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ABOUT the Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults

We hear you Kern County, ADULTS WANT TO DANCE!!

KDA strives to help our community thrive through physical movement. Where there is a need, we find a way! Local adults want a place to express themselves through dance, and we want to help! 

The Kern County dance community has come together to bring you over 20 FREE dance classes offered by over a dozen instructors at a handful of locations across the valley.  Put on your dancing legs and try a beginning ballet class or hop on over to Temblor Brewing Company for a Country Line Dance class!  Whether it is your first time standing at the ballet barre or you have years of dance experience, we hope to see you dancing your way through the summer. 

Grab a friend, don’t be shy, and TRY!

WHAT is a Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults?

You may have heard of a pop-up store that opens quickly in a temporary location and is intended to operate for only a short period of time.  The summer adult dance class series is meant to pop-up at different dance studios across Kern County!  One studio will offer one or two classes and then move on to the next studio for a new set of classes on a different day and time- providing adult dancers with the opportunity to visit a variety of locations all summer long!

HOW much is the Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults?

The Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults is FREE!  

Feeling generous?  A donation to KDA is suggested!  As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, every dollar raised by KDA is spent directly on our programs.

DONATE TO JUST DANCE!

JUST DANCE: Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 29 @ 11:00 AM – Contemporary Partnering w/ Kellie St. Pierre at Civic Dance Center

Tuesday, July 2 @ 9:00 AM- Beginning Ballet w/ Suze DeArmond at Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Friday, July 5 @ 9:00 AM – Zumba w/ Suze DeArmond at Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Saturday, July 6 @10:00 AM- Advanced Hip Hop w/ Andrew Rosales at Experience Dance Studio

Saturday, July 6 @ 11:00 AM- Beginning B-Boying w/ Andrew Rosales at Experience Dance Studio

Saturday, July 13 @ 9:00 AM- Beginning Ballet w/ Andrea Hansen at KDA Dance Studio/Garces High School

Saturday, July 13 @ 10:15 AM- Int/Adv. Contemporary w/ Andrea Hansen at KDA Dance Studio/Garces High School

Thursday, July 18 @ 6:30 PM – Country Line Dance w/ Joel Hoffman at Temblor Brewing Company

Saturday, July 20 @ 1:00 PM- Int./Adv. Jazz w/ Alicia Angelini at Civic Dance Center

Saturday, July 20 @ 2:00 PM – Musical Theater w/ Alicia Angelini at Civic Dance Center

Tuesday, July 23 @ 6:00 PM- Contemporary Hip Hop w/ Naomi Rivera at Experience Dance

Saturday, July 27 @ 12:00 PM- Beginning Belly Dance w/ Maryann Kopp at My Dance and Fitness Studio

Wednesday, July 31 @ 7:00 PM- Barre Fitness w/ Kyli Delis at Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Saturday, August 3 @ 10:00 AM- Int/Adv Hip Hop w/ Luther “GI” Gray at My Dance and Fitness Studio

Saturday, August 3 @ 11:00 AM- Beginning Hip Hop w/ Brushay Taylor at My Dance and Fitness Studio

Wednesday, August 7 @ 7:10 PM – Beginning Tap w/ Brenlea Smith at American Dancer’s Workshop

Saturday, August 10 @ 11:00 AM- Int/Adv. Ballet w/ Erica Ueberroth at Civic Dance Center

Saturday, August 10 @ 12:45 PM – Int./Adv. Lyrical w/ Erica Ueberroth at Civic Dance Center

Tuesday, August 13 @ 7:10 PM – Int./Adv. Tap w/ Brenlea Smith at American Dancer’s Workshop

Saturday, August 17 @ 9:30 AM- Int./Adv. Contemporary w/ Nicole Helton at KDA Dance Studio/Garces High School

Saturday, August 24 @ 6:00 PM- Jazz Funk w/ Shelby Walls at Dance Nation

Saturday, August 24 @ 7:30 PM- Heels 101 w/ Shelby Walls at Dance Nation

More classes to be announced…. stay tuned! 

REASONS to JUST DANCE!

KDA believes anyone can dance, regardless of their age or ability and there are SO many reasons for adults to dance!  

Just a few include: 

  • Dance is a SUPER FUN form of exercise.
  • Dance is good for your body and brain. 
  • Dance provides an opportunity for self-expression.
  • Dance builds confidence.
  • Dance improves over all well-being. 
  • Dance connects people. 

Check out even more reasons to dance!

FAQ:

WHAT do I wear to the Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults?

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

Feet – shoes will be determined based upon the specific class. Taking Country Line Dance?  Don’t forget your boots!  Taking Jazz? Be sure to bring your jazz shoes. Socks work equally as well for most classes too!

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

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

DO I need dance shoes for the Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults?

Based upon the type of class, you are encouraged to wear the appropriate dance shoes, but it is not mandatory! Check in with KDA or your dance instructor to ensure you have the appropriate footwear. 

JUST DANCE: Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Saurday, June 29 @ 11:00 AM – Contemporary Partnering w/ Kellie St. Pierre at Civic Dance Center

Contemporary Partnering will experience the fun, trust, problem solving, and artistic energy that comes with learning a partnering sequence. If you have someone you like moving with, bring them along! If not, come solo! Through this contemporary partnering class we will be moving with, through, around, above, below, over, and on your partner, experience the beauty and challenge of syncing with another dancer in this way. You can expect some lifting, but please don’t let that scare you away if you have no lifting experience-there is always another approach!

Tuesday, July 2 @ 9:00 AM- Beginning Ballet w/ Suze DeArmond at Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Beginning Ballet is for adults who might have a little dance experience but mostly are new to ballet or have not been practicing ballet in awhile. Adults will learn the basics of ballet technique and terminology. 

Friday, July 5 @ 9:00 AM – Zumba w/ Suze DeArmond at Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training, alternating fast and slow rhythms, and resistance training.  Zumba is for no-experience through advanced adult dancers.

Saturday, July 6 @10:00 AM- Advanced Hip Hop w/ Andrew Rosales at Experience Dance Studio

Advanced Hip Hop is an exploration of the cultural dance phenomena that began in streets of Brooklyn in the 1980s and has evolved from the hip-hop culture. Adult dancers will experience the 5 elements of hip hop dance including Bboying, MCing, Graffiti, DJing and Beatboxing.

Saturday, July 6 @ 11:00 AM- Beginning B-Boying w/ Andrew Rosales at Experience Dance Studio

Beginning B-Boying, also known as breaking or break-dancing, will teach adult dancers the basics of b-boying including toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes.

Saturday, July 13 @ 9:00 AM- Beginning Ballet w/ Andrea Hansen at KDA Dance Studio/Garces High School

Beginning Ballet is an introductory level for anyone wishing to take ballet for the first time. Adults will learn the 5 positions of the feet and arms, basic ballet barre and centre movements, as well as French ballet terminology. 

Saturday, July 13 @ 10:15 AM- Int/Adv. Contemporary w/ Andrea Hansen at KDA Dance Studio/Garces High School

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary is for experienced adult dancers. This class will combine ballet, modern,  and jazz dance techniques with a variety of rhythms and time signatures for a fun contemporary experience.

Thursday, July 18 @ 6:30 PM- Country Line Dance w/ Joel Hoffman 

Country Line Dance is for adults with all levels and abilities! Join the fun and learn classic line dances as well as today’s most popular routines.

Saturday, July 20 @ 1:00 PM – Int./Adv. Jazz w/ Alicia Angelini at Civic Dance Center

Int/Adv. Jazz is for experienced adult dancers. The class will explore Jazz dance levels and rhythms. 

Saturday, July 20 @ 2:00 PM- Musical Theater w/ Alicia Angelini at Civic Dance Center

Musical Theater is for beginning-advanced dancers interested in experiencing the movements of the “Great White Way”!  Learn techniques and movements from some of the greatest musical theater performances. 

Tuesday, July 23 @ 6:00 PM- Int./Adv. Contemporary Hip Hop w/ Naomi Rivera at Experience Dance

Int./Adv. Contemporary Hip hop is all about rhythm and grooves. To hit or go through each beat with the body using levels. Contemporary is abstract with the body, gaining and using emotional energy to bring the movement to life.

Saturday, July 27 @ 12:00 PM- Beginning Belly Dance w/ Maryann Kopp at My Dance and Fitness Studio

Beginning Belly Dance is a dance class for both people who are new to the dance and for seasoned dancers who want to keep their basics strong. Dancers will learn moves that are most commonly used in various forms of belly dance with a focus on the Egyptian Cabaret style. Live drumming is also a part of this class, which will teach students basic rhythm training as it pertains to belly dance. Cultural norms and taboos will be discussed, as well, to further educate participants about this style of dance.

Wednesday, July 31 @ 7:00 PM- Barre Fitness w/ Kyli Delis at Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Barre Fitness is a great workout for all levels. The class will combine traditional dance techniques with aerobic activities to target all muscle groups while sculpting a long dancer’s body.

Saturday, August 3 @ 10:00 AM- Int/Adv Hip Hop w/ Luther “GI” Gray at My Dance and Fitness Studio

Hip hop dance is for advanced adults with experience. Dancers will fine-tune hip hop movement, different techniques, and the learn about the history of hip hop dance.

Saturday, August 3 @ 11:00 AM- Beginning Hip Hop w/ Brushay Taylor at My Dance and Fitness Studio

Hip hop is for mixed level adults with experience or no experience. Dancers will learn the basics of hip hop and how to do different hip hop movements.

Wednesday, August 7 @ 7:10 PM – Beginning Tap w/ Brenlea Smith at American Dancer’s Workshop

Beginning Tap is for adult dancers with little to no tap dance experience.

Saturday, August 10 @ 11:00 AM- Int/Adv. Ballet w/ Erica Ueberroth at Civic Dance Center

Int.Adv. Ballet is for experienced adult dancers. Ballet class will cover traditional ballet barre and centre exercises, as well as French ballet terminology.

Saturday, August 10 @ 12:45 PM – Int.Adv. Lyrical w/ Erica Ueberroth at Civic Dance Center

Lyrical is for adults with a basic knowledge of dance technique. Lyrical combines ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques with fun, whimsical movements and time signatures.

Tuesday, August 13 @ 7:10 PM – Int./Adv. Tap w/ Brenlea Smith at American Dancer’s Workshop

Int./Adv. Tap is for adult dancers with tap experience.

Saturday, August 17 @ 9:30 AM- Int./Adv. Contemporary w/ Nicole Helton at KDA Dance Studio/Garces High School

Int./Adv. Contemporary is an hour of exploration in Contemporary Dance movement, dynamics, emotion and range. We will fly, we will soar, we will delve into expression, and foster individual nuance to remind each adult dancer, that what they have to say through their movement is not only possible – it’s valuable – no matter how long it’s been since they have danced. 

Saturday, August 24 @ 6:00 PM- Jazz Funk w/ Shelby Walls at Dance Nation

Jazz Funk is a very upbeat and commercial like style of dance. Often seen in music videos, award shows and tv commercials. Comfy/stretchy street clothes and tennis shoes are worn in this class.

Saturday, August 24 @ 7:30 PM- Heels 101 w/ Shelby Walls at Dance Nation

Heels 101 will teach adults how to walk and dance in heels. The tempo will be geared towards jazz tempo rather than lyrical. Active clothes and heels are worn in this class.

JUST DANCE: Pop-Up Summer Series for Adults TEACHER BIOS

JUNE 28- INT./ADV. CONTEMPORARY w/ KELLIE ST. PIERRE

Born in Bakersfield, CA, Kellie St. Pierre is a dancer, choreographer, yoga instructor, and teaching artist based out of Los Angeles. She has toured five years with DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion dance company and has set her own work on several universities, independent companies, and festivals. Through her work she strives to share human connection, personal growth, and artistic development. She also values and encourages practices that promote body strengthening, longevity, wellness through the teachings of yoga and injury prevention for dancers.

JULY 2- BEGINNING BALLET + JULY 5- ZUMBA w/ SUZE DeARMOND

Suze DeArmond has over 20 years of classical ballet training experience with Martha Knight/Bakersfield Ballet Theater.  She fell in love with swing dancing in 1999, went to LA for most of her training and competitions. She incorporated Zumba into her workouts for the cardio boost, and then was certified to teach Zumba in 2010. She wanted to also incorporate her background in ballet into her workouts, she is now certified to teach Barre which is a fitness format that includes yoga, pilates, and ballet.

JULY 6- HIP HOP + BEGINNING B-BOY w/ ANDREW ROSALES 

Andrew Rosales has been dancing for 10 years. He is majority self taught in B-Boying and Hip Hop and learned how to dance by watching numerous Youtube videos including tutorials and interview with dancers talking about their experiences and perspectives. He was inspired to dance by watching TV shows like America’s Best Dance Crew, So You Think You Can Dance, and movies like You Got Served. Andrew’s knowledge stems from his exercise science background to take care of himself and pass along lessons to others whether they be dancers or non – dancers. Movement is an essential part of one’s daily life, and by learning how to take care of one’s body, one will be able to increase their quality of movement. 

JULY 13- BEGINNING BALLET + INT./ADV. CONTEMPORARY w/ ANDREA HANSEN 

Andrea Hansen began training with the Royal Academy of Dance at age seven. She received her B.A. in Dance from Mercyhurst University and M.F.A. at the University of Arizona in Choreography. She has trained at the American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Royal Academy of Dance Summer Schools. Andrea has performed professionally with the Lake Erie Ballet, Ballet Concerto, and Scorpius Dance Theater. For over a decade, Andrea has taught in higher education and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the School of the Arts and Humanities at California State University, Bakersfield. She is the President of Kern Dance Alliance, a Fox Theater Foundation Board of Director, and a member of the California Dance Education Association/National Dance Education Organization. She teaches regularly at Poise Pilates + Barre and is a proud wife and mother.

July 18- COUNTRY LINE DANCE w/ JOEL HOFFMAN

Joel Hoffman has taught line dancing in Bakersfield and Taft for 20 years. He currently teaches Beginner’s Classes 2/mo at Temblor Brewing Company that average 60+ dancers per class. He teaches Intermediate classes weekly at The Grange Dance Hall.

JULY 20- INT/ADV. JAZZ + MUSICAL THEATER w/ ALICIA ANGELINI

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 strive 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.

JULY 23- INT./ADV. HIP HOP w/ NAOMI RIVERA

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, commercials for Telemundo and Chukchansi Resort & Casino.  She currently teaches at Experience Dance and DDAC.

JULY 27- BEGINNING BELLY DANCE w/ MARYANN KOPP

Maryann Kopp is a professional belly dancer and instructor. A Bakersfield native, she has taught Egyptian Cabaret style belly dance for several years and has studied and performed belly dance for over 10 years. She has also studied rhythms that are used in belly dance and can play them on various instruments.

JULY 31- BARRE FITNESS w/ KYLI DELIS

Kyli Davis was born & raised in Bakersfield and began dancing since at age 5. She got more into dance when she started doing competitive dance at age 11. Kyli graduated from Cal State Bakersfield with her Bachelors in Education & soon after moved to San Diego, California where she taught dance instruction and became an NFL San Diego Charger Girl. Kyli opened Dancers Turnout Academy in 2005. She has two children she loves spending time with her son Peter-5 years old and her daughter Charlotte- 3 years old.

AUGUST 10- INT./ADV BALLET and INT.ADV. LYRICAL w/ Erica UeberrothB

Erica Ueberroth has been dancing with Civic Dance Center since 1993 and has been on faculty for over 15 years. She furthered her dance education at professional ballet school summer intensive programs: American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In her second season as Artistic Director of Bakersfield City Ballet, Erica feels a renewed energy and excitement, and believes everyone should have access to the performing arts whether patron or participant, knowing that exposure in any capacity can leave one feeling inspired and awed.


AUGUST 17- INT./ADV. CONTEMPORARY w/ NICOLE HELTON

Nicole Helton is a lifelong Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer with a passion for helping dancers discover their hidden potentials in Contemporary, Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Choreography. Nicole holds a BFA in Dance from UC Santa Barbara and eighteen years teaching experience. 

AUGUST 24- JAZZ FUNK + HEELS 101 w/ SHELBY WALLS

Shelby Walls was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, spending majority of her time growing up in a dance studio environment. She danced competitively for 15 years and has been teaching/choreographing for 10+ years in styles such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz funk. Shelby is a graduate of California State University of Bakersfield with a degree in Business Management and the owner of Dance Nation.Z

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3- HIP HOP w/ LUTHER “G.I.” GRAY

Luther “G.I.” Gray 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.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3- HIP HOP w/ BRUSHAY TAYLOR

Brushay Taylor 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.

AUGUST 7 BEGINNING TAP and AUGUST 13 INT/ADV. TAP w/ Brenlea Smith

Born and raised in Bakersfield, Brenlea 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.

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