In the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, a hidden dance community is blooming. The growing city of Merced is not the first location to come to mind when we talk about dance, but it has the potential to become California’s next dance central.

Division Workshops, a local organization also known as DIV, is focusing on bringing together a community under one passion. From Modesto, Merced, and Fresno to Sacramento and Bakersfield, the team at DIV is creating the link between dancers across the Central Valley. With partnerships branching to the Bay Area and Southern California dance communities, DIV hosts urban dance workshops across all types of styles.

The ACA Experience is one of the organization’s highlighted programs of the Fall 2017 semester. Hosted on the first Sunday of every month, the program is designed to be an interactive and immersive all-day experience. Participants learn choreography, technique, and different styles from the choreographers of the UCLA ACA Hip-Hop Dance Team.

At the September ACA Experience, participants learned three distinct urban dance styles from choreographers Jenny Kwak, James Cebedo, Franklin Yu, Jucel Andrin, Jaclyn Chu, and Willie Scott. From slow, fluid movements to quick, sharp stops, dancers got a taste of a broad spectrum of urban hip hop.

DIV offers a wide array of programs, designed for dancers of all ages and skill levels. All workshops are hosted on Sundays at various times. Dance has the power to unite people of all backgrounds under one passion. Making dance accessible to suburban communities such as Merced will unlock the potential that the Central Valley has and put us on the map.

Are you ready to put on your dancing shoes? For more information, check out Division Workshops at


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