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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 Candice Baker | October 5, 2007
Most of the Laguna Dance Festival is focused on professional performances and master classes, but festival artistic director Jodie Gates still found time to reach children with Dancing Hands on Wednesday. The two-hour workshop, conceived from scratch by the former Joffrey Ballet star, blended movement and painting. It was held in the middle of the weeklong festival, which concludes Sunday. About 30 grade school-age kids, mostly girls, attended Dancing Hands. “They were very creative and energetic,” Gates said.
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October 1, 2004
Andrew Edwards In Laguna, first you start a theatrical company, then you get some dancers, then you start the music. That, at least, was Steve Josephson's plan when he founded Gallimaufry Performing Arts. "My idea for the company was to have three divisions, one for each of the disciplines of the performing arts," Josephson said. He started with theater, Gallimaufry's first show was "42nd Street," which debuted in July. He became one step closer to completing his trifecta when Gallimaufry merged with another Laguna group, the California Choreographers Dance Festival.
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By Ashley Breeding, Coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 23, 2010
A new wave of dance will roll into Main Beach when CaDance unravels its fifth annual Laguna Dance Festival. The eight-day event will commence with a free "Taste of CaDance" performance at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 on the cobblestones, followed by an interactive dance class from 5 to 6 p.m. Cutting edge performers from Corbin Dances in New York to Luminario Ballet in Los Angeles, will deliver an array of contemporary, modern, hip-hop, improvisation, belly...
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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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May 13, 2005
Suzie Harrison Straight off performing on Broadway, renowned dancer Jodie Gates will bring the world of dance to Laguna with premier dance companies for Saturday's Dance Day. Gates spent last week dancing with the Complexions Dance Company at the Joyce Theatre in New York City. The new Artistic Director of Gallimaufry Dance in Laguna has come a long way from her Northern California roots. "At 15, I was discovered in Sacramento by director Robert Joffrey; he asked me if I would like to come to New York," Gates said.
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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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By Candice Baker | September 19, 2008
Contract negotiations. Flight reservations. Venue selections. Itineraries. Sponsors. Fruit baskets. Putting together the annual Laguna Dance Festival is never a smooth sail, but the finished project is worth all of the bumps, founder Jodie Gates said. She brings in top talent from around the county, state, country and world for the annual event, which opens Saturday in Laguna Beach. ?Coordinating the schedule just takes my breath away,? Gates said. It?s very, very complicated, and requires a lot of organizational skills, but fortunately I?
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By Candice Baker | April 13, 2007
Steve Josephson has added another aspect to his multifaceted arts organization. "In terms of the performing arts, dance is, I think, the least represented in Laguna," said Josephson, Gallimaufry Performing Arts' founder and executive director. So the Laguna native decided to start a new company to fill that perceived void. Gallimaufry and Greene, co-founded with noted dancer Sean Greene, will premiere both itself and a new work on Wednesday and Thursday at [seven-degrees]
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By Barbara Diamond | April 21, 2011
If the energy generated by the dancers on the Laguna Playhouse stage Saturday night could have been harnessed, no one in Laguna Beach would ever again have to pay a Southern California Edison bill. To say the audience was electrified by the Complexions Contemporary Ballet's vibrant performance would be a gross understatement. The dancers up the stage, armed only with their talent, relied little on elaborate costumes or sets for effect, and folks were still talking about it days later.
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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 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | April 21, 2011
If the energy generated by the dancers on the Laguna Playhouse stage Saturday night could have been harnessed, no one in Laguna Beach would ever again have to pay a Southern California Edison bill. To say the audience was electrified by the Complexions Contemporary Ballet's vibrant performance would be a gross understatement. The dancers up the stage, armed only with their talent, relied little on elaborate costumes or sets for effect, and folks were still talking about it days later.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 30, 2010
Three women who have contributed greatly in various areas of Laguna Beach life will be honored Oct. 18 by the Laguna Beach branch of the American Assn. of University Women. "Women Making Magic in Our Community" is the theme of the group's 12th annual Leadership Dinner honoring Jodie Gates for her contributions in the Arts, Barbara Norton in Education and Environmentalism, and Johanna Felder in Community Activism. Hosted by Pat Kollenda, the event features musical entertainment, a magician, and a new "Not-So-Silent Auction," according to Jahn Levitt, chairwoman of the event.
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By Ashley Breeding, Coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 23, 2010
A new wave of dance will roll into Main Beach when CaDance unravels its fifth annual Laguna Dance Festival. The eight-day event will commence with a free "Taste of CaDance" performance at 4 p.m. Oct. 2 on the cobblestones, followed by an interactive dance class from 5 to 6 p.m. Cutting edge performers from Corbin Dances in New York to Luminario Ballet in Los Angeles, will deliver an array of contemporary, modern, hip-hop, improvisation, belly...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | September 19, 2008
Contract negotiations. Flight reservations. Venue selections. Itineraries. Sponsors. Fruit baskets. Putting together the annual Laguna Dance Festival is never a smooth sail, but the finished project is worth all of the bumps, founder Jodie Gates said. She brings in top talent from around the county, state, country and world for the annual event, which opens Saturday in Laguna Beach. ?Coordinating the schedule just takes my breath away,? Gates said. It?s very, very complicated, and requires a lot of organizational skills, but fortunately I?
NEWS
By Candice Baker | October 5, 2007
Most of the Laguna Dance Festival is focused on professional performances and master classes, but festival artistic director Jodie Gates still found time to reach children with Dancing Hands on Wednesday. The two-hour workshop, conceived from scratch by the former Joffrey Ballet star, blended movement and painting. It was held in the middle of the weeklong festival, which concludes Sunday. About 30 grade school-age kids, mostly girls, attended Dancing Hands. “They were very creative and energetic,” Gates said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | April 13, 2007
Steve Josephson has added another aspect to his multifaceted arts organization. "In terms of the performing arts, dance is, I think, the least represented in Laguna," said Josephson, Gallimaufry Performing Arts' founder and executive director. So the Laguna native decided to start a new company to fill that perceived void. Gallimaufry and Greene, co-founded with noted dancer Sean Greene, will premiere both itself and a new work on Wednesday and Thursday at [seven-degrees]
NEWS
May 13, 2005
Suzie Harrison Straight off performing on Broadway, renowned dancer Jodie Gates will bring the world of dance to Laguna with premier dance companies for Saturday's Dance Day. Gates spent last week dancing with the Complexions Dance Company at the Joyce Theatre in New York City. The new Artistic Director of Gallimaufry Dance in Laguna has come a long way from her Northern California roots. "At 15, I was discovered in Sacramento by director Robert Joffrey; he asked me if I would like to come to New York," Gates said.
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