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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective season kicks off this weekend

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Lake Tahoe Dance Collective will opens its 2017 season with the 9th Annual Repertory Program, taking place at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, Friday-Sunday, April 7-9.

The evening celebrates a range of style including classical and contemporary works and legacy pieces from pioneers who paved the way for today's talented choreographers.

Performances will feature a diverse program including Founding Artistic Director Christin Hanna's "Haydn Symphony No. 87" with guest principal Calvin Thomas (Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin), as well as Erick Hawkins Dance Company's "Heyoka" (1981).

Additionally, guest artist Daiane Lopes da Silva of Kinetech Arts of San Francisco will present her solo "Reset," and the program will also include the world premiere of "FaceTime" by Deborah Lohse (Doug Elkins Dance).

"Haydn Symphony No. 87" kicks off a compelling and beautiful evening of dance. Presented in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Music Festival last August, Hanna has added a third section, the "Allegro Vivace."

This airy and classically driven romp through Haydn's score offers LTDC's dancers a chance to showcase their virtuosity in neoclassical ballet. It is also highlighted by guest Thomas in the male principal role, along with LTDC's own Elena Prisco in the female principal role.

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"We take our classical training very seriously," says Hanna, "But we also use that as a foundation to jump off from when diving in to other work. Ballet dancers have the utmost knowledge of their movement, so taking that off-balance and in different directions is really exciting for both the dancers and the audience."

Long-time LTDC collaborator Lohse has had the advantage of working with LTDC since its foundation in 2009 (then Tahoe Youth Ballet). Her piece, "FaceTime," plays with the growing intimate relationships we have with our digital devices, inviting the phones onstage to become a part of the performance experience as a source for learning, support and expression.

An excerpt of "Heyoka," by American mid-century modern dance icon Erick Hawkins, opens the second half of the program. This work from 1981 combines Hawkins' common themes of light and floating within a large dynamic group.

The most contemporary piece of the evening comes in a solo, "Reset," by da Silva, founder of San Francisco-based Kinetech Arts. Created last summer during an artistic residency in Greece, "Reset" is a meditation on transformation and revelation inspired by concepts of Yoga and Tai Ji.

Performance times this weekend are as follows: Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema is located at 475 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at door) for adults, and $20 in advance ($25 at door) for students and seniors (over 65). Tickets are available through the LTDc website, http://www.laketahoedancecollective.org, at Trunk Show in Tahoe City, or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

This article was provided by the nonprofit Lake Tahoe Dance Collective. Visit http://www.laketahoedancecollective.org to learn more.