The Talent Showcase - Inclusive Dance for Teens (now in its 12th year)
This 20-week in-school dance residency program, now in its 13th year, provides 200 teens with disabilities, in 16-20 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 13th year we will celebrate "GLOBAL CONNECTION" at the Miami Sr. High School auditorium on April 12, 2019 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
“The Forward Motion Dance Festival” took place from September 26 -30, 18 with Candoco Dance Co from London, Axis from Oakland, REVolutions from Tampa and KPD.The goals were 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 So Florida dance professionals, audiences and students. Forward Motion will be presented with committed 2 year funding from the Knight Foundation. During the four day event:
•Two Public performances took place by Candoco, Axis, KPD and REVolutions at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, three panel discussions and four workshops took place at the light Box.
The London based Candoco one of the world’s top physically integrated contemporary companies, who The Guardian called, “Brilliant and bracing, gripping to watch.”
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
An international exchange between KPD and Candoco, resulting in a joint dance piece was performed at the opening night event.
Concurrent conference activities for visiting and local dancers, choreographers, students, teachers and disability leaders addressed the successes, challenges, and artistic issues for the field of physically integrated dance during the panel sessions.
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 we partnered with Candoco from London and present the Miami/London Dance Exchange at Forward Motion Festival in Miami on september 26, 2018.
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 presented "Warmamas" a new collaborative work with Maria Lino and Patricia Sowers at the Miami Light Box in May 2018 to critical success.