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February 23, 2007
What young musician, dancer or poet doesn't dream of performing on one of the many grand renaissance period stages within the Czech Republic? Auditions at California DanceArts in La Cañada this week will give many young dancers just such an opportunity to study and perform in the city of Ostrava this summer. The school's ballet master, Yehuda Maor, will be an associate director for the Ostrava Ballet Workshop. Director Erin Holt will join him as a member of the teaching faculty and will present new works of choreography to be performed this summer.
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By Laura Tate | June 20, 2013
Paul Karmiryan thinks he can dance - and, so far, the judges of the show "So You Think You Can Dance" think so as well. The 21-year-old Glendale resident is among the Top 20 dancers chosen to move on to the final round of the hit FOX TV dance show. He will compete against other dancers from throughout the U.S. who are vying to earn the title America's Favorite Dancers. "I'm kind of in shock. It's kind of unreal," Karmiryan said this week about making it to the Top 20. "I'm very happy to be where I am right now. " Judges from the show, now in its 10th season, travel around the country to local competitions and choose dancers to compete in Las Vegas, where they work with choreographers.
THE626NOW
November 28, 2011
We all know what happens when great composers, writers and artists die: Their work lives on. But what about groundbreaking choreographers - say,  Martha Graham , José Limon,  Merce Cunningham ,  Antony Tudor ,  Alvin Ailey , George Balanchine   - those creators whose inspiration floats on a flashing moment, an instant image, a looming structure, perhaps never to be recaptured? A question of survival follows. Because, unlike music (written in scores)
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May 14, 2003
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Exuberant musical scores matched with the most difficult techniques of the ballet are challenging dancers rehearsing for Sunday's performance of the Burbank Media City Ballet. For its second production at The Alex Theatre in Glendale, Artistic Director Natasha Middleton, the daughter of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo soloist, Andrei Tremaine, is the choreographer for "Rachmaninov Sketches," a three-movement ballet set to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3. Middleton said her piece will show just how fantastic this ballet company is because of the challenges it poses to its dancers, starting with the recording of the piece featuring pianist Andre Watts.
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November 4, 2000
Marguerite Richards, People GLENDALE -- Laura Fremont finds more passion in teaching dance than she did in her career as a professional dancer. She recently was named one of the top 10 dance teachers in the country by Dance Teacher Magazine, alongside famous jazz dance teachers Frank Hatchet and Phil Black. The answer comes quickly when Fremont is asked why she teaches dance. "Teaching has picked me," she said. "I teach because I must." Fremont's own Pacific Studio for Dance in Glendale houses her youth ensemble, In Sync, which will perform its fourth annual dance at Glendale Community College in June 2001.
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By Mary O’Keefe | February 29, 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.
FEATURES
March 23, 2007
LA CAÑADA ? Auditions are being held this weekend at California DanceArts for intermediate and advanced level classical and contemporary ballet dancers who wish to attend the Ostrava Ballet Workshop this summer. Dancers who make the cut will travel to the Czech Republic and other European cities to study. California DanceArts director, Erin Holt, is holding auditions at the La Cañada studio on Saturday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. The school's ballet master, Yehuda Maor, is an associate director for the Ostrava workshop.
NEWS
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.
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June 25, 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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By Laura Tate | February 21, 2014
Ask a 20-something if they know who Gene Kelly was and most likely the response will be a blank stare . Start singing the lyrics to “Singing in the Rain,” and immediately his or her face will light up with recognition of one the most famous, eponymous American film musicals. Gene Kelly's choreography, dancing and singing are indelible in the American musical landscape - particularly in the films “An American in Paris” and “Singing in the Rain.” However, what many may not know is the breadth of Kelly's work beyond his singing and dancing, as well as the iconic dancer's talents and interests that lived outside the limelight of his film and theater career.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 6, 2013
Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre turned out an exuberant performance featuring highlights from "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 1 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The audience could feel a chill in the air as dancers glided across the stage - as if on an ice pond - during the first act titled "Les Patineurs" ("The Skaters") with music by Giacomo Meyerbeer. Choreography was by the late Frederick Ashton, a mid-20th century choreographer, and staging by the Burbank company's artistic director Natasha Middleton.
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By Laura Tate | June 20, 2013
Paul Karmiryan thinks he can dance - and, so far, the judges of the show "So You Think You Can Dance" think so as well. The 21-year-old Glendale resident is among the Top 20 dancers chosen to move on to the final round of the hit FOX TV dance show. He will compete against other dancers from throughout the U.S. who are vying to earn the title America's Favorite Dancers. "I'm kind of in shock. It's kind of unreal," Karmiryan said this week about making it to the Top 20. "I'm very happy to be where I am right now. " Judges from the show, now in its 10th season, travel around the country to local competitions and choose dancers to compete in Las Vegas, where they work with choreographers.
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By Donna Perlmutter | March 10, 2012
Highly pedigreed? You bet. Well-known in the dance world? No question. But Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary have also passed the acid test: As directors of the Los Angeles Ballet, now in its sixth season, they can take a collective bow for their thoroughly sterling production of “Swan Lake.” Just remember, not any old company can stage this icon of classical ballet. Oh, many with lesser artistic resources try. But to put on a show of so fine a caliber normally takes a bigger-than-big budget, dancer bench-depth, masterly and dedicated coaching.
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By Joe Puglia | January 11, 2012
Christmas had taken a lot of out me. Trying to accommodate to Kaitzer and the girls' schedules, not to mention having to rescue Charlie, was more than I could handle. All I wanted to do on Jan. 2 was watch football. About a month prior, Simone became ecstatic about the promise of going “en pointe” and purchasing her first ballet pointe shoes. Her excitement increased exponentially and reached a crescendo that morning. Simone began dancing at the age of 3 but since joining the Revolution Dance Center in Montrose, dance has become her passion.
THE626NOW
November 28, 2011
We all know what happens when great composers, writers and artists die: Their work lives on. But what about groundbreaking choreographers - say,  Martha Graham , José Limon,  Merce Cunningham ,  Antony Tudor ,  Alvin Ailey , George Balanchine   - those creators whose inspiration floats on a flashing moment, an instant image, a looming structure, perhaps never to be recaptured? A question of survival follows. Because, unlike music (written in scores)
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 28, 2011
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the dancers of Karavan Dance Studio are collaborating with the Los Angeles Ballet Theatre, Israel National Ballet, National Ballet of Armenia and Burbank's Creations Dance Theatre in a show featuring nearly 100 dancers. Some are as young as 3 years old, under artistic director Edgar Nikolian, who also started dancing as a child. Nikolian's first dance teacher was his father, Rouben Nikolian, who founded the dance studio. The elder Nikolian fathered two sons, raised them in Yerevan, Armenia, and taught them dance despite initial resistance.
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By Vicki Smith Paluch | March 5, 2011
From the ethereal to the visceral, the showcase Celebrate Dance 2011 promises to reflect the full spectrum of dance in California on Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Executive producer Jamie Nichols has assembled eight contemporary dance companies whose compelling new works will explore how people communicate with each other. Deborah Rosen’s latest work, “The Space Between, Before and After,” is an example of that. Choreographed to an original score by Tom Moose, the piece is about the cycle of how we all make connections, Rosen said.
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By Nicole Charky | December 1, 2010
"The Nutcracker" is often the usual Christmas classic, but locals know another story: "The Snow Queen. " California Contemporary Ballet will perform Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of good prevailing over evil Dec. 17 to 19. The story tells of two best friends, Gerta and Kai, and Gerta's path to reach Kai after the Snow Queen places him under an evil spell. "The Snow Queen" features a cast of 60 performers in a mix of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Dancers also take flight through aerial ballet.
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