Tahoe Youth Ballet: Spring repertory to be performed at the Cal Neva | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Youth Ballet: Spring repertory to be performed at the Cal Neva

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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.

The program will feature guest artists Peter Snow, formerly with Los Angeles Ballet and Lauren Toole of NYC’s New Chamber Ballet alongside seven of Tahoe’s finest young dancers. Works to be presented include ballets by TYB’s Artistic Director Christin Hanna, the Royal Danish Ballet’s Constantine Baecher, Manhattan Youth Ballet’s Deborah Wingert, ad hoc ballet Artistic Director Deborah Lohse, and guest artist Lauren Toole, to the music of Philip Glass, Claude Debussy, Patrick Soluri, Sigur Ros and Arnold Schoenberg.-

The program will feature four world premieres and one company premiere, with a diversity in range demonstrated by TYB’s talented artists. Guest artist Peter Snow appears with Camille Joubert and the ensemble in Hanna’s Company, a journey through the successes and failures of interpersonal relationships, danced to Philip Glass’s String Quartets #2 and #4. Lauren Toole has choreographed a piece for TYB’s artists, Opus 25, a delightfully fresh look at abstract ballet in the Balanchine style, to the piano suite of the same name by Arnold Schoenberg. Three guest choreographers have returned to create new works for TYB.

Deborah Lohse, whose Just Holding On premiered at the company’s debut in 2009, did a December residency with the company. She revised a solo work, LOVED, which creates a powerful bond between audience and performer. Deborah Wingert will create a pas de deux for Toole and Snow to the music of emerging composer Patrick Soluri, featuring cello and electric violin.

A moving season

Last season, audiences were moved, in some cases to tears, by Constantine Baecher’s Viduity, staged for TYB by Christin Hanna. Baecher was recently given a unique opportunity to create a new version of Afternoon of a Faun for the Royal Danish Ballet, in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Ballets Russes. Like sketches an artist makes before an oil painting, Baecher chose to create three solos as a study, and set the piece both at Tahoe Youth Ballet and at New Chamber Ballet. When asked to compare the experience of working with professionals to TYB’s young dancers, Baecher said: and#8220;It’s amazing how brave the young ones are. The girls in New York are sometimes afraid to take risks, for fear that they might look ugly. TYB girls really went for it, which is a good place to start from, as long as they keep that sense of adventure as their technical ability continues to progress.and#8221; The ballet, called Sketches of a Woman Remembering had its east coast premiere in New York at City Center on Fe. 4 danced by New Chamber Ballet.

This year’s two guest artists have danced internationally in a variety of works. Peter Snow has danced with an array of companies, including Los Angeles Ballet, Boston Ballet and Company C Ballet. Lauren Toole, currently with New Chamber Ballet and finishing her Bachelo”s Degree in Art at Fordham University, has been a member of New York City Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet, where she has danced works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Melissa Barak.

No small feat

Tahoe Youth Ballet premiered in June 2009 and has become known for its diverse repertoire, its dash and spirit, and its refusal to be and#8220;small.and#8221; Dance fans visiting Tahoe are dazzled by the ability of TYB’s pre-professional dancers to produce the impact better known companies produce in larger venues.

In addition to presenting its annual spring repertory performances, TYB has performed at Tahoe City Downtown Association’s and#8220;One Night Onlyand#8221; and Northstar Resort’s and#8220;Noel Nights,and#8221; in addition to hosting open workshops and master classes. The company also presents a free Meet the Artist lecture series with each visiting artist. The goal is to put on an impressive performance and make the creators of these events accessible to our audiences.

Tahoe Youth Ballet’s 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 is comprised of seven local dancers between 13-18: Michelle Cahill, Isabel Giacomazzi, Keegan Harrig, Camille Joubert, Katie Mowris, Haley Perkins and Sierra Walsh.

Professional director

Artistic Director 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 christin@tahoeyouthballet.com.

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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, http://www.tahoeyouthballet.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

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