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A Dancer’s Diary: Reflections on collaboration

Christin HannaSpecial to the Sun
Christin Hanna / Special to the Sun Sierra Bertini and Sierra Walsh look on as Haley Perkins literally gets into the tree.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Collaborating with the girls on a new creation is so much more than just the steps of the ballet. This week, we settled on a title for the new work, Into the Trees, taken from the music we’re using by the amazing cellist Zoe Keating.Next to plan was a photo shoot: TYB might be the only local company to benefit from our lack of snow andamp;#8212; I never imagined we’d have an outdoor photo shoot on January 6 in Tahoe City!But Saturday morning we put on our makeup and costumes, and headed into the trees to shoot ourselves around the concept of the performance andamp;#8212; Dancing Women, Then and Now andamp;#8212; so two girls dressed as wilis (spirits) and three for the new piece. Moonlighting as a photographer, I enjoyed the contrast of the ballerinas in the grove of naked aspens, and of course had a lot of fun. Below, read some of our reactions to the progress.andamp;#8212; Christin Hanna is the founding artistic director of Tahoe-Youth Ballet. Learn more at http://www.tahoeyouthballet.com.