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Los Angeles Ballet dancers part of weekend shows in Tahoe City

Special to the Bonanza

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Lake Tahoe Dance Collective's Winter Repertory takes the stage again this weekend in Tahoe City, this time welcoming dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet.

Performances will include the company premier of Chris McDaniel's "Ragtime Jubilee," a sassy celebration of jazz-influenced ballet from the ragtime era.

Originally created for the Los Angeles Ballet's Dances by Dancers program, McDaniel brought the work to the LTDC ensemble and will join the cast, along with fellow Los Angeles dancer Alex Castillo.

"To have such acclaimed dancers come to Tahoe City and be a part of our season is a wonderful opportunity," said Christin Hanna, founder of LTDC. "Their support and collaboration further establishes the caliber of talent the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective."

The second premier of the performance will be Constantines Baecher's "Happy Dance of the Wild Skeletons," created at New Chamber Ballet in 2013.

The work explores a playful friendship using varying improvisational techniques to create a romp through space using a vocabulary of movement.

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Two brand new works will round out the program — one of which is from Hanna, who also serves as the Collective's artistic director.

Her celebration of Vivaldi sketches, entitled "Occasione," uses classical lines and dazzling footwork to bring the Italian composer's work to life through dance.

Company dancers Maia Baehr, Sage Quinn and Bryce Walsh created the final premier.

Inspired by the young adult novel, "Paper Towns," the trio interweaves themes of adolescence through simple gestures and trusting partnering, with selections of Walt Whitman's poetry.

The Winter Repertory Season takes the stage at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema in Tahoe City at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $23 at the performance. Student and senior tickets are available for $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

— This article was submitted to the Sun by the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, which launched its first full season in February. For information, visit laketahoedancecollective.org.