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PACIFIC BALLET DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS
“DANCE IN THE USA”
A Tribute to the Music that Made All Americans Move their Feet
Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:30 PM
At Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood
Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, formerly known as the Media City Ballet,
recently changed its name to reflect its growth from its Burbank roots
(Los Angeles, CA) June 25, 2012 – Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre (PBDT), formerly known as the Media City Ballet Company since its formation in 2001 in Burbank, brings Dance in the USA to the Ford Amphitheatre on Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:30 p.m. Known for its preservation of ballet’s aesthetic and standards of excellence created and established by the dancers and choreographers of the Ballet Russe and the development of new work that draws on the creative talents of contemporary choreographers and composers, PBDT has chosen to branch out from their traditional European roots to pay homage to the American experience with an explosive dance and music retrospective.
Dance in the USA employs a compilation of works by iconic musical artists such as Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, to name a few. This exciting retrospective shows how American music influenced dance, moving from decade to decade. It starts with a Rodeo and Hoedown and then moves to the Cakewalk with Ragtime and the Charleston. We'll listen to music that made Ellington take an A-train into Harlem and we'll dance to a live pianist on stage as we Swing and Boogie Woogie in the ‘40s. The twist and shouts of the 50s will make us rock around the clock with a hound dog as the beat generation snaps it's fingers. We then step into the 60s where there will be dancing in the streets with my guy to the sounds of Detroit as a blind man sees a pretty woman. As the Summer wind blows through the Ford we'll do it our way as dancer/singer Chris Trousdale sings and dances as Joe stands by the bar. Soon you will want to jump onto the stage with our dancers as we step in line into the 1970s with Disco music. The 80s will show you why it will always love you like a lucky star as you feel like a superstar.
This new work, the vision of PBDT’s artistic director Natasha Middleton, utilizes American music as a foundation to present the variety and evolution of dance in a style similar in manner to that of the Ballet Russe. Male dancers share equal billing with female dancers and are coached theatrically to re-enact the personality of each era. The Ballet Russe style trains dancers to fully utilize their bodies athletically and theatrically. Copland’s “Rodeo” was composed for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The choreographers’ strong connection to ballet will provide an authentic portrayal of the folk style to the audience. This association gives each dance a very sincere yet unforced quality allowing the audience to relate and appreciate the feel of the time.
PBDT attracts first-class talent from around the world, including Armenia, Asia, Russia, and Spain, with dancers who have previously worked with such companies as American Ballet Theatre, Armenian National Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, the Kirov Opera and Ballet Company, the Korean National Ballet, and the Chicago Ballet. In addition, PBDT has worked with and developed many talented local dancers. Over 30 professional and company dancers will perform in Dance in the USA, many of whom have their own professional careers with acting, dancing, singing and choreography and can be seen dancing and acting on TV, music videos, and feature films. Featured dancers include Chris Trousdale, who also sings during the performance. Trousdale was a member of the popular boy band Dream Street and is in the new Disney show “Shake it Up” and is currently recording a dance/pop CD; Alexander Fost from “So You Think You Can Dance;” and Allan McCormick who has just come off of performing in “La Rêve” in Las Vegas as a dancer, acrobat and aerialist.
“When the audience watches this particular show, I think they are going to have a really good time going through all the eras. They’re going to be feeling how fun it has been from the rodeo days all the way through to the millennium,” explains Natasha Middleton, PBDT’s artistic director.
Tickets start at $15-$35 and $12 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. VIP packages start at $65 and include premium seating and a pre-performance reception. Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or (323) 461-3673 (for non-visual media (323) GO 1-FORD). For groups of 8 or more, please call (323) 769-2147. Please visit http://www.pacificballetdancetheatre.org/ for more information.
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