Pentacle director to take a step down

Ivan Sygoda, the longtime co-director of the arts management non-profit organization called Pentacle, will be stepping back from his duties this July, the New York-based organization announced this week. Sygoda will still be involved in some of Pentacle's projects, but he is handing off the day-to-day running of the organization to a group of in-house leaders …

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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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Remembrances of Yvonne Mounsey

I was greatly saddened to read yesterday of the passing of Yvonne Mounsey, the founder of Westside Ballet and one of Los Angeles' most influential ballet teachers for almost 50 years. (She ran the studio with Rosemary Valaire, a Royal Ballet soloist who died in 1999). I was one of the fortunate thousands who studied with …

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Dance at Grand Park, Ivan Vasiliev and other news

Downtown Los Angeles' new and revitalized 12-acre green space, Grand Park, has announced a day of free activities on Saturday Oct. 6 to celebrate the official Grand opening. These are the  dance-related events: At 11 a.m., free social dance lessons on the Music Center Plaza (which is across the street from Grand Park); At 4:30 …

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The LINES-Hubbard Street Collaboration

For the past three weeks, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, now led by Glenn Edgerton, have been in rehearsal in the dance studios at UCI. King is making a new piece for both companies. This is an unprecedented, and to my mind, potentially very exciting collaboration. King's still-untitled ballet will have …

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Upcoming dance season: Laguna Dance Festival

The Laguna Dance Festival begins Thursday night. Here are the major events: ** A "sampler" of dance; choreography from Jennifer Lott, Jessie Ryan and Saleemah E. Knight; Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Laguna Art Museum. Free ** Backhausdance, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse ** LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sept. …

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