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By Alison Tully | June 18, 2008
Don Cohen’s palms started to sweat in anticipation of his goddaughter Mia Sanchez 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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ENTERTAINMENT
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)
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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.
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By Joyce Rudolph | May 31, 2008
The music of Broadway will be the backdrop for the Garri Dance Studio’s 50th anniversary recital at the Alex Theatre next weekend. A Broadway-style show has been a tradition for Garri dance recitals, artistic director/owner Megan Baade said. “Garri usually had one recital every couple of years, and it was held in a school auditorium in Burbank,” Baade said. “This is our first time at the Alex.” The studio has outgrown the school, she said, so they are moving the show to the Glendale theater.
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By DAVID LAURELL | April 30, 2008
From the dawn of time, people have expressed themselves through various forms of movement, and this past week, from the majestic artistry of dance to the fuel-injected fast pace of classic cars, Burbankers reveled in the tradition of expressive movement. The Media City Ballet kicked off its seventh season Sunday by presenting “Ballet Russe Remembered” on the stage of Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre. The company kicked off the week leading up to its season opener with a reception and open rehearsal at its studio.
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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.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 15, 2007
Adults and youngsters are combining the art of dance with acting in the California Theatrical Youth Ballet’s annual performance of “The Snow Queen.” Artistic director and choreographer Erin Holt received training in the Martha Graham modern dance technique, and she perpetuates the practice in her 10th annual production scheduled for Dec. 21 to 23 at the Glendale Community College auditorium. “It’s extremely dramatic, and I think I get my dramatic intuition as a choreographer from my studies in the Graham method,” she said.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | November 21, 2007
Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is returning to the Alex Theatre, but this year, theatergoers can see three productions of the classic holiday ballet. Dancers from Burbank’s Media City Ballet, The Red Chair Children’s Production Co. and the Los Angeles Ballet are rehearsing their own versions of the famous ballet. About 60 dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet will perform their full-length production on Nov. 29 and 30. “We are constantly making little changes and modifications in the ballet,” said Thordal Christensen, co-artistic director of Los Angeles Ballet.
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By Rachel Kane | November 3, 2007
Spandex-wearing ballerinas were part of a learning experience Friday morning at Bret Harte Elementary. Students watched a performance of “Peter and the Wolf” by the Media City Ballet as part of a grant from the James A. Doolittle Foundation for $5,000 worth of art services at their school. Bret Harte Elementary School was one of five Los Angeles County schools selected for the grant, Principal Diane Berger said. The performance was part of more than two months of instruction on using dance as a form of expression.
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