Upcoming dance season: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Next up, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' International Dance Series: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, "Swan Lake," Oct. 2-7 Trey McIntyre Project, Nov. 23-25 Hamburg Ballet, "The Little Mermaid," Feb. 8-10, 2013 Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, "Rodin," May 3-5, 2013 The lowdown: As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the Center has decreased the …

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Benjamin Millepied & ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Did you see him? Benjamin Millepied was a judge tonight on "So You Think You Can Dance" and the six dancers of L.A. Dance Project were on, too, performing an oh-so-brief excerpt from Millepied's new work, "Moving Parts," which premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sept. 22-23.  Contemporary ballet on Fox TV -- a top-rated …

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Behind the dance performance cutback at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

I heard the news from friends, who started complaining soon after they got their renewal notices to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2013 International Dance Series. After 27 years, the center was trimming its Tuesday-to-Sunday dance engagements to a more conservative and shorter Friday-to-Sunday schedule. Only the Mariinsky Ballet, which is bringing the recession-proof …

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This weekend: Na Lei Hulu at Grand Performances

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu is a remarkable, San Francisco-based company and school devoted to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through its most well-known dance -- the hula. But this is a two-pronged, contemporary kind of preservation. While the group presents traditional hula, founder and hula master Patrick Makuakane develops new dances, too, pairing his …

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Misty and Matthew, Cory and Carla — Galas in the OC

Anaheim Ballet, in partnership with Chapman University, and Festival Ballet Theatre (based in Fountain Valley) are each producing gala performances in August, and will be importing an impressive roster of  ballet and modern dance stars. Youth America Grand Prix is involved in both events. The gala-style program -- generally a string of repertory excerpts and …

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Interview Leftovers No. 2: NCI

One more post about National Choreographers Initiative (NCI). I attended the NCI workshop performance Saturday night (July 28), and as usual, each new ballet was quite distinct. In addition to Melissa Barak, this year's participating choreographers were Thang Dao, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Wendy Seyb. Critics don't review this show because the pieces are considered …

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