September 16, 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 Cañada Flintridge.
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.
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.
February 7, 2009
SCHOOL OF BALLET BRINGS HOME HONORS A group of students from Burbank School of the Ballet received awards during the Youth America Grand Prix in January in Los Angeles. Youth America Grand Prix is a student ballet scholarship competition that awards more than $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9 to 19 years old. Awards the school received are Outstanding Teacher Award — Lisa Sutton , owner and head teacher of Burbank School of the Ballet; Senior Age Division, Classical Ballet, second place — Natalie Krakirian (age 15)
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.
November 26, 2010
Mr. Tchaikovsky, meet "So You Think You Can Dance. " In the popular dance competition TV show, contestants at the top of their profession in various styles of dance are challenged to perform in styles for which they have no training. Hip-hop dancers must perform contemporary; ballet dancers are forced to learn the fox trot; and ballroom dancers have to show that they can do a Bollywood routine. This exposure to unfamiliar styles improves them within their own discipline and turns them into more complete dancers, they say. That's exactly what Burbank resident Raquel Cordova is trying to do with Creations Dance Theatre, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization.
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.
December 12, 2001
Sandra Kraisirideja, Enjoy! PASADENA -- Dancecorps rendition of "The Story of the Nutcracker" skimps on time, but not on quality, say its producers. Compressed to a mere hour by reducing the number of music repeats, Chip Fuller, Dancecorps' artistic director, said this "Nutcracker" retains the value of the full-length ballet. The company uses elaborate sets, dramatic lighting and fanciful costumes to enliven the production. The abridged production makes it easier for time-pressed families or younger children who may not be able to sit through a full-length ballet, he said.
December 8, 2010
During a holiday season that is being tempered by grim economic concerns, Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, "The Little Match Girl," touched the heart of Burbank choreographer Natasha Middleton. As the artistic director of Media City Ballet, Middleton decided not to produce "The Nutcracker" and began choreographing a new ballet based on "The Little Match Girl" and the musical "Scraps" for the Media City Youth Ballet. The show will be performed at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Colony Theatre.