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By Joyce Rudolph | March 8, 2008
From ballet-inspired break dancing to an acrobatic aerial performance, contemporary dance will take the stage next weekend at the Alex Theatre for Celebrate Dance 2008. Eight West Coast companies, featuring more than 35 dancers, will perform in this third annual production, which will exhibit cutting-edge choreography, executive producer Jamie Nichols said. “The choreographers look at today’s issues, today’s life, and create works looking forward with new movement vocabulary and new ways of moving,” Nichols said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | February 24, 2007
Benita Bike begins her dance piece, "Eternal Encounter," with two warring spirits who battle and then collapse. The dance ends with them coming back to fight another day. "It's an anti-war statement," she said. "The dance explores the historical hatred and desires that bring us back to war time and time again." The dance piece, performed by her Benita Bike DanceArt company, is part of the program kicking off a contemporary dance series, which will take place on three nonconsecutive Sundays at Brand Library Galleries in Glendale's Brand Park.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 11, 2009
Jamie Nichols hopes that showcasing a variety of modern dance companies framed by innovative lighting and sound pleases all the senses during the fourth annual “Celebrate Dance” at the Alex Theatre on Saturday. “I want people to have an opportunity to see different things,” she said. “I want to educate people. They may love something, maybe not. Everybody is different.” Nichols, the show’s executive producer, was born in Glendale, graduated from Glendale High School, and was artistic director and founder of the Pasadena-based contemporary dance company Fast Feet for 23 years until she retired the company in 2003.
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March 6, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH A variety of dance and music styles influenced by cultures around the world will mesh when the "Arab-esque" dance concert whirls its way onto the Alex Theatre stage. The theme combines contemporary world dance and progressive world music from Europe, says artistic director and show producer Juliette Arroyo. "It's not folkloric, you are mixing different styles," she said. "In my pieces, I'm am mixing Arabic dance with jazz and dancers are wearing Chinese costumes."
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January 30, 2010
AREA ACTRESS HAS VISIT FROM FAN CLUB Glendale resident Fiama Fricano Traxler , who is appearing in the San Francisco production of ?Wicked,? was visited by her fan club, a school drama group led by Kay Yamada Roberts , a 1986 graduate of Hoover High School. Traxler joined the cast in early 2009 and performs the role of the midwife, as well as understudying the show?s star, Patty Duke, who appears as Madame Morrible. Traxler auditioned and rehearsed for the show in Hollywood, while the show was playing at the Pantages.
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By Beige Luciano-Adams | February 20, 2010
Choreographer Deborah Brockus built a light, entertaining afternoon around the query “What makes jazz — jazz?” Sunday at the Brand Library. It was the first of a three-part free series of contemporary dance concerts sponsored by the Associates of the Brand Library. Brockus, a prominent mover and shaker in the Los Angeles dance scene, kept audience members rapt as they waited for her dancers to bend space a bit, her sturdy frame and flame-colored hair cutting a striking presence against the cold gallery space.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | August 25, 2010
Natalie Krakirian is pirouetting her way toward her goal of becoming a professional ballet dancer. This summer, the 16-year-old Burbank resident attended the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive and the Gelsey Kirkland Summer Intensive in New York City. She will begin at the Houston Ballet II in the fall. This is what she lives for, said her mother, Nina Krakirian. "She enjoys every minute of it," Krakirian said. "She signed a contract with Houston Ballet II a month ago. It's not the professional company, but she will be able to perform throughout the area and will be in the Houston Ballet's performances.
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By Zain Shauk | February 25, 2009
The echoes of hip-hop remixes and contemporary dance routines bounced through crowded gyms Saturday at Glendale High School, as hundreds of California teens converged on the site for a regional dance competition. Groups of girls twirled in shimmering skirts and skin-tight suits in a practice room, while others stood by to coach and critique teams before they performed in front of bleachers full of screaming onlookers and judges from the United Spirit Assn., which sponsors a national competition series.
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By By Lauren Hilgers | December 10, 2005
High school show celebrates the holidays with dancing and music crossing time periods and genres.With voices swelling through Mozart and tinkling through a rendition of "I'll be Home for Christmas," singers in John Burroughs High School's annual "Holiday Spectacular" know celebrating the holidays requires music from across time periods and genres. The annual three-night run, which concludes tonight, combines all four of the high school's choirs in a performance that includes classical and contemporary music, dance and lit holiday sets constructed by the students' parents.
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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 | March 11, 2009
Jamie Nichols hopes that showcasing a variety of modern dance companies framed by innovative lighting and sound pleases all the senses during the fourth annual “Celebrate Dance” at the Alex Theatre on Saturday. “I want people to have an opportunity to see different things,” she said. “I want to educate people. They may love something, maybe not. Everybody is different.” Nichols, the show’s executive producer, was born in Glendale, graduated from Glendale High School, and was artistic director and founder of the Pasadena-based contemporary dance company Fast Feet for 23 years until she retired the company in 2003.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 8, 2008
From ballet-inspired break dancing to an acrobatic aerial performance, contemporary dance will take the stage next weekend at the Alex Theatre for Celebrate Dance 2008. Eight West Coast companies, featuring more than 35 dancers, will perform in this third annual production, which will exhibit cutting-edge choreography, executive producer Jamie Nichols said. “The choreographers look at today’s issues, today’s life, and create works looking forward with new movement vocabulary and new ways of moving,” Nichols said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | February 24, 2007
Benita Bike begins her dance piece, "Eternal Encounter," with two warring spirits who battle and then collapse. The dance ends with them coming back to fight another day. "It's an anti-war statement," she said. "The dance explores the historical hatred and desires that bring us back to war time and time again." The dance piece, performed by her Benita Bike DanceArt company, is part of the program kicking off a contemporary dance series, which will take place on three nonconsecutive Sundays at Brand Library Galleries in Glendale's Brand Park.
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March 6, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH A variety of dance and music styles influenced by cultures around the world will mesh when the "Arab-esque" dance concert whirls its way onto the Alex Theatre stage. The theme combines contemporary world dance and progressive world music from Europe, says artistic director and show producer Juliette Arroyo. "It's not folkloric, you are mixing different styles," she said. "In my pieces, I'm am mixing Arabic dance with jazz and dancers are wearing Chinese costumes."
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