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Teaching - (Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday)
Kenneth Walker and KWDP Dancers:
Morgan Davison / Olivia Hamilton / Tracy Jones
Kenneth Walker danced professionally for several companies including Ballet Pacifica, Minnesota Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet and performed throughout the United States, Canada and Central America. During his career Kenneth danced in works by George Balanchine, Jodie Gates, Jacques Heim, Ronn Guidi (founder of Oakland Ballet), Molly Lynch, Choo-San Goh, and more. He is currently an adjunct professor for CSU Dominguez Hills Dance Department, The Wooden Floor in Orange County, and studios throughout the Los Angeles area. He has created dances for professional companies, universities, and pre-professional companies across the country. Kenneth is the youngest finalist to ever compete in the Sarasota Ballet of Florida International Choreography Competition. Kenneth has a B.A. from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures and a Masters of Arts in Arts Management and MBA from Claremont Graduate University. He is the director of Kenneth Walker Dance Project.
Kenneth Walker Dance Project - classical vernacular with modern sensibilities was formed on the road. The Company first performed in Central California to standing ovations and has been bringing its brand of Contemporary Ballet to life in Los Angeles for over a decade. The sheer breadth and style of contemporary ballet this company performs is lauded by fans every time they take the stage. KWDP takes a very large view of what Contemporary Ballet is: a dance form that is both entertaining and enlightening. The works performed are highly eclectic and display Mr. Walker's diverse taste in music and movement style. The dances he creates run the gamut of post-modern ballet and often include movement styles that are sublime, athletic, quirky, and entertaining. This eclecticism gives the Company a range of repertoire not usually seen in single choreographer companies.
The Company has appeared at festivals in California from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay area as well as festivals in Virginia, New York, and twice at Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. KWDP has been presented by El Camino College Center for the Arts and Moorpark College Dance Department. A number of the ballets in the rep include music created or produced specifically for the company by artists as far away as Italy, including musicians Candice Davis, Michael Roberts, Mario Salvucci, DJ Quetzal Star, and Wes Hambright.
Pointe magazine named KWDP’s video collage of their ballet Transient Memory editor’s choice for August 2008. In 2017 the Company worked with Pilates Anytime and DJ Black Rabbit on a project for the 50th anniversary of the passing of Joseph Pilates. For the past several years, the Company has regularly been chosen as a Top Dance Pick of the Week by LA Weekly for its home performances. In 2007 KWDP received Lester Horton award nomination for Outstanding Achievement by a dance company.
Teaching - (Monday / Thursday /Saturday)
Theresa began her ballet training with Rose Marie Floyd at age 4 and studied with her for 14 years where she studied the Cecchetti method. During this time Theresa completed all levels through to Diploma of the Cecchetti Student examinations. She continued her study of dance in England and New York City with world renowned teachers from the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet School at White Lodge.
As a student she was awarded numerous scholarships for demonstrating outstanding talent and was invited by Kirsten Ralov and Fredbjorn Bjornsson to attend the Royal Danish Ballet School. She has performed many principal roles and danced with the Contemporary Civic Ballet Company and Boston Ballet.
On her return to Michigan, she completed the Cecchetti Teacher examinations under the direction of Rose Marie Floyd. Theresa holds the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma, the highest teaching certificate in the Cecchetti Method where she was awarded with the highest of honors. Theresa also choreographed for the Mrs. Michigan Beauty Pageant for 3 years and was awarded the “Spirit” award. She is trained in Stott Pilates, a branded version of the Pilates method.
Theresa is a director of the National Executive Board of Directors and an examiner on the National Board of Examiners for the Cecchetti Council of America. She examines students throughout the United States & Canada. She is currently the Artistic Director of TMB Ballet and the Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Contemporary Civic Ballet Company.
Following a successful career as a principal artist, Tong Wang has continued to devote his talents to the field of dance as a choreographer, dance professor and master teacher. In recent years, Tong’s creative works have continued to become notable internationally. While his choreographic works have received high praise from the nationally ranked dance departments of University of Utah, Butler University and University of California-Irvine, his work has also been performed by professional companies such as Ballet West, China Military Dance Ensemble, and Ballet Arkansas. His work “Chase” has been performed in the United States and China numerous times and was broadcast by China Central Television Station. “Qiu Yie” received the Outstanding Choreography Award at YAGP. As a master teacher, Tong has taught internationally and nationally at National Ballet of China, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet West, Beijing Dance Academy, Colorado Ballet, and National Choreography Initiative.
After graduating with honors from the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy Ballet department in 1986, Tong Wang performed as a principal artist with companies such as Shanghai Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and, most recently, Ballet West. While dancing professionally, Tong completed his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Ballet Teaching and Choreography with the University of Utah Ballet Department and also worked as a guest faculty member from 2000-2005. From 2005-2007, Tong served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Wright State University. He held the position of Dance professor at Butler University from 2007-2011. In fall 2011, Tong joined the distinguished Dance Department of University of California, Irvine. Currently serving as an associate professor, Tong is one of the creators and artistic directors for East Meets West International Dance and Music Festival from 2016 to present.
Kristin Hakala began her professional career at the age of sixteen with Nashville Ballet, and later became a principal dancer with Ballet West, where she performed the title roles in numerous ballets such as “Sleeping Beauty”, Amadeo Amodio’s “Carmen”, Birgit Cullberg’s “Miss Julie”, Ronald Hynd’s “Rosalinda” and Ben Stevenson’s “Cinderella”, as well as a full range of contemporary, classical, and neoclassical works. Her experience includes the work of acclaimed choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Choo-san Goh, Hans Van Manen, and Jerome Robbins. She has performed internationally in China and Europe and has taught for institutions such as Ballet West, Maple Conservatory of Dance, UC Irvine, and Beijing Dance Academy, where she was invited as a Guest Professor. Kristin is also certified to teach yoga and Progressing Ballet Technique and finds great joy in teaching dancers to be well rounded artists with healthy minds and bodies.
Practical & lecture combined discussing common dance injuries affecting areas of the lower back, lumbo-pelvic girdle, knee and ankles. How to address pain with Trigger point therapy, kinesio taping and/or bracing to assist in healing faster and avoid further compensatory movement patterns.
Chiropractic Sports Therapy Center with Dr. Kenneth Nilsson is for athletes, athletes at heart, and anyone who wants to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Never does one-size-fits all. We provide individualized care for each patient. Rather than just treating symptoms, we investigate their root causes and offer a variety of innovative and effective treatments, all in a relaxing and caring environment. We also equip our patients with nutrition and exercise advice, enabling them to actively participate in their recovery and continued good health.
Over the last twenty-five years, hundreds of athletes, from those involved in recreational sports to those pursuing Olympic medals, have achieved higher levels of success in their sports after visiting our office. Athletes at heart and those suffering from injury and illness have experienced improved mobility and quality of life through Dr. Nilsson’s treatments.
Born and raised in Sweden, Kenneth Nilsson grew up running. He was a member of the Swedish National track and field team before coming to the United States to attend Point Loma Nazarene University on a track scholarship. Upon obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he went on to Los Angeles Chiropractic College, graduating in 1991. Since then, he has received training to become a certified chiropractic sports physician and a certified medical examiner. He has had his own practice for over twenty years, and he continues to learn and grow, attending conferences and keeping current on the latest research. Dr. Nilsson worked and conducted seminars with Dr. Thie, the co-founder of the Applied Kinesiology method of treatment.
Dr. Nilsson and his wife, Paula, a teacher, have been married 31 years. The couple have three athletic sons who have competed in track and field events, snow ski racing, and rowing.
The combination of Dr. Nilsson’s extensive training and his athletic experience enable him to understand and diagnose problems that others might miss. He takes the time to get to know his patients, listening and asking the right questions, so that he can find the root cause of pain and illness.