Honoring Rennie Harris, Choreographer/Dancer


Choreography by both emerging and established dancemakers takes center stage in McCallum’s popular festival, now in its 22nd year. Exciting original dances in a number of styles are performed by companies from across the nation with winners announced at the conclusion of each performance. Highlighting dance as an art form, this event always delivers an interesting mix of work by inventive artists.


Saturday, November 9, 7pm - Professional Companies


Vanessa Owen/Stewart/Owen Dance (Asheville, NC), Ye Li (Portland, OR), Manuel Vignoulle/M/motions (New York, NY), Laura O’Malley/SFDanceworks (San Francisco, CA), Yoshito Sakuraba/Abarukas (New York, NY), Madison Hicks (Los Angeles, CA), Joshua Manculich (Houston, TX), Dolly Sfeir (New York, NY), Grayson McGuire & Shiori Kamijo/Kamagine Dance (Los Angeles, CA), Nicole Berger/Company Rhome (Los Angeles, CA), Pat Taylor/JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)


Lifetime Achievement Award presentation: Rennie Harris



Sunday, November 10, 4pm – Pre-professional Companies


Mark Carlson/International Youth Ballet (Littleton, CO), Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya/Hawkins School of Performing Arts (Folsom, CA), Kelela Rose Batinga/Kelela Rose Dance (Fountain Valley, CA), Nicole Hagen (Burbank, CA), Dasha Tertova (Los Angeles, CA), Macarena Gandarillas/CSU Fullerton (Fullerton, CA), Jared Baker/University of Arizona School of Dance (Tucson, AZ), Azuki Umeda/Chapman University (Orange, CA), Kihyoung Choi/Movers Unlimited Dance Company (Hurst, TX),  Hannah Weinmaster/ University of Arizona School of Dance (Tucson, AZ), Brian Golden (Orange, CA), MJ/Innovate Dance Company (New York, NY), Amy Nakamura/Mt. San Antonio College Dancers (Walnut, CA)


Powerful performances by local students in East Valley Dance Project and The Studio Project


The Palm Desert Choreography Festival represents the extraordinary work being done by McCallum Theatre Education which has served close to 620,000 schoolchildren, educators and community members since its inception. Your support will help immeasurably in sustaining one of the most highly-valued festivals in the community and dance world.


To become a sponsor of Palm Desert Choreography Festival, please click the red button to the right. For more information, contact Colleen Gallagher at 760-776-6188 or cgallagher@mccallum-theatre.org.


Photos: Jack Hartin



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