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  • Jennifer Bellah Maguire Elected Chair of Los Angeles Ballet Board of Directors | Los Angeles Ballet

    Jennifer Bellah Maguire Elected Chair of Los Angeles Ballet Board of Directors December 2, 2021 On November 18, 2021 Jennifer Bellah Maguire was elected Chair of the Los Angeles Ballet Board of Directors. Jennifer Bellah Maguire’s life-long engagement with dance began with classical ballet training as a child. She continued by performing with the Princeton Ballet Society, Oakland Ballet and in contemporary dance at Bryn Mawr College. Ms. Bellah Maguire joined the Board of Los Angeles Ballet in 2005 as a founding member and has been a passionate advocate for building and sustaining a ballet company with the dimension and diversity of Los Angeles. Ms Bellah Maguire is a corporate Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where she has practiced throughout her career. She holds a bachelor of arts from Bryn Mawr College and was awarded a Watson Foundation Fellowship. Her law degree is from UC Berkeley. She also serves as a Trustee of Otis College of Art and Design and is a member of The Blue Ribbon. Company News from Brandon Lussier, LAB Executive Director DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • The Nutcracker 2018

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > 2018/2019 The Nutcracker 2018 SarahAnne Perel & LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel, Zheng Hua Li & LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel, Elizabeth Claire Walker, Joshua Brown & Marc LaPierre SarahAnne Perel & LAB Ensemble Marc LaPierre & Mangus Christoffersen Madeline Houk & Chelsea Paige Johnston Misa Kuranaga & Kenta Shimizu Elizabeth Claire Walker & Joshua Brown Bianca Bulle LAB Ensemble Petra Conti Tigran Sargsyan LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel & LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel, Zheng Hua Li & LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel, Elizabeth Claire Walker, Joshua Brown & Marc LaPierre SarahAnne Perel & LAB Ensemble Marc LaPierre & Mangus Christoffersen Madeline Houk & Chelsea Paige Johnston Misa Kuranaga & Kenta Shimizu Elizabeth Claire Walker & Joshua Brown Bianca Bulle LAB Ensemble Petra Conti Tigran Sargsyan LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel & LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel, Zheng Hua Li & LAB Ensemble SarahAnne Perel, Elizabeth Claire Walker, Joshua Brown & Marc LaPierre SarahAnne Perel & LAB Ensemble Marc LaPierre & Mangus Christoffersen Madeline Houk & Chelsea Paige Johnston Misa Kuranaga & Kenta Shimizu Elizabeth Claire Walker & Joshua Brown Bianca Bulle LAB Ensemble Petra Conti Tigran Sargsyan LAB Ensemble Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

  • Season 2007-2008

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > Season 2007-2008 George Balanchine Melissa Barak Melissa Barak Melissa Barak Melissa Barak George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine Lar Lubovitch Lar Lubovitch Jennifer Backhaus Jennifer Backhaus Jennifer Backhaus Jennifer Backhaus Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky George Balanchine Melissa Barak Melissa Barak Melissa Barak Melissa Barak George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine Lar Lubovitch Lar Lubovitch Jennifer Backhaus Jennifer Backhaus Jennifer Backhaus Jennifer Backhaus Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

  • Abigail Gross – Company Dancer | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Dancers > Abigail Gross Hometown ​ Seasons with LAB 2023/2024 Bio Available Shortly MEET THE DANCERS LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes stunning classical ballets, exceptional stagings of Balanchine repertory, and relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. VIEW REPERTOIRE LOS ANGELES BALLET 2023/2024 Season This season includes exciting works by master choreographers Justin Peck, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov and George Balanchine, and another world premiere by LAB Artistic Director, Melissa Barak. Plus, LA's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Subscriptions and Single Tickets on Sale Now! DOWNLOAD SEASON BROCHURE

  • LAB Swan Lake Gala 2012 | Los Angeles Ballet

    LAB Swan Lake Gala 2012 May 1, 2012 Los Angeles Ballet’s Swan Lake Gala 2012, which netted over $350,000 for LAB, was held on March 25th at the Montage Beverly Hills. With event design by Billy Bushkavitz, the Marquesa Ballroom transformed into a black and white celebration of Swan Lake, enhanced by guests who, by invitation request, had dressed in matching attire. The evening included an intimate performance of excerpts from Swan Lake, on a stage specially constructed for the event. The LAB dancers were later welcomed into the ballroom with a standing ovation and joined in a gourmet dinner of filet mignon and herb crusted halibut, with wines provided by Hafner Vineyard and Malibu Milk Vineyards. Celebrated sportscaster Jim Gray conducted a live auction for the Dancer Sponsorship and Pointe Shoe Funds. Each guest received a Jay Strongwater picture frame, graciously provided by Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. Company News from the Staff at LAB 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Pushing Dance 2018

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > 2017/2018 Pushing Dance 2018 Tigran Sargsyan Tigran Sargsyan Petra Conti & Tigran Sargsyan Bianca Bulle & Joshua Brown LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Bianca Bulle, Joshua Brown & LAB Ensemble Petra Conti & Mangus Christoffersen Tigran Sargsyan & LAB Ensemble Tigran Sargsyan Tigran Sargsyan Petra Conti & Tigran Sargsyan Bianca Bulle & Joshua Brown LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Bianca Bulle, Joshua Brown & LAB Ensemble Petra Conti & Mangus Christoffersen Tigran Sargsyan & LAB Ensemble Tigran Sargsyan Tigran Sargsyan Petra Conti & Tigran Sargsyan Bianca Bulle & Joshua Brown LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Bianca Bulle, Joshua Brown & LAB Ensemble Petra Conti & Mangus Christoffersen Tigran Sargsyan & LAB Ensemble Second to Last and Pacopepeluto – Cerrudo / Pärt, Martin, Scalissi, This is you – Lou / Scheele, van der Loo, The Four Temperaments – Balanchine / Hindemith Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

  • 2013-2014 Season Announcement | Los Angeles Ballet

    2013-2014 Season Announcement October 1, 2013 The Nutcracker set in 1913 Los Angeles World premieres from Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Stowell • LAB premiere of Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land LAB premiere of George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes The full-length La Sylphide George Balanchine’s Serenade Los Angeles Ballet co-artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are excited to unveil the ballets selected for LAB’s eighth season, including classics from the 19th and 20th centuries, new works from 21st century choreographers, and Southern California’s holiday tradition, The Nutcracker . Continuing LAB’s mission to bring professional ballet to greater LA, each program will be performed at LAB’s four home theaters: UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Alex Theatre in Glendale, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. The season opens with Los Angeles Ballet’s full-length The Nutcracker , set in 1913 California in a classic Spanish style home with Mexican, Spanish, and European influences. The story unfolds with a warm and inviting sense of being inside a children’s book, and follows Clara and her beloved Nutcracker as they travel to the Land of Snow and the Palace of the Dolls. In March 2014, Quartet combines masterworks from George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián with new works from rising choreographers Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Stowell. Known for her work on television’s So You Think You Can Dance , this will mark Tayeh’s fourth commissioned work for Los Angeles Ballet. Her ferocious jazz style blended with ballet has brought audiences and critics to their feet. Former Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theater and noted choreographer Christopher Stowell will be working with LAB dancers for the first time. Quartet will also include the company premiere of Return to a Strange Land , from master choreographer Jiří Kylián to music by Leoš Janáček, and Stars and Stripes by George Balanchine set to the rousing marches of John Philip Sousa. “The dancers always look forward to working with Sonya. And having seen Christopher’s work on a variety of companies across the nation, we are excited to see what he will be creating on our dancers,” Mr. Christensen explained. “We think works from these two young dancemakers will fit well with Jiří Kylián’s beautiful, elegiac ballet and Balanchine’s stirring valentine to his adopted country.” May/June 2014 pairs the rapturous two-act story ballet La Sylphide with Balanchine’s romantic Serenade. Some- times described as the Danish Giselle , La Sylphide recounts the tale of a Scotsman enamored of an entrancing woodland sprite, a sylph, and the poisonous interference of a witch, with tragic results. The program also includes Serenade , unquestionably one of Balanchine’s most popular and beloved ballets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String s, the ballet evokes a moonlit world of romantic attraction and betrayal. Colleen Neary says, “La Sylphide and Serenade are two of the most romantic and, some say, most tragic ballets choreographed – the former with a story and the other without a literal one. There is a deep spiritualism to both.” About Los Angeles Ballet Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticu- lous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company, presenting 21 productions encompassing 43 works, including 13 commissioned world premieres. Los Angeles Ballet ‘tours’ throughout LA County, regularly appearing at five venues. This past summer the Los Angeles Music Center presented Los Angeles Ballet at Grand Park, with 4,000 attending the outdoor performance on the July 4th weekend. Since its inception in 2006, LAB’s Power of Performance (POP!) program has provided thousands of free tickets to underserved or disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families. LAB’s A Chance to Dance Community Days outreach program was launched in October 2012. About Thordal Christensen Among Thordal Christensen’s many credentials are an impressive performing career, successful leadership of one of the world’s major ballet companies, critically applaudedoriginal choreography, and a proven commit- ment to dance education. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Christensen received his ballet training at The Royal Danish Ballet School and at the School of American Ballet in New York City before a performance career that included the Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Christensen then returned to Denmark where he was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet. This blend of Bournonville and Balanchine tradition is one of the defining themes of his career, and has shaped the unique artistic vision that Christensen, along with his wife Colleen Neary, bring to Los Angeles Ballet. In 2002, he was made Knight of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. About Colleen Neary Colleen Neary brings to Los Angeles Ballet the benefits of her vast experience as one of George Balanchine’s quintessential ballerinas. In her experience as a dancer, teacher, and ballet mistress, she also worked closely with other luminaries of 20th century dance, including Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Béjart and Jiří Kylián. Born in Miami, Florida and trained at The School of American Ballet, Neary danced in New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine, then for Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXième Siecle, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Neary was personally selected by Balanchine to teach his choreography to major companies all over the world as a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust. ​ LAB Public Relations DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • LA Times Previews the Balanchine Festival | Los Angeles Ballet

    LA Times Previews the Balanchine Festival March 8, 2013 L.A. Ballet's Balanchine Festival follows in master's steps "Company co-founder Colleen Neary brings a first-person familiarity with George Balanchine's exacting methods as a former dancer with New York City Ballet." Read Susan Joseph's full story on Los Angeles Ballet's Balanchine Festival. Los Angeles Times ​ DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • L.A.'s ballet: A hard nut to crack but ballet duo is determined to do it | Los Angeles Ballet

    L.A.'s ballet: A hard nut to crack but ballet duo is determined to do it November 17, 2006 Los Angeles has been a hard nut to crack, but ballet duo Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are determined to do it. The husband and wife team are staking their reputation and their supporter's money on a new Los Angeles Ballet that will be unveiled in December – their Christmas present to the sprawling county's dance lovers. View PDF to read the full article. Pasadena Star-News by Vicki Smith Paluch DOWNLOAD ARTICLE (PDF) 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Modernists 2017

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > 2016/2017 Modernists 2017 Ashley Millar & Julia Cinquemani Kat Highstrete & Dustin True Bianca Bulle Tigran Sargsyan Bianca Bulle, Alyssa Harrington, Kenta Shimizu & Marc La Pierre Bianca Bulle, Kenta Shimizu with LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Julia Cinquemani & Kenta Shimizu Julia Cinquemani & Kenta Shimizu Julia Cinquemani & Kenta Shimizu Elizabeth Claire Walker & Dustin True Elizabeth Claire Walker LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Abby Callahan Tigran Sargsyan Leah McCall Leah McCall Chelsea Paige Johnston Chelsea Paige Johnston & LAB Ensemble Chelsea Paige Johnston & LAB Ensemble Chelsea Paige Johnston & LAB Ensemble Ashley Millar & Julia Cinquemani Kat Highstrete & Dustin True Bianca Bulle Tigran Sargsyan Bianca Bulle, Alyssa Harrington, Kenta Shimizu & Marc La Pierre Bianca Bulle, Kenta Shimizu with LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Julia Cinquemani & Kenta Shimizu Julia Cinquemani & Kenta Shimizu Julia Cinquemani & Kenta Shimizu Elizabeth Claire Walker & Dustin True Elizabeth Claire Walker LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Abby Callahan Tigran Sargsyan Leah McCall Leah McCall Chelsea Paige Johnston Chelsea Paige Johnston & LAB Ensemble Chelsea Paige Johnston & LAB Ensemble Chelsea Paige Johnston & LAB Ensemble Napoli Pas de Six and Tarantella – Bournonville / Helsted, Paulli, Stravinsky Violin Concerto – Balanchine / Stravinsky, Untouched – Barton / Kong Kie, Macdonald, Shurbin Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

  • The Nutcracker 2017

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > 2017/2018 The Nutcracker 2017 Mackenzie Moser LAB Ensemble Petra Conti LAB Ensemble Mackenzie Moser & LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Jasmine Perry & Joshua Brown LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Bianca Bulle & LAB Ensemble Petra Conti & Tigran Sargsyan Mackenzie Moser & LAB Ensemble Mackenzie Moser LAB Ensemble Petra Conti LAB Ensemble Mackenzie Moser & LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Jasmine Perry & Joshua Brown LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Bianca Bulle & LAB Ensemble Petra Conti & Tigran Sargsyan Mackenzie Moser & LAB Ensemble Mackenzie Moser LAB Ensemble Petra Conti LAB Ensemble Mackenzie Moser & LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Jasmine Perry & Joshua Brown LAB Ensemble LAB Ensemble Bianca Bulle & LAB Ensemble Petra Conti & Tigran Sargsyan Mackenzie Moser & LAB Ensemble Prodigal Son – Balanchine / Prokofiev Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

  • Season 2006-2007

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > Season 2006-2007 George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine George Balanchine Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Christensen and Neary / Tchaikovsky Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

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