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By Joyce Rudolph | August 16, 2006
International ballet stars are shining for the first time in the United States as members of Burbank's Media City Ballet Company. Principal dancers, including Yeon Jin Cho from Korea, are in final rehearsals this week for the company’s encore presentation of "Pasión de España" (Passion of Spain) Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The choreography is the same for Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" and Leon Minkus’ "Don Quixote" seen last summer at the Alex, Artistic Director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | May 8, 2006
Five is the lucky number for the Media City Ballet Company. As it enters its fifth season, the company is offering its first subscription series featuring three productions at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, said Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, artistic director and choreographer. The series will kick off with a new production of "Hansel & Gretel" set to the music of composer Richard Strauss, based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. "Since we had a repertoire to offer, we thought we'd make a subscription series," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2005
Face painting, cookie decorating and seasonal songs and dance are part of Media City Ballet's Clara's Holiday Tea Party to be from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Drive, Burbank. The event is being held in anticipation of the ballet company's annual performance of "The Nutcracker" in December at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, said Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, artistic director. Party attendees are encouraged to dress up for high tea and will have a chance to win Clara's crown or a Nutcracker doll.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 15, 2004
Karen Apostolina Young dancers received a certificate, a shiny medal and a pink rose, but the real prize was improved self-esteem at Burbank School of the Ballet's third annual Performance Awards. More than students performed choreography Sunday created by American Academy of Ballet's director Mignon Furman, an elegant figure in black chiffon who flew in from New York to evaluate their progress. "Every child is judged on his or her own work, so they achieve their personal best.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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