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Ballare Carmel Fellowship Program

BALLARE CARMEL, Carmel Dance Festival's resident company, offers an extraordinary week-long fellowship for dancers and choreographers in beautiful Carmel Valley Village from January 1-7, 2023.


About The Experience


Ballare Carmel is thrilled to offer its first dance and choreography fellowship. This week-long immersion is designed to provide dancers and choreographers with a TRANSFORMATIONAL in-person experience in a safe and productive environment. Throughout the week dancers will work closely with Artistic Director Lillian Barbeito and Ballare Carmel company members on Countertechnique, progressive ballet, partnering, movement generation, and performance skills. It is an ideal opportunity for dancers to enhance skills while experiencing Ballare Carmel's working atmosphere, plus be considered for future employment.  Choreographers will be given time, space, dancers, and feedback sessions to create or revisit their work with. The experience will culminate in a public performance and reception at Hidden Valley Music Seminars' rustic and beloved theater in the heart of stunning Carmel Valley Village. 



Ballare Carmel is the resident company of the Carmel Dance Festival. It was founded in 2021 by Artistic Director Lillian Barbeito (a graduate of The Juilliard School who founded BODYTRAFFIC and HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance) to tell Monterey County stories, myths, and bold feats, through world-class dance. The project-based ensemble's repertoire by established and emerging choreographers includes works by Jennifer Archibald, Noelle Kayser, James Gregg, Ihsan Rustem, and Skye Schmidt. Find Ballare Carmel on social media @ballarecarmel.



  • dance/create in-person 

  • experience human connection

  • enhance technique and artistry

  • be immersed in a supportive environment that's committed to being COVID-free

  • enjoy a quiet and enchanting destination where fresh air and nature abound

  • perform for/showcase your work at Hidden Valley's beloved theater

  • discover new friends and build community


Staying and dining on campus is mandatory for out-of-town fellows and will help ensure everyone’s safety and health. Locals can participate as Day~Use~Only; receive 3 meals a day and use the campus for 1/2 the cost. All fellows must provide proof of vaccination 2-weeks prior to attending. (To those who are not able to be vaccinated or choose not to vaccinate, we hope to dance with you in the future!)



  • arrival yoga class

  • Welcome Dinner

  • orientation session

  • 5 technique classes

  • 5 Ballare Carmel repertory sessions

  • 1 masterclass

  • 10 creation sessions/rehearsals

  • Patron Dinner

  • tech rehearsal

  • dress rehearsal

  • performance

  • reception

  • Closing Night Dinner

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (listed in Pacific Time and subject to change) 


     2:00 Check-in

     4:00-5:15 Yoga

     5:30-6:30 Welcome Dinner

     6:30-7:30 Orientation

Monday - Friday

     7:30-8:30 Breakfast

     9:00-10:45 Technique

    10:45-12:30 Ballare Carmel Repertory

    12:30-1:30 Lunch

     1:30-3:30 Creation Choreographer 1 & 2

     3:30-5:25 Creation with Choreographer 3


8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11 Masterclass

11:30-1:00 Dress Rehearsal

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Notes 

4:00 Performance

5:00 Reception

6:00 Closing Night Dinner & Acknowledgments



  • 16+ (fellows age 16 & 17 will be chaperoned and  must have a legal guardian sign a waiver)

  • Superb technique in any dance genre

  • Partnering experience and desire and commitment to enhance partnering skills

  • Improvisation experience and desire and commitment to enhance improvisation skills

  • Performance experience and desire and commitment to enhance performance skills

  • Desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute

  • Proof of vaccination (To those who are not able to be vaccinated  or choose not to vaccinate, we hope to dance with you in the future!)


There is no fee to apply.  Please send the following materials to

  • Video Statement of Interest (talk to camera about yourself and why you are interested in participating in Ballare Carmel's Fellowship Program

  • Biography and/or Resume

  • 2 letters of recommendation

  • Links to Video(s)​

  • Indicate in introduction email if intending to stay on campus or registering as Day-Use-Only

  • Proof of vaccination 



Please include the following in your application video(s):

  • 2 minutes of unedited improvisation/one take

  • 2 + minutes of performance or rehearsal footage of choreographed material (any setting acceptable)

Please upload your Video Statement of Interest and Application Videos to Dropbox,  Vimeo, or Youtube,

and provide links and include passwords if needed. Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered.



Applications will be accepted and reviewed until December 4th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. The Fellowship is limited to 18 dancers and 3 choreographers.  We will indicate if and when we are at capacity/no longer giving Fellowship awards in bright red lettering on our website.


  • arrival yoga class

  • Welcome dinner

  • orientation session

  • accomplished dancers to create work on/with (number of dancers to be determined)

  • 10 hours of rehearsal 

  • Patron Dinner

  • feedback sessions

  • tech and dress rehearsals

  • performance venue 

  • post-performance reception

+ option to participate in:

  • 5 technique classes

  • 5 Ballare Carmel repertory sessions

  • 5 creative sessions with a guest choreographer

  • 5 creative sessions with a peer choreographer



Choreographers can not nominate themselves; they must be endorsed by someone else. Nominators should send the following materials to

  • Nomination Letter ~ 1. what's unique about the choreography fellowship candidate 2. why they are deserving of an award 3.  how they would benefit from the fellowship 4.  what could they do with experience gained during the fellowship in the future  

  • Candidate's Biography and/or Resume

  • Videos of Candidate's Choreography (see below for details)

  • 2 letters of recommendation

  • Candidate's Proof of Vaccination 



  • Works Sample ONE ~ performance footage of a complete 5+ minute piece with little or no editing (wide shot)

  • Work Sample TWO ~ 3 + minutes of performance or rehearsal footage (any setting acceptable)

Please provide links (and include passwords if needed) to candidate's work samples that have been uploaded to Dropbox,  Vimeo, or Youtube. Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered.


CHOREOGRAPHERS' APPLICATION DEADLINE​ ~ Sunday, November 20th by 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Nominations will be accepted and reviewed until November 20th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. 3 choreographers will be selected based on what candidates have done, the work proposed, and how fellow will apply what fellowship supports to future choreographic endeavors. We will indicate if and when we have selected 3 choreographers and are no longer giving Choreography Fellowship awards in bright red on our website.



Tuition is generously sponsored by Ballare Carmel Fellowship Patrons.


$700 ~ Standard, DOUBLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day 

$800 ~ Lodge (new building), DOUBLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day 

$900 ~ Standard, SINGLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day   

$1,000 ~ Lodge (new building), SINGLE occupancy room + 3 Meals per day 



Alex Ketley

is an independent choreographer, filmmaker, and the director of The Foundry. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, he left the company to create The Foundry as a platform to explore his interests in alternative methods of devising performance. The company has allowed Ketley the freedom to pursue projects that would be difficult to realize within his commissioning career. A few examples of these are; Syntax, an hour long duet systemically using the mechanics of language as an organizing mechanism, Lost Line researched how the application of environment effects the generation of movement and studied in direct response to California’s diverse physical landscapes, Please Love Me jettisoned the structure of performing in a theater context and was developed with a curiosity about how people genuinely connect and experience artwork, and the No Hero Trilogy which was a multi-year project that explored what dance and performance means to the lives of people living throughout rural America.

For his independent work as a choreographer he has been commissioned extensively throughout the United States and has received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the Choo-San Goh Award, the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, four Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies, the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreographer Award, the Eben Demarest Award, the National Choreographic Initiative Residency, a Kenneth Rainin Foundation New and Experimental Works Grant, three CHIME Fellowships, the Artistry Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival, and his work was featured on national television through an invitation from the show So You Think You Can Dance. His pieces and collaborations have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the categories of; Ensemble, Choreography, as well as Full Company, and nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.

As an educator he has taught throughout the world and is currently a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Theater and Performance Studies Department and was the founding Resident Choreographer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for 14 years until its closure in 2018.

In 2020 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors in the United States recognizing individuals "who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

LILLIAN BARBEITO  (Artistic Director)

brings more than 35 years of dance experience as an artist, producer, director, and educator to her role as Artistic Director of Ballare Carmel. During the course of her career, she has been a performer with contemporary dance companies, the co-founder of a world-renowned non-profit organization, the founder of an innovative corporation, and an internationally recognized, certified teacher of Countertechnique. 


Barbeito grew up in the desert under the blues skies of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she trained with the Santa Fe Dance Foundation and worked with The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Southwest Ballet, and the Santa Fe Opera. She earned her BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America for her essay about the world dancing together in harmony. Barbeito had an extensive performance career that took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett. Under her co-direction, the ensemble received critical acclaim and toured to the most prestigious dance venues across the globe from the Hollywood Bowl to Jacob's Pillow to the Mariinsky Theatre. She has taught internationally for organizations such as CALARTS, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L'Artere and L’ecole de Danse in Quebec City, Lyon Opera Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Southland Ballet Academy,  The Wooden Floor, and UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. Barbeito is one of 36 teachers in the world who is certified to teach Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique. She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, regional ballet companies and professional modern dance companies throughout the US and Canada. She is the Founder and CEO of HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance, a platform dedicated to shaping an equitable, diverse, and inclusive future of dance. 


Barbeito is married to filmmaker and environmentalist Grant Barbeito. They relocated their two sons, Oliver who is 12, and Forest who is 7, two bearded dragons, and a puppy named Harvey to Carmel Valley to launch the Carmel Dance Festival and Ballare Carmel.


NATALIE LEIBERT (Company Member)

began training at various dance schools in the Los Angeles area including company work with Westside Dance Project in Redondo Beach, and Pacific Festival Ballet in Agoura Hills. She continued training at the Miami City Ballet School and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. Leibert has attended workshops and programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Joffrey Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and The Juilliard School, in addition to Nederlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company. Natalie joined Hubbard Street 2 in 2014 and continued dancing there until 2016. When she was a company member of BODYTRAFFIC from 2016 to 2019, she was featured in works by Sidra Bell, Stijn Celis, Barak Marshall, Matthew Neenan, Joshua Peugh, Hofesh Shechter, and Richard Siegal.  In addition to being a founding member of Ballare Carmel, Natalie enjoys collaborating with LA-based choreographer James Gregg.


ANTHONY PUCCI (Company Member)

Anthony, born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, began his dance training at Studio Dance under Michele Burke. Anthony danced most recently with the NW Dance Project where he was privileged to create new works with renowned choreographers such as Ihsan Rustem, Sarah Slipper, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto, Danielle Agami, Luca Vegetti, and James Canfield. He attended the University of Iowa, where he received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. While attending university, he had the privilege to perform extensively in faculty, graduate, and undergraduate work — most notably a site-specific work at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia with the visually stunning Tori Lawrence & Co. Anthony is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance. He is a founding member of Ballare Carmel.

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