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July 26-30, 2021


Carmel Dance Festival is thrilled to offer this five-day in-person workshop that includes technique, repertory, and performance coaching with PARA.MAR Dance Theatre's Rehearsal Director Noelle Kayser.  In a safe and empowering environment, dancers will experience Artistic Director Stephanie Martinez's acclaimed piece  "kiss,"  a  contemporary dance work motivated by the core human need to be seen, to be heard, and to be honored.


  • train in-person on a sprung floor at The Dance Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

  • enjoy a beautiful setting in one of the most sought-after destinations of the world

  • discover new friends and build community

  • experience rigor and impactful artistry from a new industry-changing company


  • 1 orientation session 

  • 5 technique classes

  • 5  repertory classes 

  • 5 coaching sessions

  • work in an intimate setting with PARA.MAR Dance Theatre’s Rehearsal Director and company members

SCHEDULE (listed in Pacific Time)

10:00am-11:30am Technique Class 

11:30pm-1:00pm Repertory

1:00-pm-2:00pm Lunch

2:00pm-4:00pm Repertory + Performance Coaching


  • 14+

  • classical & contemporary technique (intermediate level or above)

  • passion for dance and desire to connect and contribute


There is no application fee. In order to register, please do the following:

1-email your full name, age, preferred email and phone number to:

2-secure your spot with a payment by clicking on the button below:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE​ ~ July 25th by 5:00 pm pacific

The workshop is limited to 20 dancers.  We will indicate if and when we are at capacity in bright red on our website. 


$475 tuition

$100 security deposit 



Carmel Dance Festival is pleased to offer both full and partial scholarships. In order to apply please send the following materials to​ on or before  July 11th by 5:00 pm pacific

  • Video Statement of Interest (talk to camera about yourself and why you are interested in participating in the workshop 

  • Biography and/or Resume 

  • Links to Video(s)​

  • Written Statement of Financial Need

  • Three References (with emails and phone numbers) or Two Written Recommendation Letters 


Please include the following in your scholarship application video(s):

  • 2 minutes of unedited improvisation 

  • 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, and provide links and include passwords if needed. Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered. 


STEPHANIE MARTINEZ  (Artistic Director)

Over eleven years of award-winning works, Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez moves her audiences along a journey guided by the physicality of her movement and honest storytelling. With original creations for Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Luna Negra Dance Theater,  Charlotte Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, and National Choreographers Initiative among others, Martinez’s versatility expands the boundaries of contemporary ballet movement through her passion for marrying dance and theater as a means to construct intricate visual experiences. Martinez has created over 60 ballets on companies and collegiate programs across the country. In 2010, Martinez assisted Broadway legend Ann Reinking in setting the Fosse Trilogy, and in 2015 was awarded Joffrey Ballet’s “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color” commission and the Chicago

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3Arts Award in recognition for her work as a female artist of color. More recently, Martinez was awarded an NEA grant for her premiere Bliss! at Joffrey Ballet. Designated “a chameleon” of choreography by the Chicago Tribune, Martinez’s psychologically revelatory works challenge the viewer’s notion of what’s possible.

NOELLE KAYSER (Rehearsal Director, Dancer)

Noelle Kayser’s (Atlanta, GA) professional career began in 2011 at Luna Negra Dance Theater with an apprenticeship under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano - where she performed the company's repertoire domestically and internationally. In 2013, Noelle joined glo, an Atlanta-based collaborative performance platform founded by Lauri Stallings. Other credits include the Proia Dance Project, Erik Thurmond’s Ripple, Gathering Wild, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Scrap Theater Group's one-woman play Leda. Noelle was a member of Visceral Dance Chicago under the direction of Nick Pupillo from 2015 through 2018. While at Visceral, Noelle had the opportunity to perform works by Marguerite Donlon, Danielle Agami, Kevin O’Day, Alice Klock, Stephanie Martinez, and many others. Noelle has also performed with Benjamin Wardell’s The Cambrians and Atlanta’s Fly On A Wall. Noelle has 


set her own choreography on Chicago’s Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, Moonwater Dance Project, and Atlanta’s Kit Modus. Her piece for Kit Modus - The Excursion: Realized - was named a 2018 Highlight of the Year by ArtsATL. She has also served as a choreographic assistant to Stephanie Martinez and Wilfredo Rivera. In addition to dance and choreography, Noelle has narrated 16 audiobooks for Listen Up Productions /, and appeared in industrial advertising for Grey Television, Kitchenaid, and Whirlpool. Noelle has been a member of Northwest Dance Project since February of 2019. Noelle serves as the rehearsal director for PARA.Mar Dance Theatre.



CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA is a charming and romantic seaside destination renowned for its scenic sandy beach, historic Spanish mission, and enchanting village ambience. In a setting that feels far removed from the real world, tree-shaded streets are lined with lovely Victorian buildings and little storybook cottages.

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