The New Year dances into Tahoe with ballet and wine |

The New Year dances into Tahoe with ballet and wine

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
From left: Tahoe Youth Ballet artistic director and former ballerina Christin Hanna, Andy Buckley and guest artist Stephen Straub socialized at the wine tasting event.

If you’re a young, aspiring ballerina living in North Tahoe, imagine the thrill of being able to learn right here in the mountains first hand from some of the best dancers and choreographers in the country. Tahoe Youth Ballet, a Tahoe City company, does just that by bringing guest teachers like Deborah Wingert, formerly with the New Chamber Ballet in New York, to teach open classes along with guest performer Stephen Straub. The ballet company hosted a wine tasting event at Corkscrews Wine Bar iin the Cobblestone Center followed by a meet and greet with the two artists in the upstiars studio.

Christin Hanna, Tahoe Youth Ballet’s artistic director (who grew up in Lake Tahoe and was trained at the Nevada Festival Ballet School, the American Ballet Theater and Joffrey School) and Shannon Barter, the company’s executive director, were on hand for the event along with local company dancers Sierra Barter, Camille Joubert, Michelle Cahill, Katie Mowris, Keegan Harrig and Sierra Walsh.

Other ballet supporters tasting the fruits of the vine included Anne Ritchey, Wolfdale’s owner Kathleen Dale (Tahoe Youth Ballet was one of the beneficiaries of the Bud Davis Memorial Abalone dinner at Wolfies), Brady McClintock, Deed Veruti, Carol Hester, Bri Allen, Katie and Jon Joubert, artist Deborah Von Zink, Didi Terzian and Luanne Morikawa. For more information about the ballet company visit

The Olympic Heritage Celebration’s Gala at the Resort at Squaw Creek Saturday, Jan. 16 will be a gold-medal winning event with many Olympians planning to attend at the week’s swankiest of events. Music, dancing, a silent auction with guests dressed in elegant attire and#8220;with an Olympic flairand#8221; are all components of this fundraiser for the Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation. For reservations email or call 581-8701.

Bill’s Rotisserie in the Crossroads Center in Truckee (formerly Burger King and The Cheese steak Shop) opened Dec. 20 and#8212; the place has been cookin’ ever since! Owner Bill Fox and chef/partner Sergio Rubio (who has 15 years of rotisserie experience) brought in a rotisserie set-up from Texas which turns out mouth-watering tri tip, chicken and pork for burritos, tacos, sandwiches, quesadillas and delicious combo plates served with an array of tasty salads and side dishes. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Truckee’s newest restaurant offers sit down, take-out, and drive through options quickly at affordable prices. Nuptial news and#8230; speaking of good food, Truckee chef and restaurateur Mark Estee and girlfriend Aly Digesti became officially engaged Dec. 26 on the beach in Cabo San Lucas. An October 2010 wedding in Sierra Valley is planned, and you can bet the food will be outrageous. Congratulations to the happy couple!