Dancing Community Together!

Jeremy Sewell, August 2012 danceXchangeOld Town Temecula Community Theater will host an outdoor edition of their popular monthly dance showcase, danceXchange, on Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00pm in the courtyard of the the Temecula Theater complex.  Dancing this month under-the-stars will be an eclectic array of dancers and dance styles in a subdued artistic setting.

This month’s guest artist is the Kenneth Walker Dance Project, under the artistic direction of Kenneth Walker.

A multitude of dance artists will be sharing their original work along with the guest artist, including:

  • Joanne Olivo206370_10152127120025416_536126048_n
  • Jessica Martin & Devante Lewis
  • Dunamix Dance Project
  • Shauna Tyser
  • Majesty Dancers
  • Calliopus Contemporary

This family-friendly, arts-forward evening of original dance costs just $5, and tickets are available at the door or pre-sale: http://www.temeculatheater.org.

ABOUT KENNETH WALKER

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, The Wooden Floor, is an adjunct professor of dance at CSU, Dominguez Hills. He has taught and coached everyone from professional ballet dancers to young students and even Latin Ballroom dancers. Mr. Walker has taught master classes at Golden West College, a Regional Dance America/ Pacific festival, ACDA Baja and West conferences, studios throughout California, and El Camino College. .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.

All-that-glitters-300x300 Kenneth WalkerMr. 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. Walker spent 3 years there and while under the direction of Cunningham, he began choreographing on the apprentices and later the company. Clark Mitzie of KXJZ hailed his How broad be thy shoulders, “…a fascinating work of several different levels. This was definitely a showpiece, not unlike those action thrillers popular in today’s movie world.” He has 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 also had the pleasure of working with Anne Marie De Angelo. Kenneth has also had 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.

Kenneth 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 Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theater. His ballet Angel’s Lament was performed at the 5th L.A. Dance Invitational. He is the recipient of the young choreographer’s award from the Southern CA Dance Theatre, and is 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 companies founding. His third collaboration with Michael Roberts celebrated the twenty-year anniversary of Mr. Roberts’ first album for the ballet class. He has since worked with musicians Wes Hambright, Candice Davis, and Kena Rohi Custage on new or arranged scores for his work. His work has also been performed at the South Coast Dance Arts Alliance, Central Coast Summer Fest, Piccolo Spoleto, Los Angeles Dance Invitational, Palm Desert Under the Stars Choreography Festival, MixMatch Festival, “Dance! Santa Monica” festival, Sacramento Area Dance Alliance, Spectrum Dance in L.A., and in the Ballet Pacifica Conservatory summer intensives. Kenneth’s dances have been performed in Washington state, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, South Carolina, New York, and California.

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