The Talent Showcase - Inclusive Dance for Teens (now in its 12th year)
This 20-week in-school dance residency program, now in its 12th year, provides 200 teens with disabilities, in 16 Miami Dade Public Schools, a one of a kind dance program that offers dance classes and a final performance to ALL teenagers. No one is left behind because of their disability. This tailor-made program offers professional instructors to an underserved population throughout Greater Miami-Dade County from classroom work to the stage. This 12th year we will celebrate "Acts of KIndness" at the Miami Sr. High School auditorium on April 27, 2018 at 10AM. Performances by 200 teenagers with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities will move the audiences for their courage and special artistic voice.
Forward Motion - Miami's International Festival and Conference of Physically Integrated Dance
“Forward Motion” is projected to be an annual event launching in 2018, from September 26 -30, 2018.The goals are to raise the level of performance and discourse in the cutting edge field of physically integrated dance, and to deepen physically integrated dance creation, performance and appreciation for South Florida dance professionals, audiences and students. Forward Motion will be presented with committed 2 year funding from the Knight Foundation.
•Public performances by outstanding international dance cos. as well as KPD and others.
The London based Candoco (www.candoco.co.uk/home), one of the world’s top physically integrated contemporary companies, who The Guardian called, “Brilliant and bracing, gripping to watch.” They work with a range of world-class choreographers, and have led the field in terms of educational methods and a school that is physically integrated.
San Francisco’s AXIS (www.axisdance.org), the leading U.S. based physically integrated group, who tour extensively and collaborates with some of the best choreographers today. Their powerful inclusive movement vocabulary has moved audiences for almost three decades.
An international exchange between KPD and Candoco, resulting in a joint dance piece to be performed in Miami.
Concurrent conference activities for visiting and local dancers, choreographers, students, teachers and disability leaders addressing the successes, challenges, and artistic issues for the field of physically integrated dance.
International Cultural Exchange - The Miami / London Partnership
The company has made an impact on an International level and has created workshops in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2001) in Carpi, Italy at the 'Festival of Different Abilities (02), in Edinburgh, Scotland at 'Fringe' Festival, (2003), in Barcelona, Madrid, Spain at the American Choreographers Showcase, (2005), in Podgorica, Montenegro (2008) at Montenegrin National Theatre and in Trebinje, Bosnia at the Community Center for adults with and without disabilities
KPD also performed for the Very Special Arts International Festival at the Shakespeare theatre in Washington D.C. in 2010 and set a new work, in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 2012 at the Sartre Theatre. KPD worked with Hajde Da Dance in Belgrade, Serbia in 2013 and set a new dance work "Body Without Text" on 26 mixed ability dance artists, from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, with a final performance at VUK Theatre on 2013. KPD members performed excerpts of repertory at the "Off Frame FestIval"12/13 and created a new work with Belgrade's Hajde Da for KPD's 25th Anniversary concert in Miami. During the May 2016 concert, "the Miami / Lisbon Dance Exchange", featured Amalgama, Plurel Dance (Lisbon) and KPD (Miami) to a sold out a standing room only performance at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. In 2017, we created The Miami/Vienna Dance exchange with LizArts and developed "Scrutiny" and this 2018 season we will partner with Candoco from London and present the Miami/London Dance Exchange at Forward Motion Festival in Miami.
KPD has a history of providing dance workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances to thousands of audience members, teachers, therapists and special needs students interested in the physically integrated dance form. The organization provides a positive 'can-do' role model for both the disability and dance communities through lecture demonstrations and master workshops. KPD co-partners with facilities that offer support for individuals with disabilities. Over the past 25 years, we have presented our "can-do" spirit at the VA Hospital, at the Lighthouse for the Blind, Shake-A-Leg, Post Polio Association, Easter Seals, Cerebral Palsy Association, AD Barnes Access Center, Miami Children's Creative Therapy, the Miami Children's Museum, the Hope Center, Perdue Medical, South Dade Cultural Arts Center, Aventura Arts Center, South Miami Hospital and rehabilitation and medical facilities throughout the State.
KPD is a performance centerpiece and guest speaker at the "New Definition of Dance" sponsored by Very Special Arts and the University of South Florida in Tampa as well as by Miami Dade Dept. of Cultural Affairs at the Caleb Center.
Ms. Peterson's long history in the field will provide information and inspiration to others.
An Annual Season of New Repertory Work
Since 1990, the company has presented an annual season of new work at its home, Excello, at the New World School of the Arts, at Florida International University's VH100 Theater, at the Byron Carlyle Theater, at the Pinecrest Gardens amphitheater or at the "on stage" black box at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. Before 'mixed-ability' was recognized throughout the world as a valid dance form, KPD consistently showcased local 'mixed-ability' dancers and choreographers who created a new vision for performance. This KPD annual season of new work has been a catalyst to showcase physically integrated dance on a local, national and international level. Since 1990, KPD has been a forerunner in the world of physically integrated dance in the State of Florida. We will present a new collaborative work with Maria Lino at the Excello Dance Space May 10 - 13, 2018.