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KERN DANCE ALLIANCE

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.kerndance.org

Mission

Kern Dance Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization promoting and supporting dance + arts in Kern County, California.

Ruling year info

1997

President

Mrs. Andrea Hansen

Vice President

Ms. Marcie Hronis

Main address

PO Box 12407

Bakersfield, CA 93389 USA

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Formerly known as

Kern Classical Ballet Company

EIN

77-0437598

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Dance (A62)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CHILDRENʼS DANCE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH EVENT

In partnership with the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Garden Pathways Organization, the Boys and Girls Club, the Fox Theater Foundation, and local dance organizations, KDA hosts performances and dance classes at the Fox Theater for underserved children.

The Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Program @ The Fox Theater is aimed at providing an opportunity for underserved children to enhance development by experiencing live arts performances and classes. Children are invited to the Fox Theater to view a professional dance performance, participate in a Q & A session with the performers, and partake in a dance class on stage.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

SHINE for Girls: MATH + DANCE = SUCCESS (SHINE), an innovative, curriculum- based after-school program for middle school girls this Spring. Utilizing kinesthetic learning, SHINE combines formal dance training with rigorous math instruction to improve girls’ math scores and spark their interest in STEM. SHINE covers national math standards from 6th-8th grade, while improving overall girls’ confidence and attitudes towards math through a positive feedback loop, resulting in higher test scores and participation in classes.

SHINE girls have seen 100% improvement in math scores and confidence as measured by pre/post tests and surveys across several programs in numerous states. SHINE has received positive feedback from national media including CNN, CBS, Fox, the Boston Globe—and most importantly from the girls, parents, and teachers. Short- term objectives of empowering 6th-8th grade female students with both the confidence and mathematics skills to embrace math leads into the long-term goal of creating a pipeline of next-generation leaders in STEM fields. SHINE is currently taught in Washington DC, Chicago, and Boston- BAKERSFIELD WILL BE THE FIRST city in California and on the West Coast to offer SHINE via a partnership with KDA.

SHINE’s proprietary curriculum has been honed over several years and has provided consistent reproducible results. SHINE provides girls with the opportunity to become engaged in STEM and assume leadership. Women in high school and college lead the 8 week sessions and also benefit from the experience by engaging in a network of women in STEM.

An online application is open and required for all Kern County SHINE girls and mentors. Mentors must prove preliminary competencies and complete an online training. SHINE is free of charge for participating girls.

Supporting local youth in education pursuits
Harnessing self-esteem and confidence on stage and in the classroom Inspiring young women to pursue STEM fields
Nurturing a love of mathematics
Empowering women across America

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Students

ADAPTIdance: DANCE + DISABILITY, Kern County’s ONLY adaptive dance program. Serving people with disabilities, ages 5-22, ADAPTIdance is produced in collaboration with the League of Dreams (LoD), a nonprofit adaptive sports league. LoD participants have physical or developmental diagnosis like, but not limited to Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Spina Bifida, that prevent them from participating in traditional sports or dance programs. ADAPTIdance was conceived and created by KDA.

ADAPTIdance is a 6-week program, offered in the fall of 2020 at the KDA Dance Studio at Garces Memorial High School. ADAPTIdance participants learn inclusive and creative dances that are accessible and adaptable for movers with and without disabilities. Three different classes will be offered on Saturdays from 1:00-5:00 PM and will be based upon age, ability, and experience; Class #1- ages 5-12, Class #2- ages 13-22, Class #3- participants with apparatus (walkers, braces, or wheelchairs). At the culmination of the program, participants will experience what it is like to be a professional performer by participating in a technical/dress rehearsal and a final performance at the historic Bakersfield Fox Theater.

ADAPTIdance is taught by special needs dance educator, Sakina Hansford, who was trained by AXIS Dance Company, one of the nation’s most acclaimed performance ensembles of disabled and non-disabled dancers. In addition to Ms. Hansford, KDA invites 10 student dance interns from different Kern County dance studios to assist in also teaching the classes. 

ADAPTidance provides access to dance training for all students regardless of disability, income level, or prior dance experience. The program hosts a forum for physical activity that is a model for kids of all abilities to collaborate as equals and educates about disability, collaboration, and inclusion through the medium of dance. Finally, ADAPTIdance provides dancers and dance educators with a chance to give back their community in a unique way.

KDA seeks to make dance more accessible to greater populations. As an organizational goal of KDA, ADAPTIdance is offered to a population not often associated with dance. People with physical and developmental disabilities, particularly in Kern County, do not have the chance to participant in dance classes. ADAPTIdance makes dance classes available with the assistance of LoD.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Books in Motion (BIM) is a FREE summer reading program that links dance and literacy by focusing on Common Core Standards for Reading Literature for children, K-3rd. In collaboration with the Kern County Library and Kern Literacy Council, families will have the opportunity to visit 21 Kern County library branches and watch a dance performance based upon a well-known children’s book. Post-performance, children will engage in kinesis by learning choreography and will create a craft that coincides with the book’s theme. At the culmination of the session, children will be divided into groups based upon age/level and posed questions to evaluate their comprehension- upon completing the evaluation, children will take a FREE book home. BIM was conceived and created by KDA.

Kern County dance organizations will apply to be the official BIM performers. Dance organizations will be responsible for choosing a story from the BIM bibliography, create a performance reflecting the story, and choreograph a 1 to 2-minute dance that relates to the story to teach the participating children. Dance organizations will be required to 1) Narrate/perform the book or a segment of the book 2) Provide basic costumes and theatrics 3) Travel to and from event 4) Proof of insurance 5) Cooperate with Kern Dance Alliance as artistic collaborators. Dance organizations will be given an honorarium for their participation in BIM.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

HealingMOTION uses DMT as a mode of healing and creative expression for individuals with various stages of cancer. Through both functional and creative improvisational movement, HealingMOTION will allow patients to find physical and emotional respite from the difficult effects of cancer, and will create a safe and therapeutic environment in which they can freely express themselves. HealingMOTION was conceived and created by KDA.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

MemoryMOVES: DANCE + THERAPY for memory-impaired clients. MemoryMOVES will utilize DMT as a modality of support and offer clients, staff and caregivers alike, a glimpse into the transformative power of movement. MemoryMOVES was conceived and created by KDA.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Nominee 2019

How we listen

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KERN DANCE ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrea Hansen

Valerie Hashim

Diana Delgadillo

Marcie Hronis

Whitney Pascual

Anne Draucker

Laura Toomey

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2022

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