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2024    Summer Program 
Farm to Tendu;   where dance meets sustainability
July 8 ~   27

Week 01

July 8-13


Week 02

July 15-20


Week 03

July 22-27

TBD Technique

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. In 2024, we are offering something extraordinary ~  a   3-week immersion into contemporary dance  technique, the creation and performances of a new work , and sustainable farming. Yes, we are  fusing farming and dancing! 

Guest teachers will lead daily technique classes, Choreographer KELLY TODD   will choreography a work inspired by   our planet and her need for protection,   and  there will be weekly   sessions planting/harvesting/and learning about   sustainable   farming. 

This program is designed to provide an extraordinary in-person experience in a safe, supportive, challenging,  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; creating future opportunities.  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


  •  it includes actual farming!

  • located in   a BREATHTAKING  region with stunning beaches   and hiking

  • 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

  • each week culminates in   a   site-specific   public   PERFORMANCE

  • 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

           5:30-7:00 Evening Activities    (photoshoot, costume fitting, seminar, dinner with friends)


             10-11:30 Community Class

             12-1:30   Rehearsal at performance   site

            1:30-2:30 Lunch

            2:30-4:30  Tech/Dress rehearsal 

             4:30-5:00   Snack break

             5:00-6:00   Prepare for   show

            6:00 Public site-specific performance

(The Saturday schedule is subject to change depending on the venue's availability.  Tech/Dress rehearsals may need to be  Thurs/Fri  night(s) so please  keep those evenings open.)



  • 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 a  Goggle Form   Application​​

Step Two:   Fill out and submit the 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​:  Sunday,  March 10th, 2023  by 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Applications will be reviewed and considered  until   Sunday, March 10th, 2024. 


$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.

FINANCIAL AID ~ SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE  ~   Sunday,  April 7th, 2024  by 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Partial and full scholarships are available for tuition.   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

2)  two  recommendation letters 

3)   three additional references  with   contact information




The Media  Intern 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.  The   ideal candidate owns  an excellent camera, has   some photoshop and video editing skills,   and enjoys telling stories through photos and videos.   The   Media Intern    can   choose to participate   in   the   Summer Program  ($1,950) or   be   paid   $1000.


PRODUCTION   INTERN   ~   July   7-28

The Production Intern will ensure the cleanliness of the space, transport guest   artists,   help   set   up   sound for performances,  run errands, and manage   costumes, including weekly   laundry   or dry cleaning assignments.   This   position   requires a   clean vehicle with trunk space, a driver's licensce,   plus up-to-date car   insurance and registration.    The   production  intern   can   choose to participate   in   the   Summer Program  ($1,950) or   be   paid   $1000.

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

please email

ROOM & BOARD (example of   room & board fees per week from previous programs/subject to change) 

We are working with a local dormitory to provide housing for our program.   Details coming soon!

$750 per week ~ DOUBLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day 

$950 per week ~ SINGLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day   


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.  


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Kelly Ashton Todd

Hi my name is Kelly Todd - I started adding in my middle name because that was almost my first name and there are a million Kelly Todd’s in the world. I blush extremely easily and this trait got me made fun of a lot when I was a teenager and this trait still embarrasses me so please do not be that person that once I start blushing blurts out “OMG YOU’RE BLUSHING”. I feel the safest and most at ease when I’m surrounded by nature - being swallowed by waves, strolling in the woods, exploring mountains, or marveling at the desert. I’m pretty shy upon first meeting and sometimes look like I’m drifting off when I’m intensely listening. I moved to LA for a man once and though the relationship didn’t work, it was one hell of an adventure. I always said I would never live in New York City, yet here I am going on 7 years.


My gut is my guide for everything - collaborations, food, loves, packing. I tend to flee my “home” every two years for a big adventure that reminds me that my home is where my community is and that the planet is truly a big beautiful gift. I cry at pretty much everything and could spend weeks watching great films. I have a deep obsession with surrealism and I’ve recently become enamored with native plants and dried bouquets. My alter ego dream is being in a roller derby.


I miss my grandfather deeply. I sometimes wonder if I’m on the right path and am reminded by my therapist that the present is always the right path. I love the magic of childhood movies and am craving live performance that shakes me to my core.

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Kelly's Other  Bio

The bio the applications and magazines want

Kelly Ashton Todd is a director, choreographer, performing artist, and environmental activist who makes work for both live theater and film. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is originally from Lake Jackson, TX, where she began her passion for the environment from being surrounded by live oak trees, the beloved creek, and blue crabs along the jetties. Her work explores land and human exploitation, environmental politics, and surrealism. 

She received a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a Double Minor in Biology and Environmental Science (2011) along with a Master’s in Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University (2021). Kelly performed with the award winning off-broadway show Sleep No More from 2015-2022. Along with performing, she also teaches Mindfulness, Environmental Science, Health and Wellness, and Sex Ed at Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City, NJ.

Todd’s choreography has been showcased globally. She has presented work at Kaufman Hall at the 92nd st Y, Dixon Place, NOoSPHERE Arts, ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck, Usine C, and Meow Wolf Santa Fe. She has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant (2019, 2020, and 2022), Jerome Hill Foundation Finalist, F21 NYSCA in Media Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant, Walmart E-commerce, LEIMAY Fellowship, Human Impacts Institute Environmental Health Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship in Choreography, and Emerging Choreographer for Springboard Danse Montreal 2022. Her award winning environmental dance film series, Under Review, has attended over 20 film festivals nationally and internationally. Most recently, Under Review: Katahdin was awarded the New Vision award from the International Wildlife Film Festival.

*Kelly has been awarded the LEIMAY Fellowship in Brooklyn, NY which provides fully subsidized rehearsal space along with a public New York Garden Showing for the creation of Under Review: Katahdin and Riding Red. To read her interview and learn more about the fellowship click here*

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TBD Guest Artist 
Week One 

Bio Coming Soon!

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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  Farm  To Tendu?   Perhaps our 

Dance & Choreography Fellowship Program

would be of interest.

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