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By Mary O’Keefe | February 28, 2008
Anyone entering the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday might have thought they were at a theatrical school such as The Juilliard School or a dance rehearsal hall. Sounds of tap dancing, classical music and the familiar countdown of ?five?six?seven?eight? echoed from every corner. Inside, dancers of all shapes, sizes and ages hurried from one class to another, all anxious to try something new or to experience a teacher they had heard so much about. This was the first Pasadena Dance Festival, produced and presented by Lineage Dance.
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February 5, 2009
The Second Annual Pasadena Dance Festival sponsored by Lineage Dance will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The event is for dancers ages 12 and up, from trained to novice, including those who have never taken a dance class. Forty classes will be offered in a variety of dance styles. Dancers will take as many classes, workshops and showcase performances as they wish, or have time for. The day is capped off with the Pasadena Dance Festival Concert, a professional performance beginning at 8 p.m. This year the Los Angles based, internationally acclaimed Lula Washington Dance Theatre, one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies, will be one of the companies performing at the concert.
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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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November 16, 2006
For lovers of the performing arts, families looking for a delightful and moving holiday story and fans of California Theatrical Youth Ballet's productions, this year brings an even more compelling reason to see "the show." In addition to the refreshing holiday presentation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, the story about the struggle between good and evil as taken on by a little boy and girl, Gerda and Kai, performers from one of Mexico's premiere youth ballet troupes will infuse the production with international flair.
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February 2, 2006
Irish Dance Master Patrick O'Dea to present weekend workshop Feb 5.Traditional Irish dancer Patrick O'Dea will present a set dancing workshop on Sunday, Feb. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Burbank Moose Lodge, 1901 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. The cost is $15 for the three-hour workshop. All levels, from beginner on up, are welcome to attend this fun, friendly and informal class. O'Dea, one of the foremost teachers of traditional Irish dance, has given workshops throughout North America, Ireland, the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
FEATURES
July 13, 2006
To a crowded auditorium and a standing ovation, Leslie Buhl Dance students performed their 10th and final dance recital June 16. Buhl has accepted a full-time job that will not allow her to teach next year. As the program was aptly named "The Final Bow," family and friends came to watch as the dancers performed such numbers as "Jada," "Good Ship Lollipop," "Shortnin' Bread," "Charleston" and "Hey Mickey." When the program concluded, Buhl emotionally thanked the parents for all their support and graciousness.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
The California Theatrical Youth Ballet has changed its name and is now known as California Contemporary Ballet. The company, long known for their mission to develop the growing talents of younger dancers, will continue in this effort with a youth division established in the name of California Contemporary Youth Ballet. To kick off the new company, California Contemporary Ballet has put together a Summer Concert to be performed by the company?s vibrant dancers in their own intimate studio theatre, located in La Cañada, for two weekends, June 20-22 and June 27-29.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2004
With the holiday season fast approaching, dancers are getting ready to perform "The Snow Queen - Ballet Redefined" being presented in the performing arts theater at Glendale Community College, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Dec. 17 to 19. Alyssa Thompson, an aspiring dancer from Tujunga, carefully warms up her feet before lacing up her pointe shoes and heading into what promises to be a long, arduous series of rehearsals. She fondly reflects that she was only 13 years old when she first performed in California Theatrical Youth Ballet's production of "The Snow Queen."
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By Mary O’Keefe | November 27, 2008
The “Nutcracker Ballet” is a holiday tradition and for many it is the first time they experience the ballet. It is with this in mind that the Media City Ballet’s founder and artist director Natasha Middleton casts and choreographs her production. “We are in a different day and age,” Middleton said. “Ballet needs to change [with the times].” Her company will perform “The Nutcracker” Dec. 6-7 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.
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By Anita S. Brenner | September 26, 2013
Every so often I post like crazy on Facebook. This week, my Facebook friends were totally digging the belly dance photos from cousin Ruthie's wedding. Ruthie is an amazing woman who, in her early 20s, decided to raise her niece and nephew after their own mom died. And now, years later, she has found her soul mate, the love of her life, in Leonel. Leonel, among other things, is a drummer. He performs. He teaches drumming. He leads drum circles. Many of his friends are musicians and dancers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2010
EVENTS: Thanksgiving Day at Descanso — Thursday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive. Take the family out for a stroll either before or after the big meal. Or enjoy Patina Catering's Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Descanso admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12. Thanksgiving dinner: $45, $37 members, $15.95 children 4-12. For dinner reservations, call Patina at (818) 790-3663. Self-guided Gamble House Holiday Tours — Friday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 2, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | January 15, 2010
Sin City. The City of Lights. A gambler’s paradise. Las Vegas is many things for many people. But for the students in JK’s Dance Company, Las Vegas means only one thing: dance. About 70 dancers, ranging in age from 8 to 17, have been practicing 114 numbers, two days a week, for the past four months in anticipation of the Las Vegas Encore Performing Arts regional competition in June. The rehearsal room at Revolution Dance studio, owned by Julie Kay Stallcup, was packed Wednesday with students, each wearing the dance company’s red and black uniform, comprising a red JK’s Dance Company logo-emblazoned shirt with black tights.
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By Sara Cardine | December 17, 2009
James Luna could dance the “Nutcracker Suite” in his sleep. That’s how it is for most seasoned professional ballet dancers, who can rack up as many as 30 performances of the beloved Tchaikovsky favorite in a single Christmas season. With decades of professional dancing on stages throughout the nation and in Canada, Luna estimates he’s done the Nutcracker at least 200 times in the course of his career. But this year, his performance as Uncle Drosselmeyer in a “Nut Crack’n Knight 2,” a hip hop-inspired twist on the beloved classic being presented Dec. 20 at the Lanterman Theater in La Cañada, will be like no other before it. That’s because, for a few brief moments, the La Crescenta resident will share the stage with 5-year-old Ginger Duncan.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2009
The Second Annual Pasadena Dance Festival sponsored by Lineage Dance will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The event is for dancers ages 12 and up, from trained to novice, including those who have never taken a dance class. Forty classes will be offered in a variety of dance styles. Dancers will take as many classes, workshops and showcase performances as they wish, or have time for. The day is capped off with the Pasadena Dance Festival Concert, a professional performance beginning at 8 p.m. This year the Los Angles based, internationally acclaimed Lula Washington Dance Theatre, one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies, will be one of the companies performing at the concert.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary O’Keefe | November 27, 2008
The “Nutcracker Ballet” is a holiday tradition and for many it is the first time they experience the ballet. It is with this in mind that the Media City Ballet’s founder and artist director Natasha Middleton casts and choreographs her production. “We are in a different day and age,” Middleton said. “Ballet needs to change [with the times].” Her company will perform “The Nutcracker” Dec. 6-7 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008
The California Theatrical Youth Ballet has changed its name and is now known as California Contemporary Ballet. The company, long known for their mission to develop the growing talents of younger dancers, will continue in this effort with a youth division established in the name of California Contemporary Youth Ballet. To kick off the new company, California Contemporary Ballet has put together a Summer Concert to be performed by the company’s vibrant dancers in their own intimate studio theatre, located in La Cañada, for two weekends, June 20-22 and June 27-29.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary O’Keefe | April 17, 2008
Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada will be the venue April 19 when Lineage Dance performs “Dancing Through the Ages” as a benefit for the Desi Geestman Foundation. Curtain time is 8 p.m. The foundation was formed in 1999 in memory of the Desi Geestman, a 12-year-old La Crescenta girl who died of neuroblastoma. The foundation has helped cancer patients and their families with support both financially and emotionally. “We work with so many charities throughout the year,” said Hilary Thomas, Lineage artistic director.
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By Mary O’Keefe | February 28, 2008
Anyone entering the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday might have thought they were at a theatrical school such as The Juilliard School or a dance rehearsal hall. Sounds of tap dancing, classical music and the familiar countdown of ?five?six?seven?eight? echoed from every corner. Inside, dancers of all shapes, sizes and ages hurried from one class to another, all anxious to try something new or to experience a teacher they had heard so much about. This was the first Pasadena Dance Festival, produced and presented by Lineage Dance.
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