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By Candice Baker | June 22, 2007
Girls in neon pink tutus with fake blonde hair extensions flutter past Lucille Ball, who's having a conversation with Belle and a couple of space-age divas. Nope, not Lagunatics, but that would be a close guess. Linda Haylett's youth dance classes are gearing up for their next recital. The kids range from age 3 to 12. Their Wednesday professional photo session was a cacophony of visuals. Bright neon '70s clowns. Marie Antoinette-inspired pink tulle. Judy Jetson silver lamé.
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By Brittany Woolsey and By Brittany Woolsey | August 30, 2012
Fans of dance will be able to see it from several different perspectives in a show coming to the Laguna Art Museum next week. The show, choreographed by three UC Irvine graduate students, includes three dance pieces that will provide as a preview for the Laguna Dance Festival, which is from Sept. 7 to 9. Jennifer Lott, Jessie Ryan and Saleemah E. Knight will showcase their works in a different setting than normal dance performances. All three choreographers are students of Jodie Gates, the founder of the Laguna Dance Festival.
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By Candice Baker | March 14, 2008
Rumors are already flying that it’s the best musical in Laguna Beach High School history. “West Side Story” is showing for two weekends at the Artists’ Theatre. The famous 1957 Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein collaboration, based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” tells the story of a white boy and Puerto Rican girl who fall in love, but are caught between rival street gangs. Many drama teachers refuse to put on the play because of its legendary difficulty.
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By: | September 14, 2005
{LDQUO}Mad Hot Ballroom" is a delightful documentary about three groups of fifth-graders from New York City public schools whose lives gain class and dignity by their participation in a citywide ballroom dancing competition. Told in the spirit of "Spellbound," last year's charming documentary of school youngsters in a national spelling bee, "Mad Hot Ballroom" also examines the home lives of several of the children who learn poise and the benefits of team participation, and the effect this has on the process of growing up. Sometimes touching and oft times hilarious, "Mad Hot Ballroom" is as engaging for the audience as the dance competition is for the young students.
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By By Dan Beighley | December 9, 2005
High school company performs dance ranging from jazz to Japanese in its new production for the holidays.Stringing together select pieces from a decade of performances, the Laguna Beach High School Dance Company will be celebrating 10 years with its new production, "Diversity." "Don't come expecting to see one form of dance," director Tod A. Kubo said. "The Laguna Beach Dance Company is known for versatility with concepts and themes." Since beginning practice in the first week of October, the 48 performers in the show rose to the challenge of learning the styles of various nationalities and fusing together a well-oiled and synchronous performance machine.
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May 2, 2003
Suzie Harrison The Laguna Beach High School award-winning Dance Company will put its talent and connections in the choreography biz to work in its spring dance performance, "DancExpo." Set to well-known pop music, as well as classical pieces, the dance company will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at the high school's Artists' Theatre. "The concept 'DancExpo' is based off of art, the merging of visual art and dance," director Tod A. Kubo said.
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July 13, 2007
Festival of Arts holds Asian Art Day The Festival of Arts Asian Arts Day will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 14 on the festival grounds, 65 Laguna Canyon Road. The Northern Shaolim Kung Fu Association will perform an authentic Chinese lion dance around the Festival grounds beginning at 1 p.m. Arpana Dance Company will perform a traditional South Indian dance at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., the Korean Classical Music and Dance Company will perform a traditional Korean dance.
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By Tom Titus | October 9, 2009
Generally speaking, one art form rarely intersects with another, and on the occasion they do, the last pairing one might expect would be dance and photography. Yet that’s what Gallimaufry Performing Arts has in store Saturday when not only the two art forms but two venues will be in the spotlight. “Two Journeys — One Mission” will be offered, beginning at 6 p.m. in San Juan Capistrano and ending at 10:30 p.m. in Laguna Beach. Dancers from the Gallimaufry & Greene Dance Company will combine their talents with those of a pair of local Laguna artists.
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January 2, 2004
Suzie Harrison For more than 15 years, El Morro Elementary School has led its students through a sort of time travel. For one day, the children are able to experience life as it was in the Colonial days. "It's taken different directions over the years, now it's more educational and hands-on for the kids with crafts and tasks of Colonial times for them to learn about," PTA Vice President Tracey Williams said. Students and teachers wore clothes that represented the period, dressing as settlers, pilgrims and Native Americans.
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May 9, 2003
Canceled last year and having raised minimal funds in 2001, the Thurston Middle School PTA's "Out on the Town" fund-raiser on April 30 grossed $8,000. The dinner/dance attracted 160 parents, teachers, administration and public officials at $50 a ticket, which included a four-course meal at the Laguna Village Bistro. Organizers Caroline Wright and Kathleen Moore were expecting 40 to 50 people, about twice the number of 2001's turnout. "So many people contributed," Wright said, "and not just financially.
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By Michael Miller | August 29, 2013
David Parsons' in-progress dance piece, "EK90," officially celebrates the 90th birthday of a world-renowned artist. But to Parsons, it represents the birth of a movement - one that's grown fitfully over the years and now looks to have more momentum than ever. Last year, photographer Jack Shear commissioned a piece from Parsons in honor of his longtime partner, Ellsworth Kelly. With gay rights winning battles in both the United States and abroad, the topic came easily enough. "EK90," which Parsons Dance will perform Sept.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | August 15, 2013
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Dance Festival and Laguna Beach Live! are poised to concoct a creative cocktail - an original music and dance project pegged to artwork from the museum's collection. Malcolm Warner, the museum's executive director, aptly labeled this endeavor "Ekphrasis," which in Greek means "an interpretation of one work of art in another art form. " Laguna Beach Live! has tapped Pasadena-based composer, conductor and pianist Alan Chan, while the Laguna Dance Festival will accept applications between Sept.
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July 3, 2013
The Laguna Dance Festival has received a $1,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation for its educational programs, a spokeswoman announced in a news release last week. "The grant enables Laguna Dance Festival to continue its mission of facilitating education, entertainment and outreach programs by bringing the best of dance education and performances to Laguna Beach," the release read. The contribution marked the second recent major gift to the dance festival: In June, the group received a $7,000 grant from the Laguna Beach City Council.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 27, 2013
This column has been corrected, as noted below. Laguna Dance Festival founder Jodie Gates has taken on a new challenge. Festival President Joy Dittberner announced at the June 20 festival fundraiser that Gates has been named vice dean and director of the new USC Kaufman School of Dance, funded by Glorya Kaufman . Gates will be leaving her current position as professor of dance at UC Irvine in August. "It is a gift to USC and to Jodie that this wonderful school is being established, utilizing Jodie's immense talent and made possible by the generous gift of Glorya Kaufman," said Pat Kollenda , Laguna Beach arts commissioner and USC alumna.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | June 13, 2013
Desmond Richardson plans to trek nearly 3,000 miles next week to be in Laguna Beach. Again. The New York resident will board a flight to Orange County on Thursday - something he has done several times over the years. It has made him a familiar face at the Laguna Dance Festival. This year, Richardson plans to take in the "fantastic weather" as the guest of honor at the festival's annual fundraiser, "Visual Immersion," on June 20. The playbill for the upcoming event describes the Tony Award-nominee as a choreographer, dancer, and co-founder and artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Co. He laughed and added singer-songwriter, actor and visual artist to the mix. Dance occupies a special place in his life, though, he admitted.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 25, 2013
Dancers will perform en pointe , or on the tips of their toes, for the first time in four years during Laguna Beach High School's spring dance concert this weekend, said Melanie Lewis, dance team booster president. Dancers will honor the high school's graduating class with their performance of "Thirteen," Friday through Sunday inside the Artists' Theatre. Five student and four guest choreographers will organize a variety of styles from hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, jazz and whimsical storytelling.
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By Heather Youmans | September 5, 2012
The Laguna Dance Festival will host Backhausdance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for three performances Friday through Sunday at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. Orange County-based contemporary dance company, Backhausdance, will perform first Friday night. Then, two nationally renowned professional companies - San Francisco-based LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - - will join forces for a shared program on Saturday and Sunday. There will be two pre-performance discussions with company artistic directors one hour prior to the Friday and Sunday performances.
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By Brittany Woolsey and By Brittany Woolsey | August 30, 2012
Fans of dance will be able to see it from several different perspectives in a show coming to the Laguna Art Museum next week. The show, choreographed by three UC Irvine graduate students, includes three dance pieces that will provide as a preview for the Laguna Dance Festival, which is from Sept. 7 to 9. Jennifer Lott, Jessie Ryan and Saleemah E. Knight will showcase their works in a different setting than normal dance performances. All three choreographers are students of Jodie Gates, the founder of the Laguna Dance Festival.
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By Heather Youmans, Special to the Coastline Pilot | April 12, 2012
The Laguna Beach Dance Festival last week kicked things off with performances by UC Irvine dance students during the First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach. There were several people strolling down Coast Highway and exploring the row of art galleries, with some stumbling upon the Laguna Art Museum. Once inside, a majority of onlookers moseyed their way into the museum's largest room, the Steele Gallery, where the student dancers were to perform. It was all part of an effort to promote this weekend's upcoming events, which include performances from renowned companies like the New York City Ballet and Colorado Ballet.
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By Candice Baker | March 29, 2012
Like any dance professional, Jodie Gates is a master of the art of spotting. When a dancer uses the technique, they visually fix upon a single point in the distance and keep their eyes set on it, as they undergo what seems to be a dizzying number of turns and spins. The result, after careful practice, is perfect control and execution - and the ability to end up exactly where one plans to go. Gates, the founder and artistic director of the Laguna Dance Festival, used the technique on stage in her past as a lauded ballerina and continues to do so today; both in her dance teaching career at UCI and in her business role leading the festival.
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