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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 1, 2013
The first time Jean-Christophe Maillot laid eyes on Diana Vishneva, he was gripped by the feeling that she was weird - not in a way that made him cringe or avert his sight. Quite the opposite. He was spellbound. "She was not what we were used to seeing, not placed [on her feet] like everybody, and she was extremely skinny," said Maillot, holding up his pinky to drive his point home. "She was very atypical for a classical dancer. " Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vishneva trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, an international young dancers' competition, in 1994.
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December 16, 2000
Young Chang Two principal cast members for next week's American Ballet Theatre production of "Cinderella" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center know what it's like to be the stars of real-life fairy tales. For Marcelo Gomes and Ashley Tuttle, being in the ABT -- the royal kingdom of the ballet world -- is like becoming a prince or princess. There are five pairs of principal dancers doing the roles of Cinderella and Prince Charming in Orange County.
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December 24, 1999
The Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2000 International Classic Dance Season includes performances by some of the best ballet companies in the world. Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, Germany's Stuttgart Ballet and Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino make their Center debut and the American Ballet Theatre returns with "Cinderella." The season begins Feb. 1-6 with the renowned Stuttgart Ballet with John Cranko's full-length "Onegin," based on the poet's masterpiece, "Eugene Onegin."
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April 27, 2002
Young Chang Young dancers flitted about in half-finished costumes during a rehearsal charged to extra tizzy this week. There was a sense of wanting to impress, of wanting to help each other out, of wanting to make sure they wouldn't let anyone down. Elizabeth Chasteler, 18, and Kirby Killiam, 17, confirmed that with ballet icons Julie Kent and Damian Woetzel scheduled to dance alongside the members of Festival Ballet Theatre this weekend, there is greater pressure (in a good way)
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By Kelly Strodl | July 23, 2007
Since moving to California from New York more than 14 years ago, Michel and Marie-Jo Coclet have had season tickets to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. But they never experienced it as they did Sunday evening. The couple who loves classical dance had the opportunity to try some out for the first time ever on the center grounds. After viewing the American Ballet Theatre's performance of "The Sleeping Beauty," the crowds emptied into the Community Plaza where a fully-fledged club atmosphere awaited them, complete with dance floor, tables, refreshments and DJs. Called "Free For All," the program offers music, dance, food and a chance to mingle with cast and crew from 4:30 to 6 p.m. after select performances.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 16, 2013
Posture is paramount to Camille Kellems. And not only because she's a ballerina, but because she is a ballerina with scoliosis. The 16-year-old Newport Beach resident was diagnosed as having a curved spine when she was 13. For two years, she went to bed every night wearing a tight brace. The device helped arrest the spinal curvature and allowed her to dance during the day completely unfettered, powering through any discomfort.  Although the Corona del Mar High School junior no longer needs to stabilize her spine while sleeping, she remains vigilant about her form onstage and off. Starting Saturday, she will don a pink tutu and glide into the spotlight at the Northwood High School Performing Arts Theatre in Irvine.
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November 20, 2003
Send AROUND TOWN items to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by e-mail to luis.pena@latimes.com; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by calling (949) 574-4298. Include the time, date and location of the event, as well as a contact phone number. TODAY The Orange County Fair and Exposition Center will host the Creative Sewing Fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at building No. 10. The cost will be $7. Information: (724) 325-5689, http://www.
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By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times | February 25, 2014
What if the story of Eva Peron were told by Argentine dancers and musicians performing traditional tangos from Argentina instead of a Broadway score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice? Will Southern California audiences, who apparently never have seen it performed in a prominent professional venue, take to a Soviet-era Russian ballet about the French Revolution that's said to have been Josef Stalin's favorite? And does $2.5 million in seed money from billionaire businessman and arts philanthropist David H. Koch guarantee that American Ballet Theatre's new take on “The Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Richard Hudson (Broadway's “The Lion King”)
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 26, 2013
Leotard-clad dancers stretched at gravity-defying angles, while gangly teenagers with seemingly endless legs towered en pointe. A girl hunched over homework as a counterpart stitched elastic bands and ribbons onto her shoes, listening to the youngest among them, who tittered gleefully, cradled comfortably in the laps of older girls. Ballet, in all its glory, was front and center at the Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine. Last Friday, about 80 performers pieced together pliés, arabesques and ports de bras in a nearly two-hour run-through of the Maple Youth Ballet's rendition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times | February 25, 2014
What if the story of Eva Peron were told by Argentine dancers and musicians performing traditional tangos from Argentina instead of a Broadway score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice? Will Southern California audiences, who apparently never have seen it performed in a prominent professional venue, take to a Soviet-era Russian ballet about the French Revolution that's said to have been Josef Stalin's favorite? And does $2.5 million in seed money from billionaire businessman and arts philanthropist David H. Koch guarantee that American Ballet Theatre's new take on “The Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Richard Hudson (Broadway's “The Lion King”)
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 16, 2013
Posture is paramount to Camille Kellems. And not only because she's a ballerina, but because she is a ballerina with scoliosis. The 16-year-old Newport Beach resident was diagnosed as having a curved spine when she was 13. For two years, she went to bed every night wearing a tight brace. The device helped arrest the spinal curvature and allowed her to dance during the day completely unfettered, powering through any discomfort.  Although the Corona del Mar High School junior no longer needs to stabilize her spine while sleeping, she remains vigilant about her form onstage and off. Starting Saturday, she will don a pink tutu and glide into the spotlight at the Northwood High School Performing Arts Theatre in Irvine.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 1, 2013
The first time Jean-Christophe Maillot laid eyes on Diana Vishneva, he was gripped by the feeling that she was weird - not in a way that made him cringe or avert his sight. Quite the opposite. He was spellbound. "She was not what we were used to seeing, not placed [on her feet] like everybody, and she was extremely skinny," said Maillot, holding up his pinky to drive his point home. "She was very atypical for a classical dancer. " Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vishneva trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, an international young dancers' competition, in 1994.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 26, 2013
Leotard-clad dancers stretched at gravity-defying angles, while gangly teenagers with seemingly endless legs towered en pointe. A girl hunched over homework as a counterpart stitched elastic bands and ribbons onto her shoes, listening to the youngest among them, who tittered gleefully, cradled comfortably in the laps of older girls. Ballet, in all its glory, was front and center at the Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine. Last Friday, about 80 performers pieced together pliés, arabesques and ports de bras in a nearly two-hour run-through of the Maple Youth Ballet's rendition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Strodl | July 23, 2007
Since moving to California from New York more than 14 years ago, Michel and Marie-Jo Coclet have had season tickets to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. But they never experienced it as they did Sunday evening. The couple who loves classical dance had the opportunity to try some out for the first time ever on the center grounds. After viewing the American Ballet Theatre's performance of "The Sleeping Beauty," the crowds emptied into the Community Plaza where a fully-fledged club atmosphere awaited them, complete with dance floor, tables, refreshments and DJs. Called "Free For All," the program offers music, dance, food and a chance to mingle with cast and crew from 4:30 to 6 p.m. after select performances.
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November 20, 2003
Send AROUND TOWN items to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627; by e-mail to luis.pena@latimes.com; by fax to (949) 646-4170; or by calling (949) 574-4298. Include the time, date and location of the event, as well as a contact phone number. TODAY The Orange County Fair and Exposition Center will host the Creative Sewing Fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at building No. 10. The cost will be $7. Information: (724) 325-5689, http://www.
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April 27, 2002
Young Chang Young dancers flitted about in half-finished costumes during a rehearsal charged to extra tizzy this week. There was a sense of wanting to impress, of wanting to help each other out, of wanting to make sure they wouldn't let anyone down. Elizabeth Chasteler, 18, and Kirby Killiam, 17, confirmed that with ballet icons Julie Kent and Damian Woetzel scheduled to dance alongside the members of Festival Ballet Theatre this weekend, there is greater pressure (in a good way)
NEWS
December 16, 2000
Young Chang Two principal cast members for next week's American Ballet Theatre production of "Cinderella" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center know what it's like to be the stars of real-life fairy tales. For Marcelo Gomes and Ashley Tuttle, being in the ABT -- the royal kingdom of the ballet world -- is like becoming a prince or princess. There are five pairs of principal dancers doing the roles of Cinderella and Prince Charming in Orange County.
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December 15, 2000
Orange Coast College's Dance Department will hold auditions at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 31 for the college's May performances of "Fiesta Latina," an OCC dance and cultural heritage outreach program. The show tours county elementary schools and takes place onstage at the theater. Dancers selected for "Fiesta Latina" must enroll in an OCC dance class in the spring. Information: (714) 432-5506, Ext. 4. Classic Christmas tunes for the family "Home for the Holidays," a Mervyn's Musical Morning Family Concert, will be held at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.
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