The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, The California Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, The Puffin Foundation, The Parker Foundation, Dr. Stuart E. Schwartz & Karl Peterson, The Human Dignity Foundation, and “PGK Partners” with additional support from Vertical Response, Office Depot, Culture Shock Dance Center, Discount Dance Supply, Capezio at UTC/LaJolla and Public Architecture and Planning, sponsored by Veteran Tickets Foundation, Arts4Vets, Womens Museum of California, San Diego City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole District 4, Radio Pulso del Barrio, San Diego Arts Foundation, Allegro Physical Therapy, DanceFX, Vanguard Culture, The San Diego Public Library, The Scripps Wellness Center, The Sherman Heights Community Center, The Horton Theater Foundation, Centro Cultural de la Raza, Hotel Vyvant, The Little Italy Business Association, Missione Federal Credit Union’s ARTWALK Little Italy, The Diamond Business District, Primary Focus and The Artists Odyssey, The Mexican Consulate San Diego, The Tijuana Cultural Center, Cuerpo en Transito Dance Festival/MX, CECArtsLink for cultural exchanges abroad, Food for Good, Job Corp San Diego, San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria District 3, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, San Diego Union Tribune, NeNes Shoes, San Diego Performing Arts League.

Posted on January 25, 2016 and filed under Events.

Dance on the EDGE due by Feb. 1st to Perform

PERFORM at Dance on the EDGE San Diego
at Mission Federal Credit Union’s ARTWALK
April 30th and May 1st, 2016 between 11am to 6pm


Since 2012 companies included: City Ballet of San Diego, LA Contemporary Dance Company, The PGK Dance Project, Flamenco Arana, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, KO Dance Company, Culture Shock San Diego, Nannette Brodie Dance Theater (Long Beach), Mojalet Dance Collective.

*An outdoor Free to the public event, attracting 10,000 over 2 days, with a neutral arts & culture promotional purpose we are unable to support works with potentially contentious or divisive points of view whether politcial, religious, etc. Propose presenting works with neutral themes, or for pure entertainment, awe of great dance, dancing.


OUT of TOWN Artists are welcomed.
We have several hotel rooms for you at NO COST.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of DotE Executive Producer, Peter Kalivas (The PGK Project), General Management of ARTWALK, Inc., and a representative of Mission Federal Credit Union (Event Sponsor).

We accept Professional, semi-professional artists and companies wanting to promote themselves on our San Diego Union Tribune sponsored 23 x 26, raised secured stage at Grape & India Streets in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, CA. Back to the Original Larger Stage

VIDEO SAMPLES (REQUIRED) with Application for FIRST TIME ARTISTS ONLY. MAX. 5 minutes: Recent samples of work – full or excerpted are fine. Should in some way represent the kind of work you will do at DotE.

Artists/Companies have access to a tented green room just off the stage to dress, with sponsored water provided. Approximately 350 dancers perform over the 2 day event so one company will use the tent at a time.

One entrance on and off stage (upstage right).  Each group has approx. 5 minutes to “walk/space” on stage (in audience view), while your director introduces your company, program to audience via on stage mic.

MUSIC Playback (CD, iPod, etc.)
The PGK Project, has various event “MCs” throughout the day.

*Indicate in the application the amount of time and number of increments: Artists are identified as co-producers of this dance promotion event in marketing with their investment.

15 minutes: ____ x $25 = $____

30 minutes: ____ x $50 = $____

* Time & Day Preference:
There are performance times available on Saturday APRIL 30th and Sunday MAY 1st between 11 AM and 6 PM. Please indicate your preferred day(s) and time(s): Artists can perform up to 2 times per day.

The Dance on the EDGE Booth: Every participant can, Promote, collect data, build their public contact list at the DotE Booth across from the stage where the audience comes to learn more about you. A service included in their co-production fee.

Feb. 1st, 2016.


ONCE Accepted and Confirmed (2 weeks later), You will receive confirmation of your scheduled day, time, additional information and link to waivers of liability, pay co-production fee. / 619-886-7924 for any additional information.

The PGK Project, Inc. is a registered 501(C) 3. All Fees are tax-deductible. #20-4740701

ArtWalk attracts over 125,000 residents and tourists 10,000 of which surveyed have enjoyed the addition of Dance on the EDGE since 2012 bringing greater exposure and appreciation of our regional dance scene.

“I had no idea there was such great dance in San Diego”Marie Syms of Kearny Mesa.

Posted on January 18, 2016 and filed under Events, Apply.


For more information contact:


Posted on January 16, 2016 and filed under Events.

*Your tax-deductible support of PGK’s performance and educational programs widens access and deepens appreciation of the arts through participatory dance workshops for schools and community groups, buses and tickets to experience The PGK Dance Project’s professional performances, and Summer Intensive scholarships enabling talented dancers and choreographers with limited means to pursue advanced training.  


Everyone who makes a donation of $50 or more receives a PGK Streetwear Top of their Choice and 1 ticket to San Diego Dances this March with us and Lux Boreal/Mexico.

All donations acknowledged.

Looking for another way to give?

Contact us at – for
information on Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities, donate miles to support PGK Dance’s Upcoming “Made in San Diego” Touring. All the best from PGK Dance and be awesome!

Peter G. Kalivas - Artistic/Executive Director
Nonprofit Tax ID: 20-4740701

Photos: Liza Voll (top, PGK Dance “Made in San Diego” Gallery Tour Boston; Sue Brenner Photography on Red Tank, Manuel Rotenberg PGK at the Lyceum)

Posted on January 12, 2016 and filed under Support.

Upcoming: Sept 18 - 20 at The Lyceum Theater

September 18-20th
The Lyceum Theater San Diego
9/18 & 9/19 at 7:30pm
9/20 at 2pm

Tickets now on sale!

The PGK Dance at The Lyceum Theater 9 Choreographers, 10 World Premieres / Audience Favorites, 1 Great Company
The PGK Dance Project has quickly become one of the most dynamic, entertaining Dance Companies on the West Coast.

The PGK Dance Project appears for the first time on The Lyceum Theater’s MainStage World premieres by 9 different, exciting choreographers from across the US.

$10 Group Tickets (10 People or more)
$15 Student/Senior/Military
$20 General

*4 Hours FREE Parking with Validation in Theater Lobby
The Lyceum Theater is located in the lower level of Horton Plaza Mall at: 79 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101P

Premieres include:

“And then, one day…”, a mysterious, physically demanding work featuring the women of the company by Boroka Nagy (Irvine), Kevin Jenkins, (San Francisco) has created a stunning contemporary ballet duet performed by PGK Dancers Jennifer Puls and John Paul Lawson, Andrew Pearson, (Los Angeles) premieres a stylized, “groovy” work for the group, Blythe Barton’s (Director Blythe Barton Dance, San Diego) “Cinema of a Certain Tension” returns after its premiere at our sold-out 3 day March event, “San Diego Dances at Bread & Salt”.

Artistic Director, Peter G. Kalivas presents premieres and audience favorites of his own. “Don’t Touch” is a funny, yet clever look at temptation through a solo dance/theater work created with and for PGK Dancer Alyssa Junious. “Stay with Me” premiers with live vocals by Kalivas, who is an equally accomplished singer, and is a duet featuring new PGK Dancers Jenny Henkel and Ron Davis, as well as “Ode”, a solo for new PGK Dancer Natalia Hill.

Mr. Kalivas’s group work “There & Back” (2009) returns and is directly inspired by his company’s first trip to Kazakhstan, Central Asia while getting caught in a sand storm.

“Listen”, a stunning duet premieres and is created and performed by new company member James LeMaster and apprentice Nicole Lee with Peter G. Kalivas.

Dance Community Collaborations

“The Sound of Dance”, conceived and directed by Peter G. Kalivas, created in collaboration with Kristina Cobarrubia (Flamenco), Divya Devaguptapu (Classical Indian) and John Paul Lawson (Tap) puts together forms that rely on sound production for their expression returns following its premiere at “Bread & Salt”. “Beginning to End” (2011), reveals 2 gay couples (male & female), one at the beginning and the other at the end of their relationships simultaneously exposes the universal, human conditions of love found and lost. This work was originally commissioned for “Dance/Theatre” at The Diversionary Theater and inspired by a scene from the operetta “Sextet” by Nicolas Reveles (San Diego Opera).


Sean Curran’s (1997) 18 minute tour du force “Folk Dance for the Future” closes out the show. Described by the New York and LA Times as “witty,… laugh out loud funny and poignant.” The company dons Scottish kilts and let’s Irish Folk and Modern Dance collide as it will into the future. In this folk dance gay and ethnically mixed straight couples along with toys r us babies represent the “new normal” in exuberant leaps and the skilled dancing “PGK Dance” is known for.


PGK Dance Director, Peter G. Kalivas was an original member of Sean Curran Company/NYC (1997 – 2002) and performed “Folk Dance for the Future” at The Joyce Theater New York, The Jacob’s Pillow over 35 tours across the US and Abroad.       (Photo: Peter G. Kalivas in “Folk Dance…”  Credit: Sue Brenner)

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under Events.

3rd Annual PGK Dance Project Summer Intensive June 15-19th

TAKE CLASS from Peter Kalivas, Founding Director The PGK Dance Project

3rd Annual The PGK Dance Project SUMMER INTENSIVE

June 15 – 19th, 2015

Train with other pre-professionals from across the region, US and Abroad

10am to NOON “Horton” inspired Contemporary/Modern with Peter Kalivas

Culture Shock Dance Center 2110 Hancock Street, San Diego 92110 (2nd floor)

Peter G. Kalivas, Founding Director The PGK Dance Project trained at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater school, The Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Schools and The University of the Arts Philadelphia.

Career: danced with Ailey II, Donald Byrd/Projects, The Jamison Project, original member of Sean Curran Company/NYC, soloist The Bavarian State Opera Ballet and The Iwanson Dance Company/Germany among others. Choreographic works presented at The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Ailey Theater/NYC, REDCAT/LA, across the US and abroad, taught at major schools and festival 25 years. (“Horton” inspired Contemporary/Modern, Composition, PGK Rep)

The summer intensive is generally how we fill open paid positions with our main performance, touring company as well as apprenticeship positions who perform with our 2nd company throughout the year.

UPCOMING PGK Dance Schedule includes:

Main Company: September performances and lecture/demonstrations in Baltimore and Washington DC
October 9-11th The Lyceum Theater San Diego
November The Dance X Festival Belize, Central America

2nd Company: Understudying the main company
Lecture demonstrations at Malcolm X Library, Central Library
Young Audiences performances at middle schools
The Carlsbad Music Festival performances

COST: $50 for all 5 classes or $10 Drop In (Cash/Credit) for more information

Posted on November 28, 2014 .