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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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December 3, 2003
Joyce Rudolph When selecting dancers for lead roles, Jill Sanzo looks for a strong acting ability during auditions. "We look for a certain childlike quality of enthrallment, wonderment, which sometimes is hard to find with children these days. They grow up too fast," she said. Two young dancers, Alyssa Cuervo of La Canada Flintridge and Arielle Poblador of Los Angeles, displayed that quality, and they share the role of Clara for this year's Ballet of the Foothills production of "The Nutcracker" this weekend at The Alex Theatre.
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By Joyce Rudolph | July 12, 2008
Dancers and spectators alike got a kick out of opening night Thursday for the Come Out & Dance concert series on the AMC Walkway in Burbank. The fourth annual event held every Thursday through August begins at 6 p.m. with free dance lessons followed by a live band concert. It is the third summer that Malka Tasoff of Tarzana has been attending the classes. “I like swing dancing because it’s fun and it’s liberating,” Tasoff said. “The music is happy and up. You can’t sit down and listen to it. Everybody should come out and do it. It’s good for the brain and keeps you young forever.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
Seventh graders at John Muir Middle School participated in their annual “Around the World Day” that had outside drummers and dancers bring their music and performances to the students in a daylong event on Friday. Organized by the seventh grade teachers, Muir Principal Greg Miller said there were Taiko drummers, Peruvian dancers and sword play. The day began with medieval jousting, and throughout the day, performers and dancers invited students participate in the activities.
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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.
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August 17, 2005
Rosette Gonzales An already steamy summer will become o7muy caliente f7Saturday as Burbank's Media City Ballet presents "Pasion De Espana" at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The classically trained ballet company will heat up the stage with Spanish-themed excerpts from "Don Quixote," "Bolero," "Carmen" and "Swan Lake." But the principal dancers will have a few apprentices performing with them this season from the company's summer intensive class.
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March 22, 2000
Jenna Bordelon, ENJOY! GLENDALE -- In its only West Coast appearance this year, the Paul Taylor Dance Company radiated an intelligence and wit that captivated an appreciative audience Saturday night at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. The program, featuring "Aureole," "Big Bertha," "Syzygy" and "Company B," was dominated by the twin themes of loneliness and longing. Evoking a lighthearted mood that was tinged with sadness, "Aureole" is one of Taylor's oldest and most familiar works.
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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.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | October 26, 2010
John Burroughs High School’s Powerhouse show choir returns to television this week performing on “Dancing With the Stars The Results Show” from 9 to 10 p.m. tonight on ABC-TV Channel 7. This week’s show is themed Rock Week, and the Powerhouse choir is sharing the spotlight with musicians and vocalists from the School of Rock, a performance school with locations throughout the country. The segment will be a medley of rock songs showcasing both the groups and 12 professionals dancers, said Brendan Jennings, vocal music director at Burroughs.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
Seventh graders at John Muir Middle School participated in their annual “Around the World Day” that had outside drummers and dancers bring their music and performances to the students in a daylong event on Friday. Organized by the seventh grade teachers, Muir Principal Greg Miller said there were Taiko drummers, Peruvian dancers and sword play. The day began with medieval jousting, and throughout the day, performers and dancers invited students participate in the activities.
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By David Laurell and By David Laurell | August 28, 2013
There was no need to “ferry cross the Mersey” or even take a trip “across the pond” to enjoy the classic music of the British Invasion this past Saturday evening.  For Burbankers, just a short drive over Mount Lee to the Ford Amphitheatre provided them with an evening of outstanding entertainment as the Pacific Ballet Dance Company danced to the sounds that dominated and defined popular culture during the 1960s and '70s. Billed as “The British Beat,” Saturday's performance, under the direction of Artistic Director Natasha Middleton and Assistant Director Edward Arno, showcased the talent of dancers from the Burbank-based company formerly known as the Media City Ballet.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | December 22, 2010
As Maryse Messier pulled ropes and raised metal frames last week, she said she was glad it was only drizzling outside. "This is actually a very nice site," said Messier. "We've had to deal with mud and wind and dust flying everywhere in other places. " Passersby may notice a new structure on the west side of the Golden State (5) Freeway just south of the Burbank Boulevard exit: a 110-foot-tall tent for Cavalia — a traveling equestrian performance show. Cavalia, which visited Glendale in 2004, combines acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians, riders, and, of course, horses.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | December 4, 2010
Burbank dancers have earned the privilege to perform in a show with the famous high-kicking Rockettes during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 11 at the Nokia Theatre LA Live. The opportunity came about after the Independence Dance Company of North Hollywood entered a contest held by the New York City Dance Alliance, a partner of Radio City Music Hall, said Amy Hutchings, co-director of the local dance company. An audition video was submitted featuring four of the local company's senior members performing an improvisational dance, and they were among the top 20 chosen from more than 400 group entries, said Hutchings, who lives in Burbank.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | October 26, 2010
John Burroughs High School’s Powerhouse show choir returns to television this week performing on “Dancing With the Stars The Results Show” from 9 to 10 p.m. tonight on ABC-TV Channel 7. This week’s show is themed Rock Week, and the Powerhouse choir is sharing the spotlight with musicians and vocalists from the School of Rock, a performance school with locations throughout the country. The segment will be a medley of rock songs showcasing both the groups and 12 professionals dancers, said Brendan Jennings, vocal music director at Burroughs.
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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 Liana Aghajanian | April 24, 2010
With belly chains jingling across the waists of gyrating dancers, and vendors selling exotic jewelry, music and clothing from the far corners of the Mideast, belly dance aficionados didn’t have to travel far to indulge in their passions — they found it all in Glendale. “Raqs L.A.” returned for the third year last weekend to the Glendale Civic Auditorium for the two-day celebration and festival of belly dance, modern fusion, Bollywood and more. Raqs, which means “dance” in Arabic, showcased an explosion of culture in the form of Persian cuisine, international belly dance star Mesmera, books on the art of playing finger cymbals and bustiers made out of fine fabrics and copper coins.
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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 Riley Hooper | January 23, 2010
Louisa Melcher, 11, can hardly contain her excitement as she explains her upcoming role as the Orange Page in Joffrey Ballet’s production of “Cinderella,” which makes its West Coast debut at the Los Angeles Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from Thursday to Jan. 31. Last week, in the beginning stages of a two-week intensive rehearsal schedule, the Burbank resident chattered excitedly about the upcoming performance....
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By Joyce Rudolph | October 6, 2009
Media City Youth Ballet has a spooky treat planned for children this Halloween season. Director Natasha Middleton has taken the short story, “The Cat and the Witch” by Elizabeth C. Stephens and combined it with the music of 20th century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. There will be a different cast of young dancers, ages 9 to 17, at each performance — 3, 4:15 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24, in the Theatre Arts Courtyard just outside of the Media Dance Centre.
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