Not a review: Thoughts on Miami City Ballet & George Balanchine’s ‘Nutcracker’

The Music Center last week presented “The Nutcracker” for the first time in five years. The two-act ballet premiered in Russia in 1892, but, as we all know, it ended up becoming a holiday obsession here in the U.S. instead. (Read Jennifer Fisher’s excellent book “Nutcracker Nation” to find out how that happened.) Rachel Moore, …

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Review: Jacob Jonas The Company

The Friday night debut of Jacob Jonas The Company at Wallis Annenberg Center  was a big deal for choreographer and artistic director Jonas. The Beverly Hills High School alum is only 24 and started his concert-contemporary-street-dance group a mere two years ago. And there he was, with his 11 dancers being presented by this small …

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Review Contra-Tiempo in ‘Agua Furioso’

Now 10 years old, Contra-Tiempo is one of Los Angeles’ most ambitious and accomplished home-grown dance companies, but your average resident would be hard-pressed to know about this striking group. It gets most of its gigs on the road, away from L.A., which is a loss for us. Artistic director Ana Maria Alvarez gives her …

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Home Grown @ Bootleg: A Leg up for Los Angeles Dance

A pilot program with exciting potential to promote local dance by giving companies more performing opportunities--which is what Los Angeles dancers say need and want--debuts in February. It is called Home Grown @ Bootleg and the first weekend of concerts will feature Antics, which under the direction of Amy “Catfox” Campion combines street dance with …

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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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