Fremont Danceworks Contemporary Dance Company

Directed by Karena Birk, Fremont Danceworks was created in 1999 by Mary Reardon and Vivian Little for serious students who make dance their primary focus. The company is a means for young dancers who want to gain performing experience and find their way into the professional dance community. Established and emerging choreographers create works for the company, challenging the dancers to learn new movement and, each year, the company performs a spring dance concert.

The company dancers have had the opportunity to experience master teachers from around the country. Past opportunities have included studying with Carla Maxwell, Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company and various Limón company members, Kitty Daniels, Chair of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, Keith Sabado, formerly of Mark Morris Dance Company, David Leventhal currently of the Mark Morris Dance Company, Catherine Cabeen, formerly of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Martha Graham Company, and Donald McKayle, Professor at UC Irvine and a pioneer of American modern dance.

For more details about this program, contact Dance Fremont.


Students must be placed into Level 6 to audition for Fremont Danceworks. Students who are accepted into the program are required to study a designated amount of ballet and modern dance classes—and must be capable of managing their academic load with these weekly class/rehearsal schedules. Auditioning and signing a participation agreement are mandatory.


To be accepted into Fremont Danceworks, prospective dancers must audition for and enroll in both sessions of our Advanced Contemporary Dance Intensive, held in August of each year.