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NEWS
April 24, 2002
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! BURBANK -- Dancers in the Media City Ballet Company will put away their toe shoes and tutus for a special performance of folk dancing Sunday at the Media Dance Arts Center. Former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo star Andrei Tremaine will present a lecture on how folk dance originated in famous ballets such as "Swan Lake," "The Nutcracker," "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Raymonda." Tremaine says folk dancing is generally defined as a national dance of a particular country.
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NEWS
September 18, 2002
Joyce Rudolph A year after officials said the Media City Ballet was forming a professional company, its debut is scheduled for Dec. 15 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. "It's beyond exciting," Artistic Director Natasha Middleton said. The ballet studio opened in July 2000 and the company began in September 2001. A board of directors was named and members began fund-raising for the company's first performance. The company is halfway to raising the $60,000 cost for the production.
NEWS
March 29, 2003
48 HOURS Guests of the Media City Ballet Company will witness the process of how a choreographer works with the dancers to create a finished piece beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Media Dance Centre in the Burbank Village. Artistic Director Natasha Middleton will be working on the ballet "Rachmaninoff Sketches" to be featured in the company's next performance May 18 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. "You are seeing a work in progress," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | July 7, 2012
Natasha Middleton's ballet studio and company are evolving in their second decade, but she said she stays true to her main philosophy - perpetuating the tradition of the Ballet Russe while training young dancers for the professional spotlight. Middleton is a third-generation ballet dancer. Her grandmother Elena Wortova danced with the Ballet Russe, a premier dance company that began in Paris in 1909, and her father Andrei Tremaine performed with the off-shoot company the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ani Amirkhanian | April 19, 2008
A local ballet company will give its audience a rare opportunity to see a repertoire of Russian ballet companies that brought the classical dance style to American audiences in the early 1900s. Dancers from Burbank-based Media City Ballet will perform selections of famous Russian ballets on April 27 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The program, “Ballet Russe Remembered,” is a tribute to the classical ballets, said Natasha Middleton, artistic director of the Media City Ballet.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | June 2, 2007
Burbank's Media City Ballet dancers will perform a tribute to the European-influenced Ballet Russe, which gained popularity when it came to the United States in the 1930s. "The Men of the Ballet Russe" will feature programs that were originally choreographed and danced by the pioneers of this ballet style on June 9 at the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles. The Ballet Russe was founded by impresario Serge Diaghilev in 1909 in Paris. Along with an innovative style of dance, it was known for elaborate sets and costumes and exciting music.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | November 29, 2008
There will be a new ballerina wearing Clara’s crown in Media City Ballet’s production of Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” After three years, Amara Baptist has passed the crown of the ballet’s lead role to Mira Nastassja for this year’s performances Dec. 6 and 7 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Baptist moves into three new roles this year, Chinese dancer, Columbina and Icicle, said Natasha Middleton, company artistic director and choreographer.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | July 7, 2008
Don Cohen’s palms started to sweat in anticipation of his goddaughter Milo Siles taking the stage in the Burbank School of Ballet’s 10th annual recital. “All the dancers just rose to the occasion and were absolutely spectacular,” Cohen said, gripping a bouquet of red roses after the performance. “They have all grown and matured and have beautiful moves.” Cohen was among a packed audience at the Glendale Community College Auditorium on Saturday afternoon to take in dance performances by the school’s 150 dancers.
NEWS
February 12, 2003
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Fund-raisers are in the works to produce the second ballet production for Burbank's Media City Ballet Company on May 18 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. On the program will be the "Rach- maninov Sketches," choreo- graphed by Artistic Director Natasha Middleton and danced to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #3, and the famous Armenian ballet, "Gayane," choreographed by Associate Director Ruben Tonoyan. To raise money for the performance, the company is resuming the Sunday Afternoon at the Ballet series.
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