NYT on LA Dance Project

LA Dance Project makes its East Coast debut at Montclair State University in N.J. next week (Oct. 25-28). The New York Times ran a feature story online today about Benjamin Millepied and his fledgling company. The story's tone -- no surprise -- is the usual condescending, "Gee, they've got culture out there."  But I was happy …

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One more from (and for) Yvonne

Hundreds of people filled Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles yesterday (Oct. 14) to pay tribute to Yvonne Mounsey, who passed away Sept. 29. It was a beautiful service with music, photos and a video that had been made for Yvonne's 93 birthday, three years ago. Her daughter Allegra Clegg (whom we, her older ballet classmates, …

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Upcoming dance season: Los Angeles Ballet

The lowdown: Los Angeles Ballet begins its seventh season with "The Nutcracker" in December, and then it is devoting its two repertory programs to the works of George Balanchine - throwing a Balanchine Festival, in fact. Seven ballets will be presented over two programs, and the company is planning other events as well, not yet …

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Upcoming dance season: Luckman Theatre

The Luckman, at Cal State Los Angeles, is a great for dance, with excellent sight lines. Curtains in the auditorium can close off seats, making it feel comfortable whether it's a sold-out house of 1,152 or a comfy group of 500. After an early, active period of regular dance offerings (the theater opened in 1994), the …

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Upcoming dance season: Cerritos Center

A quick nod to the Cerritos Center, which has had to cut way back on a once-adventurous dance series. The details: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, Nov. 3 National Dance Company of Ireland, Feb. 8-9, 2013 Savion Glover, March 22, 2013 The lowdown: Ballet Folklorico will be at Cerritos the day after performing in …

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Upcoming dance season: Valley Performing Arts Center

On the campus of Cal State Northridge, the Valley Performing Arts Center has devised a dance season of the smorgasbord variety, with something to please differing tastes. The details: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, Nov. 2 Russian National Ballet Theatre, Feb. 10, 2013 Black Grace Dance Company, March 23, 2013 Mark Morris Dance …

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Upcoming dance season: Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Okay, maybe you think you'd never drive to Long Beach to see a show. On the other hand, which theater just organized a reunion of those four champions of free speech, with two performances and a panel discussion: Tim Miller, Holly Hughes, John Fleck and Karen Finley? That's right, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (on the CSULB …

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