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January 30, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK VILLAGE -- Making a commitment to studying dance as often as five days a week is no small feat. But the six children from the Boys and Girls Club auditioning for a scholarship at the Media Dance Arts Centre Saturday knew they would have to be up to the challenge. The school and its Media City Ballet Company look to turn Burbank's attention to dance, an art form Director Natasha Middleton says has been missing from the city's cultural mix. Middleton auditioned six girls, none with prior dance experience.
December 11, 2002
Katherine Tolford Thirteen years ago, Glendale resident Jim Price was given the gift of dance for Christmas by a stranger. This Christmas, he hopes to give back to audiences as a performer in the Media City Ballet Company's inaugural production, "Joys of the Season" Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Although Price, 42, is a soloist with the 15-month-old company, he didn't begin dancing until he was 29. In 1989, Price was discovered by Gian-Carlo Menotti, a famous composer, while performing in a community theater production.
November 19, 2003
JOYCE RUDOLPH Beginning its third season, Burbank's Media City Ballet is rehearsing its first full-length production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," scheduled for two performances Dec. 14 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Choreographer is Natasha Middleton, artistic director for the ballet company. John Pomeroy, lead animator of The Walt Disney Co., is creating backdrops. Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m., with the second performance being a fund-raiser for the Burbank Boys & Girls Club.
December 4, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH As Clara drops off to sleep in the Ballet of the Foothills' annual holiday performance, a beautiful Christmas tree will grow large and menacing just before The Nutcracker Prince goes to war with the Mouse King. The company's artistic director, Jill Sanzo of Burbank, has always wanted to incor- porate the growing Christmas tree in her rendition of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." She will get her wish this weekend when the performance returns to the Alex Theatre.
By Joyce Rudolph | August 30, 2006
The Media City Ballet board of directors threw a gala reception an hour before curtain for the "Pasión de España" Saturday evening at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Major sponsors, Los Angeles cultural arts representatives and local members of the entertainment industry met company officials while sipping beverages and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres in the terrace lobby of the historic venue. Ballet company Executive Director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov mingled with guests along with her mother, Natalie Middleton; father, Andrei Tremaine, a renowned dancer, choreographer and dance coach and his wife, Hiroko.
July 6, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Taking a trip to Austria is exciting enough, but for several California Dance Arts ballet students, the journey will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Nine students from the La Canada Flintridge-based academy, along with owner and director Erin Holt, will fly to Austria Friday for the Salzburg International Ballet Academy Summer Intensive. The workshop is July 11 to Aug. 6. The thought of learning directly from ballet giants like Peter Breuer, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, the London Festival Ballet and the Munich Ballet; Yehuda Maor, former teacher of the Royal Ballet of London; and Maya Plisetskaya, an international ballet star, is cause for more than just a little anxiety and excitement for 17-year-old dancer Gioel Enriquez.
January 26, 2002
Joyce Rudolph GLENDALE -- The Smuin Ballets/SF will perform its "Dancin' With Gershwin" at 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. It's the first-ever, full-length ballet to be set to Gershwin standards, said Artistic Director Michael Smuin. The show was given its world premiere in May 2001 for a sold-out three-week engagement in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center of the Arts Theatre. The Gershwin-inspired two-part ballet's musical highlights are Al Jolson's "Swanee," Fred Astaire's "Fascinating Rhythm," Peter Gabriel's "Summertime" and Marilyn Monroe's "Do It Again."
March 16, 2005
The Media City Ballet will introduce members of its new Junior Ballet Company during a performance at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Media Dance Centre, 237 E. Palm Ave., Burbank. This youth company consists of dancers between 13 and 17 and will be directed by Natasha and Askar Kettebekov. Dancers were chosen to join the apprentice program, and may eventually become members of the senior company, which annually performs "The Nutcracker" at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.
By Joyce Rudolph | June 13, 2007
Media City Ballet Company rolled out the red carpet Saturday for a black-tie tribute to former dancers of the Ballet Russes at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Five of the six former dancers being honored attended the gala titled "Men of the Ballet Russes," recognizing their contributions to the Ballet Russe founded in 1909 in Europe and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, which toured the United States from 1938 to 1962. The event was choreographed and produced by Media City Ballet Company artistic director Natasha Middleton.
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