• "... her sophisticated sense of movement counterpoint sustained interest in her formal patterning."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Seda is a poetic genius."

    – Jodie Gates, Vice Dean/Director, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

  • "Aybay displayed choreographic flair and a cutting-edge sensibility."

    – Victoria Looseleaf, LA Times

  • "Kina is a powerful and intense work... ."

    – Jeff Slayton, See Dance

  • "Kybele Dance Theater performed … for an entranced audience."

    – Michael Ray, Santa Monica Mirror

  • "As each couple danced, you seemed to be watching a summary of a complex relationship swiftly,
    lightly impressed upon your consciousness."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Plunging squats, deeply arching backs and lush turns ..."

    – Claudia La Rocco, New York  Times

  • "I have been to to the westside’s Theatre Raymond Kabbaz on several occasions over the past few years, and I have never saw it so packed as it was for last week’s performance by Kybele Dance Theatre!!!"

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Seda Aybay’s work is rich with movement, purpose and thought-provoking images. "

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "... the movement was all so beautiful ..."

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Kina has beautiful moments and extraordinary dancing."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "Aybay shone throughout the piece, using her breath as an intense extension of her physicality ... that shook me to my core; and, her performance was matched by the rest of the cast."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "...impressive technicality ..."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "[Seda Aybay] is a beautiful dancer with a commanding presence."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "The entire company was technically stunning and impassioned in their performance ..."

    – Khayla Jordan Golucke, LA Dance Review


The Broad Stage Master Class to be announced soon!


Santa Monica College Classes


Winter 2018:  Jan 18 - Feb 18


DANCE 43, Contemporary Modern Dance 3 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU•Prerequisite: Dance 42 or Equivalent Experience.

This course is an intermediate level of contemporary modern dance technique with an emphasis on developing technical and compositional skills. Dance 43 will embrace increased range of motion, more complex phrases with various musicality, and more in depth analysis of movement and choreography. This course is intended for dance majors.

1172 12:00p-3:20p MTWThF CPC 304 Aybay Owens S

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Spring 2018:  Feb 13 - June 12


DANCE 10, Fundamentals of Dance Technique 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU•Prerequisite: None.

This course places emphasis on the fundamental training necessary for success in a variety of dance and movement styles for dance students of all levels. Movement principles from sources including anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation will be utilized to improve body alignment, core stabilization, breath support and other aspects of technique in key dance movement patterns. Students will demonstrate proper body alignment, learn human anatomy as it pertains to the moving body, analyze different principles of movement emphasizing time, space and effort as well as enhance the mind-body connection through somatic principles.

1743    2:00p-4:05p TTh CPC 310 Aybay Owens S


DANCE 41, Contemporary Modern Dance 3 1 unit

Transfer: UC, CSU•Prerequisite: Dance 42 or Equivalent Experience.

This course is a beginning level of modern dance technique with an emphasis on body alignment/placement, an introduction to body awareness, movement in space, and modern dance terminology. Technique, placement and creative experiences, along with correct body alignment and stance will be stressed throughout the semester. Stretching exercises to improve and enhance each dancer¿s strength, limberness and flexibility will be included.

1240 8:00a-9:20a MW CPC 310 Aybay Owens S

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DANCE 79, Dance in New York City 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition Required.

This course provides a New York City study and lecture tour of dance schools, dance resources, and dance performances. Students will be introduced to one of the dance capitals of the world, attending backstage tours, company rehearsals and performances, and libraries and resource centers. They will also have the opportunity to attend dance classes, university transfer sites, and related arts events. This course covers information and experiences only available in New York City and is a valuable learning component for the career or university minded dance student.
1776   Arrange -- 12 hrs  N/A  Aybay Owens S
Above section 1776 involves travel to New York City during spring break, April 9-13, 2018. Students must co-enroll in Dance 2 section 1738 and will need to pay travel and theatre costs of approximately $2600. Contact vanwormer_vanessa@smc.edu for more information.

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Open Classes


Seda Aybay's modern class is focused on quick weight shift, use of momentum, alignment, and strengthening through fusing the control release technique with Horton vocabulary. The class begins with a center warm up designed from a classical approach to dance through various exercises to bring the fundamentals back to the body. After an extensive floor stretch, it continues with series of off-centered turns and jumps across the floor. Applying all the class materials, a short combination is taught at the end emphasizing performance qualities.

Basic contemporary:
Tuesday 7:00pm-8:15pm at Danceline LA -- Culver City

Intermediate/Advanced contemporary:
Saturday 10:00am-11:30pm at Danceline LA -- Culver City

Danceline LA: click here

YGSB Program Classes

Modern 1: Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Modern 2: Friday 4:00pm-5:30pm
Modern 3: Wednesday 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Modern 3: Friday 5:30pm-7:00pm

YGSB Program classes are designed for the students who attend the program.
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Kybele Dance Theater is currently seeking male and female contemporary dancers for its 2017-2018 season of local, national, and international paid performances.  Free company classes, master classes and special discounts will be available for company members.

We are looking for athletic, technically-skilled, classically-trained contemporary dancers with floor work and ballet experience.  Dancers need to have a positive personality, captivating stage presence and expressive musicality. 

Dancers must be 21 & over.

Please send resume and dance reel to: click here.