Zion Dance Company creates a visceral experience incorporating theater, contemporary and aerial dance. ZDC is based upon a long held dream first born in 1996 of a contemporary dance company weaving aerial and theater to tell a story. Our creative process involves true collaboration where the dancers, lighting designer, sound engineer and apparatus get to put their stamp on the project.
ZDC began with dancers Rina van de Kamp and Nicole Helton and was the first aerial company south of San Francisco. Since then the company has continued to break barriers and evolve. In 2007 ZDC was the first international company to teach and perform on Paros, Greece. We were brought to teach workshops and perform at two different venues on the island. ZDC was the first company to perform aerial work on stage in Central America twice brought to the Festival de Junio in Guatemala City for performances at the Theatro Nacional. In 2012 and 2013, ZDC performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and Brighton, England.
Locally, ZDC performs in their own black box studio space in the Santa Ynez Valley with occasional shows at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. They have also had performances in conjunction with Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, the Marjorie Luke Theatre, and Art Without Limits.
Video: 3-2-1 by Zion Dance Company
Artistic Director: Rina Van de Kamp
Location: Santa Ynez