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South Bay Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season Continues with BRAVO! The Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience

Press release from: South Bay Ballet
South Bay Ballet's BRAVO! Dance Concert    Photo: Michael Khoury
South Bay Ballet's BRAVO! Dance Concert Photo: Michael Khoury


Heather Gray – Kenneth Walker – Julie Rose Shulman & introducing emerging choreography by Skylar Kolby Burson

ONE WEEKEND ONLY!
Saturday, March 6, 2010 – 7 pm
Sunday, March 7, 2010 – 2 pm
James R. Armstrong Theatre
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

South Bay Ballet’s 30th Anniversary season continues with its annual dance concert BRAVO! The Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience, an eclectic repertoire from traditional classics to exciting contemporary ballets. A weekend of thrilling selections and inspired performances, the program will feature South Bay Ballet’s entire company and will treat audiences to a guest appearance by The California Conservatory of Dance Ensemble. BRAVO! will be presented for one weekend only, Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the James R. Armstrong Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Theatre Box Office at 310.781.7171 or in person at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance.

“BRAVO! is one of the most exciting performances of our season and this year’s presentation is no exception,” explains South Bay Ballet’s Artistic Director, Diane Lauridsen. “Through BRAVO!, we provide the opportunity and creative space to encourage new choreography, which is crucial for the future of the Art form and is an integral part of South Bay Ballet’s mission. BRAVO! provides a forum for talented choreographers as well as the opportunity for our audiences to experience their work. The performance will be full of surprises and contrasts, a perfect way to get to know the Company and our versatile artists.”

South Bay Ballet’s annual dance concert features a complete line-up of contemporary and classical works. Award winning choreographers Heather Gray, Utah Regional Ballet II’s Artistic Director, will premiere a spirited baroque ballet entitled Allegro con Spirito, along with the premiere of Kenneth Walker’s inspired piece set to a classical Mexican score entitled Rito Transcendente. Professional dancer and choreographer, Julie Rose Shulman, introduces Stand Alone, a new minimalist and haunting contemporary ballet.

Audiences will also enjoy the return of the high-energy, contemporary piece, Alegria, featuring South Bay Ballet’s entire junior company, as well as emerging choreography by senior company member Skylar Kolby Burson with his playful, original work Replica. A talented group from The California Conservatory of Dance Ensemble will make a guest appearance reprising an intriguing piece by Kimberly Olmos, entitled Le Do Gras.

BRAVO! closes when South Bay Ballet’s dancers get down and swing in One O’clock Jump, a modern tribute in dance to the big band era of the 1930s and 1940s. This high-energy, swing-style performance makes a strong departure from the Company’s usual balletic mode. One O’clock Jump is a wonderful combination of traditional steps with original free-style moves that is sure to “flip a wig!”

INFORMATION & TICKET SALES:
Theatre Box Office 310.781.7171
Phone 562.754.6476 for information.

ABOUT SOUTH BAY BALLET:
South Bay Ballet, a non-profit organization, provides quality artistic performances to the community as well as outstanding training to young pre-professional dancers. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Diane Lauridsen and Assistant Artistic Director Candice Davis, our mission is to be Southern California’s leading pre-professional ballet company providing the finest in training to our youth as well as performances that inspire and enrich the community.

We are providing a curriculum that has its foundation in traditional classical techniques enhanced by thirty years of experience incorporating cutting edge anatomical and kinesthetic principles. Our dancers experience a real company atmosphere and performance opportunities that mirror the professional world. Our proven success in consistently placing dancers in professional contracts has earned us the respect of the international ballet community. Our training instills self discipline, teamwork, perseverance, respect, self confidence and dedication to excellence. These values will help our students to succeed in all their future endeavors. At South Bay Ballet, our performances enrich and inspire the community encouraging a life-long love of the Arts.

South Bay Ballet continues to present Southern California audiences with a professional level artistic experience. Each year South Bay Ballet offers an eclectic range of ballets, from classical to contemporary. In addition to Bravo! The Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience, the 2009-2010 30th Anniversary season will premiere The Sleeping Beauty, performed at the James R. Armstrong Theatre on June 5 and 6.

For additional information or to become a friend of South Bay Ballet, visit online at www.southbayballet.org.

Lisa Silagy, Marketing/Publicity
South Bay Ballet
1261 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
310.755.8999
www.southbayballet.org

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