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with Clementine Deluy

& other Dance Luminaries

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November 8-20, 2021

photo by Stephan Tasse 


The Wisdom Project provides dance training and the creation and presentation of new work that honors dancers age 40 and better to provide legacy and help combat ageism in the field. This dance melee is designed to eclipse prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of a person's age with love, acceptance, and reverence of older dancers.


This 2nd iteration has evolved to include dancers of all ages who will train in the morning with the Wisdom Project dancers and then be a part of a site-specific creation with Haley Heckethorn and Joseph Davis of HD Theatre. 


This 2-week legacy experience will entail enhancing technique, developing partnering skills, the creative process, relationship building, and will culminate in a performance at Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts. Participants will all train together with and perform alongside the leaders of Ballare Carmel, Cheryl Mann Productions, The Foundry, and PARA.MAR Dance Theatre as well as be a part of a site-specific creation by Los Angeles-based HD Theatre. 


  • 1 orientation session

  • 10 technique classes 

  • 10 rehearsals 

  • 2 dinners with the artists

  • 1 performance/showing and Q & A with the artists

  • train in an intimate setting with Artistic Directors and master teacher Clementine Deluy

  • create and perform site-specific work with Haley Heckethorn & Josephe Davis of HD Theatre 


Clementine began her classical dance education at the Ecole Nationale de Marseille, then enrolled at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, and graduated at the Folkwang universitat der Junste in Essen-Werden (Germany). In 2002, she joined Sasha Waltz & Guests and participated in various works such as noBody, Inside Out, Impromptus, Dido and Aeneas. In 2006, Clémentine became a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch where she danced in many pieces of the company’s repertoire and created Bamboo Blues and …como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si… She had the honor of dancing Pina Bausch’s role in Cafe Müller and participated in the film, PINA, directed by Wim Wenders. She has been a guest artist with the company since 2014. In 2015, Clementine further collaborated with Sasha Waltz & Guests on Romeo and Juliet, Women Project, Figure Humaine for the opening of the Elbephillarmony in Hamburg. In 2017, Clémentine was one of the interpreters of Kreatur. She had the role of Exodos in the Ruhrtriennale project in 2018 and will be in the cast of the new production Rauschen. Clementine has also the fashion designer Gabrielle Greiss. She was involved in two projects between the Pina Bausch Foundation and the Gesamtschule Vohwinkel with students of Wuppertal: Kinder zu Olymp, which was awarded in Berlin, and Hey Jung Und Laut volume 1-, collaborate work with Pascal Merighi. Clementine will be part of the 2019 artistic team for the restaging of Pina Bausch’s Iphigenia auf Tauris for the Semperoper in Dresden, a project led by the Pina Bausch Foundation.  


Supported by The Globe in London, Clementine has oriented herself to more theatrical artistic research in collaboration with Thusnelda Mercy, Jack Laskey, and Ben Wishaw.

Why will these 2 weeks be life-altering?

  • You’ll train in-person on a sprung floor inside a spacious theater (again!)

  • You’ll experience human connection/partnering/creation.

  • You’ll work with 3 artistic directors of dance companies:

    • Lillian Barbeito, Ballare Carmel

    • Alex Ketley, The Foundry

    • Stephanie Martinez, PARA.MAR Dance Theatre

  • You’ll experience master classes with Clementine Deluy. 

  • You’ll meet new friends/build community.

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

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

  • You’ll have an opportunity to take class and perform alongside dance luminaries.

  • You'll be a part of a site-specific creation with Haley Heckethorn & Joseph Davis of HD Theatre


To ensure the wellbeing of all attendees, the workshop will take place at The Hidden Valley Music Seminars, An Institute of the Arts. Staying and dining on campus is mandatory and will help ensure everyone’s health. 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!) 


(Pacific Standard Time)

8-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:00  Technique (everyone together)

11-1:30 HD Theatre site-specific creation group A 

1:30-2:30 Lunch 

2:30-5:30 HD Theatre site-specific creation group B

6-7:00 Dinner


Eveyone will take class together in the theater. Clementine will instruct 4 out of the 10 classes. The other 6 classes will be taught by artistic directors participating the creation with Clementine. Then, the chohort will split into two groups. Artistic Directors age 40+ will work with Clementine Deluy in the theater and intergenerational group age 16+ will work in the dance studio and throughout Hidden Valley's stunning campus with HD Theatre.


For the live, in person performance on Saturday, November 20th, 2021, the audience will travel throughout Hidden Valley to see spaces come alive with dance, go inside the theater to see a duet by Haley and Joseph, have a breif intermission, see Clementines's new work and then enjoy a wine reception with the artists. 


  • 16+

  • Previous dance training

  • Interest in Partnering, Improvisation, and Performing

  • Desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute 

  • Proof of vaccination (To folks that are not able to get vaccinated by November 1st or have                                        anti-vaccination beliefs/practices, 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 Wisdom Project 

  • Biography and/or Resume 

  • Links to Video(s)​

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


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

  • 1 minute of improvisation 

  • 1 minute of ballet technique (adagio, waltz, allegro)

  • 1 minute of performance or rehearsal footage (any setting acceptable) of choreographed material 

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

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE​ ~ Sunday, October 10th by 5:00 pm PST

The site-specific creation 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. 


$1200 ~ 2-week Tuition

$400  ~ Non-refundable security deposit


$700  ~ Per week for Room & Board (see guidelines below)

FINANCIAL AID ~ Sunday, October 17th by 5:00 pm PST

Dancers who apply and are accepted are eligible for financial aid for tuition. 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) or Two Written Letters of Recommendation


LILLIAN BARBEITO 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.  She has taught


internationally for organizations such as CALARTS, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L'Artère 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. 

ALEX KETLEY is an independent choreographer, filmmaker, and the director of The Foundry. Formerly 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 affects 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. The Foundry’s 

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diverse work has been enthusiastically received by audiences, the press, and funders. For his independent work as a choreographer he has been commissioned extensively throughout the United States, as well as projects in Germany and Italy, 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, a Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation Grant, 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 in the categories of; Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Outstanding Achievement by a 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. He was the founding Resident Choreographer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for fourteen years until its closure in 2018.​ In 2020 he became a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, one of the most prestigious honors in the United States recognizing individuals "who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.”



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 a single room with 3 meals per day

$400 non-refundable security deposit


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 details

Call: (831) 659-3115

*The aforementioned details are subject to change.

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