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My favorite dance

One of my adult students asked what my favorite dance to perform was. I didn’t have many starring roles in my career, but the first dance that came to mind was Con Amore. It’s a dance by Lew Christensen, one of the founding fathers of ballet in the West. It’s a silly dance about Amazons, […]

From dancer to choreographer part, 2

Part II To Read Part 1 click here. From dancer to choreographer, the leap can be made when you seize opportunities, when you overcome your hesitations and when you access your own artistry and creativity. In the second of this 2-part interview series with Kenneth Walker, we learn that collaborations make a choreographer. So when […]

From Dancer to choreographer, Part 1

From dancer to choreographer, the leap can be made when you seize opportunities, when you overcome your hesitations and when you access your own artistry and creativity. In this 2-part series, we learn how Kenneth Walker emerged as a choreographer… Part I – An emerging choreographer. The running joke is that I started choreographing because […]

My thoughts on Kenneth Walker Dance Project

We just found this student review from the last time we performed at El Camino College. “El Camino College Center for the Arts presents Kenneth Walker Dance Project at the Marsee Auditorium. They were celebrating the 10th year anniversary as a company. My friend and I are taking a online dance class. We have to […]

Ballet classes with Kenneth

Kenneth has ongoing classes Monday, 7pm San Pedro City Ballet, 1231 S Pacific Ave Tuesday, 9:30am Peninsula School of Performing Arts, Peninsula Center, 700 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates Wednesday, 9am Peninsula School of Performing Arts, Lunada Bay, 2325 Palos Verdes Dr. West, Palos Verdes Estates Friday, 10am San Pedro City Ballet, 1231 S Pacific Ave   Contact […]

Classes with Kenneth Walker

Looking to take class from Kenneth? You can take class with him at: Peninsula School of Performing Arts Tuesdays, 9:30am Peninsula Center Studio 700 Silver Spur Road Suites 106 & 107 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 San Pedro City Ballet Mondays, 7pm Fridays, 10am 1231 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

What’s it all about?

I’m often asked what my works are about: That’s the $50,000 question. What’s the dance about? There is a deep need and desire to understand what we are witnessing.  We want you to know that your perception of what you saw is as important as what we intended the dance to be.  Your viewpoint is […]

You can make the difference!

KWDP has embarked on an incredible journey, to create our largest and most ambitious work to date, a re-imagining of  Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.This ballet is being created because of the incredible artists of KWDP. The company members get the remarkable experience of having a new work created on them. There is almost nothing more […]

Suburban Symphony

Saturday, April 23rd / 8PM   Motion Flux Scholarship Benefit Concert presented Moorpark College Music & Dance Department.  Come catch KWDP dancers Tracy Jones and Nathan Ortiz performing the opening duet of Suburban Symphony.  Location:  Performing Arts Center, Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA / CLICK HERE to purchase TICKETS or call Box Office 805) 378.1485  ($16 Adults, $9 Students, Seniors, […]

Winter Intensive

Come dance with KWDP for the holidays! Hosted by CSU, Dominguez Hills Dance Department December 21, 2015 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747 Dance Room A-102 inside the gym.   Kenneth Walker Dance Project is doing its first ever Dance Intensive.  Come study with Kenneth and the artists of KWDP in Ballet, Modern, and […]

December News

December 15, we are performing in Temecula.  The company will be performing at Old Town Temecula Community Theater.  Tickets are only $5 and you get to see this up and coming company in Hum and the solo Tuesday. Come study with KWDP this December!  Kenneth Walker Dance Project will be conducting its first ever Winter […]

KWDP comes to Ventura

Kenneth Walker Dance Project will be performing Hum and Soft Ambient Pulse as the guests of Moorpark College Dance Department April 23-26.  KWDP continues to expand its sphere of influence and is thrilled to perform for the students of Moorpark College. Tickets are $15 and available from Moorpark College Center for the Performing Arts.

MTC -New Works Project 2014

MOVEMENT THEATRE COLAB NEW WORKS PROJECT 2014 “Spring, choreographed by Kenneth Walker II with music by Vivaldi and Max Richter was both literally and figuratively a splash of light and color upon the stage. Unified intricate hand gestures, technical balletic lines/movements combined with the dancers’ radiant smiles and fiery attire make this piece sear into […]

Movement Theatre CoLab Summer Intensive

Come to Dance Creations and enjoy a couple weeks of dance master classes with such notable teachers and choreographers: Wendi Baity, Ken Datugan, Beth Megill, Kenneth Walker II and more. Kenneth will be teaching ballet and creating new material at the Movement Theatre CoLab Summer Intensive in Simi Valley  June 26th and July 3.  Classes […]

Dance History Project of Southern California

The Dance History Project’s goal is to observe and preserve the history of dance making and performing in Southern California. The focus is on those events and artists, past and present, whose work has been important to the field of live professional dance in Southern California. It includes the contributions of dancers, companies, educators, presenters, […]

Tickets now onsale

Tickets are now onsale for our August 10, 2013 show. Kenneth Walker Dance Project presents Trajectorie Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theatre at 7:30PM. Trajectorie will feature world premieres, company premieres, and the return to repertoire of audience favorites. The dance “Savage Grace” will make its company premiere. Savage Grace was commissioned by South Bay Ballet […]

Donate to the new ballet

Come help us raise funds for the newest ballet.  KWDP is creating a new ballet with costumes by Michael Pacciorini, music by Kena Rohi Custage (the composer of Focus on the Middle Distance), and choreography by Kenneth Walker.  Your donations will help make the newest work happen.

Amber Ajluni

Amber began her training at Ballet San Jose with Donna Delcini, Lise LaCour, and Dalia Rawson, where she danced in various school and company performances. In Southern California she has danced for Anaheim Ballet, performing in the works of Laurence and Sarma Rosenberg, including The Nutcracker, The Awakening of the Flora, and A Midsummer Night’s […]

Dominika Pietrzyk

Dominika Pietrzyk began her dance training at Steps in Rodeo, CA at the age of 3. At age 13, she decided to pursuit a professional ballet career. She joined Western Ballet where she trained under Eric Bourman, Alexi Zubiria, Linda Rickert, and Kai Davis. Here, she performed in many ballets, such as The Nutcracker, Swan […]

Yelena Zerkovska

Ms. Yelena Zerkovska began studying ballet and character dancing in Ukraine at the age of six. After moving to America at the age of 12, she continued extensive studies and intense training in ballet. Her pursuit for excellence led her to the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she majored in […]

Master Class

We have huge news for us!  June 22, 2013 from 3-5:15pm in the rehearsal halls of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center of Los Angeles we will be having a master class taught by Arturo Fernandez, Ballet Master for the World Famous Alonzo King LINES Ballet.  A native of California, Mr. Fernandez has […]

Upcoming Performances

KWDP is back at the Pasadena Dance Festival.  We are performing our latest work, Soft Ambient Pulse, on February 16 at Lineage Performing Arts Center at 7pm.  For tickets visit, http://lineagedance.org/festival/feb-16/

Michael Pacciorini

Michael Pacciorini, Costume Designer As both an educational and professional designer, Michael’s award-winning work including Film, Television and Dance has been seen throughout California, Texas, Illinois, and Washington. Local credits include: South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, West Coast Ensemble, California Repertory Company, Long Beach Playhouse, International City Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, Alternative Repertory Theatre, Tiffany Theatre, […]

Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis, Lighting Designer is the Technical director for Laxson Auditorium, California State University, Chico. He has worked with Bella Lewitzky, Chico Community Ballet, and Kenneth Walker on several projects. He has created lighting for each ballet of Kenneth’s Chico Community Ballet has in their repertoire. This is his fourth season lighting for KWDP.

What: Kenneth Walker Dance Project presents its Annual Home Show Why: Kenneth Walker Dance Project presents annual show: “Salami Tactics”

New Photos

We have lots of new photos on our Facebook page for you to enjoy. One set is from a photo shoot with dance photographer Paul Antico. The remaining new photos were taken at the dress rehearsal for the show Little by Little, AKA Poco a Poco.

KWDP presents: Little by little, AKA Poco a Poco

LOS ANGELES, CA:  July 5, 2011— Kenneth Walker Dance Project (KWDP), a contemporary ballet company, premieres new work along with audience favorites for the seventh season in a row in an evening entitled “Little by Little, AKA Poco a Poco” one night only on Saturday, August 13, 2011, 7:30 pm at Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theatre, […]

Pay Our Rent Party!

Let’s Party! June 25 from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the home of one our fantastic board members, we will be hosting one of our famous pay our rent cocktail parties. This is a great opportunity to meet the dancers, talk to fellow patrons, and show your support for the company. We’re suggesting a donation of $11 to […]

Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater

The Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater is located on the south side of Atherton Street, between Meriam Way and Palo Verde Avenue. The building itself is located between the Carpenter Center and the Pyramid. Parking is available in lots #12 and #13, on the East and West sides of the building. There is some street […]

Nichole Beeks

Nichole Beeks was born and raised in Long Beach California. She attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she trained in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance as well as musical theatre and film.

Diane Cheeseman

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

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.

Laura Mauldin

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

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

Jeanine Ryan

Jeanine Ryan began her ballet training with the Chico Community Ballet under Deborah Jorritsma and Catherine Sullivan-Sturgeon. During this time, she performed various roles including Titania in Balanchine’s

Grace Tiangco

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