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Diversity Showcased in Dance Concert

As warmer weather and brilliant sunshine entice the winter-weary from the hearth,

Tenth-grader Natalee Palmer rehearses for next week’s Eleven concert at the Artists’ Theatre.

Laguna Beach High School’s dance department kicks off spring with “Eleven,” at 7:30 p.m. May 5-7 in the Artists’ Theatre.

Audiences will enjoy the quick-paced, diverse showcase of Laguna’s finest young dancers.     The show’s name is inspired by 2011 and is intended to honor rising seniors. In numerology, 11 represents illumination and deep insight, and is charismatic and inspirational.  And so Eleven promises to be a powerful expression of human movement as 11 choreographers fuse their visions in the styles of ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and yes, even tap.

Two graduating seniors, Hali MacDonald and Hayley Seitz, will be bringing their own choreographic talents to bear.  Other guest choreographers will also be returning, including Darrien Henning, whose funky hip-hop pieces always bring down the house, and Steven Rada, choreographer of last fall’s Twelfth Night.

Department director Lisa Jay is staging a synthesis of traditional hula with contemporary dance. Tracey Bonner will delight with her whimsical take on a ‘50s fashion fantasy.

Box office will be open Wednesday, May 4, from 4-6.30 p.m. and before each show from 5.30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased via phone by credit card or at the door with cash, check or card.  Box Office: (949) 497-7769.  Ticket prices are $13 General, $18 Reserved and $8Student/Senior.

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