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KDA Master Class Series: ARTS + Mentoring w/ Emily Schoen

February 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

$5 – $10

KDA is pleased to present the Master Class Series: Arts + Mentoring in partnership with Garden Pathways.  With generous support from the Arts Council of Kern and Stria, the Master Class Series is rooted in mentoring 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.

REGISTER at www.kerndance.org/MASTERCLASS


Sunday, February 4 
10:00 “Mixed Level” Contemporary Modern Class
11:30-12:30 Mentor Session
12:30-1:00 Q&A Session and Discussion (open and free to the public)


Location: KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

Ages 10 – 18

Minimum 3 years dance experience required.

Cost: $5/KDA Members, $10/non-KDA Members

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


The Master Class Series: 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.

At the culmination of each master class session, dancers will experience intimate time with each dance guest artist as they are mentored about a future career in dance.  Additionally, master class dance guest artists will outline their experiences, influences, and expertise in the field of dance during a Q&A session that will be available for students and the audience to pose questions.

Master Class 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.

Master Class Essentials:

Dancers are encouraged to bring the following:

  • Water
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Notebook/Journal
  • Yoga Mats
  • Knee Pads
  • Appropriate Foot Attire: Ballet Shoes, Jazz Shoes, Tennis Shoes, and Black Socks


Master Class Q&A and Discussion with Emily Schoen:

Sunday, February 4, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School

Family and friends of participating dancers are invited and encouraged to attend.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. 



Emily Schoen has received the Gibney Dance boo-koo grant for emerging artist in NYC, a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship nomination by METdance in Houston, and was called “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. She has danced for Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Nejla Yatkin, the Metropolitan Opera in works by Doug Varone and Mark Morris, the 50th Anniversary Rolling Stones Reunion Tour, and has been with Keigwin + Company since 2011. Her own group, Schoen Movement Company, has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub, and recently at the Tunisian National Theater in Tunis, Tunisia with the support of DanceMotion/USA, the US Embassy in Tunis, and American Dance Abroad. SMC has also produced Happy Hour dance shows in breweries, and the mini dance film series “Ten Tiny Dances” which is viewable online. She sets work on companies and universities throughout the United States. She graduated from the University of Arizona with her BFA in Dance and BS in Nutritional Sciences, and is a proud Wisconsinite! www.schoenmovementcompany.com 

Catch Emily live on tour with Keigwin + Company at Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA. on Saturday, February 3 at 8:00 PM!


February 4, 2018
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
$5 – $10


Kern Dance Alliance
661 491 5376


KDA Dance Studio: Garces Memorial High School
2800 Loma Linda Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93305
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