Saturday, June 3: Classes & Performance

9:00 – 10:30 AM,  Temecula Theater, Dance Studio

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Class

Instructor: Nicole Thomas

A dynamic ballet technique class focusing on minimal effort and maximum results.  Nicole Thomas received her formal ballet training from Balanchine ballerina Lind Yorth.  She has studied ballet for 23 years under instructors from Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat.  She has extensive training and professional experience in ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theater.  Nicole is owner of Dunamix Dance Project and Artistic Director of Duolos Dance Company.

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee

10:35 AM – 12:30 PM, Temecula Theater, Dance Studio   

Surfaces of Support: Floorwork & Partnering Practices

Instructor: Crystal Sepúlveda

Surfaces of Support is a workshop that combines technique, creative possibilities, and is process based with occasional bursts that push our stamina. Enjoy a guided contemporary practice that focuses on our relation to physical surfaces both body and environment. Our exploration will include a study of different movement qualities and dynamics in our dance including efficiency in the movement of the human body. Through fixed dance phrases and improvisational tasks, we will make decisions about how we sense weight, flow, support, trust, contact and direction both individually and in partnering exercises. A keen study on spacial and body awareness will develop our kinesthetic intelligence.

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee

1:00 – 2:30 PM, Temecula Theater, Dance Studio

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Technique 

Instructor: Shauna Tyser

This class focuses on a warmup integrating the whole body.  Combinations are athletic, influenced by Horton, Graham, release techniques, and moving in and out of the floor. Shauna Tyser graduated Magna Cum Laude, with her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and was the 2007 recipient of the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities for excellence in dance. In the past she has performed with Philadanco II (Philadelphia), Contempra Dance Theater (Philadelphia), Opera Company of Philadelphia, Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company (San Diego), Mojalet Dance Collective (San Diego), “Trolley Dances” with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, isadoraNOW (San Diego) and as a Guest for Commercial Work with the PGK Dance Project (San Diego). She holds a certificate from the Teaching Artist Institute of San Diego, and has taught dance programs at private studios and public schools on the East and West Coast, as well as, internationally in Mumbai, India. Her choreography has been presented at the 2016 San Diego International Fringe Festival, danceXchange, in Temecula, CA, and she was a 2017 finalist for the San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize.  She is currently dancing with Avocado Dance Theater (Temecula), is a teaching artist with the California Center for the Arts Escondido, and is working towards her MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee

3:30 – 5:00 PM,  E.A.T. Marketplace [walking distance from the theater]

Dancers’ Round Table

Join us for a lively roundtable discussion about the joys and challenges we face as dance artists in today’s changing environments. E.A.T. Marketplace [28410 Old Town Front Street Temecula, CA 92590 – across from Starbucks] is a lovely place to sit, sip, and share (and as the name suggests, eat). Whether you are preparing for a performance a bit later or finishing your tech rehearsals for the day, join us for a bit of support, inspiration, and organic goodness!

All Festival participants and their guests are welcome/No host


Each competition performance is unique, with different companies performing each night.  Be sure to get tickets to both performances (Saturday & Sunday) so you don’t miss a beat!

With Performances By:



JUEDAI Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater

Kairos Dance Company

Roots & Wings Dance Project

Vicious Circle Dance Company

Avocado Dance Theatre (in residence @ OTTCT)

Click HERE to purchase your tickets for this performance.