KDA is an arts agency promoting and supporting dance and the arts in Kern County, CA.

KDA is proud to support local arts organizations and individual artists through our grants and scholarships program. 

A Bi-Annual Application Period will feature two deadlines:

FALL DEADLINE, September 1 for projects October-May

SPRING DEADLINE, May 1 for projects June-September

KDA Scholarship Recipients


Ella Goens
Civic Dance Center


Kirstyn Lindsey
Bakersfield Dance Company


Aeralyn Jade Rivera
Eve-Lyne’s Dance Studio


Lena Smallwood
Dancer’s Turnout Academy


Riley Thompson
Bakersfield Dance Company


Jordan Wandick
Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Amanda Bagley
Dancer’s Turnout Academy

Noor Elkereamy
Civic Dance Center 


KDA Grant Recipients

The Nutcracker Orchestra

PROJECT | The Bakersfield Nutcracker

DAT Krew 

PROJECT | Program Enhancements

Bakersfield City Ballet

PROJECT | Bakersfield Choreography Competition



My Dance and Fitness Studio

PROJECT | Capitol Campaign 

Shafter Symphony Orchestra

PROJECT | Bakersfield Nutcracker Ballet

Bakersfield City Ballet

PROJECT | American Youth Grand Prix 

Mojave Movement Arts Center

PROJECT | We Are Mojave: Free dance classes for socio-economically disadvantaged children.