2024 Dance & Choreography
December 28 - January 6, 2024
For our 2nd annual Fellowship Program, Ballare Carmel and guest mentor ALEX KETLEY
are offering an extraordinary 10-day mentorship experience for dancers and choreographers
in beautiful Carmel Valley Village from December 28 - January 6, 2024.
APPLICATIONS & NOMINATIONS OPEN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST!!!
"I haven't been a part of a workshop that was so closely focused on creation. It was a taste of company work. Also, this community was much more supportive and warm than others. I felt that I could walk into the space feeling accepted, acknowledged, and wanting to do the same for everyone else. Removing electronics from the space was a definite catalyst for all the genuine connections we were all able to make." ~ Cardin Chung, Dance Major at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
ABOUT CARMEL DANCE FESTIVAL'S FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
CDF is thrilled to offer its 2nd annual Dance & Choreography Fellowship Program. This 10-day immersion is designed to provide dancers and choreographers with a TRANSFORMATIONAL in-person experience in a safe and productive environment. Throughout the fellowship, dancers will work closely with guest mentor Alex Ketley, Artistic Director Lillian Barbeito, and to-be-announced company members on Countertechnique, progressive ballet, partnering, movement generation, composition, repertory, and performance skills. It is an ideal opportunity for dancers to enhance skills while experiencing Ballare Carmel's working atmosphere, plus be considered for future employment. Choreographers will be given time, space, dancers, and feedback sessions to create or revisit their work. The experience will culminate in a public performance and reception at Hidden Valley Music Seminars' rustic and beloved theater in the heart of stunning Carmel Valley Village.
ABOUT BALLARE CARMEL
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 who founded BODYTRAFFIC and HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance) to tell Monterey County stories, myths, and bold feats, through world-class 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. @ballarecarmel
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ATTRIBUTES
experience human connection
enhance technique and artistry
be immersed in a supportive environment that's committed to being COVID-free
enjoy a quiet and enchanting destination where fresh air and nature abound
perform/showcase your work at Hidden Valley's beloved theater
discover new friends and build community
acquire new images and performance footage
Staying and dining on campus is mandatory for out-of-town fellows and will help ensure everyone’s safety and health. Locals can participate as Day~Use~Only; receive 3 meals a day and use the campus for 1/2 the cost. All fellows must provide proof of vaccination when applying/being nominated. (To those who are not able to be vaccinated or choose not to vaccinate, we hope to dance with you in the future!)
arrival yoga class
daily technique classes (progressive ballet, Countertechnique, Hot Mess)
Ballare Carmel repertory sessions
Community Class (locals are invited to participate in the final class)
video of The Showcase
two optional follow-up reunions (online)
SAMPLE SCHEDULE (listed in Pacific Time and subject to change)
Thursday, December 28tth
5:30-6:30 Welcome Dinner
Friday, December 29th & Saturday, December 30th
9:00-10:45 Ballet or Countertechnique
10:45-12:30 Ballare Carmel Reptertory
1:30-3:30 Ballare Carmel Repertory
3:30-5:30 Costume Fitting (Fri) & Photoshoot (Sat)
Sunday, December 31st ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!
8:30-12 Hike/Field Trip
(No lunch served. Get sack lunch at breakfast.)
2:30-5:00 Laundrymat Trip
Monday, January 1st - Friday, January 5th
10:30-12:30 Creation Session #1
1:30-5:30 Creation Session #2
6:30-8:00 Evening Seminar/Rehearsal/Fittings or Photos
Saturday, January 6th
9:30-11 Community Class with Alex Ketley (open to the public)
11-12:30 Tech Rehearsal
1:30-3:30 Tech Continured
3:30-5:30 Dress Rehearsal Notes
5:30-6:30 Closing Night Dinner
6:45 House Opens
16+ (fellows aged 16 & 17 will be chaperoned and must have a legal guardian sign a waiver)
Superb technique in any dance genre
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!)
"I 100% got what I came for! I was looking to connect further with the dance community and improve my skills in working in process with other artists. I feel that I have made lasting connections and grew a lot as a dancer through this program. I ended each day feeling so inspired with my mind fizzing with creativity that I hope to continue carrying with me throughout the year."
~ Jessica Hovermale, Dance Major at University of Oregon
DANCERS' APPLICATION PROCESS
There is no fee to apply. Request an application form. Once the application form is completed via Google Forms, please send the following materials to Lillian@carmeldancefestival.org:
Video Statement of Interest (talk to camera about yourself and why you are interested in participating in Carmel Dance Festival's Fellowship Program with Ballare Carmel)
Resume with contact information
Links to Video(s)
2 letters of recommendation
Indicate in the introduction email if staying on campus or registering as Day-Use-Only
Proof of vaccination
Please include the following in your application 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.
DANCERS' APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, November 12th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time
Applications will be accepted and reviewed from Friday, September 1st through Sunday, November 12th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Up to 20 dancers will be selected for the 2nd Annual Dance Fellowship.
Tuition for the Dance & Choreography Fellowship Program is generously sponsored by Carmel Dance Festival patrons.
ROOM & BOARD
$1000 ~ Standard, DOUBLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day
$1100 ~ Lodge (new building), DOUBLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day
$1200 ~ Standard, SINGLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day
$1300 ~ Lodge (new building), SINGLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day
FELLOWSHIP 5-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN
2023 ~ tuition sponsored for all fellows
2024 ~ tuition sponsored for all fellows + and room & board sponsored for choreographers
2025 ~ tuition and room & board sponsored for all fellows
2026 ~ tuition, room & board sponsored, + travel stipend for choreographers
2027 ~ endowment secured
"I have never been in a space where I felt deeply supported and could truly play, dream, and collaborate. This experience was so wonderful and exciting as a choreographer. Building a relationship with Lillian and Carmel Dance Festival was so special."
~ Gianna Burright, 2023 Choreography Fellow
CHOREOGRAPHER'S FELLOWSHIP INCLUDES:
all of the above Dance Fellow offerings +
dancers to play, create, and discover with
budget of up to $1,000 for the purchase of sets, props, and costumes
intern: help in the studio, perform research, source materials, run errands, etc.
pre-fellowship inquiry with Alex Ketley
planning session with Lillian Barbeito
tech and dress rehearsals
video of The Showcase
Private Room and 3 meals per day (value of $1300)
+ option to participate in:
daily technique classes
Ballare Carmel repertory sessions
CHOREOGRAPHER'S NOMINATION PROCESS
To encourage teamwork, choreographers can not nominate themselves; they must be endorsed by someone else. Choreographers should not submit their materials themselves. Nominators should send the following materials to Lillian@carmeldancefestival.org:
Nomination Letter ~ Consider including the following: 1. What's unique about the choreography fellowship candidate? 2. Why they are deserving of an award? 3. How would they benefit from the fellowship? 4. What could they do with the experience gained during the fellowship in the future?
Candidate's Biography and/or Resume (must include candidate's email and phone number)
Videos of Candidate's Choreography (see below for details)
2 letters of recommendation
Candidate's Proof of Vaccination
WORK SAMPLE GUIDELINES
Works Sample ONE ~ performance footage of a complete 5+ minute piece with little or no editing (wide shot)
Work Sample TWO ~ 3 + minutes of performance or rehearsal footage of additional choreography (any setting acceptable)
Please provide links (and include passwords if needed) to the candidate's work samples that have been uploaded to Dropbox, Vimeo, or Youtube. Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered.
CHOREOGRAPHERS' NOMINATION DEADLINE: Sunday, October 15th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time
Nominations will be accepted and reviewed from Friday, September 1st through Sunday, October 15th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. 3 choreographers will be selected based on what candidates have done, the work proposed, and how fellow will apply what fellowship supports to future choreographic endeavors.
Shortlisted choreographers will be asked to provide additional information about their proposed work in a questionnaire.
SAMPLE FINALIST QUESTIONNAIRE:
1. brief synopsis of proposed work
2. ideal number of dancers
3. what does the choreographer hope to give and gain during the fellowship
4. what does the choreographer hope that the audience will walk away with
5. any additional needs (set/props/special lighting/costumes)
ALL ROOM & BOARD QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO HIDDEN VALLEY MUSIC SEMINARS.
ALEX KETLEY (Filmmaker, Choreographer, Stanford Professor, & Guggenheim Fellow)
is an independent choreographer, filmmaker, and Director of The Foundry. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, he left the company to create The Foundry as a platform to explore his interests in alternative methods of devising performance. The company has allowed Ketley the freedom to pursue projects that would be difficult to realize within his commissioning career. A few examples of these are; Syntax, an hour-long duet systemically using the mechanics of language as an organizing mechanism, Lost Line researched how the application of environment effects the generation of movement and studied in direct response to California’s diverse physical landscapes, Please Love Me jettisoned the structure of performing in a theater context and was developed with a curiosity about how people genuinely connect and experience artwork, and the No Hero Trilogy which was a multi-year project that explored what dance and performance mean to the lives of people living throughout rural America.
For his independent work as a choreographer, he has been commissioned extensively throughout the United States and has received acknowledgment from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the Choo-San Goh Award, the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, four Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies, the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreographer Award, the Eben Demarest Award, the National Choreographic Initiative Residency, a Kenneth Rainin Foundation New and Experimental Works Grant, three CHIME Fellowships, the Artistry Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival, and his work was featured on national television through an invitation from the show So You Think You Can Dance. His pieces and collaborations have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the categories of; Ensemble, Choreography, as well as Full Company, and nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.
As an educator, he has taught throughout the world and is currently a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Theater and Performance Studies Department and was the founding Resident Choreographer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for 14 years until its closure in 2018.
In 2020 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors in the United States recognizing individuals "who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.”
LILLIAN BARBEITO (Carmel Dance Festival Co-Founder/Ballare Carmel Artistic Director)
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 from the Hollywood Bowl to Jacob's Pillow to the Mariinsky Theatre. She has taught internationally for organizations such as CalArts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L'Artere and L’ecole de Danse in Quebec City, Lyon Opera Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Southland Ballet Academy, The Wooden Floor, and UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. Barbeito is one of 36 teachers in the world who is certified to teach Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique. She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, regional ballet companies, and professional modern dance companies throughout the US and Canada. She is the Founder and CEO of 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.
ADDITIONAL FACULTY ARE STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Carmel Valley Village was home to the Rumsen (also known as Rumsien, San Carlos Costanoan, and Carmeleno), one of eight groups of the Ohlone, and indigenous people of California. Among the rolling hills and grapevines of Carmel Valley, California, you'll find vineyards, tucked-away inns, championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants, rugged hiking, and horseback riding. And it's all just a short, stunning drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur.
ABOUT HIDDEN VALLEY MUSIC SEMINARS
Hidden Valley's eight-acre campus comprises a 300-seat theatre, a dance studio, rehearsal gazebos, a classroom, a dining/recreation hall, and seventeen lodging rooms. Large outdoor decks are adjacent to the dance studio and the theatre. All facilities are on the ground floor and easily accessible. Hidden Valley Music Seminars was born out of a deep concern for the development of extraordinarily talented young artists. Programs in the fields of music, theatre, opera and dance have occupied most of the time and energy of the staff and faculty since its inception in 1963. The Master Class concept has always been a part of the Hidden Valley project and through the years, students from around the world have benefitted from the teaching of some of the great musicians of our time. The Dance Center was initiated in 1973 and, through enthusiastic community support, became one of the most popular of Hidden Valley's programs. In 1983 Hidden Valley joined the educational centers worldwide which were offering Elderhostel programs. Within four years, Hidden Valley became one of the 75 "supersites" in America presenting at least 40 Elderhostel/Road Scholar weeks per year. The interaction between the older and younger students has become one of the exciting aspects of the Institute's campus life. The constant thread throughout Hidden Valley's existence has been an uncompromising interest in the careful selection of students and faculty to represent the highest quality of each possible. Founder and General Director, Peter T. Meckel, notes, "As members of a wonderful local community and an international musical family, we treasure our connections to friends and supporters. We pledge our unwavering dedication to quality and substance in all aspects of our work."
ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATIONS
The WADDELL CENTER Residence Hall has 17 simple, clean and cheery, non-smoking rooms. Each room has two twin beds, a dresser, and bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink. All rooms exit directly to a deck or walk via sliding glass doors, which can be locked from the inside. Each room has an individually controlled heater, bed linens and towels. If you will need an alarm clock or hair dryer, you should bring these with you.
LUBLOW LODGE is a beautiful new residential center, adding six spacious double-occupancy rooms with a queen bed, a twin bed, air conditioning, and a bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. The Hidden Valley campus provides free wireless internet access. There is a computer and printer available for guests in the Fireside Room. Additional nights in a Waddell Center or Faculty Lodge room outside the dates of the program you are attending can be arranged, on a space-available basis.
MORE INFORMATION & TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM
Call: (831) 659-3115
"I hoped to gain a more intimate and creative relationship with myself and the people around me. I walked away not only having the wish fulfilled beyond what I could have dreamt, but feeling more supported, more encouraged, and more hopeful for my future than ever before."
~ 2023 Dance Fellow
"This week was rejuvenating and inspiring. It was refreshing to take a break from my regular dance community and create a new one with other artists. I think the structure of the week created many opportunities to share and create and support one another, and the choice to exclude phones from shared spaces was a catalyst for people actually engaging in conversation and taking in what was going on around them. Thank you all for your efforts to create spaces that were safe, open, and engaging. I imagine I will still be processing experiences and new thoughts from this week for quite a while and I will definitely be taking things I learned about myself and dance into my dance community at home."
~ Katie Marshall, 2023 Dance Fellow
"My week in Carmel reinvigorated my inspiration for art and dance and began my year the best way possible."
~ Isabella Soo Hoo, Dance Major at Boston Conservatory
"This was different from other intensives that I've been to because there was such an emphasis on community that was a breath of fresh air. I was also able to step out of my comfort zone and make major artistic breakthroughs in only a week. It was also more challenging in ways that I wasn't expecting, but I learned so much about myself that I couldn't have learned anywhere else."
~ Gabija Vabalaite, Dance Major at UCI
"Alex Ketley taught a class called Hot Mess in and in that class you had to let everything go and not overthink the tasks that were asked of you and this idea of just going for it is something I hope to bring back with me in my future dance endeavors,"
~ Genevieve Antonetty, Dance Major at NYU
2023 CHOREOGRAPHY FELLOWS
Natasha Adorlee, Gianna Burright, Nicole Hennington
2023 DANCE FELLOWS
Veronica Allen Marie Finley Sophia Nielson
Genevieve Antonetty Jessica Hovermale Paloma Perez-Rojas
Natalie Arronno Kloii Hummingbird Isabella Soo Hoo
Cardin Chung Theresa Knudson Courtney Sprouse Ariel Clarke Isabelle Lara Gabija Vabalaite Grace Cuny Katherine Lingle Olivia Wood
Bailey Duffield Katie Marshall Jenna Cardona Wu Isabelle Edgar Sage Melton Ho Ming "Angus" Wu Dillon Zamora
Special thanks to
Carmel Gives, Dave & Nancy Stewart,
and the Thomas D. Halaczkiewicz Foundation
for helping sponsor our inaugural
Dance & Choreography Fellow Program!