Desert Dance Fest ©

Ballet Ashani is deeply aware that the expense of self-producing can discourage early and mid-career choreographers from making work on a large scale. By providing theater space, technical support, artistic mentorship and professional videography, we aim to promote the creative work of underrepresented dance artists – specifically for artists of color, women, gender non-conforming individuals and differently abled creatives – that may otherwise go unseen.

Desert Dance Fest was created to support underrepresented dance artists in Los Angeles and Southern California. Ballet Ashani is particularly interested in collaborating with choreographers from underrepresented groups who create work in the contemporary ballet genre. Our intention is to share new and diverse narratives in contemporary ballet, create inclusive content and reach new dance audiences.