August 15, 2007
Dancers from the Media City Ballet Company and guest artists will take the stage Saturday at the Alex Theatre for a night of ballet with a Spanish twist, complete with bold costumes, scorching choreography and dramatic music. The program for the ?Noche de Sabor? (?Night of Flavor?) performance will include a smorgasbord of ballet, flamenco, salsa and tango sets arranged to music from the likes of Astor Piazzolla, the master of tango, to ballet composer Ludwig Minkus. Natasha Middleton, the artistic director and founder of the company, decided a Spanish theme would make sense for a performance in August because of its associations with heat and passion.
December 13, 2000
Joyce Rudolph GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- Dancers and musicians from Glendale and the foothills will join in the third annual production of the ballet "The Snow Queen" this weekend at the Glendale Community College auditorium, 1500 N. Verdugo Road. For the first time, the ballet will be performed with an orchestra. The La Canada Flintridge-based Dance Street Performers have scheduled shows for their original ballet at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
August 22, 2005
Fred Ortega Alenoush Ellen Mirzaians began taking dance classes last fall at Glendale Community College and immediately fell in love with the program. So when the UCLA business school graduate realized that the college's dance department was being forced to cancel several classes due to a lack of funding, she decided to spring into action. The result of Mirzaians' efforts is "Heartbeat," a collaboration of dance and live music. The production, which brings together professional and student dancers, choreographers and musicians, will be held Aug. 26, 27 and 28 at the Glendale Community College Auditorium, with all proceeds going to the college's dance program.
January 15, 2005
Joyce Rudolph Dedication outranks skill when Natasha Middleton is scrutinizing dancers for her new junior ballet company. Middleton is constantly seeking individuals who never miss a class, routinely arrive early to prepare and stretch for a class and dancers who continue to work at the things they didn't do well in class, long after the students have been dismissed. "They live it, breathe it and are constantly asking questions," she said. "They are hard to find but they do exist out there."
June 15, 2007
Ballet Petit Performing Arts Center will present a double bill on June 23 and 24 at the historic Alex Theatre. The world premiere of "Johnnie Appleseed," written and directed by Tracy Vonder Haar, will be performed by the tap company, and the senior, junior and ballet companies in residence at the Performing Arts Center. The cast will be rounded out by students from the tap, jazz and hip-hop departments. It is an adorable, toe-tapping tale of John Chapman, or in this case the female "Johnnie," sure to please audiences of all ages.
May 1, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- The annual spring dance production at Glendale Community College will begin a nine-show run on May 8. Dance Performance 2001, featuring jazz, ballet and modern styles, will be danced and choreographed by students and alumni. Professor Lynn McMurrey is the production's artistic director. Students are in the artist-in-residence class, ballet and jazz workshops. The guest artist-in-residence is Takeshi Hamagaki. Weekday shows are an hour, while evening shows are two hours.
June 13, 2008
Friday Flix ?Bee Movie? will play from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Glendale Public Library Children?s Room, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. The movie is rated PG. For more information, call (818) 548-2035 or visit www.glendalepublic library.org. ? A dance recital by students of The Burbank School of the Ballet and the Burbank Youth Ballet Company from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will be at Glendale Community College, 1500 N Verdugo Road, Glendale. The director is Lisa Sutton. The performance includes ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and modern dance styles.
December 3, 2003
Joyce Rudolph When selecting dancers for lead roles, Jill Sanzo looks for a strong acting ability during auditions. "We look for a certain childlike quality of enthrallment, wonderment, which sometimes is hard to find with children these days. They grow up too fast," she said. Two young dancers, Alyssa Cuervo of La Canada Flintridge and Arielle Poblador of Los Angeles, displayed that quality, and they share the role of Clara for this year's Ballet of the Foothills production of "The Nutcracker" this weekend at The Alex Theatre.
November 26, 2004
The Fremont Elementary auditorium filled with giggles and cheers as the acting company of "We Tell Stories" jumped from the stage into the audience during their performance Nov. 12. The students of Fremont got to see, hear and even participate in two stories, "One Chanukah in Chelm," by Shalom Aleichem, and "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," by Eta Hoffman. The extremely energetic actors, Stacy Turner, Armando Ortega and Ova Saopeng, did not let the show slow down once as they had the kids roaring with laughter with their version of these books.
May 3, 2000
Judy Seckler GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- Students and alumni will participate in a six-day dance festival that will give the community a taste of modern, ballet, native and jazz-style dancing. Pieces in the show have provocative titles such as "Ekonkon," "Sisters by Chance, Friends by Choice," "Lullaby for a Vampire," "Skin," "The One," and "Let's Get Groovy Baby." The festival is directed by dance professor Lynn McMurrey. The event will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and Thursday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the GCC North Gym Dance Theatre.