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2023 Summer Program
June 19 ~ July 15

Week 01

June 19~24

Noelle Kayser

Week 02

June 26~July 1

Nicole Hennington

Week 03

Ching Ching Wong

Week 04

Joseph Kudra

July 3~8

July  10~17



CDF is thrilled to offer its 1st annual  Summer Program. Each year will have a different theme and be unique to the artists involved. In 2023, we are offering month-long immersion into 4 different dance companies; PARA.MAR Dance Theater,   Ballet Jazz de Montreal,  Ballare  Carmel, ______, and ______. Designed to provide dancers (and emerging choreographers) with an extraordinary  in-person experience in a safe, supportive, challenging,  and productive environment. Throughout the Summer Program, dancers will work closely with guest artists on Countertechnique, progressive ballet, partnering, improvisation, movement generation, composition, repertory, and performance skills. It is an ideal opportunity for dancers to enhance technique and artistry while experiencing Carmel Dance Festival's community, plus network and be considered for 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 who founded BODYTRAFFIC and 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. @ballarecarmel



  • experience human connection

  • enhance technique and artistry

  • learn cutting-edge   repertory

  • be immersed in a supportive environment 

  • enjoy a beautiful destination 

  •  perform  for the   public

  • discover new friends and build community

  • acquire new images and performance footage



  • arrival   yoga   class

  • orientation session

  • daily  technique classes  

  • daily repertory sessions

  • daily  creation sessions/rehearsals

  • Saturday Community Classes (locals are invited to participate  in  the final class each week)

  • acknowledgment partner for the week

  • tech/dress rehearsal

  • performance

  • video   of  the performance

  • optional 3-month follow-up / online reunion

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


          2:00 Check-in

          4:00-5:15 Arrival   Yoga Class 

          5:30-6:30    Orientation 

          6:30-8:00 Optional Welcome Dinner

Monday - Friday

           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 Activity (photoshoot, costume fitting, seminar)



             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




  • 16+ (fellows aged 16 & 17 will  be chaperoned and  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!)


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

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

  • Resume with contact information

  • Links to Video(s)​

  • 2 letters of recommendation

  • Indicate in the introduction email if you would like assistance finding housing

  • 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.


DEADLINE​: Rolling Admission

Applications will be accepted and reviewed from Wednesday, February 15th until the program is at capacity. Only 30 dancers will be selected. We will post on our website in bright red when the program is full. 


$700 ~   One Week 

$1350   ~ Two   Weeks

$1950 ~   Three Weeks

$2500 ~   Four   Weeks


Accepted applicants can  secure their space by   subitting a   non-refundable deposit.   The remaining tuition is due on or before    May 1st,   2023.

$200 ~   One Week 

$400  ~ Two   Weeks

$600 ~   Three Weeks

$800 ~   Four   Weeks


$1000  will be be awarded to   



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

We are working with Stevenson School in   Pebble   Beach to provide housing for our program.   Details coming soon!

$750 ~ DOUBLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day 

$950 ~ SINGLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day   


Carmel -by-the-Sea   was home to Esselen -speaking people; the first Native Americans to inhabit the area of Carmel and later one of eight groups of the  Ohlone, and indigenous people of California.  In this stunning area,    you'll now find tucked-away inns, championship golf courses, vineyards, award-winning restaurants, quaint shopping,    rugged hiking, horseback riding, every sort of ocean & beach activity, and jaw-dropping natural beauty.  



Born in Manila, raised in Los Angeles, and most happy in a studio Ching Ching Wong is a performer, creator, rehearsal director for Ballets Jazz Montréal, and stager for choreographer Ihsan Rustem. She credits her early training and connection to dance to her lifelong teacher Alia Harlan.


She is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Dance, was named Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, and is represented by Movement Talent Agency. Formerly she served as rehearsal director for LED, Artist in Residence with Heidi Duckler Dance, and creative director for Brett Perry. Ching Ching also created Project Salamat and The Experience, a global outreach program which toured 17 cities and 11 countries. This season she is thrilled to be premiering her work Fate & Fantasy for Backhaus Dance (Fall 2022) and creating new work for Louisville Ballet (Spring 2023).


After graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California Irvine working closely with the late Donald McKayle, her career began at Northwest Dance Project. There she originated roles in creations by Sarah Slipper, Ihsan Rustem,  Felix Landerer, Lucas Crandall, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jiri Pokorny, Wen Wei Wang, Didy Veldman, Danielle Agami, Patrick Delcroix, Alex Soares, Kate Wallich, Pedro Dias, Gregory Dolbashian, Yin Yue, Loni Landon, Rachel Erdos, amongst others. As a freelance artist she has collaborated with numerous companies and artists including Roderick George, ZviDance, LED, Brendan Duggan, PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, CARLON, YYDC, OddKnock Productions, Katie Scherman, Adam Weinert, WHYTEBERG, violinist Joe Kye, and SALT Contemporary Dance. 


Ching Ching now lives in Philadelphia, PA with fiancé Joe Reynolds and is contemplating  their    move to Montreal this summer.

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Ami Shulman is a Rehearsal Director at the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden. She has choreographed for the National Theatre of London, UK; the Shakespeare Theatre Company Washington DC. for which she received a Helen Hayes Award for Choreography (2016) and has co-created works with the Cirque Du Soleil; the National Ballet of Canada and Ballet BC.

Ami performed with Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Compagnie Flak. She was a founding member of the DanceOn Ensemble, Berlin and has a longstanding collaboration with musician/videographer Joseph Butch Rovan.

Ami became a Rehearsal Director for Compagnie Chouinard as well as for Compagnie Flak including the complete solo works of Jose Navas. She was the Artistic Director to Compagnie Chouinard on tour and an artistic advisor to several other companies including Overtigo Danse.

Ami has taught throughout Europe, Canada and the USA including for the Juilliard School; Jacob’s Pillow; Alvin Ailey School; the Boston Conservatory; Hollins University; BANFF Centre for the Arts; Cirque Du Soleil; CODARTS; B12 as well as for the Staatstheater Kassel; Cedar Lake; Abraham in Motion amongst others and is an Artistic Associate of the Springboard Project Montreal/New York.

Ami has co-authored for the anthology Back to the Dance Itself and has written articles on embodied cognition presenting at conferences such as Movement, Brain, Body, Cognition at Oxford University (2017); Gesture, Creativity and Multimodality at Paris Sorbonne University (2016) and Embodied Design in Interaction at Utrecht University (2017).

Ami is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

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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 choreographic assistant and stager for Cherkaoui. Joseph danced with Kamea Dance Company in Isreael as a soloist in 2021.

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