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Due to ongoing social distancing and an uncertain future for live performances we have decided to postpone our premiere of Carmen until 2021. We are in the process of developing virtual programming in the near future. Please check back for more information.
Kenneth recently sat down with a few of the dancers with KWDP for a Q&A session. Here’s the result. Q: What is the reason you started KWDP? A: I was looking for an opportunity to work on a more regular basis with some of the people I had been working with on a few freelance […]
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, […]
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, 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
Marisa Johnston a board member for Kenneth Walker Dance Project recently sat down with Kenneth to ask about his start as a choreographer and the start of the company. The result is this rare in-depth interview. When you were young, were you surrounded by a family that embraced dance? Kenneth: I think I was […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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 […]
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 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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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/
Catch a glimpse of this beautiful black and white photo set by Rey.
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, 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”
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
We’re exited announce that we’re partnering with Barnes &Noble for a Book Fair. On Sunday May 1, 2011
It was great! …this is so wonderful. You are great! Absolutely amazing!! Variety + very enjoyable Fabulous! Very great show a lot of fun.
Kenneth Walker Dance Project, a southern California contemporary ballet company, premieres new works on August 14, 2010 at California State University, Long Beach.
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 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.
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
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 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