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By: Darleene Barrientos | August 24, 2005
Three weeks of rigorous ballet training at Media City Ballet's summer intensive did not scare off Ryan Jones, who has been dancing for about a year and a half and has participated in two previous intensive workshops. In fact, the workshop, which had him working with ballet authorities such as Inna Strabova, Dmitry Tuboltsev and Askar Kettebekov, Media City Ballet's principal dancer, served to fuel his passion -- so much so that he is considering moving from his home in Palos Verdes to be closer to Media City Ballet.
By Joyce Rudolph | April 28, 2007
Andrei Tremaine is perpetuating a family legacy started by his mother, a member of the world-renown Ballet Russe. For that lifetime dedication, Tremaine, a ballet master and dance coach for the Burbank-based Media City Ballet, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award May 6 during the 16th annual Lester Horton Dance Awards at the Alex Theatre. He is one of four dance professionals being honored during the event. The four were chosen by the Lester Horton Awards Committee, producer Jamie Nichols said.
By Zain Shauk | November 23, 2008
Clara’s Holiday Tea Party drew 120 people Sunday to Descanso Gardens for an afternoon meal and an up-close introduction to professional ballet dancers. Media City Ballet hosted the event to give parents and children a preview of characters that will perform in “The Nutcracker” ballet on Dec. 6 and 7 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, artistic director Natasha Middleton said. “A lot of times kids will come to the show and they’ll see, but they won’t really understand,” said Middleton, explaining that she first held the event five years ago and found that increased familiarity with the dancers and the roles they played created more excitement about the ballet.
December 17, 2003
Jackson Bell While audience members strolled into The Alex Theatre courtyard and mingled before the premiere of "The Nutcracker" on Sunday, volun- teers rushed to ready the set and talent before the curtains rose. A group of preteen performers huddled around Burbank resident Christy Baptist as she applied makeup, fixed costumes and helped calm stage fright in the theater's dressing room minutes before the show. But Baptist gave the most attention to her 13-year-old daughter Amara, who played one of the main character's friends.
By Joyce Rudolph | July 25, 2012
Students of the Red Chair School of Performing Arts have been accepted to summer intensive ballet programs across the United States and for the first time, one Red Chair student is going to Russia. Those accepted are Elizabeth Briggs, Ryan Sinton, Emily Anasti, Rose Filichia, Lena Harris, Rebecca Levin, Haley Briggs, Layton Briggs, Emma Casali, Josie Nivar, Leah Perez, Brooke Sinton, Penny Yokas and Molly-Jo Terry. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Briggs, a junior at Burbank High School, was also selected.
February 6, 2002
Joyce Rudolph, Enjoy! BURBANK -- A variety of styles will be a part of a new dance appreciation series created by the artistic director of the Media City Ballet Company. The Sunday Afternoon at the Ballet begins Feb. 24 with "Romantic Ballets" celebrating Valentine's Day and featuring "Romeo and Juliet Pas de Deux (dance for two)," Natasha Middleton said. It will be followed on March 24 by "Works of Jerome Robbins" and on April 28 by "Folk Dance and Ballet."
September 25, 2002
Joyce Rudolph Dance Master Ruben Tonoyan, formerly of the Kirov Ballet and Armenian National Opera Ballet, will direct soloists from the Media City Ballet Company in traditional works in the Russian Vaganova style in a special presentation Sunday at the Media Dance Arts Centre. Tonoyan is an associate director/choreographer for the Media City Ballet Company. He immigrated to the United States in 1999. For two years, he was a guest student from Armenia with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, where he spent 16 to 18 hours a day learning the Kirov classical repertoire, including such ballets as "Giselle" and "Don Quixote."
July 20, 2005
Rosette Gonzales When people think of ballet, they don't usually think of Spain, admits Media City Ballet's artistic director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov. But this Saturday, they will, when the company has its Noche de Fuego fund-raiser. The dance party will give everyone an opportunity to experience the passion of Latin dance with salsa lessons, music, food and unlimited margaritas and sangria. The event is $45 and is a fund-raiser for Media City Ballet's Aug. 20 performance of the Spanish ballet "Pasion de Espana" at the Alex Theatre.
By Lisa Dupuy | August 5, 2009
?Charlatan? at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank is a perfect example of simple theater at its captivating best. It is the story of a compelling figure in Europe?s cultural history. Sergei Diaghilev, patron of the arts and founder of the Ballets Russes, the Russian Ballet company that took Paris by storm in 1909, was a passionate and emotionally driven man, fascinated by fame and beauty, sex and youth. Director, writer and veteran actor Tony Tanner brings Diaghilev to life with brilliant artistry.
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