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Give Back Tahoe: Meet the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective

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Christin Hanna and Constantine Baecher perform above Lake Tahoe.

The Lake Tahoe Dance Collective (LTDC) represents an evolution of Tahoe Youth Ballet, originally founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Christin Hanna.

Created to promote classical, modern and contemporary dance of the finest quality in the Lake Tahoe area through performance, education and outreach, Tahoe Youth Ballet has enriched the community as a whole and established North Lake Tahoe as a vibrant cultural destination.

In turn, visiting artists have relished the opportunity to teach and perform in Lake Tahoe. LTDC has presented over 60 works in 15 performances featuring over 20 world-renown guest artists and dance companies, including its flagship event, the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival.

This year's Winter Repertory Season sold out every performance at LTDC's home theater, the Tahoe Art Haus. Looking ahead, the 4th Annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival begins on July 27 with the Gala Opening Night Celebration Dinner. Dancers return to the stage July 28-29 for the festival's two Main Stage Performances.

This year's program features six pieces, including contemporary new works by Christian Burns and Constantine Baecher, an excerpt from Swan Lake, and two dances by mid-century choreographer Erick Hawkins.

August 20th will see a new collaboration for LTDC: Hanna will choreograph sections of Joseph Haydn's Symphony #87 in A Major for a performance with the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, featuring LTDC dancers with guest Elizabeth Brown of New Chamber Ballet.

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In October, LTDC presents Claudia Schreier & Company. Schreier has been praised for her distinctive choreographic voice that fuses neoclassical technique with an inventive contemporary vocabulary. Ms. Schreier is the recipient of the 2008 Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize in recognition for Outstanding Artistry in the Field of Dance, the 2014 Winner of the Breaking Glass Project, and a 2015 Dance Magazine Reader's Choice Award Nominee for Best Emerging Choreographer.

Visit laketahoedancecollective.org for more.