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April 12, 2012 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Offering dance styles as varied as pure classical and contemporary and jazz, the Laguna Dance Festival is presenting an array of dancers from around the country this weekend. "This is the most expansive program we have ever had," said Jodie Gates, founder and artistic director of the festival, which is in its seventh season this year. Over four performances beginning Thursday, dancers from the New York City Ballet, the Colorado Ballet, San Francisco's Smuin Ballet and innovative companies including Philadelphia's BalletX and the River North Dance Chicago will perform in the intimate Laguna Playhouse.
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March 4, 2014 | By David Ng
The USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, a pioneering series of fellowships for professional arts journalists, has come to an end. Director Sasha Anawalt, an associate professor and director of arts journalism programs at USC, confirmed the closure of the 12-year-old program. The fellowships have ended because the Getty Foundation is no longer funding the program, Anawalt said. The last series of fellowships concluded in November, she said.  Deborah Marrow, director, Getty Foundation, said in a statement that the foundation is proud to have supported the program, but "we have focused our grants on special initiatives and we do not provide indefinite support for any initiative.
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September 27, 2009 | Susan Reiter
As soon as Jodie Gates settled in Laguna Beach, she knew what she had to do. After a high-profile career performing with the Joffrey, Pennsylvania and Frankfurt ballets, the Sacramento native returned to her home state in 2005. She felt the area was dance-deprived, but she sensed great potential and boldly launched the Laguna Dance Festival. "I wanted to bring high-quality dance to the community. I saw there was a possibility for something like a festival," Gates said recently.
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September 3, 2013 | By Michael Miller
David Parsons' in-progress dance piece, "EK90," officially celebrates the 90th birthday of a world-renowned artist. But to Parsons, it represents the birth of a movement - one that's grown fitfully over the years but now looks to have more momentum than ever. Last year, photographer Jack Shear commissioned a piece from Parsons in honor of his longtime partner, Ellsworth Kelly. With gay people winning battles in the United States and abroad, the topic came easily enough. "EK90," which Parsons Dance will perform Thursday and Friday at the Laguna Dance Festival, tells a coming-of-age story of a boy and a girl who eschew traditional gender roles.
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March 4, 2014 | By David Ng
The USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, a pioneering series of fellowships for professional arts journalists, has come to an end. Director Sasha Anawalt, an associate professor and director of arts journalism programs at USC, confirmed the closure of the 12-year-old program. The fellowships have ended because the Getty Foundation is no longer funding the program, Anawalt said. The last series of fellowships concluded in November, she said.  Deborah Marrow, director, Getty Foundation, said in a statement that the foundation is proud to have supported the program, but "we have focused our grants on special initiatives and we do not provide indefinite support for any initiative.
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December 1, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Tall, sinewy women, their necks thin and erect, mingle in wispy dresses on the arms of broad-shouldered men under the twinkling white lights of the canopied back patio at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons. As dusk fades and cocktails are served, the black-tie crowd moves with a particular rhythmic elegance. Maybe that's because some of the country's biggest names in dance are here. There are Debbie Allen, Diavolo Dance Theater's Jacques Heim, choreographer and one-time Joffrey prima ballerina Jodie Gates, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder and dancer Desmond Richardson.
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September 29, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL
New principals and a more confident corps began to achieve mastery over Mark Morris' ballet "Esteemed Guests" at its second performance, Friday in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. At the work's premiere earlier in the week, the Joffrey Ballet danced so roughly, and with such a sense of strain, that the ballet might well have been titled "Extreme Duress." No longer. If the paired soloists in the outer sections of this three-part work (set to a C.P.E.
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May 11, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
It's a truism to say that Diaghilev revolutionized and reformed ballet in the early decades of the century, giving the art form back its seriousness while extending its possibilities by incorporating radically new choreographic, musical and theatrical elements. As danced Thursday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, however, familiar works by Massine, Nijinsky and Nijinska proved anything but museum pieces.
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September 3, 2013 | By Michael Miller
David Parsons' in-progress dance piece, "EK90," officially celebrates the 90th birthday of a world-renowned artist. But to Parsons, it represents the birth of a movement - one that's grown fitfully over the years but now looks to have more momentum than ever. Last year, photographer Jack Shear commissioned a piece from Parsons in honor of his longtime partner, Ellsworth Kelly. With gay people winning battles in the United States and abroad, the topic came easily enough. "EK90," which Parsons Dance will perform Thursday and Friday at the Laguna Dance Festival, tells a coming-of-age story of a boy and a girl who eschew traditional gender roles.
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April 11, 2013 | By David Ng
Jodie Gates - a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet who has since become one of Southern California's most prominent dance leaders - will become the director of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Gates is a professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine. USC announced the appointment Thursday, saying that the school will admit its first students in fall 2015. "Jodie Gates is the perfect person for the job," Kaufman said in a statement. "She is keenly aware of the unique needs of a dancer and the importance of a first-rate curriculum.
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April 11, 2013 | By David Ng
Jodie Gates - a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet who has since become one of Southern California's most prominent dance leaders - will become the director of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Gates is a professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine. USC announced the appointment Thursday, saying that the school will admit its first students in fall 2015. "Jodie Gates is the perfect person for the job," Kaufman said in a statement. "She is keenly aware of the unique needs of a dancer and the importance of a first-rate curriculum.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Tall, sinewy women, their necks thin and erect, mingle in wispy dresses on the arms of broad-shouldered men under the twinkling white lights of the canopied back patio at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons. As dusk fades and cocktails are served, the black-tie crowd moves with a particular rhythmic elegance. Maybe that's because some of the country's biggest names in dance are here. There are Debbie Allen, Diavolo Dance Theater's Jacques Heim, choreographer and one-time Joffrey prima ballerina Jodie Gates, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder and dancer Desmond Richardson.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2012 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Offering dance styles as varied as pure classical and contemporary and jazz, the Laguna Dance Festival is presenting an array of dancers from around the country this weekend. "This is the most expansive program we have ever had," said Jodie Gates, founder and artistic director of the festival, which is in its seventh season this year. Over four performances beginning Thursday, dancers from the New York City Ballet, the Colorado Ballet, San Francisco's Smuin Ballet and innovative companies including Philadelphia's BalletX and the River North Dance Chicago will perform in the intimate Laguna Playhouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2009 | Susan Reiter
As soon as Jodie Gates settled in Laguna Beach, she knew what she had to do. After a high-profile career performing with the Joffrey, Pennsylvania and Frankfurt ballets, the Sacramento native returned to her home state in 2005. She felt the area was dance-deprived, but she sensed great potential and boldly launched the Laguna Dance Festival. "I wanted to bring high-quality dance to the community. I saw there was a possibility for something like a festival," Gates said recently.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
It's a truism to say that Diaghilev revolutionized and reformed ballet in the early decades of the century, giving the art form back its seriousness while extending its possibilities by incorporating radically new choreographic, musical and theatrical elements. As danced Thursday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, however, familiar works by Massine, Nijinsky and Nijinska proved anything but museum pieces.
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May 12, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL
Yarilo, the Sun-God, claimed a new victim in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday: the Joffrey Ballet's Jodie Gates, only the fourth dancer in history to be cast as the Chosen One in Vaslav Nijinsky's epochal "Le Sacre du Printemps." Maria Piltz would have warned her that it wasn't going to be easy--and both Beatriz Rodriguez and Carole Valleskey probably did. No matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL
Yarilo, the Sun-God, claimed a new victim in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday: the Joffrey Ballet's Jodie Gates, only the fourth dancer in history to be cast as the Chosen One in Vaslav Nijinsky's epochal "Le Sacre du Printemps." Maria Piltz would have warned her that it wasn't going to be easy--and both Beatriz Rodriguez and Carole Valleskey probably did. No matter.
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May 17, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Few ballets incorporate the routine of cast changes into their themes as profoundly as does Kurt Jooss' anti-war parable "The Green Table." The faces may change; the terrible cycle goes on. Three new principals joined the Joffrey Ballet line-up of relentless marchers to death, Tuesday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL
New principals and a more confident corps began to achieve mastery over Mark Morris' ballet "Esteemed Guests" at its second performance, Friday in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. At the work's premiere earlier in the week, the Joffrey Ballet danced so roughly, and with such a sense of strain, that the ballet might well have been titled "Extreme Duress." No longer. If the paired soloists in the outer sections of this three-part work (set to a C.P.E.
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