Hans Christian Andersen's winter-time tale is brought to life by the creative vision of Erin Holt, the Company's Artistic Director and choreographer. The Snow Queen ballet is performed by a professional principal cast, supported by members of the Company's youth ballet and presented with an original moving musical score by Randall Michael Tobin.
Los Angeles Times raves: "California Contemporary Ballet's show stands out ... Only, it's not the 'Nutcracker.' It's 'The Snow Queen.' Adios Sugar Plum Fairy. Bienvenidos, er ... Queeny."
The Snow Queen ballet is presented complete with brilliant lighting and set design, and custom hand-sewn costumes. Now in its 13th season, experience the adventures and travel to the inner realm of the Snow Queen.
Fri, Dec 17, 7:30pm; Sat, Dec 18, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun, Dec 19, 2pm
Glendale Community College Performing Arts Theater
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82 NEW AUDITIONS ADDED TO ANSWERS4DANCERS.COM! The last month of the year opens with a slew of opportunities for dancers, the States announcing 20 new auditions, NYC 19, L.A. 11, and the Internationals 13. Dance Companies add 17 new postings, and Choreography Jobs 2. Additionally, 4 new Teaching Jobs have been added, and another Managerial position. Members have access to all these auditions, while non-members have 2 new postings available to view on A4D's free Homepage at www.answers4dancers.com.
PREMIUM OPPORTUNITIES In the East, dancers needed for promo performances throughout the city, male & female, Hip Hop, Jazz, familiarity with Zumba a plus, advanced acro or contortion, competitive pay. The Kennedy Center's production of Follies, seeking dancer-singers, male & female, 20s-mid-30s, strong technique in all disciplines including tap, musical theater singers, cover principals & featured roles, professional pay plus travel & lodging provided.
In the West, Jersey Boys seeking male & female dancers who sing for future replacements to comprise ensemble and understudy principals, all races, ethnic backgrounds, $1605/wk. Top Entertainment Company auditioning performers for teen and youth shows and concerts, rehearsals start Jan 6-30, various venues throughout SoCal, Hip Hop, Break Dancers/Gymnasts, male & female, 20-33, high energy, excellent attitude, professional pay ($100-$600). For information and details on these and access to plenty more opportunities, please visit the Member Audition Pages at www.answers4dancers.com.
DANCER MALCOLM "BLAZE" LITTLE REACHES OUT BEFORE TOMORROW'S BIG AUDITION.
Here's Malcolm's exchange with Grover...
The preparation vid that he posted on iDANCE2 last week can be accessed > HERE.
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AWKWARD SUNDAY Sakima Productions, a non-profit company, proudly presents Awkward Sunday. This summer, discover the possibilities at a NEW week-long dance intensive to train future professional dancers! Faculty & guest choreographers will include: Liz Imperio, Fred Tallaksen, and Terry Beeman to name a few. Registration is now open. Learn more at www.AwkwardSunday.com!
READY TO SCORE WITH TOP CHOREOGRAPHERS?
READ THIS FIRST.
"No two choreographers share the same creative process. Some arrive at the first rehearsal with a fleshed-out diagram of the choreography. It's taught directly to the dancers. Easy, over, and onto the sound stage!
Other choreographers arrive at the first rehearsal with only a sketch of what the choreography will become. For dancers involved, this means working inside the choreo's creative process and being capable of discarding movement as quickly as one picks it up.
Adapting quickly (and calmly!) to changes and revisions ... is indispensible. Rolling with the punches is the sign of a real pro. When that vibe is present in the room, everybody wins. Choreos are more likely to walk away with effective choreography... and dancers are more likely to walk away with repeat bookings, assisting opportunities, and being identified as "valuable players." It pays to become one!
4 MORE WAYS TO MAKE YOURSELF VALUABLE!
1. SHOW UP AT AUDITIONS with the intention to give instead of get. 2. SHOW UP AT ANY JOB and work like you don't need the money. 3. SHOW UP EVERYWHERE and solve problems instead of creating them. 4. WORK FAST & NEVER BE LATE!
VALUABLE PLAYERS OF THE FUTURE?
Since the April launch of iDANCE2, dozens of dancers and choreographers are generating a healthy buzz on Answers4dancers by supporting each other. Effective demo reels are being developed, agent referrals are being earned, helpful ideas and feedback are being recognized.
In coming issues of the DanceBlast, you'll be reading about members who are discovering new and wonderful ways of making themselves valuable to each other. You'll see why we decided to recognize them as "valuable players."
Janet Jackson is planning a massive global tour for next year, and she's asking fans to nominate the cities where she will perform. She says, "...I am really excited to announce my largest ever world tour, celebrating 35 number ones. You'll hear all the hits in 35 cities, which I want you to help me select...The first fan that I hear from in each of the cities will receive an autographed copy of my Number Ones CD and an autographed copy of my book True You." She adds, "I will also recognize 20 young people whose lives and work have enriched their communities in a major way."
SPEARS' "GLEE" SHOW SLAMMED Britney Spears' appearance in the hit TV show Glee triggered indecency complaints from viewers who branded the episode "extremely inappropriate" and "sexually provocative". Spears made a cameo appearance on the Sept episode, and newly released documents from the FCC reveal the show attracted grievances, branding the episode "obscene and indecent", while another slams the nudity and the highly sexual content of the show, calling the episode "extremely inappropriate and sexually provocative". A number of the complaints call to move the series to a time slot to keep the saucy scenes from kids.
LEA MICHELE TO BE HONORED BY BILLBOARD
Even though Lea Michele stars on a television show, her "Glee" role has had such an impact on music this year that Billboard is honoring her with a "triple threat" award. Michele will receive the honor today at Billboard's annual "Women in Music" luncheon in NYC. "We worked so hard over here at 'Glee' and we put together these mini-movies every week that is filled with dancing and singing," said Michele in a phone interview. "It feels like such a nice sort of wonderful recognition."
RIHANNA RETURNS TO NO. 1 ON SINGLES CHART
Two weeks after topping the Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "What's My Name?", Rihanna reclaimed her crown last week with "Only Girl (In the World)," the debut single from her new album, "Loud." It's the first time in the 52-year history of the Hot 100 that an album's debut single has reached No. 1 after the second single. This Just In: Rihanna has reached out to Susan Boyle about a duet, insisting she'd love to collaborate with the Scottish singing sensation. This, after Boyle revealed last month that she's a big fan of Rihanna and is keen to test her R&B talents with the singer.
LADY GAGA SNUBBED This year's Grammy nominations came with a glaring and epic omission: Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' for either Song, or Record of the Year, was not nominated. 'Bad Romance' reached No. 1 in 19 countries, spent 29 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and sold over 4 million digital downloads in the U.S. In Jan, Nielsen Soundscan announced that it had set the record for most weekly plays in the 17-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay tally. Gaga did score 6 Grammy noms including Album of the Year for 'The Fame Monster,' and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for 'Romance.'
AGUILERA HEATS UP NYC Christina Aguilera held on tight to her new guy Matthew D. Rutler's hand as they braved the cold in NYC this week. The couple have been quietly seeing each other for at least a month and are apparently ready to go a little more public with two affectionate date-and-dancing nights out over the long holiday weekend. Her movie Burlesque came in third at the box office, with audiences enjoying all the fun workout dance moves.
GAGA URGES REPEAL OF BAN Pop megastar Lady Gaga used her celebrity platform to press for repeal of a US law forbidding gays from serving openly in the military. "The Senate needs to get this bill passed this year to repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell,' otherwise it can take years for it to happen," the singer says in the two-minute long YouTube video released late Monday. "We have to end this law because it reinforces discrimination and it's setting a bad example ... [it] is emblematic of government repression that is killing our youth." President Barack Obama already has said he favors ending the ban.
LION KING BREAKS OWN RECORD Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, has set a new box office record at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre by grossing $1,870,145 during the sold-out eight-performance Thanksgiving holiday week of Nov 22-28. The previous Minskoff record was held by THE LION KING, with a gross of $1,740, 130 (set week ending 01/03/2010).
PORTMAN AND KUNIS RIVALRY
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were kept apart on the set of Black Swan as director Darren Aronofsky attempted to fuel an onscreen rivalry between the real-life pals. The actresses play ballet dancers in the new movie and their characters are both vying for the coveted lead role in a production of Swan Lake. Aronofsky was determined to make the onscreen tensions as real as possible. Portman reveals, "He'd say, 'Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She's so much better than you.' Darren would tell us things about each other to try to make us jealous."
SPIDER-MAN TANGLED IN BWAY WEB Several delays and at least 2 actors who were left helplessly dangling from cables high in the air marred the first preview of the mega-musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Sunday night's performance ran over 3 hours because flying tricks went wrong and the production had to stop at least 5 times. Although some critics are already issuing harsh reviews ahead of the musical's official opening date next Jan, The New York Times wrote that most of the show's stunts "went off without a hitch, with children and some adults squealing in delight."
GREY TO UNDERGO SURGERY Jennifer Grey had the time of her life on 'Dancing With The Stars,' and now she'll have the scars to prove it. The 'Dirty Dancing' star braved through a ruptured disc in her lower back to take home the mirror-ball trophy as this season's winner, and now that the show is over, she's headed in to the hospital. "It's just gonna be like a little surgery where they take out the ruptured disc thing, and you know, it won't be a big deal...I'll be home that night." Grey underwent a number of surgeries on her neck after a serious 1987 car crash, and earlier this year, had her entire thyroid removed after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
'DANCING' WANTS LINDSAY Lindsay Lohan's career is far from over. Word has it that 'Dancing With the Stars' is interested in adding Lohan to the cast. "'Dancing with the Stars' producers have had Lindsay on their wish list of cast-mates for a very long time," a source said. Though wary of Lohan's history, they are taking notice of her recent and productive stay at the Betty Ford treatment center. "The producers were concerned about her erratic behavior, but they are taking another look at asking her to come on for the next season because she is doing so well at her sober living facility," the source said.
MADONNA GYM DEBUTS IN MEXICO Hard Candy Fitness, Madonna's first gym, officially opened in Mexico City, a mural of white, black and violet Warhol-esque images of the Queen of Pop greeting each client. The facilities are not much different from any other high-class gym in Mexico City. "It's a sexy name that gives you the opportunity to have fun and to build strength as far as the imagination will allow," said Madonna. "Our plan is to use Mexico as a place to fine-tune our brand and then expand it to other countries and, in the long term, develop a global brand that includes the United States."
PUSSYCAT DOLLS TO BWAY? A tweet from choreographer and Pussycat Dollsfounder Robin Antin has referenced an upcoming Broadway Pussycat Dolls musical. Antin's tweet reads "Just got my tix for 'West Side Story' at Pantages! Can't wait, (doing my research for my Pussycat Dolls Musical on Broadway!)" In 1995 Antin co-founded the burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls and turned the group into a music franchise. Success as a music group came in 2005 with their first album PCD which debuted at number five in the US producing three successful singles "Don't Cha", "Buttons", and "Stickwitu"; the latter earned the group a Grammy Award nomination.