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Congolese Dance Workshop

May 22 – 25, 2018

Featuring Master Dancers & Drummers at the Miners Foundry

Following Ha Mbongui in Santa Cruz, Master Dancers and Drummers from the Bay area, New York, and Paris, will come to Nevada City to share the rich culture of Congo, Brazzaville.
All levels of students welcome.
Classes are 20$-25$ drop in rate

May 22

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Kevin Mfinka
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Dance Class | Ylessa Antoinette

May 23

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Andoche Loubaki
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Drum Class | Contact (530) 470-3053 for info

May 24

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Yelessa Antoinette
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Dance Class | Kevin Mfinka

May 25

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Arnaud Loubayi (held at Sierra Dance Institute)

AfroCaribe Dance Intensive

AfroCaribe Dance Intensive w Kimberly Miguel Mullen, Nevada City

JUNE 3 & 4, 2018

International Touring Dance Artist & Cultural Ethnologist, Kimberly Miguel Mullen returns to Nevada City to offer a spirited 2-Day AfroCaribe Dance Intensive at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, California with Live Drum Accompaniment for all Classes. The Intensive includes a comprehensive overview on the Ritual and Popular Dance Traditions from Cuba & Brazil including both practical training and a lecture presentation on Kimberly’s ethnographic research in Cuba.

All Levels are Welcome in the Spirit of Learning and Having Fun.

$150 5-Class Package
$35 Individual Class | Drop In
$135 Pre-Registration Discount by May 28

*4-Hours AfroCuban Dance Training
*4-Hours AfroBrazilian Dance Training
*1-Lecture + Potluck Gathering:
Lecture Topic by KMM: “The African Legacy in Cuba: The History of AfroCuban Dance Practices in Cuba from Ceremony to Stage.”
Location of Lecture: TBA.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring St
Nevada City, CA 95959

*The location for the Lecture | Pot Luck – TBA.

Dance Intensive Schedule:

Sunday, June 3
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM: AfroCuban Dance Workshop
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: AfroBrazilian Dance Workshop
7:30 PM Lecture | Pot Luck

Monday, June 4
10:00 AM to Noon: AfroCuban Dance Workshop
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: AfroBrazilian Dance Workshop

To Pre-Register & For More Information, Email:

Kimberly Miguel Mullen, M.A. is an international touring dance artist and cultural ethnologist who travels the world to create links among cultures through the expression of dance. The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple,” owing to her natural beauty, grace and technical expression of sacred and secular cultural dance forms from the Caribbean, Cuba & Brazil. Among her many achievements over the course of her 20+ year professional dance career, she is a University Dance Professor, a solo performance artist, an international award winning DVD artist & choreographer, Retreat facilitator, and Co-Founder of Tambor Y Danza Cuba, a cultural arts Drum & Dance Immersion Program in Cuba.

Kimberly offers spirited AfroCaribe (mainly AfroCuban) & AfroBrazilian dance classes, workshops, residencies, retreats and cultural arts immersion programs worldwide. She has been featured globally in major Publications and Magazines: Vogue India, Kee Magazine Hong Kong, ELLE, US Magazine, Oxygen, Fitness, Health Magazine, Women’s World and People, etc. In 2012, she was featured on the cover of Conscious Dancer Magazine’s dance travel issue. Kimberly divides her time between the United States and the Caribbean.

Congolese Drum & Dance

Master Dance Class with Kevin Mfinka

Tuesday, October 2nd

5:00 – 6:30pm


For more information, please contact Lisa at (530) 470-3053

Mingle Me Home


Garden of Others (Teaser) | Short Dance Film from Pascal Sangl on Vimeo.


The Miners Foundry is pleased to present “Mingle Me Home”, an International Contemporary Dance Festival, on December 20 and 21, 2018.  This event is bringing together dance communities from throughout the United States and Germany.  The goal of the festival is to enhance the development of artistic partnerships and strengthen the creative diversity of the local Nevada County community.  “Mingle Me Home” is essentially a celebration of our different roots.  Included in the festival are dance companies as well as individual dance artists from Germany, Seattle, San Francisco, Columbus (OH), and Nevada County.  This is an exciting new opportunity to bridge the world in a creative way and expose different ways of approaching the art of dance.

The Box Office opens one hour before the performance, doors to the theatre open half an hour before the performance.  The performance begins at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 for Adults and $15 for Students (under age 18).  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office.

Master Classes / Workshops

Amelia Eisen and Kirill Berezovski will present three workshops in the Nevada County community as part of the festival.

December 17, 2018 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Sierra Dance Institute | $15 Suggested Donation

December 20, 2018 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | N. U. High School Theatrical Dance Dept | $15 Suggested Donation

December 21, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall | $15 Fixed Price

For more information about the classes, please contact


Amelia Eisen | Germany

Amelia Eisen (Curator / Artistic Director) was born and raised in Nevada City, CA, USA.  She is a Freelance Dancer, Choreographer, and Holistic Health Coach currently based in Mannheim, Germany.  Amelia trained at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco, Alambrado Danza in Florence & Trieste Italy, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in NOrthern Israel, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  Amelia has danced for Taulant Shehu (DE), Luis Sayago (DE), Catherine Guerin (DE), Stefano Giannetti (DE), Brian McNeal (DE), Christian Burns (USA), Kara Davis / Project Agora (USA), ZiRu Dance Company (USA), and Ben Bach (IL).  In 2013, Amelia began to pursue her own international choreographic works which have been publicly shared in San Francisco, Israel, and Germany.  Her work merges together inprovisation and planned choreography while creating an empathetic connection between performers and viewers.  Amelia uses her Health Coach work to help other dancers understand how to care for themselves and live their fullest potentional.

Kirill Berezovski | Germany

Kirill Berezovski studied dance, choreography, and dance paedagogics in Mannheim, Germany from 2012-2015.  During his studies, he got further training at the Alvin Ailey School and the Broadway Dance Center in New York City in 2013.  After graduating, he gained further experience in contemporary and modern dance with the Kibbutz Contemporary  Dance Company in Israel.  As a Performer, he worked with various national and international choreographers and collectives, such as Edan Gorlicki, Ashley Wright, Christian Burns (San Francisco), Vlasova / Pawlica, Wilde Verwandte, ZiRu Dance Company (San Francisco), Bay Area Dance Collective (San Francisco), Co<Labs and the SETanztheater Nurrnberg.  Further Engagements will bring him together with the Hessian Stateballet and Theater Ingolstadt and the Tafelhalle Nuremberg.  Currently, he is also working on his own path as a choreographer in and outside of Germany.  His works were and will be shown as various festivals between 2016 and 2018.

Andrea Amdall | Northern California, USA

Andrea began training at the age of 13 in Grass Valley, CA at Sierra Dance Institute and at the Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance department with Yelena Holt.  She trained for a time at CSU Long Beach and after taking some time off to heal from an injury, she moved to New York City where she trained with different contemporary / modern choreographers as well as some time spent working under Mark Morris in Brooklyn, NY.  Andrea is currently based back in Northern CA and has just returned from living and training in the North of Israel with world renowned Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.  She believes that we are all capable of being movers and dancers through awareness, attention and practice as she continues her own journey of exploring movement through her yoga practices, gaga classes, aerial training, and her newest interest in the Ido Portal Method.

Fullstop Dance Company | San Francisco, CA, USA | Kathryn Florez, Founder

Fullstop Dance is a project-based contemporary dance company.  Founder and resident choreographer Kathryn Florez collaborates with a rotating cast of company members to create work, often challenging artists to use improvisation and problem-solving to evolve movement and physicalize ideas.  The company is versed in ballet, modern, improvisation, and other forms of dance, but focuses on contemporary movement in performance, sharing fully embodied, imagery-based, and athletic work.  Fullstop Dance Company has presented work all over the Bay Area including the Palace of Fine Arts, Dance Mission Theater, ODC, and more.  The company also hosts choreographic residencies to provide a platform for emerging choreographers to create work, including Bay Area artist Lindsey Renee Derry, NY-based artist Tushrik Fredericks, director of Vancouver’s TWObigsteps Marissa Wong, and German choreographer Kirill Berezovski.  Fullstop Dance is proud to be a fiscally sponsored project under San Francisco’s Dancers’ Group.

SeaBus Dance Company | Columbus, OH, USA | Kelly Hurlburt & Josh Hines, Co-Directors

Josh Hines and Kelly Hurlburt are partners and dance collaborators based in Columbus, OH.  Together they co-direct SeaBus Dance Company, a collective of dancers and artists working with contemporary improvisation as performance.  Both Josh & Kelly are teachers / facilitators of contemporary, improvisation and contact improvisational dance forms in the community.  Their work explores composition in real time, exposing the decision making, dynamics of collaboration and deep listening of physical bodies in action.

Pascal Sangl | The Netherlands and Germany

Graduating from the Amsterdam Academy for Theatre and Dance in 2016, Pascal Sangl works as a freelancer in both the Netherlands and Germany.  During his education he has danced in pieces by i.a. Guy Nader & Maria Campos, Didy Veldman and Judith Sanchez Ruiz.  Next to special workshops by Ohad Naharin, Liat Waysbort and Heidi Vierthaler he has been an intern at Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, trained with company tanzmainz and did a summer institute with New York based theater maker Ping Chong + Company.  As a professional dancer, he has worked with Jesus de Vega / ICKamsterdam, Edan Gorlicki and Axel Brauch in collaboration with choregraphic duo Vlasova / Pawlica.  Next to that, he has created his own pieces “Eine kleine Weisheit” (2017) and “Chiyo” (2017) and collaborated with Kirill Berezovski on the duet “Tango Vigoroso” (2018) accompanied by live music duo Milontan.

Stephanie Rankin | Chicago, IL, USA

Stephanie Rankin is a dancer, choreographer, educated, and arts administrator.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance / Choregraphy and Communications from Hope College, Holland, MI where she was privileged to train and work with choregraphers such as Steven Iannaconoe, Matthew Farmer, Maxine DeBruyn, Angie Yetzke, Anne Rene Petrarca, Sharon Wonog, Linda Graham, Alicia Diaz, Matthew Thornton, and Richard Rivera.  In 2016, she received her Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.  She participated in Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s MASA program, where she spent 5 months in Israel training with the company, choregraphing, and conducting research for her original thesis focusing on dance audience engagement within the choregraphic creative process. She has been an artist in residence for Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona for two consecutive years, where she led daily workshops and set original works on the students.  Recently, she was on faculty for the fall 2017 semester at Hope College where she restaged Steven Iannacone’s ‘sur la table’, taught modern courses, lectured in jazz dance history and movement fundamentals, and was a student dance concert advisor.  Her own choreography draws on art, history, and literature to create relatable audience experiences.  She incorporates pedestrian movement, somatic modern principles, and her collaborator’s experiences and styles with the attemtp to convey honest and authentic works.  Her work has been presented in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Arizona, and at the International Dance Village in Israel.


Valerie Grabill | Seattle, WA, USA

Originally from California, Valerie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in ballet.  She then continued her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s international dance journey program in Israel.  Valerie’s professional career includes working with the Dayton Ballet, Elements Contemporary Ballet in Chicago, Polaris Dance Company in Portland, OR, and most recently with Daniel Costa Dance.  Valerie is currently a freelance dancer living in Seattle, WA.


“Mingle Me Home” is an international contemporary dance festival connecting the United States and Germany. It is curated by 2008 Nevada Union High School alumna, Amelia Eisen and being presented by the Miners Foundry this December! We are currently raising funds through this Indiegogo campaign primarily to be able to bring dancers from Germany, San Francisco, Chicago, Ohio and Seattle to Nevada City as well as hire local dancers to perform. We are just about half way to our fundraising goal and have one month left. In order to reach our goal and make this all happen, we must spread the word and make some more noise about “Mingle Me Home!” We are calling on the local community of it’s friends to help bring this together. If you and/or your friends, family and networks are interested in this event, have a look at the following campaign to see exactly how you can help and what you can get back in return. Thank you for your continued support!






Miners Foundry and Aerial Lab are pleased to present HerStory, in 3 stunning performances: Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20 at 8:00pm, with a matinee Saturday, July 20 at 2:00pm.

Doors will open one hour before the performance time.

The Aerial Lab is a locally owned and operated small business, teaching circus arts and aerial dance to people of all ages and abilities. The Lab is run by women who have dedicated their lives to dance, aerial, and acrobatics, and who care deeply about community and the arts. Established in 2016, The Lab has grown into Nevada County’s premier spot to learn the physical art of Circus, a skill set unlike any other. Come gain strength, flexibility, and confidence as you explore the space above the ground with us!

The Aerial Lab is also home to a professional performance troupe of over 30 dancers, acrobats, and aerialists, many of whom will be featured in this production which will take place “in the round” with first come, first served seating.

About the Show:

I have a story. You have a story. She, He, They have a story.

Our stories are HerStory.

HerStory is born of a desire to look into the eyes of equality, recognize the triumphs and failures there, and find a way forward as humans in solidarity. We bring together our talents in a tale of growth, realization, and compassion in an aerial, acrobatic, and dance extravaganza! Come for the show; stay for the passion; take the inspiration out into the world with you when you go.

Get Tickets!

Adult tickets are $20 for Early Bird Pre-Sale (prior to July 1,) and $25 after July 1. Child/Student tickets will be $15. All tickets are General Admission.

Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person via the Miners Foundry Box Office.  The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.

Food and Drink

There will be a full service no-host bar available as well as food options available for purchase (details to be added at a later date.)

Foundry Dance Party!


BUY ONLINE or CALL (530) 265-5040 Tue. – Fri. 9:00 – 4:00  

Join us each month for a dance party at the Miners Foundry! We will be spinning hits from all the best decades of rock, pop, funk, soul, roots, and beats on the best dance floor in Nevada City. The music starts at 7:00 pm and we will be serving our full food and drink menu for your enjoyment. All ages are welcome, but must have a 21+ ID to partake in adult beverages. Put on your dancing shoes and show up with your crew to dance the stress away!

Tickets are only $5 and may be purchased in advance to guarantee your spot on the dance floor!

Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person through the Miners Foundry Box Office and BriarPatch.

The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.