Los Angeles Ballet

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The Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) located in Los Angeles, California was founded and co-directed by husband and wife team Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary. The company debuted December 2006 with an original performance of The Nutcracker.[1] Now entering its 8th Season of dance, the LAB is known for its outstanding staging’s of the Balanchine repertory, classical ballets and its commitment to new works.[2] The LAB is a highly recognized, world-class ballet company with Neary dancing since she was eight years young and her husband since he was six.[2]

Artistic Directors[edit]

Thordal Christensen was a former principal dancer and artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet, with Neary appointed as the ‘first ballet mistress’ in charge of their productions. Neary is also a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust, a designation allowing her to stage Balanchine ballets for professional companies.[3] With 93 years of ballet experience between the two, Neary and Christensen share an unwavering passion for the art form.[2]

Los Angeles Ballet Center[edit]

Situated at LA’s Westside, the LA Ballet Center encompasses the Los Angeles Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet School. The center spans 12,000 square feet incorporating three studios, a physical therapy clinic, administrative offices, ‘home’ box office and a costume and wardrobe department.[4]

The company commenced with 21 dancers, handpicked from the highest caliber schools and companies around the globe. Now, the company ranges from 21-31 dancers each year.[1] The LAB set a new standard for dance in Los Angeles, captivating a large and diverse audience by touring throughout LA County regularly. LAB holds auditions in L.A. and New York. If selected, company members are offered 25-week contracts.[2] Currently, the company has held 21 productions and embodied over 43 works including 13 world premieres.[4]

Company Outreach Programs[edit]

Starting from the foundation of the LAB in 2006, the school has developed multiple charity and arts programs. Their “Power of Performance” program is one, providing thousands of free tickets to disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families.[4]

The LAB also sponsors ‘A Chance to Dance Community Day’ event launched in October 2012. Being an all ages event, the public is encouraged to participate in free ballet, hip-hop, Yoga, Pilates and various other dance/fitness classes. The program intakes roughly 200 participants every year, where they help educate the community about nutrition from company dancers, staff and physical therapists.[4]

The school also runs a Choreographic Workshop, to identify and nurture Southern California choreographic talent.[4]

Dancers[edit]

The dancers for the Los Angeles Ballet's 2011-2012 season are:[5]

Principal dancers[edit]

Company dancers[edit]

Former members[edit]

Former dancers[edit]

Former character artists[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Haskins, Ann (26 June 2013). "Los Angeles Ballet". Pointe. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Looseleaf, V (August 2010). "California dreamin': once a long shot, Los Angeles Ballet has found a welcoming--and growing--audience". Dance Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  3. ^ Angeles Ballet Makes Southern California Debut Led by Artistic...-a0154086030 "Los Angeles Ballet Makes Southern California Debut Led by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary". Business Wire. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 11/10/2006. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Kanner, A.Catherine. "Los Angeles Ballet". Joel Media Group. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Dancers". Los Angeles Ballet. February 26, 2012. 

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