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2023 Summer Program
July 10 ~    29

Week 01

July 10-15

Karl Watson

Week 02

July 17-22

Joseph Kudra

Week 03

July 24-29


Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA




CDF is thrilled to offer its 1st annual  Summer Program. Each year will have a different theme;  unique to the artists involved. Since we are a dance festival, we though it would be apropos  to    offer  an immersion into 3  different contemporary   dance companies for our first year;    Seattle-based   Whim  W'Him,  London-based Rambert,   and Chicago-based PARA.MAR Dance Theatre.  This program is designed to provide an extraordinary in-person experience in a safe, supportive, challenging, intimate, and productive environment that fosters lasting breakthroughs and life-long connections. Dancers will work closely with guest artists on progressive ballet, contemporary, partnering, improvisation, movement generation,  repertory, and performance skills. It is an ideal opportunity for dancers to enhance technique and artistry while building community. Each week will culminate in a public, site-specific performance. @carmeldancefestival


Ballare Carmel is the resident company of the Carmel Dance Festival. It was founded in 2021 by Artistic Director Lillian Barbeito

(a graduate of The Juilliard School,  former  Co-Artistic Director of BODYTRAFFIC,  and founder of HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance) to tell Monterey County stories, myths, and bold feats, through contemporary dance. The project-based ensemble's repertoire by established and emerging choreographers includes works by Jennifer Archibald, Noelle Kayser, James Gregg, Ihsan Rustem, and Skye Schmidt. Lillian will direct the site-specific performances throughout the Summer Program. @ballarecarmel


  •  located in a BREATHTAKING  region with stunning beaches and hiking

  • each week culminates in a site-specific public PERFORMANCE

  • offering 90-minute+ sessions 

  • INTIMATE SETTING that allows for individualized coaching

  • DEEP DIVE into one methodology per week  

  • EMPOWERING and nurturing environment where each dancer is seen, heard and valued

  •  cell-phone-free environment that creates a deeply bonded community and LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS

  • assigned an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT partner for the week

  • online 3-month REUNION to foster friendships and networking

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (listed in Pacific Time and  subject to change) 

Monday - Friday

           8:30-9:30 Orientation (Monday ONLY)

           9:30-11:00  Technique

           11:00-1:00 Repertory

          1:00-2:00   Lunch

           2:00-4:30  Creation

           4:30-5:00 Snack Break

gggggg5:30-7:00 Evening Activities: photoshoot, costume fittings, seminars, dinner with friends, and tech/dress rehearsal. Pleas keep     ggggggThursday night open for rehearsal and Friday night open for public performance. 


             10-11:30 Community Class

             11:30-12:30 Studio Showing


  • 16+ (dancers aged 16 & 17 must have a legal guardian sign a waiver)

  • Excellent technique in any dance genre of dance

  • Partnering experience and/or desire and commitment to enhance partnering skills

  • Improvisation experience and/or desire and commitment to enhance improvisation skills

  • Performance experience and/or desire and commitment to enhance performance skills

  • Desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute

  • Proof of vaccination (To those who are not able to be vaccinated  or choose not to vaccinate, we hope to dance with you in the future!)


Step One: Request an application form:​​

Step Two:   Fill out and submit the Google application form. You will need the following:

  • Link to Video Statement of Interest (talk to camera about yourself and why you are interested in participating in Carmel Dance Festival's Summer Program)

  • Links to Dance Video(s)​

Step Three:   Email the following materials to

  • Headshot (does not need to be a professional  image)

  • Full   body shot   (does not need to be a professional  image)

  • Resume with contact information

  • Proof of vaccination 

  • Include video links (again)


Please include the following in your dance video(s):

  • 2 minutes of unedited improvisation/one take

  • 2 + minutes of performance or rehearsal footage of choreographed material (any setting acceptable)

Please upload your Video Statement of Interest and Application Videos to Dropbox, Vimeo, or Youtube.  Kindly provide links and include passwords if needed. Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered. IMPORTANT:  include your video link in both the Google form and your introduction email.


DEADLINE​: Rolling Admission 

Applications will be accepted, reviewed, and considered until the program is at capacity.   


$750   ~   One Week 

$1400 ~ Two Weeks  

$1950    ~   Three Weeks


Accepted dancers can secure their space by   subitting a   non-refundable deposit.   

$200 ~   One Week 

$400  ~ Two   Weeks

$600 ~   Three Weeks


The remaining tuition is due on or before June 1st, 2023.






Thanks to a donation from a Carmel Dance Festival patron (who perfers to remain anonymus) partial scholarships are now available to dancers attending one, two, or three weeks of the program. Once accepted into the program, send the following materials to: 


1) personal statement (written or video) outlining financial need, why you are deserving of  an award, and how you hope this program will impact you and/or others

2) recommendation letter   

3) two additional references with contact information 


Local and out of town participants age 16+ who attend all three weeks of the program are welcome to apply for FULL SCHOLARSHIPS. Priority will be given to students who apply on or before April 10th. Once accepted into the program,  send the following materials to: Lillian  

1) personal statement (written or video) outlining financial need, why you are deserving of  an award, and how you hope this program will  impact you and/or others

2) recommendation letter   

3) two additional references with contact information 


The   Carmel Sunset Rotary, an organization committed to empowering    youth in the arts, has generously awarded a $1000 grant to Carmel Dance Festival for a  local   dancer to  participate    in the 2023 Summer Program!

"We are   pleased to sponsor a partial scholarship for a local young dancer    to participate in such a great program offering  transformational training, networking, and performance opportunities!"  ~  Carmel Sunset Rotary


To be eligible, dancers must be between the   ages of 16-17 during the program and reside full-time in Monterey County.   To be considered  for  the $1,000 Carmel Sunset Rotary  Scholarship,  simply  follow the application  and scholarship application guidelines above   plus email the following additional materials to

1) proof of age (birth certificate, driver's license, passport, or other government ID)

2) proof of address  (image of mail addressed to applicant)  


MEDIA INTERN ~ July 6-August 6

Congratulations to RU FERGUSON ('22 Graduate of Southern Methodist University) for being selected as Carmel Dance Festival's 2023 Meadia Intern! Ru will  take daily  photos and videos,  photoshop  3 weekly social media posts with graphics,  edit   1  highlight video per week,  and   create  1  recap video of the entire program that includes interviews with the participants and guest artists. Ru has some photoshop and video editing skills, and enjoys telling stories through photos and videos.   


PRODUCTION   INTERN   ~   July   9-30

Congratulations to JESSICA  BROWN (current dance major at George Mason University) for being selected as Carmel Dance Festival's  2023 Production Intern!  Jessica will help with transportation, space management,  set up and breakdown of  performance sites,  costumes, and other production related tasks.

To express your interest in and/or learn more about our Internship opportunities, 

please email





We are working with local families to provide private and shared rooms with kitchen facilities. Prices range from $275-$700 per week. Carmel Dance Festival is helping facilitate safe & affordable housing options for our participants, however, rooms are limited and acting quickly to reserve housing is highly recommended. Images of accommodations and pricing will be avaialable at the end of April. Only participants who apply and are accepted to the program will have access to housing details. 


In this stunning area, you'll find rugged hiking, tucked-away inns, championship golf courses, vineyards, award-winning restaurants, quaint shopping,  horseback riding, every sort of ocean & beach activity, and jaw-dropping natural beauty.  


More information coming soon!

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Performing Arts Center
Inside the Performing Arts Center
Dance Studio


All technique classes, repertory sessions, and rehearsals will take place  at Carmel High School's spacious dance studio;    located at 3600 Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923. The studio has two full wall mirrors (with curtains), sprung hardwood floors, air conditioning and heat, ample parking, and is accessible to persons with disabilities


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Karl Watson
Whim   W'Him

Karl began dancing as a young child in Cleveland, OH. Through many wonderful teachers and the support of his family, he discovered his passion for sharing stories, emotions, and experiences through movement. Karl furthered his training at Butler University, where he graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance cum laude and History Minor. He was fortunate to experience additional study with Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Doug Varone & Dancers, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Countertechnique. Karl began his professional career after graduation dancing with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Visceral Dance Chicago, and now Whim W’Him. Throughout these experiences he has created and performed works by a wide range of contemporary dancemakers and artists. Karl has also performed with other project-based companies. In addition to performance, Karl is passionate about dance education and hopes to help students of any age discover and develop a love for dance, art, and community.


Joseph Kudra

Joseph was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1991. He has worked internationally as a dancer with “River North Chicago Dance Company”, “DanceWorks Chicago”, “Luna Negra Dance Theatre” (Chicago), “Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet” (NY), “BODYTRAFFIC”(LA), “Ate9 Dance Company” (LA), “Aszure Barton & Artists”, and most recently with Eastman-Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium) and “Opera Ballet Vlaanderen." Joseph has performed works by choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Andonis Foniadakias, Emanuel Gat, Johan Inger, Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegel, and Jo Stromgren. Joseph has also worked as a choreographic assistant and stager for Cherkaoui. Joseph joined Kamea Dance Company as a soloist in 2021.

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Liane Aung &
Jared Bogart  

MAR DanceTheatre

Guest Artist's Bios Coming Soon!

PARA.MAR Dance Theatre is a Chicago-based contemporary ballet repertory company, founded in 2020 and directed by award-winning choreographer, Stephanie Martinez.

Meaning together, with, and for, “PARA” represents the vision, purpose, and commitment to celebrating identity and creating community through contemporary ballet.

Together, with the belief that inclusion leads to innovation, and that dance is an essential mode of human expression, PARA.MAR’s mission is to empower and elevate diverse voices in contemporary ballet by providing performances and programming rooted in artistic excellence, radical accessibility, and reflective of the unique identities of the communities it serves.

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Lillian Barbeito
Summer Program Director

LILLIAN BARBEITO brings more than 35 years of dance experience as an artist, producer, director, and educator to her role as Artistic Director of Ballare Carmel. During the course of her career, she has been a performer with contemporary dance companies, the co-founder of a world-renowned non-profit organization, the founder of an innovative corporation, and an internationally recognized, certified teacher of Countertechnique. 


Barbeito grew up in the desert under the blues skies of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she trained with the Santa Fe Dance Foundation and worked with The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Southwest Ballet, and the Santa Fe Opera. She earned her BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America for her essay about the world dancing together in harmony. Barbeito had an extensive performance career that took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett. Under her co-direction, the ensemble received critical acclaim and toured to the most prestigious dance venues across the globe. She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, regional ballet companies, and professional modern dance companies throughout the US and Canada. During the  pandemic,  Barbeito launched  HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance, a platform dedicated to shaping an equitable, diverse, and inclusive future of dance. 


Barbeito is married to filmmaker and environmentalist Grant Barbeito. They relocated their two sons, Oliver who is 13, and Forest who is 8, two bearded dragons, and an Irish doodle named Harvey to Carmel Valley to launch the Carmel Dance Festival and Ballare Carmel.

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Not able to join us for this year's Summer Program? Perhaps our   
Dance & Choreography Fellowship Program   

or Farm to   Tendu (July   2024) would be of interest. 

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