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Ballare Carmel




September 5-10, 2021


Lillian Barbeito is launching Ballare Carmel to create and share outstanding professional dance in Monterey County and beyond. After so much isolation and lack of employment across the field, Ballare Carmel is thrilled to offer this week-long workshop/audition that is designed to provide dancers with a TRANSFORMATIONAL in-person experience in a safe and productive COVID-free 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 develop/enhance their partnering skills while experiencing this conspicuously new troupe’s working atmosphere, and be considered for the company’s creations and performances scheduled for 2021/2022.


  • You’ll train in-person on marley flooring inside a spacious theater. 

  • You’ll experience human connection/partnering/contact improvisation.

  • You’ll AUDITION in a supportive environment for a new dance ensemble based in one of the most stunning destinations in the world.

  • You’ll be in a quiet, beautiful setting where fresh air and nature abounds. 

  • You’ll be a part of something brand new: HAVEN’s first in-person offering & BALLARE CARMEL’S first-ever workshop.

  • You’ll discover new friends and build community. 

  • You’ll be in an empowering environment committed to being COVID-free. 

  • You’ll have an opportunity to take class with and dance   for Ihsan Rustem and the Carmel community.


To ensure the wellbeing of all attendees, the audition/workshop will take place at The Hidden Valley Music Seminars, An Institute of the Arts. Staying and dining on campus is mandatory for out-of-town dancers and will help ensure everyone’s health. Locals can participate as Day~Use~Only; reciving 3 meals a day and use of the campus for 1/2 the cost. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination 1-week 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!) 


  • 1 orientation session 

  • 1 yoga class

  • 4 technique classes

  • 4 partnering classes

  • 5 creation sessions/rehearsals 

  • 1 dinner with the artists

  • 1 master class with Ihsan Rustem

  • 1 showing and Q & A with the artists

  • work in an intimate setting with Ballare Carmel’s Artistic Director and company members

  • Take class from and perform for world-renowned choreographer Ihsan Rustem and the Carmel community

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (listed in Pacific Time)


2:00 Check-in

3:30-5 Meet and Greet

5:00-6:30 Yoga


Monday - Thursday

9:00-10:30 Ballet (Mon & Tues) Countertechnique (Wed & Thurs)

10:45-12:15 Contact Improvisation/Partnering Skills

1:30-3:30 Repertory/Creation



10:00-12:00 Master Class with Ihsan Rustem

12-1:00 Lunch & check-out of rooms

1-2:30 “Rehearsal”

3:00 Showing and Q&A  

Ballare Carmel Co Member David Maurice b

Photo by Eduard Serra


  • 16+

  • Excellent classical & contemporary technique

  • Partnering experience

  • Improvisation experience

  • Performance experience 

  • 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 the workshop and/or auditioning for Ballare Carmel

  • Biography and/or Resume 

  • Links to Video(s)​

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

  • Vaccination status (provide proof of vaccination or written statement of intention to be fully vaccinated before the program begins)


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

  • 2 minutes of unedited improvisation 

  • 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. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE​ ~ August 22nd   by 5:00 pm PST

The audition/workshop is limited to 20 dancers.  We will indicate if and when

we are at capacity/no longer accepting applications in bright red on our website. 


$600  1-week of Technique, PARTNERING, & Repertory/Creation

$200  Non-refundable security deposit

$700  Room & Board (see guidelines below)

FINANCIAL AID ~ August 29th by 5:00 pm PST

Attendees who apply and are accepted are eligible to apply for financial aid. HAVEN is not offering scholarships for Room & Board. To be considered for a tuition scholarship:

Step 1 - apply

Step 2 - receive notification of acceptance

Step 3 - send the following materials to

  • Written Statement of Financial Need

  • Three References (with emails and phone numbers)

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 founderof 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 or dance. Barbeito is married to filmmaker and environmentalist Grant Barbeito. They are relocating their two sons, Oliver who is 11 and Forest who is 6, two bearded dragons, and a puppy named Harvey to Carmel Valley to launch the Carmel Dance Festival and Ballare Carmel. 


IHSAN RUSTEM   (choreographer)

was born in London, where he trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Ihsan is the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon. He has created further works for the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, National Ballet of Chile, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2, Istanbul State Ballet MDT, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Konzert Theater Bern, Ballett Augsburg, Kazan State Opera and Ballet, Whim W'Him Seattle, Koblenz Ballet, Ballet Regensburg, Würzburg Ballet, Siberian State Ballet, Salt Contemporary Dance USA, Arts Umbrella Dance Company Vancouver, National Youth Dance Company, Palucca Hochschule Dresden and Cinevox Junior Company. He was a featured choreographer for Russia's popular TV show 'The Bolshoi Ballet'. Nederlands Dans Theater named Ihsan one of their Choreographers for the 2018/19 season. His work for the NW Dance Project has been recognised with  numerous accolades. State of Matter won the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest as well as the Public Prize at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover, and Carmen received Dance Magazine's 2017

Readers' Choice Award for Best Collaboration. His work for the NW Dance Project has been recognised with numerous accolades. State of Matter won the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest as well as the Public Prize at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover, and Carmen received Dance Magazine's 2017 Readers' Choice Award for Best Collaboration. Rustem was also the 2014 recipient of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's International Commissioning Project. From 2000-2014 Ihsan Rustem was a dancer with the Ballet Theater Munich, Introdans, State Theater Bern Ballet, Tanz Luzerner Theater and Adventures in Motion Pictures.He originated roles in creations by Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Matthew Bourne, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Cayetano Soto, Felix Landerer, Cathy Marston and worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián, Paul Lightfoot / Sol Leon, Hans van Manen and William Forsythe, amongst others. He is the former Artistic Director of the Dance Art Studio Ballettschule Luzern. Ihsan lives in Zurich, Switzerland. More info at ​

NATALIE LEIBERT (faculty/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. 

Ballare Carmel company member Natalie Li

Photo by Lee Gumbs



Among the rolling hills and grapevines of Carmel Valley, California, you'll find vineyards, tucked-away inns, championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants, rugged hiking, and horseback riding. And it's all just a short, stunning drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur. 



Hidden Valley's eight acre campus comprises a 300 seat theatre, a dance studio, rehearsal gazebos, a classroom, a dining/recreation hall, and seventeen lodging rooms.  Large outdoor decks are adjacent to the dance studio and the theatre.  All facilities are on the ground floor and easily accessible.


Hidden Valley Music Seminars was born out of a deep concern for the development of extraordinarily talented young artists.  Programs in the fields of music, theatre, opera and dance have occupied most of the time and energies of the staff and faculty since its inception in 1963. 

The Master Class concept has always been a part of the Hidden Valley project and through the years, students from around the world have benefitted from the teaching of some of the great musicians of our time.  The Dance Center was initiated in 1973 and, through enthusiastic community support, became one of the most popular of Hidden Valley's programs. 

In 1983 Hidden Valley joined the educational centers worldwide which were offering Elderhostel programs.  Within four years, Hidden Valley became one of the 75 "supersites" in America presenting at least 40 Elderhostel/Road Scholar weeks per year.  The interaction between the older and younger students has become one of the exciting aspects of the Institute's campus life. The constant thread  throughout Hidden Valley's existence has been an uncompromising interest in the careful selection of students and faculty to represent the highest quality of each possible.  Founder and General Director, Peter T. Meckel, notes, "As members of a wonderful local community and an international musical family, we treasure our connections to friends and supporters.  We pledge our unwavering dedication to quality and substance in all aspects of our work."


For COVID-19 safety precautions, workshop attendees/auditioners are required to stay on campus at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, An Institute of the Arts. (Locals can join as day-use-only participants. See below for more information.)



$700 per week for double occupancy room with 3 meals per day

$900 per week for   single room with  3 meals per day

$300 non-refundable security deposit


Locals who elect to stay off campus can use the facilities and be provided three meals a day for $350. To register for Day-Use-Only, contact:


The WADDELL CENTER Residence Hall has 17 simple, clean and cheery, non-smoking rooms. Each room has two twin beds, a dresser, and bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink.  All rooms exit directly to a deck or walk via sliding glass door, which can be locked from the inside.  Each room has an individually controlled heater, bed linens and towels.  If you will need an alarm clock or hair dryer, you should bring these with you. LUBLOW LODGE is a beautiful new residential center, adding six spacious double-occupancy rooms with a queen bed, a twin bed, air conditioning, and bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. The Hidden Valley campus provides free wireless internet access. There is a computer and printer available for guests in the Fireside Room. There are no telephones in the campus rooms.  Important calls may be directed to our main office (831) 659-3115 and we will post messages immediately on the door to your room.  Outgoing calls may be made from the front office.  Additional nights in a Waddell Center or Faculty Lodge room outside the dates of the program you are attending can be arranged, on a space-available basis.  



Link for more information:


Call: (831) 659-3115



1 ~ One male-identifying dancer will start immediately for the creation with Ihsan Rustem and must be available from September 12-18. The new work will be performed on Saturday, September 18th at Hidden Valley.  Engaged dancers will receive room  &  board, travel stipend, and    a minimum of $725  per week. 


2 ~ Site-specific work in Monterey County in Spring of 2022


3 ~ Creation with European choreographer in June 2022 with performances in at the next Carmel Dance Festival

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