“A Ballerina’s Tale” special screening, arts•meme to host q & a

Dance · Film

Just announced by Dance Camera West and The American Cinematheque, a special screening on Tuesday, October 20, at the Aero Cinema in Santa Monica, of “A Ballerina’s Tale,” which will open Friday Oct 23 at Laemmle Theaters.

Following the free screening of the documentary, a Q & A film discussion will be conducted by arts•meme‘s Debra Levine in conversation with former ballerina Robyn Gardenhire, a pioneer in classical ballet’s struggle to attain racial diversity. Robyn is nicely featured in “A Ballerina’s Tale.”

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robyn_072014bwRobyn Gardenhire, a native Angeleno, began dancing at a small school in Compton, California. Receiving scholarships and studying at American Ballet Theater School, San Francisco Ballet and School of American Ballet, she gained her first professional contract with Joffrey II. Robyn joined Cleveland Ballet under the direction of Dennis Nahat. With avant-garde choreographer Karole Armitage she toured Europe. At the request of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robyn joined American Ballet Theater and then his White Oak Project, working with choreographers Lar Lubovitch and Mark Morris. Ms. laemmle_webad_blackGardenhire was the catalyst in establishing American Ballet Theater diversity committee that introduces minority children to classical dance. She currently serves on the board of the diversity committee of New York City Ballet. She is artistic director of City Ballet of Los Angeles and an classical ballet instructor at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.

Debra Levine is a 30-year dance critic published in the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Dance Magazine and her blog arts·meme. In January 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Debra will curate a full film retrospective of Hollywood dance movies of choreographer Jack Cole.

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How to attend: RSVP for FREE screening mandatory! Password: copeland


A Ballerina’s Tale | Dance Camera West | Aero Cinema | Oct 20, 7:30 pm

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