Swan Lake and Don Quixote Excerpts at Long Beach Ballet Gala 2009
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The last date listed for Long Beach Ballet Gala 2009 was Sunday May 24, 2009 / 2:00pm.
Currently at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
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Long Beach Ballet, under the artistic direction of David Wilcox, presents its “1st Annual Spring Gala” at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th. The performance will feature the second act from the world’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake, with international guest stars in the leading roles. The role of Prince Siegfred will be danced by Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Stanko Milov of Bulgaria. This will be Stanko Milov’s second guest appearance with the Long Beach Ballet, having danced the leading role in The Nutcracker at the Terrace Theater in 2007. Odette, the “Queen of the Swans,” will be performed by another principal dancer from Pacific Northwest Ballet, the exquisite Carla Körbes of Brazil.
Also featured in the performance will be excerpts from the exciting ballet Don Quixote, with National Ballet of Guangzhou China soloist Johnny Zhong, who will be performing his award-winning variation from Don Quixote’s grand pas de deux. Utah Ballet’s Tyler Burkett will perform his gold-medal winning variations from the Youth America Grand Prix 2009 competition, and the Long Beach Ballet will perform Genesis, a new work by Johnny Zhong that was recently selected to be performed at Regional Dance America’s 2009 Gala Performance in Provo, Utah.