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December 8, 2004
James Petrillo The VS. Theatre Company hits another bull's-eye with the American premiere of Sarah Phelp's viciously witty "Modern Dance for Beginners" at the fittingly intimate Little Victory Theater in Burbank. Just as visceral and graphically appealing as their debut production "The Credeaux Canvas," this look at modern love and sex is alternately intense and funny. A versatile Johnny Clark and a captivating Robyn Cohen play all eight roles in six pulsating scenes that each take place at various moments before, during and after private encounters.
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February 9, 2002
Sandra Kraisirideja, Weekend GLENDALE -- Choreographer Donna Sternberg knows modern dance is hard to understand. "Most people know nothing about modern dance, how it evolves from inspiration to a finished piece," she said. "I want to demystify the choreography process." By explaining how modern dance is created, Sternberg, who lives in Santa Monica, said she hopes people will want to see more. She will perform with her company of dancers in the 2002 Dance Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Brand Library Galleries.
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July 4, 2009
College offers class in modern dance Modern dance for beginners is offered this fall semester at Glendale Community College beginning the week of Aug. 31. Phyllis Eckler, assistant professor of dance, is the instructor of the college credit course Dance 115 ? Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique. The class meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will introduce beginning moves and technique for modern dance in a progressive series of classes. The moves will be broken down slowly and will be done to music.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | January 31, 2009
Brand Library’s Dance Series is all about modern dance education. The series introduces a new audience to this abstract form of movement and gives modern-dance lovers a look at what’s new, program coordinator Hilary Thomas said. It also provides an opportunity for dialogue with the choreographers, she added. “It really helps the audience, especially those not familiar with modern dance, to have a more complete understanding of what they are watching,” Thomas said.
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March 19, 2003
Performance and workshop planned GLENDALE -- The Brand Library Associates will present the second part of its free dance series with a performance by Mandala Danceworks at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Brand Library Galleries, 1601 W. Mountain St. Mandala Danceworks will present "Garden of Pomegranates," choreographed by Karin Lynge Jensen. It is a modern-dance work, deriving its name form Israel Regardie's interpretations of the Qabalah's ancient, mystical writings.
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March 28, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- A Hoover High School senior was among nine Southern California students recently recognized for excellence and commitment to the arts. Dancer Ani Zadorian received the award Monday night from the California Arts Council as part of the organization's celebration of Arts Education Month. Zadorian began dancing when she was 10 at the HelenZohrabian Dance Academy in Montrose. She has trained in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap and folk.
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By By Fred Ortega | February 6, 2006
The Pennington Dance Group performs modern dances Sunday at Brand Library.As millions geared up to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, 150 people gathered at the Brand Library for a very different kind of performance. The crowd converged on the ornate library for the first free installment of the Brand Library Dance Series, featuring the Pennington Dance Group. Led by founder and director John Pennington, the group dazzled the audience with performances of original dance compositions, as well as adaptations of modern dance masterpieces.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | May 31, 2006
Glendale Community College's "Dance Performance 2006" brings an eclectic mix of talent to the college's stage this week. Sixteen students each choreographed a dance piece for the production, which runs through this weekend, and all 40 students enrolled in professor Lynn McMurrey's choreography workshop, jazz workshop and dance production class are performing in them. Each choreographer designed the costumes, and chose and edited the music, he said. They also auditioned and selected the cast to portray their dances.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2006
Performance will be at Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.Lineage Dance, a professional dance company based in Pasadena, tours nationally each year raising tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes. This February the company performs right here at home when they appear at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Feb.11, at 2 p.m. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the capital campaign of the YMCA. The performance features new choreography by artistic director Hilary Thomas in an informal setting and is suitable for all ages.
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By Laura Tate | February 24, 2012
It is pitch black. Slowly a dark reddish glow lights the stage. A slim woman dressed in tight black shorts and a loose tank top walks out and, chest forward, dives to the floor, landing on her hands. She lies on her side, knees bent, and slowly rolls onto her back. She raises an arm, her fist clenched, and curls into a fetal pose on her knees. As she quickly rises, looks up and reaches out … it is as if she were being born. Or perhaps it is the memory of her birth. That is what dancer Lydia Zimmer says is the basis of “Memoriae,” a structured improvisation that played at Live Arts Los Angeles in November as part of the “Transient Truths, a collaborative dance show” - memory within the human body.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | February 4, 2012
The everyday and ordinary don't apply in the world of Theatre Movement Bazaar. One of L.A.'s most unusual performance companies, TMB has been wowing audiences here with haunting, humorous and often startling mash-ups of theater and dance, dialogue, music and multimedia since it moved here from New York in 1999. The company's newest work, “The Treatment,” based by TMB founders Tina Kronis and Richard Alger on Anton Chekhov's short story, “Ward 6,” will be presented in collaboration with Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, where the world premiere piece opens on Feb. 25. Directed and choreographed by Kronis, with text by Alger, “The Treatment” explores the line between sanity and insanity, when a doctor in charge of a derelict mental hospital disrupts the societal status quo by engaging in philosophical conversations with an inmate.
NEWS
July 23, 2009
Students offered help in business skills The Commission on the Status of Women?s business and leadership skills development camp ? Camp Rosie ? is accepting applications from Glendale female students ages 13 to 19. Space is still available for the final session that runs from Aug. 3 to 21 at the Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. Girls from low-income families are encouraged to apply to this free camp no later than July 15. The three-week day camp will include instruction in financial literacy and entrepreneurship, self-awareness and interpersonal skills, effective communication techniques, healthy relationships and teen dating safety skills, fitness and nutrition and self-defense.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 11, 2009
Jamie Nichols hopes that showcasing a variety of modern dance companies framed by innovative lighting and sound pleases all the senses during the fourth annual “Celebrate Dance” at the Alex Theatre on Saturday. “I want people to have an opportunity to see different things,” she said. “I want to educate people. They may love something, maybe not. Everybody is different.” Nichols, the show’s executive producer, was born in Glendale, graduated from Glendale High School, and was artistic director and founder of the Pasadena-based contemporary dance company Fast Feet for 23 years until she retired the company in 2003.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | January 31, 2009
Brand Library’s Dance Series is all about modern dance education. The series introduces a new audience to this abstract form of movement and gives modern-dance lovers a look at what’s new, program coordinator Hilary Thomas said. It also provides an opportunity for dialogue with the choreographers, she added. “It really helps the audience, especially those not familiar with modern dance, to have a more complete understanding of what they are watching,” Thomas said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2007
Benita Bike's DanceArt Company brings an exciting, free program of modern dance solos and duets to McGroarty Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m. The McGroarty Arts Center is located at 7570 McGroarty Terrace in Tujunga. This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Additional support comes from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The intimate main floor "living room" of the McGroarty Arts Center is particularly suitable for the performance of solos and duets ?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | May 31, 2006
Glendale Community College's "Dance Performance 2006" brings an eclectic mix of talent to the college's stage this week. Sixteen students each choreographed a dance piece for the production, which runs through this weekend, and all 40 students enrolled in professor Lynn McMurrey's choreography workshop, jazz workshop and dance production class are performing in them. Each choreographer designed the costumes, and chose and edited the music, he said. They also auditioned and selected the cast to portray their dances.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2006
Looking for a fun way for the whole family to exercise? Modern square-dancing will fill that need. An eleven-week beginner's class will start from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Roger Barkley Community Center. The cost is $75 per person. Modern square-dancing includes many square-dance calls set to modern popular music. This is a great way for past dancers to review calls and become active again. Singles are welcome, but it helps to have a partner. The class is sponsored by Sets in Step, which is celebrating its 48th anniversary this May. For more information or to enroll, call 790-4353.
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By By Fred Ortega | February 6, 2006
The Pennington Dance Group performs modern dances Sunday at Brand Library.As millions geared up to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, 150 people gathered at the Brand Library for a very different kind of performance. The crowd converged on the ornate library for the first free installment of the Brand Library Dance Series, featuring the Pennington Dance Group. Led by founder and director John Pennington, the group dazzled the audience with performances of original dance compositions, as well as adaptations of modern dance masterpieces.
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