The Wooden Floor's 41st Annual Concert Titled Onward

May 8, 2024


The Wooden Floor’s 41st Annual Concert: Onward Celebrates a Tradition of Thought-Provoking Dance with an Inspiring Vision That Breaks the Cycle of Poverty in Youth 

SANTA ANA, Calif., (May 3, 2024) – Students of The Wooden Floor will take the stage to premiere three new dance works for the organization’s 41st Annual Concert: Onward at Irvine Barclay Theatre from May 30-June 1, 2024, for four showings. This years’ acclaimed choreographers, Momar Ndiaye, Tristian Koepke, and The Wooden Floor Artistic Director Jennifer Bassage Bonfil will work alongside students to craft unique and transformative dances that claim national recognition and accolades due to their groundbreaking nature. Through our rigorous dance education program, students will dedicate hundreds of hours to the performance process, while evolving their intellectual capabilities through artistic collaboration. By co-creating dance works with these renown choreographers, students drastically develop their Creativity, Confidence, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Character, and Courage, which helps them succeed both in school and in life.

“Those who have never attended The Wooden Floor’s Annual Concert are usually surprised by what they experience. It is an important artistic performance for our students, co-created with artists and designers working at the top of their fields. It is about uplifting our student’s belief in themselves, and in each other, which permeates all that they strive to accomplish each day,” said Dawn S. Reese, CEO of The Wooden Floor. “The art-making that you will witness on stage is the embodiment of the creativity, focus, and determination which each child brings. It is these personal learnings which provide the confidence and courage in each child to pursue their bold visions for their lives,” she said. 

Meet the Choreographers

You can learn more about our guest choreographers Jennifer Bassage Bonfil, Momar Ndiaye, and Tristan Koepke and their original pieces at

Join The Wooden Floor in a night of elevating dance that will captivate the minds of the audience through fresh and inventive choreography and artistry, while supporting the future of children in our community.

Event Details 

Name: The Wooden Floor’s 41st Annual Concert, Onward

When: 8:00pm May 30 - June 1, 2024, plus 2:30pm matinee June 1, 2024

Where: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 

Tickets: $20 General Seating; $10 seating for children under 13 and students;  

$50 Benefit Seating, which includes a $30 tax-deductive contribution 

Available: On sale beginning April 1 at

About The Wooden Floor 

Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor is one of the foremost creative youth development nonprofit organizations in the country. We inspire and transform the lives of young people through the power of dance and access to higher education. In Orange County and through national licensed partners, we use a long-term approach grounded in exploratory dance education to foster the confidence and gifts within each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate – skills necessary for success in school and in life. 100 percent of students who graduate from The Wooden Floor enroll in higher education. Our students become change agents and beacons of hope within their own families, their neighborhoods, our community, and our world.


To cover this event, schedule an interview with choreographers, or interview participating students, please call Alyssa Ventress at 714-541-8314 ext. 137 or e-mail  

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