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By Heather Youmans | September 13, 2012
UC Irvine will present an informal showing of choreography by Alonzo LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Friday and Saturday at the university's Claire Trevor Theatre. During the companies' UCI residency, LINES artistic director Alonzo King created a new piece pairing Hubbard Street and LINES dancers. After the sneak-peak showing at UCI, the piece will have its official premiere next February in Berkeley. "LINES Hubbard is really a special event in that it is really bringing together two major choreographers and they're creating a work here," dance department Chairwoman Lisa Naugle said in a phone interview.
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By Heather Youmans | October 18, 2012
Hot off the heals of dancing featured roles in "Step Up" and Florence and the Machine's music video "Spectrum," Costa Mesa ballerina Tara Gusman took her dance career to the primetime TV screen this month on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. " According to Nielsen Media Research, 12 million viewers watched Gusman, 24, in the season's first "Macy's Stars of Dance" performance, which opened the live results show Oct. 2 on ABC. "The 'Macy's Stars of Dance' is a really big honor for the choreographer," Tara Gusman said in a phone interview.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | November 3, 2008
Costa Mesa is the only stop in California for the world-renowned San Francisco Ballet’s highly touted 75th Anniversary tour. The company will visit the Orange County Performing Arts Center for a weeklong engagement starting Nov. 11. America’s oldest professional ballet company will bring a program that features modern works from esteemed U.S. choreographers Christopher Wheeldon and Mark Morris, as well as works by George Balanchine and...
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By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | August 27, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Orange County Performing Arts Center has teamed up with a world-renowned Russian ballet company to create a new dance program, titled "Reflections. " An open rehearsal Friday afternoon at Founders Hall featured the production's six ballerinas and four male dancers, all of whom studied at or currently perform with Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the most prestigious schools of ballet in the world. Work on the production began Aug. 11. "Reflections" premieres at OCPAC on Jan. 20 and runs through Jan. 23 in Segerstrom Hall.
NEWS
February 25, 2001
THOUGHTS FROM THE SCENE: As this assignment was so full of rhythm, music and movement, my goal was to convey a sense of that kinetic environment in my photos. I focused on the dancers themselves, and chose to shoot at an angle that would fill the background with the clean, warm, neutral tones of the floor. I used a technique that allows a sense of the subject's movement to be captured in a still image. And came out with this shot of dancers Kainoa Asuega, left, and Steve Rivera practicing at Lokelani's Rhythm of the Islands in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
August 12, 2000
Joyce Scherer The anticipated letter arrived in the afternoon mail and Erin Britt knew a small slice of her future could be in the making -- or not. But doubt faded quickly when she found the letter was indeed an acceptance to the prestigious American Ballet Theater's summer dance program. Quite a fete, considering Erin, 17, is one of only 500 aspiring dancers selected from a field of 3,000 nationwide to participate in one of the four programs held in New York, Michigan, Alabama and for the first time, California.
NEWS
May 11, 2000
-- Story by Amy R. Spurgeon; photo by Taya Kashuba SHE IS Stocking up on extra-strength stockings. LEOTARDS AND LEG WARMERS Costa Mesa resident Linda Harber never became a ballerina, but she knows the look. Harber provides costumes and exercise clothes for dancers through her business, Blisters dance and active wear, on Harbor Boulevard. She started the business after her children took up dancing. Her 16-year-old daughter, who has been dancing since she was 2, needed recital costumes, so Harber sewed a tutu for her. The job just stuck.
NEWS
June 4, 2009
It was brought to my attention that there were some complaints from readers that the costumes and dancing style of the dancers performing at the Fish Fry were not to their liking. Well, my daughter is one of those dancers. The only thing my daughter was promoting was her love of dance, the love for her studio, and fellow dancers (who are also her friends) in conjunction with donating time to the community in the way of dance. To the casual observer, dance costumes, as well as many other performing costumes, may not please everyone.
FEATURES
By Tony Dodero | July 24, 2006
The skies crackled with thunderbolts and a summer rainstorm splashed a modicum of relief upon those of us suffering from a stifling heat wave. But here at the Orange County Fair, we can't let a little lightning stop things. The show must go on. And that would be the reason why this Sunday morning I was escorting my two daughters, Danielle and Kristen, through the craft booth aisles toward the Heritage Stage and the 11 a.m. performance of the Cathleen Forcucci Dance Academy.
NEWS
March 30, 2002
If "Riverdance" were a movie, viewers might marvel at the surgical strikes of the dancers' feet and surmise that this visual effect was the result of trick photography. After all, people just can't move their feet that way, can they? They can and they do in this electrifying production, making its second triumphant visit to the Orange County Performing Arts Center. These young, highly energetic performers do things with their lower appendages that Gene Kelly probably never dreamed of. While "Riverdance" is a celebration of Irish music and dance, the production -- one of two currently touring the world -- also emphasizes its similarities with, and influences on, other cultures.
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By Jill Cowan | December 19, 2013
As she does every Wednesday, Ana Lara fried up stacks of puffy quesadillas, topping them with dollops of sour cream and shredded cabbage before handing them to her hungry neighbors at Shalimar Park. Kids bundled up in hats and coats clambered on the dark playground while their parents chatted nearby. As usual, the Bosques family supplied steaming tamales. But this week, the Costa Mesa neighborhood's weekly block party - which residents credit for bringing the community closer together - took on a holiday theme.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 22, 2013
Moments after stepping foot in New Delhi, Dominique Delorme's gaze fell upon a man on the side of the road. He had no arms or legs, and he entreated passersby to place money in a bowl placed in front of him. Their gazes locked, and a grin blossomed on the pauper's face. Immediately, gears started turning in the 19-year-old Frenchman's mind. "I wondered what was inside that person that makes him smile at me, who comes from the West, who has a TV, computers and other things," he said.
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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 Rhea Mahbubani | March 21, 2013
From jazz to musical theater and hip-hop to contemporary, it's all fair game at Newport Harbor High School's "ArreiS 2013. " The show, a potpourri of beginning and intermediate dancers and members of the junior varsity and varsity dance teams, runs until Saturday, spotlighting 133 students from freshman to seniors. A few football players and athletes also signed up for the troupe, which otherwise stars mostly girls. The two-hour concert showcases 23 routines, including three solos and seven student-choreographed pieces.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 21, 2013
It's time to dip and twirl for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. The 72-year-old nonprofit, which aids children and families via community programs, is organizing an annual ballroom dancing competition. Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars couples community leaders with professional dancers. The festivities, geared toward raising funds for the Assistance League's local efforts, also feature a cocktail reception, dinner spread and an open dance floor. "I put together the first [Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars]
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 7, 2013
"You look fine," said 11 dancers under the spotlight. That seemingly simple statement, delivered at a rehearsal Tuesday at Sage Hill School, contained a powerful acknowledgment of the beauty inherent in every individual. This idea lies at the core of the "Look at Me" campaign, spearheaded by Jessica Starr, a 30-year-old dancer and choreographer from West Hollywood. "Divine Direction," a nearly two-hour event, is the latest show for the 6-year-old Muse Dance Company and marks the debut of the campaign. The 24-person dance troupe will take the stage at Newport Coast's Sage Hill School at 3 and 7 p.m. Friday.
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By Heather Youmans | October 18, 2012
Hot off the heals of dancing featured roles in "Step Up" and Florence and the Machine's music video "Spectrum," Costa Mesa ballerina Tara Gusman took her dance career to the primetime TV screen this month on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. " According to Nielsen Media Research, 12 million viewers watched Gusman, 24, in the season's first "Macy's Stars of Dance" performance, which opened the live results show Oct. 2 on ABC. "The 'Macy's Stars of Dance' is a really big honor for the choreographer," Tara Gusman said in a phone interview.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 27, 2012
It's safe to say the football is secure with Talalelei Teaupa. The day after he plays tailback for Newport Harbor High on Friday nights, the 17-year-old plays with a knife on fire. Holding onto the ball is easy when compared to how Teaupa handles a machete engulfed in flames at each end. Teaupa is a Samoan fire knife dancer on the weekends. You've probably seen one before if you've been to a luau in Hawaii. Picture a bare-chested dancer twirling, throwing and catching a flaming knife and that's Teaupa.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | September 13, 2012
UC Irvine will present an informal showing of choreography by Alonzo LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Friday and Saturday at the university's Claire Trevor Theatre. During the companies' UCI residency, LINES artistic director Alonzo King created a new piece pairing Hubbard Street and LINES dancers. After the sneak-peak showing at UCI, the piece will have its official premiere next February in Berkeley. "LINES Hubbard is really a special event in that it is really bringing together two major choreographers and they're creating a work here," dance department Chairwoman Lisa Naugle said in a phone interview.
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