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Mesmerizing Moves Open Dance Festival

Photos By Ted Reckas

Rachel I. Berman dances at Seven Degrees performing “Now I Let it Go” by Mark Tomasic.

Dance devotees and art patrons received a double treat last Thursday during April’s Art Walk, where four different galleries typically displaying two-dimensional art works of permanence were filled with the volume of ephemeral three-dimensional contemporary choreography.

The UC Irvine students transfixed their audience, demonstrating the artistic-athletic feats expected during this weekend’s Laguna Dance Festival showcasing Desmond Richardson, co-founder of New York’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet and star of television’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” in performances April 15-17 at Laguna Playhouse.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. An artist talk precedes Sunday’s performance at 1 p.m.

Complexions dancers will also teach ballet master classes at the LBHS Dance Studio on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. for $15 per person.

Ticket info: www.lagunadancefestival.com, 949-715-5578; or   www.lagunaplayhouse.org 949-497-2787.

 

Shane Scopatz at Laguna Art Museum, performing Reverence of Sorts, choreographed by Jodie Gates.

Amy Quanbeck, Rachel I. Berman, Kelly St. Pierre performing Concerto Gerbera, choreographed by Mark Tomasic, at Swenson Fine Art.

Alec Guthrie and Jeremy Zapanta, in Donald McKayleís Upon the Mountain, at Seven Degrees.

Katy Felsinger, Kellie St. Pierre, Rachel I. Berman, Amy Quanbeck performing eleven-sixty-four, choreographed by Teresa Avina, at Seven Degrees.

Shane Scopatz at Laguna Art Museum, performing Reverence of Sorts, choreographed by Jodie Gates.

Alec Guthrie and Jeremy Zapanta, in Donald McKayleís Upon the Mountain, at Seven Degrees.

Rachel I. Berman, Amy Quanbeck and Kelly St. Pierre performing Concerto Gerbera, choreographed by Mark Tomasic, at Seven Degrees.

Rachel I. Berman and Shane Scopatz at Seven Degrees, performing Reverence of Sorts, choreographed by Jodie Gates.

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