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April 13, 2000
Angelique Flores Local dancers are warming up for the Prague Dance Festival next week. Choreographer Nannette Brodie and her company, The Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, will help represent the United States at the Czech Republic festival where 30 countries are expected to participate. Brodie has been the director of dance at Golden West College for 25 years. Her dancers, all students or graduates of Golden West, and dancers under local choreographers Nicole Delhaye of Metropolitan Ballet and Tracy Fitzpatrick of Wasted Talent will present three pieces of ballet and modern dance.
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By Candice Baker | September 18, 2008
Contract negotiations. Flight reservations. Venue selections. Itineraries. Sponsors. Fruit baskets. Putting together the annual Laguna Dance Festival is never a smooth sail, but the finished project is worth all of the bumps, founder Jodie Gates said. She brings in top talent from around the county, state, country and world for the annual event, which opens Saturday in Laguna Beach. ?Coordinating the schedule just takes my breath away,? Gates said. It?s very, very complicated, and requires a lot of organizational skills, but fortunately I?
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By Imran Vittachi | July 18, 2012
Two female dancers who came out of Fountain Valley's Southland Ballet Academy and its affiliated Festival Ballet Theatre will be among 14 guests dancing in FBT's "Gala of the Stars" performance in Irvine next month. Jamie Kopit and Sareen Tchekmedyian — both Huntington Beach natives who now dance respectively as corps de ballet members with the American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Sarasota Ballet in Florida — will take part in FBT's gala show at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at 8 p.m. Aug. 17, company officials announced.
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By Candice Baker | August 21, 2008
Let me start by making one thing clear: I’ve never been to an exercise or dance class in my life. The fox trot and the tango only have military connotations for me, and I wouldn’t know Joseph Pilates from Pontius Pilate. That, and I have a severe aversion to spandex. So when the opportunity to participate in a class taught by three members of the toned cast of “A Chorus Line” came up, let’s just say my heart began practicing tachycardia before I even set foot in the room.
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By Heather Youmans | March 14, 2012
The Festival Ballet Theatre will bring a timeless love story to life during its spring production of"Sleeping Beauty,"which is set to grace the Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 24 and 25. In true corps de ballet fashion, guest American Ballet Theatre principal dancers, FBT's professional members and a select group of Southland Ballet students will reconcile fabled storybook characters, such as Princess Aurora, Puss 'n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood...
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By Heather Youmans | October 10, 2012
Tyler Donatelli began dancing at Southland Ballet Academy when she was five years old. Now, she will take on her biggest task yet: portraying a selfish, ill-tempered 10-year-old. Tyler, a Huntington Beach resident, will play the lead role of Mary Lennox in Festival Ballet Theatre's production of "The Secret Garden" on Sunday. "It's not a classical ballet, so stepping out of my comfort zone to do different movement has been the hardest part," the 16-year-old said. Tyler is one of 17 dancers who will breathe new life into the ballet adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
NEWS
June 2, 2005
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley received a $25,000 grant Monday from the Helping Kids Achieve program. The grant will help finance the Twilight Education program, which assists immigrant families in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and nearby areas. The Twilight Education program includes infant care, preschool education, tutoring for school-age children and literacy and English classes for parents. Families involved in the program also have access to dental care and immunizations and can receive referrals for free and low-cost health services.
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By Candice Baker | September 3, 2008
Just down the way from a chocolate shop and a boisterous bar in a nondescript Huntington Beach strip mall Saturday, dozens of teenage girls in wispy tutus practiced relevés, grandes pliés and battements soutenus. Clad in wedding-white costumes evocative of the original 19th century production of “Giselle,” each girl leaned and swayed, her upper arms covered in detached tulle sleeves. Rings of lilies encircled the crown of each dancer’s head. The dancers were rehearsing the Dance of the Wilis for the upcoming Ballet Repertory Theatre fall showcase, to be held this weekend at Golden West College.
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By Candice Baker | May 7, 2009
A ?Prodigal Son? is returning home Mother?s Day weekend to dance once again for his parents? local ballet company. Christopher Sellars, 23, is a professional dancer at Ballet West in Utah and the son of Terri and Anthony Sellars, who run the Orange County Dance Center and its company, the Ballet Repertory Theatre. He will return to Surf City this weekend, following an acclaimed appearance in George Balanchine?s ?The Prodigal Son,? to appear in the local company?s full-length production of ?
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By: Elia Powers | September 25, 2005
As the Newport Beach centennial approaches, residents are racking their brains for memories of the city's early days. Corona del Mar resident Joon Aynes, an avid writer, has more stories than she can fit into a journal. One such story involves the hallowed Rendezvous Ballroom. In the late 1920s, Aynes said she remembers being boosted up on someone's shoulders so she could see the dancers and flashing lights inside the hall. One of the regular performers was her father, Ira Gay, an orchestra conductor, a talent agent, and a musician who played saxophone and flute.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | February 13, 2013
Allynne Noelle was portraying a Turning Girl in "Symphony in 3 Movements" when she snapped her Lisfranc ligament. With adrenaline coursing through her veins, the Huntington Beach-born ballerina didn't discover her injury until she fell out of bed the next morning, overwhelmed by pain. A soloist at the Miami City Ballet in November 2009, Noelle knew that the turnaround time was too short for the company to replace her before its matinee performance in a few hours. A combination of Aleve and "the show must go on" attitude got her through the rigorous Balanchine ballet, as well as the next 10 months.
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By Heather Youmans | October 10, 2012
Tyler Donatelli began dancing at Southland Ballet Academy when she was five years old. Now, she will take on her biggest task yet: portraying a selfish, ill-tempered 10-year-old. Tyler, a Huntington Beach resident, will play the lead role of Mary Lennox in Festival Ballet Theatre's production of "The Secret Garden" on Sunday. "It's not a classical ballet, so stepping out of my comfort zone to do different movement has been the hardest part," the 16-year-old said. Tyler is one of 17 dancers who will breathe new life into the ballet adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
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By Imran Vittachi | July 18, 2012
Two female dancers who came out of Fountain Valley's Southland Ballet Academy and its affiliated Festival Ballet Theatre will be among 14 guests dancing in FBT's "Gala of the Stars" performance in Irvine next month. Jamie Kopit and Sareen Tchekmedyian — both Huntington Beach natives who now dance respectively as corps de ballet members with the American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Sarasota Ballet in Florida — will take part in FBT's gala show at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at 8 p.m. Aug. 17, company officials announced.
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By Imran Vittachi | May 9, 2012
The teacher has watched the pupil grow under a decade of tutelage. Tyler Donatelli entered Salwa Rizkalla's Southland Ballet Academy in Fountain Valley when the aspiring classical dancer from Huntington Beach was 4 years old. "She has extreme talent," said Rizkalla, who founded the academy at 9527 Garfield Ave. more than 30 years ago. "You cannot tell early enough how the person will turn out, but Tyler possesses the qualities of...
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By Heather Youmans | March 14, 2012
The Festival Ballet Theatre will bring a timeless love story to life during its spring production of"Sleeping Beauty,"which is set to grace the Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 24 and 25. In true corps de ballet fashion, guest American Ballet Theatre principal dancers, FBT's professional members and a select group of Southland Ballet students will reconcile fabled storybook characters, such as Princess Aurora, Puss 'n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood...
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By Heather Youmans | February 22, 2012
Since its founding in 1940, the esteemed American Ballet Theatre has appeared in a total of 132 cities, 42 countries and all 50 states. And throughout its 72-year history, the New York-based company has commissioned works by all of the great choreographic minds of the 20th century: George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille and Twyla Tharp, among others. Now, at the tender age of 18, Fountain Valley ballet dancer Jamie Kopit can call the ABT her home. Kopit began dancing at the age of four at Southland Ballet Academy in Fountain Valley, shortly after her oldest sister enrolled in classes there.
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By Mona Shadia | December 28, 2011
When Salwa Rizkalla's father signed her up for ballet lessons, she went to class begrudgingly. But those lessons set the 10-year-old on a path to grandeur, first as a professional ballet dancer and later as a teacher. The artistic director of Fountain Valley's Festival Ballet Theatre and owner of Southland Ballet Academy began her career in her native country of Egypt. Around that time, when Gamal Abdel Nasser was president, the best of the world's performing arts, from Shakespeare and Italian opera to Russian ballet and symphonies, were featured nonstop in Egypt.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | September 8, 2010
Penelope Koulos has a tough show ahead of her this weekend, as Ballet Repertory Theatre prepares for its first production of the school year. But tacked in the corner of the bulletin board at the Orange County Dance Center is something to encourage her. That's the small slip of paper declaring the record she set Nov. 18 in the Huntington Beach studio, where instructors keep track of athletic feats their students achieve durihng rehearsal....
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By Candice Baker | May 13, 2009
. . CORRECTION: The owner and director of the Orange County Dance Center should have been listed as Michael Houston.. . . A ?Prodigal Son? is returning home Mother?s Day weekend to dance once again for his parents? local ballet company. Christopher Sellars, 23, is a professional dancer at Ballet West in Utah and the son of Terri and Anthony Sellars, who run the Orange County Dance Center and its company, the Ballet Repertory Theatre. He will return to Surf City this weekend, following an acclaimed appearance in George Balanchine?
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