Laguna Beach Dance Festival Today at Laguna Playhouse at 2:00pm

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The Laguna Beach Dance Festival 2014 is presenting Gala Matinee Performance with the Stars of Dance.

A performance with the STARS of dance! See ballerina superstar Lorena Feijoo dance with the extraordinary Vitor Luiz from San Francisco Ballet. The exquisite Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre dance with Gonzalo Garcia of New York City Ballet. Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to the Playhouse stage presenting Innervisions with music by Stevie Wonder and choreography by Dwight Rhoden, this will surely electrify and entertain. This performance is not to be missed!

For 10 years, the Laguna Dance Festival has been bringing world-class dance to Laguna Beach and Orange County. To celebrate our first decade, we’ve put together this Gala Performance to showcase the most popular and exciting companies and artists who have performed in the festival along with introducing new stars of the dance to Laguna.

PERFORMING ARTISTS

San Francisco Ballet’s Lorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Co.Founder and Artistic Director, Desmond Richardson (Saturday night only)
New York City Ballet’s Gonzalo Garcia and American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland
BOOK SIGNING | MEET & GREET WITH MISTY COPELAND
Have your copy of Misty Copeland’s New York Times bestseller, Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina signed by Misty herself! For Matinee Performance ticket holders only. Book signing will take place immediately following the performance at The Laguna Playhouse. Additional books will be available for purchase by Laguna Beach Books.

Laguna Dance Festival Presents A Master Class Today with Desmond Richardson

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Laguna Dance Festival presents A Master Class with Desmond Richardson of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet today, Sunday September 14 2014 at 10:00am . This is a sold out event.
This event will take place at Laguna Beach High School Dance Studio located at 625 Park Avenue.
Experience a masterful ballet technique class, learn repertory from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and participate in an insightful Q&A with this dynamic star!
Hailed by the New York Times as “One of the great modern dancers of his time,“ Desmond Richardson is a multi-talented artist who has mastered a wide range of dance genres from his roots in hip hop, classical, modern and contemporary ballet. Praised for his powerful dancing and singular performance quality, Richardson has been the hallmark performer who has shaped the essence of the Complexions style.

Laguna Dance Festival Laguna Playhouse Tonight at 7:30pm

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A performance with the STARS of dance! See ballerina superstar Lorena Feijoo dance with the extraordinary Vitor Luiz from San Francisco Ballet. The exquisite Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre dance with Gonzalo Garcia of New York City Ballet. Complexions Contemporary Ballet Co. Founder and Artist Director, Desmond Richardson performs a dynamic solo, and the company returns to the Playhouse stage presenting Innervisions with music by Stevie Wonder and choreography by Dwight Rhoden, this will surely electrify and entertain. This performance is not to be missed!

For 10 years, the Laguna Dance Festival has been bringing world-class dance to Laguna Beach and Orange County. To celebrate our first decade, we’ve put together this Gala Performance to showcase the most popular and exciting companies and artists who have performed in the festival along with introducing new stars of the dance to Laguna.

PERFORMING ARTISTS

San Francisco Ballet’s Lorena Feijoo and Vitor Luiz
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Co.Founder and Artistic Director, Desmond Richardson (Saturday night only)
New York City Ballet’s Gonzalo Garcia and American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland
World Premiere Performance of Ekphrasis, Saturday night only, a collaboration with the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Live! and the Laguna Dance Festival. Composer Alan Chan and choreographer Bernard Gaddis collaborate on “Lotus Land”, live music played by the USC Thornton School of Music quartet.
ARTIST RECEPTION

Join us for a VIP party with the artists of Stars of Dance. Following the performance and located at the Laguna Playhouse, ticket buyers for the Artist Reception will have the opportunity to mingle and meet all the dancers, directors, choreographers and musicians. Food from one of Laguna Beach’s favorite restaurants K’ya Bistro Bar will be provided along with drinks and music. Come and experience this extraordinary evening celebrating 10 seasons of the Laguna Dance Festival.

Laguna Dance Festival Master Class Today at Laguna Beach High School at 10:00am

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Laguna Dance Festival is presenting a Master Class with New York City Ballet’s Gonzalo Garcia at Laguna Beach High School today, Saturday September 13 2014 at 10:00am. The event will be in the Dance Studio. Laguna Beach High School is located at 625 Park Avenue.

Experience a masterful ballet technique class, learn choreography,
and inquire about life as a professional dancer with New York City Ballet.
Gonzalo Garcia’s extensive and accomplished career began in his home country of Spain at the age of eight. After attending a summer session at San Francisco Ballet school, he participated in the Prix de Lasusanne, becoming the youngest dancer to receive a gold medal. In 1998 Mr. Garcia joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer. He later joined New York City Ballet in 2007, and has danced countless featured roles in classic ballets, in addition to roles originated for him.
For more information please link to laguna dance

Laguna Dance Festival BodyTraffic tonight at the Laguna Playhouse at 7:30pm

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Laguna Dance Festival Presents …BODYTRAFFIC, tonight, Friday September 12 2014 at 7:30pm at the Laguna Playhouse. The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
Acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “fresh and skillful” and LA Weekly as “confident and hard-hitting,” BODYTRAFFIC has been making waves on Los Angeles’ contemporary dance scene since its inception in 2007. Praised as “the dance company of the future” by New York’s Joyce Theater Foundation, BODYTRAFFIC’s growing repertory is vibrant, accessible and provocative to new viewers and experienced dance enthusiasts alike. Known for commissioning some of dance’s most distinctive choreographers, BODYTRAFFIC has put Los Angeles contemporary dance in the map, pairing sophisticated international choreographers with preeminent dancers. Named among Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013, BODYTRAFFIC presents audiences with an exquisite, thrilling dance experience.
BODYTRAFFIC offered an invigorating, detailed and admirable evening of contemporary dance.” “…astounding…speed and refined athleticism” “…superfast, supersexy, superexpressive.”
– Danceviewtimes.com, Rita Felciano
6:30pm Pre-show talk with the Director
7:30pm Performance

For more information please link to laguna playhouse