Kellie Dantzler

As a teaching artist I use my art to encourage out-of-the-box thinking, and to bring entertainment fetes that celebrate the beauty rhythms within you.

I have started an art movement called, "The Younique Experience." Under this umbrella, I have created all times of art activities, outreach programs, and performance workshops to encourage and support fellow artist and entrepreneurs in finding ways to pursue their art or life work, while exploring how to achieve financial freedom and security.

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Madeline Jachim

Tap. Create. Express.

I am a tap dancer/tap teacher in the community. I live in Oceanside and teach at Carlsbad Dance Centre. My art is tap dancing and my mission is to communicate to my audience through rhythm and sound. Tap dance is a unique art because it is non-verbal yet can speak such important messages to the audience. Tap is its own language. It is intricate, rhythmic and compelling and I want to share this language with my community!

Check out more on the artist website Project Rhythm

Kimberly Gregg

I am the Artistic Director of Practice As Research And Dance Experiments (PARADE), an experimental dance project with present work in improvisation, site-specific performance, and contemporary partnering. I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from California State University Long Beach. I have served on the faculty of Mira Costa College, Rio Hondo College, Santa Ana College, and California State University Pomona.

My creative practice is rooted in theory and propelled by experimentation. It is as much an intellectual investigation as it is a somatic inquiry. ‘Practice as research and dance experiments’ is a philosophy that guides my work. In 2006, I began using the acronym of this philosophy, PARADE, to give a name to the body of work it represents. I am committed to engaging the community in an active dialogue that explores performance theory as an embodied art practice.

My creative research investigates the relationship between choreography and improvisation. I examine improvisation as a method for maintaining excitement within the constructs of the choreographic structure, by providing opportunities for spontaneous choices by the dancers. Conversely, in rehearsal improvisation is often used as a tool to cultivate choreography. Spanning the range of dynamics between them, this interplay embraces the artistic impulse and negotiates between directorial and collective ideals.

My research examines the collaborative process in dance making. As each performer brings unique skills to the creative process, explorations are defined by the participants involved. Using structured improvisations, dancer creativity is sparked to find creative responses to kinetic problems, and their solutions influence the look of the dance. Through this cycle of exploration and direction, movement phrases are culled, eventually defining the vocabulary for the choreography, and the dance structure begins.

Performance cognition is an area of specific focus in my research as an integral facet of solo, partner, and ensemble work in performance. I am interested in the application of somatic education to develop a greater embodiment in performance practice, to promote cognitive awareness and authentic responsiveness. Using sensory directive and task driven improvisations for experiential learning, dancers cultivate heightened sensitivity, energy projection, and spatial awareness. Through this investigation, I apply somatic concepts to develop the performers’ ability to recognize their presence wholly, cognitively, physically, spatially, and aesthetically, to find and project their somatic embodiment.

I am particularly interested in the nature of 'liveness' in performance. This has led me to investigations of the relationship between performer and audience, performative intent and everyday actions, and the expectations assigned to 'place'. By engaging in opportunities that highlight the flexible nature of these constructs, through site specific improvisation, I raise audience awareness of the integral role it plays in performance, and engage in the fluid relationship between art and life.

Technology furthers these explorations in exciting ways to create new experiences. I have used small wireless electronics onstage in performance; worn a live microphone with amplifier to blend voice and feedback as a tense soundscape in Bob; held LED candles for a shifting dreamlike environment in Some Will Bring Flowers. I have used hardwired equipment to project images onto a perforated scrim downstage that created a virtual 3D environment in Landscape. I use digital video editing to create dance films. I am eager to undertake long distance collaborations that are facilitated with present technology, live video feeds, and new media.

I place my work within the socio-political framework of contemporary dance. My research investigates the empirical study of performance, with context, meaning, and representation considered. With place providing the context for understanding, I create dances for human and natural environments, stage and screen, and juxtapose contradictions to stretch expected perception. With the nonverbal communication of dance predating language, I examine the complexity of its inherent meaning, often using humor to frame the eccentric nature of the dance vocabulary. This is complemented by comparative studies of the aesthetic and the everyday, the represented and the real, its implication and consequence.

I am fascinated by the many functions that performance plays in our contemporary society. Performance is an expression of our intangible cultural heritage that transmits information broadly, engaging the community in a dialogue of shared human experience. Performance is a metaphor for empowerment. It is a catalyst for change. It is fleeting and immediate, visceral and intelligent, emotional and cathartic. I value the capacity of performance to serve as a conduit for ideas, a vehicle for cultural exchange, and am eager to continue this dialogue.

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Firelight Ladies

Amalia is originally from Chicago,IL and moved to beautiful Oceanside one year ago. Amalia brought with her a deep passion for flow art which is a type of interpretive dance using various props and dancing styles. It all started at a young age when she participated in many different forms of dance and baton twirling. Amalia got her hands on some fire poi when she was 18. After being active in the Chicago music scene she evolved into a fire performer by the time she was 21. Unlike many physical arts, learning flow arts (poi, fans, hoops) does not usually involve formal education. A strong sense of community and self-teaching are key elements of modern flow art. She found herself performing for music festivals and clubs in Chicago along the way she keeps adding to her list of props to dance with. Fire is the passion element and Amalia has a passion for dancing with fire. Being new to Southern California she is determined to start a fire flow performing group. She's currently reaching out to the San Diego flow community looking for others to perform with. During the the day you can find Amalia working at Apotheque spa where she does hair and teaches a fitness Hula-Hoop class in the spring and summer.

Theatre Arts West


Unleash your creative during the November 7th Oceanside Art Walk at Theatre Arts West’s community art project – located at Seaside Flowers, 212-C (Artist Alley) where you’ll be able to paint a piece of material that will become part of a work of art that will be gifted to the City on behalf of Oceanside Art Walk. Children, teens, and adults welcome. This triptych is an example of community art created in Temecula.


  • Creating new plays that are inspired by the work of local visual artists and musicians with the intent of taking these new productions to New York
  • Using the work of area artists in theatrical productions to further the success of local artists
  • Creating opportunities for area artists to make a living through set design, costume design, lighting design and sound design
  • Providing playwrights and actors labs to develop new works by Southern California writers
  • Producing theatre of a professional caliber which will draw audiences from around the country and develop our area as a cultural tourist destination
  • Offering Educational and Outreach Programs for adults, teens, and children in both the performing and visual arts including programs for at-risk youth and those suffering from physical and mental difficulties

To learn more about Theatre Arts West or to become involved go to

Dean LeCrone

Dean LeCrone is a cartoonist, whose talents have been utilized in comic books, calendars, t-shirts, posters, magazines, and pretty much any other format- be it paper or internet- that has provided a platform for his work.

Dean brings his cartooning skills to Oceanside's Art Walk, by offering up his "Superhero Caricatures". With pen to paper, Dean will transform Oceanside Art Walk attendees into their favorite super hero!

In his youth, Dean grew up consuming and devouring comic books (into his brain, not actually chewing and swallowing them) and was influenced by the many talented, sequential art storytellers. His influences ranged from Marvel Comics, Mad Magazine, and newspaper strips.

Dean has been an exhibitor at Comic-Con, and continues attending each year as a professional. He was also the President of the Southern California Cartoonists Society for a couple of years, and continues to be a member of that fun group.

His comic character, "Doc Smith" (everybody's favorite social outcast) is growing in popularity with the yearly release of his Doc Smith calendars. See Doc Smith at: and Facebook The Real Doc Smith Page

Dean's most recent project was an animation job- providing the art and character designs for an all animated episode of the comedy web series "Betty and DD's School of Acting Arts". The episode can be seen at their website,

Dean also has a multi-media partnership with photographer and artist Allen Freeman. Together, as Slambang Media, they have teamed up on various projects and jobs ranging from comics, poster art, film, and photography.

Check out the artist websites and and Facebook dean.lecrone