Dance in the moonlight



About Artesan


Redding, California-based Artesan Dance Company began in 2006 with its current leader, Artistic Director Summer Odell Ovies, at the helm. With only three dancers, one of them being Summer herself, the company laid foundations for what would eventually become its current iteration.

A turning point came in 2008, when Summer struck a deal with a group of young b-boys: if they took Summer’s weekly modern and ballet classes, they could have an hour of free studio space every week to work on whatever they wanted. From that initial arrangement, five of them were chosen to perform at Artesan’s debut performance at the Cascade Theatre in 2009 and continue to collaborate with the company to this day.

Since then, Summer has nurtured the exciting intersections of hip-hop, breakdancing, modern and ballet that make up the signature movement blend of her company, performing at such venues as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out stage (Berkshires, MA), The Casino de Paris (Paris,France) and across the West Coast.



UpComing Performances


Date                               Time                        Location                                             

May 4                             8 PM                        Theater at Redding School of the Arts                              Purchase Tickets

May 5                             8 PM                        Theater at Redding School of the Arts                              Purchase Tickets

May 6                             8 PM                        Theater at Redding School of the Arts                              Purchase Tickets

May 12                          8 PM                         Theater at Redding School of the Arts                              Purchase Tickets


News & Updates



Season 2017-2018

Dancer, Apprentice & Trainee* Openings!

We are looking for male and female dancers for our 2016-2017 Season!  We are accepting both studio and online submissions. For questions or more information write to

For online submissions: Send your dance resume, video links, and head shot to Artistic Director, Summer Ovies at

*Trainee Scholarships will be awarded to qualified dancers