Kyle Abraham’s “Pavement” rolls down Laguna way 2

Dance
This wonderful photo by Carrie Schneider, reminiscent of Jerome Robbins’s mise-en-scene for “West Side Story,” comes courtesy of the Laguna Dance Festival. The annual dance fest on the cusp of its 12th season presents Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion as one of three programs on offer the weekend of September 22. Abraham’s troupe joins BODYTRAFFIC and BalletX on ...

Critic’s round-up: Indian Jazz Suites, Laguna’s ‘Stars of Dance’ 1

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L.A.’s big dance weekend — it had the dance-infatuated scampering up the heights of Bunker Hill, across the Cahuenga Pass and down Laguna way — has come to its close. Certainly the weekend’s big draw was the launch of a new contemporary dance company, Ezralow Dance, an event that also closed the Ford Amphitheatre for a ...

September’s dance reckoning in Los Angeles

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For kids, September means back to school; for Jews, it’s the High Holidays. For dance lovers, an impossible surplus — even a Sophie’s Choice — of hot hot hot dance performances one September weekend. All augur certain fun, and because we’re in southern California each option combines nicely with an outdoor picnic. Nettlesome choices for dance fans! Fri ...

Curtain closes twice at Laguna Dance Festival

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First, the curtain fell on the effervescent Aspen Santa Fe Ballet‘s wonderful performance at The Laguna Playhouse. Then, two hours later, down came the magic curtain over the Pacific Ocean —  the California coastline town’s main attraction. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the second contributor in a festival that also featured Parsons Dance, surfed smoothly through ...

Jodie Gates, dance dynamo, to head USC Dance Department

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A blast of wonderful news came across our desk this morning. Former dancer and current dance educator and presenter Jodie Gates has been named vice dean and director of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The school was established in November 2012 by a transformational gift from Glorya Kaufman, a visionary Los Angeles ...

Laguna Dance Festival: What’s not to love?

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One of southern California’s most charming beach communities with a long history as an art colony (group it with Carmel in the north and Santa Barbara on the central coast), Orange County’s Laguna Beach hosts, with civic pride, an eight-year-running dance festival. It’s the labor of love of Jodie Gates, the former Joffrey Ballet ballerina. ...