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 pas de deux — is not my favorite. But the dancers who will be here (some of whom are performing at both events) are an undeniable draw. It is rare to see these dancers sharing the stage together.

The third annual Anaheim International Dance Festival is first,  Aug. 10-12. There is a screening of the classic movie The Red Shoes at Chapman University on Friday evening, Aug. 10. The Saturday gala (at City National Grove of Anaheim) includes Misty Copeland (ABT), Clifton Brown and Matthew Rushing (both Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet), Guillaume Cote (National Ballet of Canada) and others. The program’s excerpts include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Song for You by Ailey, Cranko’s Onegin, plus Don Quixote, Dying Swan and more. The Sunday “Stars of Tomorrow” show (back on Chapman’s campus in Orange) will be a mix of award-winning student dancers and professionals.  Information and tickets available here.

Festival Ballet Theatre’s fourth annual “Gala of the Stars,” will feature 15 guest artist, including Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet), Cory Stearns (American Ballet Theatre), Lauren Lovette (New York City Ballet) and Carla Korbes (Pacific Northwest Ballet). Festival Ballet Theatre and guests will present Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, Balanchine’s Tarantella, excerpts from Swan Lake, Paquita, Ashton’s Cinderella,and more. The performance is 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Tickets are available here.

Remember that programs and casting are always subject to change.

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