Kern Dance Alliance + Bakersfield Young Professionals
Friday, October 11, 2019
Downtown Street Party – The Park at the Mark & Wall Street Alley
7:00 – 11:00 PM
KDA and the Bakersfield Young Professionals/Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce will produce Ten Tiny Dances® during the annual Downtown Street Party. Ten dancers will showcase choreography in the tiniest of spaces, a 4×4 stage! Ten Tiny Dances® was created in Portland, Oregon in 2002 and continues to be produced, with permission, by founder Mike Barber and others.
$20 Now through September 30 | $30 General Admission | $35 At the Door
7:20 + 9:20
Kellie St. Pierre | Alexandra Doyle + AJ Tasley Parr
7:40 + 9:45
Naomi Rivera | Kali Spinner
8:00 + 10:00
Nicole Helton | Shelby Walls
8:20 + 10:30
Alicia Angelini | Erica Ueberroth
8:40 + 10:45
Kelci Cerri | Andrea Nehesi
ABOUT the PRESENTERS:
Kern Dance Alliance (KDA) is a nonprofit dance advocacy organization supporting and promoting dance + the arts in Kern County, California.
The Bakersfield Young Professionals (BYP) Council works to elevate and support Bakersfield’s young professionals as emerging business, civic, and community leaders by educating the young professional community on local commerce and government, supporting development initiatives, and connecting young professionals with community leaders. BYP strives to inspire and encourage professional development, networking, and social connectedness and provide philanthropic opportunities for young professionals to give back to the community and its citizens.
BYP hosts various events throughout the year, including the annual Downtown Street Party each October and quarterly Pub Club networking events. Additionally, BYP partners with the Kern Community Foundation to host Philanthropy on Tap–a free monthly series that gives community nonprofits a platform to share with interested young professionals and community members their services, needs, and volunteer opportunities to connect.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
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.
Kelci Cerri began performing at the age of five and trained at Dancer’s Workshop for over 12 years. She has been in over 150 productions and continues to perform to this day. In 2007, she began taking dance workshops–her favorite being the Laker Girls’ Dance Audition Workshop. By 2010 she began choreographing for Stars Theatre Restaurant. Since then, she has choreographed over 50 productions at multiple theaters in town. Kelci currently teaches musical dance theatre at Bessie Owens Intermediate and Tap at Civic Dance Center. She has always had a passion for dance and is thrilled to be a part of KDA’s first Ten Tiny Dances.
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 with over eighteen years of teaching experience. Nicole is a Pilates Master Teacher Trainer and brings that same passion for self-discovery to Poise Pilates+Barre, where is she the Studio Manager, Instructor, and Educator.
Andrea Nehesi is a cultural dancer who specializes in Egyptian belly dance, Polynesian dance, and ritual dance. She also dances with serpents, swords, canes, or veils. Andrea has taught and performed both domestically and internationally for over ten years. And offers classes and workshops for all levels. She is most interested in helping Bakersfield grow in its cultural representation of dance and inspiring more people to love their bodies through dance.
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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.
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Kali Spinner is currently Bakersfield, CA’s premier female fire performer. She has been performing with fire over the last 6 years and has performed at notable events and venues such as the Rabobank Arena for the Bakersfield Condors, The Enchanted Cottage’s Annual Mystic Faire, Wasteland Weekend, and she has recently performed at the Denver County Fair. In 2018, she was a premier fire performer for the Stars theater’s production of Pippin. She also was highlighted at 2018’s Battle of the Salons held at one of Bakersfield’s hottest venues, 1933.
Kellie St. Pierre is a performer and choreographer, based out of Los Angeles, California. As a recent former dancer with DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion, Kellie toured nationally and internationally, choreographed within current work and new creative projects, worked as a teaching artist with the company, and competed on America’s Got Talent Season 12. Originally from Bakersfield, California, Kellie graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, a minor in Business Management, and a minor in Civic and Community Engagement. During her years in college, Kellie had the privilege to dance for Donald McKayle in his Étude Ensemble. As a recipient of the Regional Dance America Pacific Monticello Emerging Choreographer Award in 2015, she attended the National Choreographers Initiative summer program under the mentorship of Ronald K Brown and Arcell
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 the professional ballet school summer intensive programs of 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.
Ms. Shelby Walls was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and started dancing at the age of three, 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 over ten years in styles such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, acro, and
Schoen Movement Company is a Brooklyn-based modern dance troupe that prioritizes dance as a method to connect people and enrich
Beyond the stage, SMC explores fresh avenues of dance performance. Their rollicking show “A Movement Flight” brings dance out of the concert hall and into active breweries.
SMC has received distinguished support from the US State Department, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Queens Council for the Arts, the Catskills Mountain Foundation, Brooklyn Academy of Music / Dance Motion USA, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning among others. Company director, Emily Schoen, has performed at the nation’s finest theaters, has toured internationally, and is a Dance Magazine “Top 25 to Watch” artist.
Alexandra Doyle was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with an innate passion for movement. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance. She’s performed works by Larry Keigwin, Ohad Nahirin, Kate Weare, and Alex Ketley. Currently, Alexandra freelances as a dance artist based in New York City, collaborating with artists including Emily Schoen, Doug Gillespie, and B.S. Movement. Most recently she premiered Schoen Movement’s newest work “See me in your eye” this past May.
AJ Tasley Parr is a freelance dancer living in New York City. She is a San Francisco/Bay Area native. AJ is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory where she received her BFA in dance performance. During her undergraduate years, she was selected to perform in the works of Doug Varone, Colleen Thomas, Robert Moses, Robert Battle, and Adam Barruch. Since moving to New York she has been honored to do projects with David Dorfman, Larry Keigwin, Raja Feather Kelly, Jaclyn Walsh, Baye & Asa and Montreal based company, LA
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