and#8216;Dance in the Park’ to benefit Sierra State Parks Foundation and Tahoe Youth Ballet |

and#8216;Dance in the Park’ to benefit Sierra State Parks Foundation and Tahoe Youth Ballet

New Chamber Ballet/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.Christin Hanna, Tahoe Youth Ballet founding artistic director and Damien Johnson, currently with London's Ballet Black will perform at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Youth Ballet will present a special evening at Sugar Pine Point State Park to raise money and awareness for these two local cultural treasures. The program will feature guest artists Damien Johnson (currently of London’s Ballet Black) and Stephen Straub (formerly Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet), with TYB alumni Sierra Barter (currently enrolled in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Certificate Program) alongside six of Tahoe’s finest young dancers who take to the stage in diverse program of TYB favorites and new works will be featured with scenic Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the ongoing programs of both Tahoe Youth Ballet and Sierra State Parks Foundation equally.

and#8220;I grew up one the west shore and rode my bike to the beach at Sugar Pine every day,and#8221; said Hanna, and#8220;I’ve always wanted to present dance here, and when I realized that both dance and the parks need financial support it seemed the perfect fit. Dance fans who haven’t been to the park in a while can be reminded of its beauty, and park visitors who may have never come to a performance can discover a new way to enjoy the park. Its a win-win!and#8221;

TYB’s founding Artistic Director Christin Hanna will also appear in a highlight of the program: an excerpt of George Balanchine’s Agon, to the music of Igor Stravinsky, one of his most famous works, with Johnson and Straub. Also on the bill will be Constantine Baecher’s pas de deux Aria and Anvil with music by Rachmaninov, Hanna’s sum of parts to the music of Philip Glass, and La Derniere Valse with music by Ravel. Hanna and Deborah Wingert have teamed up to co-choreograph two new works for the occasion: Conversation, for four dancers with music by Johan Sebastian Bach, and Hothouse Stomp, a jazzy romp to music from Chicago and Harlem in the 1920s.

Tahoe Youth Ballet was started in 2009 with the mission to enrich the cultural and educational fabric of Lake Tahoe by establishing a professional level ballet company, where young local dancers and dance students collaborate with professional dancers, choreographers and master teachers from around the country to share classical and contemporary dance within the community and beyond. The company has become known for presenting a diverse repertory in consistently energetic and inspiring performances.

The Sierra State Parks Foundation (SSPF) was started in 1973 and is committed to supporting Sierra Parks, including D.L. Bliss State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, Sugar Pine Point State Park, Tahoe State Recreational Area and Donner Memorial State Park at Donner Lake. Their mission is to provide critically needed dollars to expand Sierra State Parks programs for education, interpretation, and restoration. These funds keep the park’s educational and interpretive programs in place. and#8220;It is with great pleasure that we join with the Tahoe Youth Ballet Company,and#8221; said Michele McDonald of SSPF. and#8220;It will be an evening to remember.and#8221;

Christin Hanna is a native of Lake Tahoe. She has performed with ballet companies throughout the United States including Nevada Festival Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet NY, Cincinnati Ballet, and most prominently, Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet. As a member of that company since its inception in 2004, Hanna performed in the company’s seasons at New York’s City Center Studios as well as touring to Philadelphia, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Cologne, Germany. At NCB, Hanna initiated a series of workshops and performances in Lake Tahoe, which fostered her love of teaching. Retiring from dancing professionally and returning to Lake Tahoe, Hanna founded Tahoe Youth Ballet where she continues to teach and choreograph.

For additional information, please contact Christin Hanna at Tahoe Youth Ballet, 530-613-4363 or

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