The Media City Ballet and the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance gathered respectfully last week to honor their artisans and supporters.
Encore! An Evening of Dining and Ballet was staged at Glendale's Chevy Chase Country Club to celebrate the kickoff of the Media City Ballet's 10th season. Headquartered in Burbank, the ballet company presents a season of full-scale productions and studio session presentations. They also bring arts-centered educational programming into local elementary school classrooms.
Friday evening's event, co-hosted by "3rd Rock From the Sun" actress Elmarie Wendel, and character actor Dan Roebuck, paid tribute to four legendary dancers of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo — Patricia Peters Doyle, Paul Maure, Andrei Tremaine and Dorothy Matise Wade — for the artistic support and direction they have provided the company over the past decade. Additional honors were bestowed upon Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and Andre van Niekerk, dean of the business school at Woodbury University, for their years of generous support to the company.