The 2021 Carmel Dance Festival’s inaugural season will take place outdoors in an innovatively designed setting in Carmel Valley and will feature Chicago-based contemporary ballet company PARA.MAR Dance Theatre

Sunset Presents:


Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25, 2021

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 4 at noon!

The 2021 Carmel Dance Festival’s inaugural season will take place outdoors in an innovatively designed setting at the private Mackillie Farm, located at 7412 Cypress Lane in Carmel Valley, and will feature Chicago-based contemporary ballet company PARA.MAR Dance Theatre.

The program will include the West Coast premiere of Artistic Director Stephanie Martinez’s “kiss,” a new solo choreographed by Lucas Crandall for the incomparable Ching Ching Wong, and a highly-anticipated new work by Jennifer Archibald. Master classes and a 5-day workshop will be offered in conjunction with performances during PARA.MAR’s week-long residency at the Mackillie Farm in Carmel Valley from July 21-30.

​Intimate evening performances will be paired with wine and hors d’oeuvres for a multi-sensory experience. For the matinee performances, join Artistic Director Stephanie Martinez and Carmel Dance Festival Founder Lillian Barbeito for Coffee & Conversation with the Choreographer before the performance.


Friday, July 23 at 6:30 pm ~ $125

Saturday, July 24 at 2:00 pm ~ $40

Saturday, July 24 at 6:30 pm ~ $125

Sunday, July 25 at 2:00 pm ~ $40


During their time in Monterey County, in addition to four public performances, PARA.MAR Dance Theatre will offer two classes, two Coffee & Conversation sessions with the Choreographer, and a week-long workshop to the community. The first class will be FREE and open to the public. The second class and week-long workshop are open to intermediate level through professional dancers age 14 and over. Space is limited and reserving a spot is highly recommended.


Wednesday, July 21

10am – 11:30am

About: This FREE community class is designed for all ages and abilities and will entail stretching and guided improvisation. Space is limited and registering in advance is highly recommended. To reserve your spot:


Sunday, July 25

11am – 12:30pm

Cost: $25

About: This master class will be taught by PARA.MAR Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Stephanie Martinez and Rehearsal Director Noelle Kayser and is designed for intermediate through professional level dancers. To register:


Monday, July 26 – Friday, July 30

10am -3:00pm

Cost: $475

About: Carmel Dance Festival is thrilled to offer this five-day in-person workshop that includes technique, repertory, and performance coaching with PARA.MAR Dance Theatre’s Rehearsal Director Noelle Kayser. In a safe and empowering environment, dancers will experience Artistic Director Stephanie Martinez’s acclaimed piece “kiss,” a  contemporary dance work motivated by the core human need to be seen, to be heard, and to be honored.

For more information and to register, please visit:

​In naming PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, founder and artistic director Stephanie Martinez attached her last name to Spanish prefix para, an ode to her individual identity and broader Mexican heritage. Para, meaning together, with, and for, stands to represent why and how the company exists and creates.

​Along with its goal of continuing innovation in dance as an essential mode of human expression, PARA.MAR finds its center in the unique identities of its artists and audiences, providing performances grounded in excellence and accessibility. PARA.MAR strives to be truly representative of the audiences it serves, focusing on equity in the curation of dance artists, dance makers, and the administrative team.

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