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Tahoe Youth Ballet to host and#8216;Meet the Artistsand#8217;

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Cobblestone businesses, Tahoe Youth Ballet and Corkscrews Wine Bar will team up for an evening of culture and wine to wrap up the holidays. Sip wines from 4-7, with the Tahoe Youth Balletand#8217;s new studio open upstairs at 6 p.m. to meet Tahoe Youth Balletand#8217;s dancers and guest artists. Hear their stories and learn about preparations for the companyand#8217;s spring season.

Tahoe Youth Ballet is proud to host former New York City Ballet dancer Deborah Wingert for a series of masters classes while she choreographs her new ballet, and#8220;Valse Romantique,and#8221; on the company. Stephen Straub, formerly with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, will be the guest artist for the companyand#8217;s March performances in which Wingertand#8217;s piece will debut. He joins the company for a week of rehearsals with Wingert in TYBand#8217;s new rehearsal studio in the heart of downtown Tahoe City.

Tahoe Youth Ballet was founded in February of 2009 by Christin Hanna, a west shore native who recently returned to Lake Tahoe after dancing professionally in New York and throughout the United States for 10 years. and#8220;Tahoe Youth Ballet gives the young dancers of our community a similar opportunity to the one I had, which enabled me to enter the profession with the experience and dedication that being a dancer requires,and#8221; said Hanna.

The guest artistry of both Wingert and Straub are at the core of continuing the companyand#8217;s mission, which seeks to educate young dancers through the experience of working with seasoned professionals. The works are then presented in first-rate performances for the community to experience professional ballet, modern and contemporary dance in north Lake Tahoe.

Saturday, Jan. 2, Wine tasting from 4-7 p.m., Meet the Artists at 6 p.m. Tahoe Youth Ballet Studio and Corkscrews Wine Bar in the Cobblestone Center, 475 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.