faculty

Kenneth Walker

  • Faculty – Lauridsen Ballet Centre
  • Choreographer

Kenneth Walker is Artistic Director of Kenneth Walker Dance Project (KWDP), a contemporary ballet company formed in 2004, based in Southern California and tours nationally. With B.A. from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures, he currently is on the teaching staff of the Lauridsen Ballet Centre, the official school of South Bay Ballet. Kenneth has studied in intensive workshops with William Forsythe director of The Forsythe Company, Alonzo King the director of Lines Contemporary Ballet as well as Donald Byrd and Bella Lewitzky. Kenneth has also worked with Los Angeles choreographers Francisco Martinez, Patrick Franz, and Lawrence Blake. His early training was with Diane Lauridsen of South Bay Ballet and later Paul Maure, Charles and Phillip Fuller and Cynthia Young at the Pasadena Dance Theatre.

Mr.Walker’s professional career began with the Sacramento Ballet under the direction of Ron Cunningham. He has performed in many of Ron Cunningham's works, as well as those of Lisa de Ribere, George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, Willam Christensen, Molly Lynch, Bill Evans, Susan Hadley, David Allan, Jon Magnus, Jodie Gates, Patrick Franz, Ronn Guidi, Choo-San Goh, Jacques Heim, Anthony Tudor, and Michel Fokine. He has also had the pleasure of working with Anne Marie De Angelo. Kenneth has also had the privilege of dancing for the Minnesota Ballet as well as the Oakland ballet. He has performed on tour in Canada, Guatemala, El Salvador and throughout the Midwest.

Kenneth has created dances for the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sacramento Ballet, Chico Community Ballet, Southern California Dance Theatre, San Pedro City Ballet, South Bay Ballet, Petaluma City Ballet, Dance Peninsula, DanceCorps, Dance Peninsula Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theater. His ballet Angel's Lament was performed at the 5th L.A. Dance Invitational.

He is the recipient of the young choreographer's award from the Southern CA Dance Theatre, and is the youngest finalist ever to compete in the Sarasota Ballet of Florida International Choreography Competition. His second collaboration with Michael Roberts was performed by members of the National Ballet of Guatemala in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of that companies founding. His third collaboration with Michael Roberts celebrated the twenty year anniversary of Mr. Roberts' first album for the ballet class. His work has also been performed at the South Coast Dance Arts Alliance, Central Coast Summer Fest, Piccolo Spoleto, Los Angeles Dance Invitational, Palm Desert Under the Stars Choreography Festival, “Dance! Santa Monica” festival, Sacramento Area Dance Alliance, Regional Dance America Festivals, Spectrum Dance in L.A., Ballet Pacifica Conservatory summer intensives, and at American Dance Guild in New York City.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

  • The Nutcracker
    Marsee Auditorium
    El Camino College Center for the Performing Arts
    16007 Crenshaw Blvd • Torrance, CA 90506
    310.329.5345 • www.centerforthearts.org

    Saturday, December 16, 2017 • 2pm
    Sunday, December 17, 2017 • 2pm