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Alex Theatre
between Wilson and California 216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 23 members
Review from Anonymous

I gave it 4 stars because the price was great and the performance even better. Great dance companies. The venue is a bit disorganized but the show was so great It didn't bother me.

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Review from Daniel P Faigin

There are certain performing arts that I regularly attend: musicals, plays, and the occasional popular music concert (such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy). There are other genres with which I have much less familiarity: chamber music, ballet, classical...continued

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Review from jazfunk

Great event.Had ticket in first row of orchestra.

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Award winning Executive Producer Jamie Nichols presents Celebrate Dance 2010 at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. The critically acclaimed show will include a line-up of nine “knock out” dance companies, “smashing” new work, and debuts by ingenious choreographers. A one-night-only dance event showcasing ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance and stunning aerial dance, all skillfully ehnanced by lighting designer Eileen Cooley, the recipient of seven Lester Horton Dance Awards.


BARE Dance Company (Mike Esperanza, Artistic Director) debuts with this year’s Celebrate Dance and offers “Drift,” the gorgeous, award-winning contemporary quartet restaged for the Alex, exploring how relationships weave in and out of lives.

Body Current Dance (Lorin Johnson, Artistic Director)  The former American Ballet Theatre dancer debuts his contemporary ballet company  and offers the premiere “My Breath Comes Differently” for dancers on pointe, to the music of cellist Joan Jeanrenaud.

Catch Me Bird (Nehara Kalev & Derrick Jones, Artistic Directors) The husband a wife team restage the aerial duet “Guiding Rings.” 

JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble (Pat Taylor, Artistic Director) Inspired by the African American experience, Taylor offers a hot premiere titled “Expansions” featuring nine dancers. This will be the company’s third time to contribute to Celebrate Dance.

Josie Walsh’s MyoKyo presents an edgy contemporary duet “Found.”

Macarena Gandarillas debuts her company Visions Dance Theatre with the award-winning story ballet for seven dancers titled “Always Remember… Never to Forget”

Motion Tribe (Marie de la Palme Artistic Director) offers the ethereal acrobatic award-winning duet “The Cage” restaged for the Alex Theatre and performed in a wheeled cage.

PTERO Dance Theatre (Paula Present, Artistic Director) premieres the luscious “Joie de Vivre,” a modern sextet inspired by the poetry of Khalil Gibran.

RhetOracle Dance Company (Nathan Hodges, Artistic Director) returns to Celebrate Dance after a critically acclaimed performance in 2009 and premieres “Flowers That Pick Themselves,” a contemporary jazz work for seven dancers.

For three consecutive years Celebrate Dance has been awarded the Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement for Festival, and a considerable number of participants have received Lester Horton Dance Award nominations and awards from showing their work in the annual festival presented by “impresaria” Jamie Nichols. For the last two years, the event has sold out, with enthusiastic audiences of all ages.

Jamie Nichols was the Artistic Director and founder of the Pasadena based contemporary dance company Fast Feet for 23 years. Until retiring her dance company in 2003, she self-produced her work in festivals and venues throughout California. Critically acclaimed for the emotional intensity and eloquence of her dancing and choreography, she has been nominated in past years for several Lester Horton Dance Awards and was the recipient of four Lester Horton Dance Awards most recently the recipient of a 2007 Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Producing a Festival for Celebrate Dance 2006, 2007 and 2008. Ms. Nichols is the marketing director, fundraiser, press contact and sole producer of Celebrate Dance. She has also produced modern dance icon Marion Scott’s Spirit Dances 10 at Highways Performance Space, the successful 16th Annual Lester Horton Dance Awards, Co-Produced with Theater Bethune, Ray Bradbury’s FROST and FIRE, and Co-Produced the Los Angeles Dance Invitational for six years.

Celebrate Dance 2010 is sponsored in part by the generosity of the Flourish Foundation.

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