Kenneth Walker, Artistic Director
Kenneth Walker is Artistic Director of Kenneth Walker Dance Project (KWDP) and a 2007 Lester Horton Dance Awards Nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Company for its program, Sheer Force of Will. Mr. Walker is currently on the teaching staff at Lauridsen Ballet Center, the official school of South Bay Ballet where he has taught and coached everyone from professional ballet dancers to young students and even Latin Ballroom dancers. Additionally, he has taught at Oakland Ballet, Regional Dance America/Pacific, at schools in both Los Angeles and Chico, CA, and has taught Master Classes at Golden West and El Camino Colleges. Kenneth holds a B.A. from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures, and a MBA and MA in Arts Management from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. He served as Secretary for the board of directors of the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles and was head of the Horton Viewing Committee.
Mr. Walker has studied in intensive workshops with William Forsythe, director of The Forsythe Company, Alonzo King, director of Lines Contemporary Ballet as well as Donald Byrd and Bella Lewitzky. He has also worked with Los Angeles choreographers Francisco Martinez, Patrick Franz and Laurence Blake. His early training was with Diane Lauridsen of South Bay Ballet and later Paul Maure, Charles and Phillip Fuller and Cynthia Young at the Pasadena Dance Theatre.
His professional career began with the Sacramento Ballet under the direction of Ron Cunningham. He performed in many of Ron Cunningham’s works, as well as those of Lisa de Ribere, George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, Willam Christensen, Molly Lynch, Bill Evans, Susan Hadley, David Allan, Jon Magnus, Jodie Gates, Patrick Franz, Ronn Guidi, Choo-San Goh, Jacques Heim, Anthony Tudor, and Michel Fokine. He has had the pleasure of working with Anne Marie De Angelo also the privilege of dancing for the Minnesota Ballet as well as the Oakland ballet. He has performed on tour in Canada , Guatemala , El Salvador and throughout the Midwest.
Mr. Walker has created dances for the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sacramento Ballet, Chico Community Ballet, Southern California Dance Theatre, San Pedro City Ballet, South Bay Ballet, Petaluma City Ballet, Dance Peninsula, DanceCorps, Dance Peninsula Dance Theatre, and Pasadena Dance Theater.
He is the recipient of the young choreographer’s award from the Southern CA Dance Theatre, and was the youngest finalist ever to compete in the Sarasota Ballet of Florida International Choreography Competition. His second collaboration with Michael Roberts was performed by members of the National Ballet of Guatemala in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of that company’s founding. His third collaboration with Michael Roberts celebrated the twenty year anniversary of Mr. Roberts’ first album for the ballet class.
His work has also been performed at the MAD BAD festival in Northern California, South Coast Dance Arts Alliance, Central Coast Summer Fest, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, Los Angeles Dance Invitational, MixMatch Dance Festival, Palm Desert Under the Stars Choreography Festival, Dance! Santa Monica festival, Sacramento Area Dance Alliance, Regional Dance America Festivals, Spectrum Dance in L.A., Ballet Pacifica Conservatory summer intensives, and at American Dance Guild in New York City.
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