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.
July 14, 2010
WEST BURBANK — Grandmother-of-two Penny Akwei always loved dancing, but hadn't done any since she left college 30 years ago. Now she is re-discovering her passion thanks to a new class called "Ballet for Real People." Instructor Heather Lea Gerdes has danced professionally since the age of 10. She's appeared in two Broadway shows, two productions in London's West End, and was even featured in the movie "Dirty Dancing." Although Gerdes still dances professionally sometimes, she now has an office job as the script department supervisor for a production company.
November 3, 2005
Face painting, cookie decorating and seasonal songs and dance are part of Media City Ballet's Clara's Holiday Tea Party to be from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Drive, Burbank. The event is being held in anticipation of the ballet company's annual performance of "The Nutcracker" in December at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, said Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, artistic director. Party attendees are encouraged to dress up for high tea and will have a chance to win Clara's crown or a Nutcracker doll.
August 2, 2000
Irma Lemus NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Some of her youngest students may not be able to pronounce her name, but they do know dance terms such as "high-fifth" and "passe," Burbank School of the Ballet owner Lisa Sutton said. Originally from Maryland, "Miss Lisa," as she is known by her students, teaches ballet and jazz at her Burbank Boulevard studio to about 72 students. Her students range from 3 to well into their 40s, she said. "I got some of my younger students practically out of the womb.
December 22, 2001
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- A monthly dance series is planned and community appearances have started as the Media City Ballet Company builds toward its first performance in winter 2002. Natasha Middleton, company founder and artistic director, updated 65 guests on the company's progress at a fund-raising luncheon Sunday at Burbank Airport Hilton. The company kicked off its founding with a recital Sept. 30. A new director has joined the company.
December 21, 2002
48 HOURS 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 auditorium. 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.
June 11, 2008
?Symbols and Scenes Along the Way,? an exhibition of works by ceramist Ellen Rundle, continues at the Creative Arts Center Gallery, 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. The show closes June 26. Her work merges the influences of rustic, modern and new age imagery. For more information, call (818) 238-5397. ? Dance recital by students of The Burbank School of the Ballet and the Burbank Youth Ballet Company from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Glendale Community College, 1500 N Verdugo Road, Glendale.
December 30, 2006
The Alexander/Rave Gallery, managed by co-presidents, Cheryl Rave, of Burbank, and McKenzie Alexander , has opened on the second floor at 12202 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. The fine art gallery specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art by established and emerging artists including oils, paintings, glass sculpture and mixed media. The owners plan to have monthly jazz nights, industry networking evenings and Sunday salons for serious discussions of art and trends.
June 11, 2008
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ? Glendale Centre Theatre presents ?Singin? in the Rain? at 8 p.m. today at the theater, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and some Sundays through July 12. Tickets range from $22.50 to $25.50 with discounts for seniors. For reservations, call (818)
July 8, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK VILLAGE -- Natasha Middleton has high hopes for the new dance school she opened in Burbank. By relocating her ballet, jazz and tap dance school from North Hollywood to Gangi Development Co.'s Media Village, Middleton said she's bringing Burbank a taste of the arts. "This area is getting some class," Middleton said Thursday, as she stood in her new 3,000-square-foot studio. "Some culture." Opened Wednesday, Middleton's school joins a $20-million project that includes a Brazilian steak house, crepeorie, sports bar/nightclub/restaurant and other retail stores.