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April 17, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS, Times Staff Writer
Performing with great purity, energy, elegance and sensuality, the 12 dancers of Ballet Hispanico of New York created a strong first impression at Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium on Saturday. The program showed off their versatility with a vivid, mural-like depiction of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, a sultry whorehouse dance-drama and virtuosic solos evoking the exuberance of Rio de Janeiro carnival revelers. Talley Beatty's "Tres Cantos" (1975)--to the music of Carlos Chavez, Lorenzo Fernandez and Silvestre Revueltas--evoked the dignity and pride of an Indian society via tautly upright postures, thrusting arms, pliant torsos and a sober weightedness reminiscent of the style of Martha Graham.
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August 16, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose Costas might have become a doctor. But then he discovered dance. Disco, specifically. A native of Puerto Rico, the former Ballet Hispanico principal dancer who starts teaching at Orange Coast College today began taking private disco classes in the '70s because he wanted to dance with his girlfriend. "Salsa I knew how to do," Costas, 41, said in a recent phone interview from his home in South Pasadena. "Disco wasn't ours. That's how I started.
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August 16, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose Costas might have become a doctor. But then he discovered dance. Disco, specifically. A native of Puerto Rico, the former Ballet Hispanico principal dancer who starts teaching at Orange Coast College today began taking private disco classes in the '70s because he wanted to dance with his girlfriend. "Salsa I knew how to do," Costas, 41, said in a recent phone interview from his home in South Pasadena. "Disco wasn't ours. That's how I started.
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April 17, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS, Times Staff Writer
Performing with great purity, energy, elegance and sensuality, the 12 dancers of Ballet Hispanico of New York created a strong first impression at Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium on Saturday. The program showed off their versatility with a vivid, mural-like depiction of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, a sultry whorehouse dance-drama and virtuosic solos evoking the exuberance of Rio de Janeiro carnival revelers. Talley Beatty's "Tres Cantos" (1975)--to the music of Carlos Chavez, Lorenzo Fernandez and Silvestre Revueltas--evoked the dignity and pride of an Indian society via tautly upright postures, thrusting arms, pliant torsos and a sober weightedness reminiscent of the style of Martha Graham.
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July 17, 1999
Jose Costas, a principal dancer for nine years with Ballet Hispanico of New York, will become a full-time faculty member at Orange Coast College on Aug. 16. Costas, 41, was born in Puerto Rico and earned a master's degree in dance at New York University before joining Ballet Hispanico. He will teach beginning and intermediate ballet and jazz dance classes and a dance repertory course at the Costa Mesa college.
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May 3, 2001
COSTA MESA 8pm Music Like many of us, American composer and pianist Lukas Foss was deeply moved by reading "The Diary of Anne Frank." But unlike the average reader, he was able to turn his admiration into a musical work, "Elegy for Anne Frank," on this Pacific Symphony program led by Carl St.Clair. There are two versions of the work--one for orchestra and one for orchestra and narrator. Foss' daughter, actress Eliza Foss, will be the narrator here.
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August 16, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES
Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 and currently has about 25,000 students. It's hard to tell exactly how many of them enroll in the 50 dance classes offered each semester, but it's sizable. "We say 900 to 1,000 seats are taken each semester," said Karen Shanley, dance department chair. "As far as the exact number of people, it's hard to determine [because] some students take more than one class."
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October 9, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Ballet Hispanico of New York was forged in a milieu of deprivation and passionate commitment. Tina Ramirez created the group in 1970 to provide opportunities for young Latino dancers who longed--but had little chance--to make it in what was then a closed professional world. So it is always a celebration when this 12-member troupe appears, even when not all the works show the dancers to their best advantage, as happened on a three-part program Friday at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
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April 28, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES
In the wake of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ballet Hispanico became the second New York company recently to bring a healing vision to the City of the Angels, as it opened a four-part program Monday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with George Faison's bittersweet valentine to the new world, "Cafe America."
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October 9, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Ballet Hispanico of New York was forged in a milieu of deprivation and passionate commitment. Tina Ramirez created the group in 1970 to provide opportunities for young Hispanic dancers who longed--but had little chance--to make it in those days in a closed professional world. So it is always a celebration when this 12-member troupe appears, even when not all the works show the dancers to their best advantage, as happened on a three-part program Friday at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
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April 28, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ballet Hispanico became the second New York company recently to bring a healing vision to the City of the Angels, as it opened a four-part program Monday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with George Faison's bittersweet valentine to the new world, "Cafe America."
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