Kern Dance Alliance and the Bakersfield Angels are excited to announce Dancing with the Angels, a family affair focused on using the arts to connect our foster care community through movement, music, and visual art. 

On Saturday April 9 at Garces Memorial High School, Dancing with the Angels will feature dance classes taught by Kern County dance educators from the Bakersfield City Ballet, Bakersfield Line Dancers, and DAT Krew. Additionally, the Playful Space will provide hands-on visual art experiences, and a music education class will offer an introduction to a variety of instruments. 

Dancing with the Angels is a FREE event.  Participants will receive snacks donated by Bolthouse Farms, a free lunch sponsored by Subway, and they will take home a commemorative Dancing with the Angels t-shirt! 

Dancing with the Angels is rooted in connecting parents/guardians with their children. Dancing with the Angels will foster creativity and self-expression, promote trust and communication, build confidence and teamwork, and will offer a day where achievements are celebrated and memories are made through a valued community experience. 


Participants are invited to register their families for Dancing with the Angels.  Family participation is encouraged and it is recommended that families register for the same class so that they may experience the day together. 

Dancing with the Angels pre-registration has closed to families registered with the Bakersfield Angels.  
Not a Bakersfield Angels family?  Learn more HERE

Dancing with the Angels registration is SOLD OUT!

Dancing with the Angels is FREE to all participants! 


Saturday, April 9 at Garces Memorial High School 

9:00 – Check In Opens

10:05 – 10:45 am- Dance Class #1 – Line Dance w/ Bakersfield Line Dancers / Music / Visual Art

11:00 – 11:45 am- Dance Class #2 – Creative Movement with Bakersfield City Ballet / Music / Visual Art

12:00 – 12:45 pm- Dance Class #3 – Hip Hop with DAT Krew / Music / Visual Art

1:00 pm – FREE Lunch sponsored by Subway


Bakersfield City Ballet’s mission is to be Bakersfield’s premier pre-professional ballet company by inspiring and enriching the community with performances and fostering a love for the arts in youth through dance. Bakersfield City Ballet is committed to accomplishing this mission by making ballet accessible to the widest possible audience through annual performances, educational programs, the creative use of media, and other outreach efforts. 2020 marked Bakersfield City Ballet’s second performance with Book’s in Motion. www.bakersfieldcityballet.org

For over a decade, the Bakersfield Line Dancers have been teaching line dancing at various locations throughout Kern County.  Featuring 15 instructors with over 20 years of experience, the Bakersfield Line Dancers promote healthy living, social bonding, and positivity through encouraging classes, workshops, and seminars.  As regular attendees at premier workshops, like the Vegas Dance Explosion, The Bakersfield Line Dancers take pride in teaching the latest and greatest line dances to keep Kern County in step with the best line dances from across the world.

Founded in 2014, D.A.T Krew (Dance Art Talent) Corporation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to inspire today’s youth through art and expression worldwide. It serves low income, underprivileged and at risk youth who represent our world today. In addition, DAT Krew is dedicated to saving the lives of today’s youth by providing a domain of tranquility which they believe is the cure for depression and mental illness. www.datkrew661.com

Connection, play, and creativity are the heart of The Playful Space! Through community events, art workshops, playdates, and destination retreats, The Playful Space utilizes a variety of creative offerings including hands-on exploration, process art, and self-discovery to help families walk away from their events feeling a little less alone, a little less burdened, and instead focused on making room for more joy and creativity! www.theplayfulspace.org

Stephen C. Penner is a freelance orchestra conductor in southern California. He is music director and a founder of the Shafter Symphony Orchestra and director for the Shafter Community Band. He has conducted various concerts of both new and traditional repertoire, and served as music director for opera recitals, theatrical plays, and musicals. In 2013 he was selected from over 300 international conductors to train with and conduct ten members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Penner has worked with musicians that proceeded to study at The Julliard School, NYU, and star on Broadway. He has guest conducted many youth orchestras and held the position of Assistant Conductor with the CSUN University Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from California State University Northridge where he studied with Dr. John Roscigno. Prior to attending graduate school he earned bachelor’s degrees in both Drama and Music at the University of California, Irvine.


Dancing with the Angels will be hosted on the campus of Garces Memorial High School – 2800 Loma Linda Dr Bakersfield, CA 93305

Free parking is available for all Dancing with the Angels participants.  Please park in the Upper Large Lot, east of the Garces Memorial High School Football field, located off Monte Vista Drive. The Dance Studio is located east of the Wrestling Room.


Bakersfield Angels was founded in 2020 as a local chapter of the national non-profit, National Angels. Their mission is to walk alongside children, youth and families experiencing foster care in Kern County, by offering consistent support through relationship building, intentional giving, and mentorship. The Love Box program matches groups of volunteers with fostering families to provide a sense of community and support. The Dare to Dream program provides consistent, one-on-one mentorship to youth in foster care. They believe not everyone is called to foster, and not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone can make a difference in the life of a child. www.bakersfieldangels.org


Dancing with the Angels would like to thank Bolthouse Farms for providing healthy snacks and Subway for providing lunch for all participants.

Dancing with the Angels is proudly sponsored by Garces Memorial High School as the official location sponsor.

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