September 5-7, 2020, 9:30am – 3pm PDT (12:30 – 6pm EDT)
Challenge yourself with an immersive three-day experience led by LINES Ballet’s Artistic Director Alonzo King and Ballet Master Kara Wilkes. Crafted for advanced to professional-level dancers ages 16+, this online workshop will consist of in-depth technique classes paired with deep dives into movement investigation and dialogue. Capped at 35 dancers, participants will experience Alonzo’s process and learn from LINES Ballet’s repertoire, exploring their personal artistry through honesty, exploration, commitment, and curiosity.
UPDATE: Workshop enrollment has reached capacity and registration is now closed. Due to overwhelming demand, we are opening up this experience to anyone who would like to attend as an observer. Observers will be able to view and listen live during the workshop, but will not be on-screen participants.
3-Day Observation Pass: $125
1-Day Observation Pass: $50
Alonzo King has been called a visionary choreographer, who is altering the way we look at ballet. King calls his works “thought structures” created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists. Named as a choreographer with “astonishing originality” by the New York Times, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been guided by his unique artistic vision since 1982.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kara Wilkes began her professional career performing classical ballet and contemporary repertoire for five seasons with Milwaukee Ballet Company. In 2006, she became a soloist with Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, Spain. Kara joined North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) in 2007, where she performed works by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Nicolo Fonte, Mark Godden, George Balanchine, Uri Sands, and Nacho Duato. She was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2009 and joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet in 2011. During her five seasons with LINES, Kara was recognized as one of “12 Standout Performances of 2015” by Pointe Magazine and performed in TEDWomen 2016. Kara has choreographed for Wake Forest University, LINES BFA Program, Midland Festival Ballet, Wilmington Dance Festival, and the Center for Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis. She has taught all levels of dance, including masterclasses for Duke University, University of Iowa, Hollins University, East Carolina University, UC Santa Barbara, and abroad in Dublin, Ireland. In 2019, Kara received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University and joined the dance faculty at Wake Forest University. She rejoins Alonzo King LINES Ballet as Ballet Master.
Michael Montgomery of Long Beach, CA, trained at the Orange County High School of the Arts and studied at the Alvin Ailey School in the Certificate program. In 2011 he graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California. Montgomery was awarded the American College Dance Festival Association’s best student performer award for the Southwest Region in 2008. In 2010, he joined LINES Ballet and was named a Shenson Performing Arts Fellow that same year. Montgomery was named to the list of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2013.
Photo Credit: Alonzo King LINES Ballet I © Bill Zemanek