TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Lake Tahoe native and founding artistic director of the Tahoe Youth Ballet Christin Hanna and frequent collaborator Constantine Baecher, formerly with the Royal Danish Ballet, are proud to announce the second annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, July 15-17 at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in William B. Layton Park on Lake Tahoe’s shoreline.
The Festival, hosted by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, will feature three days of events and three nights of performances. The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival will get underway with a Tuesday, July 15 with a Gala Opening Night Celebration of dinner, a special performance and a swing dance lesson for all.
The following Main Stage performances on July 16 and 17 will include free, educational pre-performance talks.
Be mesmerized by modern dance pioneer Erick Hawkins and choreographers Bryan Arias, Deborah Lohse and Deborah Wingert works.
Guest dancers will include Baecher, who now directs the Cross Connection Ballet and the Copenhagen International Ballet Choreography Competition; Arias, powerhouse dancer previously with Nederlands Dance Theatre and Kidd Pivot, a Canadian-based contemporary dance company; Kristina Berger, formerly with Erick Hawkins Dance, performing a rarely seen Hawkins work; and Deborah Lohse, freelance choreographer and member of Doug Elkins Company.
The Festival presents state-of-the-art professional dance and dance instruction in North Lake Tahoe to promote the art of dance, to enrich the private and community lives of the residents and to establish Tahoe as a cultural destination.
The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival is a project of Tahoe Youth Ballet, founded in 2009 by Hanna, who returned to her native Lake Tahoe after a career performing with ballet companies in New York City.
The company boasts a sophisticated repertory of approximately 20 contemporary and classical works, choreographed by guest dancemakers commissioned to set or create their work on Tahoe’s talented artists.
The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival is grateful for support from the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the Sierra Sun and the Weekly. Main Stage Performances are presented through the gracious sponsorship of Alpenglow Sports.
Wednesday/Thursday Main Stage Performances offer free pre-performance talks at 5:30 p.m. at the Gatekeeper’s Museum, 130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Ticket costs are July 15 Gala Opening, $50; July 16 and 17 Main Stage performances, $20 in advance; $25 at the door, or purchase a VIP table for six, with wine and snacks for $200, picnics from Uncommon Kitchen available with advance ticket purchase.
For tickets go to http://laketahoedancefestival2014.brownpapertickets.com or the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Center in Tahoe City.