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By Mary O’Keefe | January 10, 2008
“Pancake” may not be a term typically associated with ballet, but for those in the California Dance Arts studio it is a key word to their dance training. “What kind of pancake are you?” asked Kamissa Marshall, ballet instructor. “A strawberry one,” said Ashley Ahn, 4-year-old ballerina. Four tiny ballerinas all sat with their legs spread out, stretching their torso to the ground, flat as a pancake to the floor. All tell their instructor what type of pancake they would most like to be. Then they are up and skipping from one piece of carpet to another.
September 14, 2006
The California Theatrical Youth Ballet (Ctyballet) is holding auditions for "The Snow Queen," an original holiday ballet, to be performed Dec. 21, 22, and 23 at the Glendale Community College Theatre. This will be the ninth season the company has performed this family treat. All ages from the community are invited to participate in this holiday production. Needed for chorus and gymnast roles are kids with varying levels of dance experience from beginners to advanced. Adults are also needed for minor dance and acting roles.
By Mary O’Keefe | December 6, 2007
Martha Graham said, ?Dance is the hidden language of the soul.? That is true ? it is an art form that has been used to express the feelings of hope, despair and love since the beginning of civilization. But the fact is that dance is also very hard work that requires dedication and, as in most art forms, sacrifice. ?I lost a lot of my social life,? said 19-year-old La Cañada dancer Ryan Morrison. ?When friends would ask if I could go here or there I would have to say, ?no I have dance class.
August 3, 2006
In June 2005 when Julie Kay Stallcup (known to her over 500 dance students as Mrs. Julie Kay ) was planning her next season of instruction, she never dreamed that she, her newlywed husband Darrell, and her dance family (her students and fellow teachers) would have accomplished so much in so little time. Along with her usual hectic schedule of teaching 20-plus hours per week, Julie Kay attended a prestigious dance teacher conference and shepherded several of her most experienced students through dance classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, choreographed and rehearsed over 20 routines for her dance team, JK's Dance Company's first competition in November (two of her students won first overall honors in their divisions)
By Jane Napier Neely | June 22, 2011
Bob and Gregg Smith graciously accepted the accolades given to them when they were honored for their generosity and support of Five Acres and their efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. Five Acres serves more than 4,500 children and their family members every year. The benefit, held June 11 at the San Gabriel Country Club, raised nearly $150,000 for the 123-year-old Altadena-based agency. Lorraine Reaume and Cathy Weber were the chairs of the fun and lively party, which was themed, “Eastside Boardwalk.” The invitation read, “Slip back in time to Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, where you can sip on bubbly and enjoy an open bar, carnival games, a premium silent auction and an exclusive wine wall presented by redwhite+bluezz.” Many of the guests got into the ambience of the evening by wearing garb from the 1920s.
January 1, 2009
Q. Now that the New Year is upon us, do you have any suggestions for ?New Year?s resolutions? other than the standard: ?lose weight, exercise more?? Now that the New Year is upon us, do you have any suggestions for ?New Year?s resolutions? other than the standard: ?lose weight, exercise more?? ? Esther, La Cañada ? How about being a little creative? The mission of the YMCA since its founding in 1844 has been about being healthy in spirit, mind and body. This is a common theme we hear nowadays from many sources.
By Jane Napier Neely | October 23, 2008
Autumn weather is here — I think. At least the cooler weather inspired me to decorate my home with pumpkins, brightly colored gourds, autumn leaf swags and other trappings of the season. Even if it does get warm again, the décor of my home will still be remind me of traveling through New England resplendent with its autumn colors. The Orchestras of Pasadena said farewell to summer and hello to autumn with their last gathering at the Boddy Mansion in Descanso Gardens where guests enjoyed an intimate setting for beautiful music, a delightful menu prepared by chef Tiana Driggs of Patina, and three delightful wines presented by Ann Rea of the Henry Wine Group.
June 24, 2004
The California Theatrical Youth Ballet presents William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet," utilizing contemporary rock music from the 1996 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. The new ballet features scenes with dramatic changes in time, ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary times and trends. For the past two years, Kamissa Marshall, 15, has delighted audiences in the starring role of Gerda in the California Theatrical Youth Ballet's annual December production of "The Snow Queen" at Glendale Community College.
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