The Talent Showcase - Inclusive Dance for Teens (now in its 11th year)
This 20 week in-school dance residency program, now in its 10th year, provides 250 teens with disabilities, in 18 Miami Dade Public Schools, a one of a kind dance program that offers dance classes and final performance to ALL teenagers. No one is left behind because of their disability. This tailor-made program offers professional instructors to reach an underserved population throughout Greater Miami Dade County. This 11th year we will celebrate "the musical" at the Miami Sr. High School on March 3, 2017 at 10AM.
An Annual Spring Season of New 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.
International Cultural Exchange
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 with international artists 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 twenty-six mixed ability dance artists, from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, with a final performance at VUK Theatre on 2013. Five 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. Last season's May 2016 concert, entitled "the Miami / Lisbon Dance Exchange", Amalgama, Plurel Dance (Lisbon) and KPD (Miami) sold out a standing room only performance at the Miami Dade County Auditorium.
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.