Long Beach, CA, July 06, 2009 -- Kenneth Walker Dance Project (KWDP), a contemporary ballet company and Lester Horton Award nominee, based in Southern California , premieres new works along with audience favorites for the fifth season in a row.
Diane Chesseman began dancing at age three in a Los Angeles preschool. She continued her training around the country including the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., International School of Classical Ballet in Seattle, Washington and The Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Gia Calhoun trained at California Dance Theatre under the direction of Kim Maselli, Stanley Holden, and Charles Maple. She attended summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet School, on scholarship, North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Ostrava Workshop in the Czech Republic.
Elijah Pressman was recently appointed as the new Assistant Artistic Director at South Ballet where he has served many years as Ballet Master and principal dancer.trained at Lauridsen Ballet Centre in Torrance, California. Elijah's repertoire includes ballets by Robert Kelley, Laurence Blake, Jon Cristofori, Kenneth Walker, William Whitener,
Laura Smith Mauldin, born and raised in Thousand Oaks, Calif. began figure skating at the age of four and dancing ballet at the age of six. During a thirteen-year competitive skating career which took Laura and her brother/partner all over the U.S. and to Europe for competitions,
Missy Moore was born and raised in Southern California and has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Contemporary. At the age of 5, she began her training at the Daria Bearden Dance Studio and soon after joined their travelling song and dance company. In high school she studied under Kristen Olsen Potts
Grace Tiangco was born and raised in Davis, California where she started training at the age of 5 at Applegate Dance Studio under Lisa Applegate and was a member of the company for 6 years. She performed in several roles for ballets such as Firebird, Les Sylphides, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty