Dance, dance, dance: A word with Tahoe Youth Ballet’s Artistic Director Christin Hanna |

Dance, dance, dance: A word with Tahoe Youth Ballet’s Artistic Director Christin Hanna

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Tahoe Youth Ballet will present its third annual repertory season featuring local and guest artists in the Cal Neva Lodge Frank Sinatra Showroom March 11 and 12. Dancers from the company asked their artistic director a few questions about the performance.

Behind the Ballet sum of parts

TYB’s dancers interviewed Artistic Director and Choreographer Christin Hanna about her new ballet and its creative process.

Dancers: What was your inspiration throughout your work?

Hanna: Our identities change in relation to who it is we are interacting with, you can be a daughter and a mother all once, and its a difficult balance sometimes, when worlds collide and you have to be different things to different people.-

Dancers: What is your vision for the piece?

Hanna: It’s no Sleeping Beauty, but it is a story ballet. The story is what you feel when sitting in the audience, not something I’m cramming down your throat. It’s not a hallmark card. So in a way it is not only about the dancers interactions with one another, but also how an audience member interacts with the art, what everyone brings to the experience.

Dancers: What is your inspiration for each movement?

Hanna: I want each section to have its own feel, as if it could stand on its own. Each has a different intention and emotion.

Dancers: Does the title of the piece give a specific meaning to the piece?

Hanna: I have always loved that saying and#8220;the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.and#8221; I feel that way about TYB; every one of my dancers is a gorgeous individual, and to see them all bring their artistry together is beautiful.

Dancers: What inspired you to use the music of Philip Glass and how does it compliment your piece?

Hanna: His music always has this pulse, this underlying rhythm, it feels like a heartbeat. The different textures he layers in to that are like emotions – they sweep you up into new places. Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces is one of my favorite ballets for this reason, so its sort of an homage.

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What: Tahoe Youth Ballet Spring Repertory

When: Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Where: Frank Sinatra Showroom at the Cal Neva Resort, 2 Stateline Road, Crystal Bay, Nev.

Tickets: General admission adults $20, students and seniors $10; large booth $160 (price per booth, seats eight); small booth $100 (price per booth, seats five).

Reservations: Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets via our website, or call 1-800-838-3006.

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