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By Joyce Rudolph | October 2, 2009
Raquel Cordova has her heart set on developing a new dance company, combining contemporary ballet and modern dance styles with a dash of Peruvian panache. The Burbank resident is artistic director of Creations Dance Theatre along with fellow dancer Felicia Guzman. Cordova’s husband, Anthony Flores, is chief financial officer. Incorporated in July, the company performed Sunday at the TriArt Festival in San Pedro and will introduce their methods to students during upcoming workshops at dance studios in Glendale and La CaƱada Flintridge.
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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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By Joyce Rudolph | March 4, 2009
Twelve-year-old ballerina Elizabeth “Lizzy” Briggs is ecstatic from her head to her toe shoes as she prepares to attend the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Lizzy, a seventh-grader at John Muir Middle School, started taking ballet when she was 3 at the parks program at McCambridge Recreation Center. Today, she is a student and an assistant teacher for the preschool through first-grade ballet students at the Red Chair School of Performing Arts in Burbank. She was accepted into the prestigious program after auditioning in January.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 20, 2008
A new guardian angel and reorchestrated prologue signal the dawn of a new era for “The Snow Queen Ballet Redefined,” which has been produced for the past 11 years by the California Contemporary Ballet, company officials said. The ballet returns this weekend to the theater on the Glendale Community College campus. Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the story is about Gerda, who comes to the rescue of her friend Kay, who is held captive by the Snow Queen.
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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.
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By Zain Shauk | November 26, 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 who will perform in “The Nutcracker” ballet 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.
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August 16, 2008
The Burbank Masonic Lodge presents the second annual charity Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lodge, 406 Irving Drive, Burbank. There will be live music, barbecued food and automobiles including hot rods, customs, motorcycles and race cars. For more information, call (818) 232-2362. ? Burbank?s Media City Ballet, Natasha Middleton, artistic director, will present ?An Evening of Khachaturian: The Composer and His Ballets? featuring ?Gayaneh,? ?Spartacus? and ?
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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.
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