained in Classical Ballet, but got to experience a wide variety of genres of dance thanks to events like National Dance Day. To fuse together several styles of dance and fitness makes an interesting and challenging experience that Suze would like to share with the local community.

Alissa Garza has been dancing since age 5, winning many awards at competitions around California. She is now an award winning choreographer specializing in lyrical.  Alissa is a third-year business administration student concentrating in finance at California State University, Bakersfield. She also teaches dance, where she utilizes her passion for dance as well as education. 

Luther “G.I.” Gray/DAT KREW was born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca. The native currently owns/instructs a Hip Hop dance team, DAT Krew. Luther is a member of popular dance team Demolition Crew located in Los Angeles, Ca. Luther teaches Krump, Dancehall and Hip-Hop dance. Luther has been recognized by Mayor Karen Goh, NAACP, Cultural Elegance, Bakersfield City School District, Kern High School District, The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield Police Department, 23ABC News, The Beat 103.9 FM and Stay Focused Ministries. Luther’s mission is to encourage and inspire the youth of today through art, dance and expression.

Sakina Hansford began teaching dance at the age of 13 in Anchorage, Alaska for Barbara Clausen of Barbara’s School of Dance. She danced for Disneyland Entertainment as well as teaching at many studios all over California. Currently she teaches for Marvin Ramey at Experience Dance, and for ADAPTidance with Kern Dance Alliance and the League of Dreams. 

Sydnee Johanesen is a twenty year old junior at CSUB and a veteran member of the CSUB Dance Team.  She started dancing sixteen years ago at Civic Dance Center training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, and tap. In 2013 she started teaching ballet and hasn’t stopped educating dancers since. Syd was in MAD Dance Krew for five years and is thrilled to continue working with the company as a choreographer.

Shelbie Johnson has over 25 years of dance training. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and has held multiple professional jobs including dancing on a cruise ship and as a Los Angeles Laker Girl. She specializes in ballet, jazz, technique, and team/athletic settings & currently coaches the Dance Team at CSUB.

Megan Johnston has been a dancer for 10 years and currently teaches dance at American Dancers Workshop while attending Taft College. When she is not working or studying, she loves  volunteering or spending time with her dog, friends, and family.

Danielle Lopez grew up as a dancer, later becoming a dance instructor. For the past 10 years she has taught in the genres of jazz, ballet, lyrical and recently added yoga to her teaching list. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, and a Yoga 200 Hour Teaching certification. 

Sharid Rejon-Rodriguez is an award-winning dancer and choreographer professionally trained at the prestigious Millennium Dance Complex and the International Dance Academy of Hollywood. She has been under the wing of world-renowned choreographers, and has been featured in productions such as the Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC-TV’s Disney Christmas Day Parade, and Judge Judy’s 17th anniversary performance. Sharida owns Spotlight Dance Academy and is committed to inspiring and helping train the next generation of performers.

Elena Rezai is a Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT) and Modern dance teacher currently living in Fresno, CA. Elena received her BA in Dance from UC Irvine and her MA in DMT from Columbia College Chicago, and has since worked with several groups of individuals implementing therapeutic movement. She has a passion for exploring the mind/body connection through dance and choreography, and fostering that awareness in her classes!  

Naomi Rivera has been dancing for 18 years. She specializes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Shway style. She’s appeared on the Nickelodeon show Victorious, the ABC hit-show Modern Family, and commercials for Telemundo and Chukchansi Resort & Casino. She currently teaches at Experience Dance and DDAC.

Brandi Root began her love of dance at the age of 5 with her first Ballet class. She then moved on and studied various forms of dance. Brandi has danced with various dance groups and companies throughout Kern County. At the age of 14 she was asked to join Grupo Folklorico Oyohualli a professional adult Folklorico group based in Bakersfield. Brandi went on tour with Oyohualli and danced throughout Mexico. Brandi is currently a Variety dance and dance fitness instructor for Bakersfield City School District where she has instructed for a total of 17 years. She also is the Executive Director of Ballet Folklorico Ihtotiani de Shafter, which is the longest running youth Ballet Folklorico in Kern County. Ballet Folklorico Ihtotiani will Celebrate its 23rd year this year.

Nesi Sheldon was born in Calcutta, India. She has always loved dancing whether it’s contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, swing, zumba or even at a party. Nesi is a 24 Hour Fitness Zumba Zin Certified Instructor teaching in Bakersfield, Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley.  Nesi enjoys providing Zumba instruction for private events and is a past member of a Salsa Dance Team and Lindy Hop Dance Team. Working out and staying fit is part of her lifestyle. She has worked as an RN at Mercy-Memorial hospital for the past 38 years and enjoy helping people.

Born and raised in Bakersfield, Brenlea Smith began dancing at age 4. She grew up dancing and competing at Dancers Workshop. Brenlea started teaching at 15 and is currently the manager of the dance program at American Kids Sports Center, American Dancers Workshop. Although she teaches many different styles, the musicality and intricacies of tap will forever make it her favorite style of dance.

Marilyn Stone has performed and choreographed professionally since the age of 19. She has danced in Japan, Malaysia, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Born in Los Angeles, she moved to Bakersfield in 1991 where she taught classes and/or choreographed for local organizations such as CSUB, BHS, and the Civic Dance Center. Marilyn currently teaches ballroom dance classes and private lessons through NOR Recreation. 

Brushay Taylor/DAT KREW has over 20 years of dance training, including performances throughout the community as a student at East Bakersfield High School and CSUB.  She has trained and performed with Bernita Stewart’s SUMTHYNG KNEW and is currently the Co-Owner of D.A.T. Krew Dance Team.

Ashley Tenorio was born and raised in Kern County and has 15 years of dance experience. She trained in Delano in styles  including hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, and jazz funk and danced competitively for 10 years. She now dances as a member of the CSUB dance team.

Shelby Walls was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and started dancing at the age of 3, spending the majority of her time growing up in a dance studio environment. She danced competitively for 15 years and has been teaching and choreographing for 10+ years in styles such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, acro and jazz funk. Shelby had the pleasure of choreographing for Jordan Nata’e on SYTYCD-The Next Generation and the opening number for the Kidz Bop 2015 Live Tour. She is a graduate of California State University of Bakersfield with a degree in Business Management. Shelby is now the proud owner and artistic director of DANCENATION. She is passionate about getting creative with choreography, inspiring young artists and being an excellent role model for her students. 


What do I wear to National Dance Day?

Males + Females – Clothing you are comfortable busting a move in! 

Feet – shoes will be determined based upon the specific class. Taking Jazz? Be sure to bring your jazz shoes. Socks work equally as well for most classes too! Signed up for Hip Hop or Jazz Funk? Tennis shoes are acceptable! 

Hair – We recommend your hair to be swept back and secured properly.

Safety Clause – No gum or wrist/finger jewelry is allowed during class.  

What do I need to know the day of the event?

Most important- ARRIVE EARLY!  You will want to ensure that you have enough time to park in the CSUB K1 Or K2 parking lot, walk to the CSUB Student Recreation Center, check in for your class, and make your way to the dance studio. KDA suggests all dancers arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled class. 

Do I need to register online?

YES!  To guarantee a spot in your preferred class, you must register online.  Classes are at a strict capacity and registrations will not be accepted day-of if the class is full.

I keep getting “timed-out” when I register for classes on the Eventbrite ap!

We hear you!  Unfortunately, the Eventbrite ap does not provide an auto-fill feature to populate your registration information. We encourage you to get to a desktop to fulfill your NDD registration!  The desktop version allows you to click a button that will auto-fill you info. .  saving you time AND your fingers!

Can I pay at the door?

YES!  All online registrations do have the option to pay at the door.  National Dance Day is a cash-only event, please be sure to bring exact change. 

How many classes can I take?

As many as you would like!! 

I am a KDA Member.  How do I register for my discount class?

Click the KDA Member ticket offer and register for as many classes as you would like!  KDA maintains a full member list and will double check the active status of all those that are current KDA members.  

I am a CSUB student. How do I register for my free class?

Click the CSUB Student ticket offer and register for as many class as you would like!  All CSUB students must show a valid CSUB student ID at registration. Should a valid ID not be made available at registration, the registrant will need to pay with cash on site. 

Is parking free at CSUB?

YES!  All National Dance Day participants receive free event parking.

Where do I park?

We have arranged for free parking in lots K1 and K2 on campus. You can locate these lots by going west on Kroll Way from Gosford Rd. Both lots are located in the northeast corner of Kroll Way and Don Hart Dr E. We will have both lots marked with National Dance Day Parking. Please see map for reference. Please be sure to park in these lots only as you may be ticketed in other lots!

Where is my dance class?

All National Dance Day Classe are located inside of the CSUB Student Recreation Center, a short walk from the K1 and K2 parking lot.  Upon check-in, our volunteers will alert you to where your dance studio is located. 

What is National Dance Day?

Established in 2010 by American Dance Movement co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Dance Day is an annual celebration dedicated to dance, that encourages Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. By creating a focused day of celebration to show support for dance as a valuable form of exercise and of artistic expression, American Dance Movement aims to educate the public about dance and its many benefits, as well as make dance accessible and inclusive to everyone.

American Dance Movement (ADM) believes that participation in dance connects the mind and body, promotes health and wellbeing, connects us with others and enables us to find joy through dance and movement. National Dance Day (NDD) is a day of celebrating dance, in all its forms, and takes place annually on the third Saturday in September.

Accessible to everyone at every ability level, National Dance Day provides:

  • An instructional video, made available online, for people to view, learn and share with others wherever they are
  • American Dance Movement Co-Hosted events in two key cities, providing free dance classes and performances for all ages and skills levels, with information from a range of community dance organizations
  • Nation-wide Event Registration that encourages and supports individuals & communities, as they celebrate NDD
  • Strong online presence, allowing everyone to participate, no matter where they are across America
Information courtesy of the American Dance Movement.