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Gymnast flips for 'Snow Queen' ballet

December 21, 2002


Patrick Shea, a national gymnast titlist, is using his tumbling

skills as a mischievous imp in the original ballet "The Snow Queen:

Ballet Redefined," today and Sunday at Glendale Community College


Shea won all-around first place champion last year in the Region 1

Gymnastics Championships sponsored by USA Gymnastics in Hawaii. The


region covers California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. He has been

taking gymnastics since he was 5, and continues to build his skills

at Team Le Club in Chatsworth.

This is the fifth annual production of this ballet produced by the

nonprofit Dance Street Performers, the dance company of the Dance Now

Academy in La Canada Flintridge. The academy is run by artistic

director/founder Erin Holt. The full-scale ballet is based on the

classic story by Hans Christian Andersen. The original musical score

was written by Randall Michael Tobin of Burbank.

The story is about an evil magician who creates an evil mirror.

While training his imp creatures to be evil, they play with the

mirror and their reflections burst out of the mirror and glass shards

go everywhere. The shards carry into the atmosphere and get into the

eyes of the Snow Queen and its townspeople. The Snow Queen takes a

boy as a hostage and his friend tries to rescue him.

Shea, 17, plays four characters. One role is Evil, one of the main


"They are spidery things," the North Hollywood High School student

said. "They go around with the Snow Queen and are watching the evil

unraveling throughout the show."

Shea, a Sunland resident, has been taking hip-hop classes at the

academy for two years, and looks forward to the holiday performance

each year.

"It's awesome because it incorporates all the dances we are

learning in class, and Erin (Holt) organizes the cast, children and

teenagers, into a professional theater production," he said. "The

cast has become really good friends, so I really enjoy being at

rehearsals and being with them."

Other local residents in the ballet are Michael Forsch of Glendale

as the Prince, Tene Redaja of La Canada Flintridge, the Crow; Orly

Ben Jacob of Glendale, the Rose; Andrea Rubin of La Canada Flintridge

as the Guardian Angel; and Amanda Ribas of La Crescenta and Kelsey

Glidewell of La Canada Flintridge as members of the Reindeer Family.

Show times are 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Glendale

Community College auditorium is at 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale.

Tickets are $18, $12 for students, and are available at the door. For

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