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Posted On 18 Sep 2014

A Fan Still Dancing in Her Seat

Editor, I am still jumping for joy or at least I wish I could jump as high as the dancers of Bodytraffic. The performance my husband and I joyfully witnessed last Friday night by Bodytraffic at the Laguna Playhouse was amazing. The evening started at 6:30 with the co-Artistic...

Dance Fest Soars With Diversity

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy With performances beginning next week, Laguna Dance Festival vaults into its tenth season, the equivalent of a grand jeté – where a ballet dancer leaps to perform a split jump — in terms of its longevity. That young history doesn’t shake the...

Joint Effort Debuts at Museum

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy   A preview of this year’s Laguna Dance Festival in the form of “Ekphrasis,” a dance performance inspired by the 1967 Lee Mullican painting titled “Lotus Land,” makes its debut Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Laguna Art Museum. Set to music by composer...

Gates, Ekstrom Receive Art Stars Awards

  Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts recognized its stars and paid tribute to renowned Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair at the eighth annual Art Star Awards on Sunday. About 260 attended the event at Seven Degrees, which included a red carpet reception set to...

Laguna Dance Festival Promises to Defy Gravity

He appears on stage slowly, his movements precise and slightly exaggerated to focus the audience’s attention on his presence. Then the stage blacks out. Somewhere in the corner of one’s vision, the dancer moves with dizzying speed, making perhaps scores of leaps in mere seconds....

Building Bridges Between Mediums

Ekphrasis, rooted in Greek, defines an interpretation of one form of art through another. Now, it is also the working title of an innovative commission, a first among a partnership of three Laguna Beach arts organizations that more typically present art rather than originate it....

Painting Inspires a New ‘Rite of Spring’

Laguna Dance Festival celebrates the centenary of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet “The Rite of Spring” with free dance performances at Laguna Art Museum during the March 7 First Thursdays Art Walk. This event marks the premiere of the “Primitive Mother” pieces, which...

Dance Fest to Take a Second Bow

It turns out that lightning can strike twice. Jodie Gates, founder of the Laguna Dance Festival, is moving the event from April to September, beginning this year. As a result, dance lovers have only five months to wait for a second round, Sept. 6 to 9, also at Laguna Playhouse....

Spring Dance Festival Opens with Leaps and Bounds

Bevies of dancers that defy gravity with impossible reaches and soaring leaps provide proof of spring’s arrival in Laguna Beach. Beginning next Thursday, their presence will entice dance aficionados to performances of the Laguna Dance Festival, April 12-15 at the Laguna...

Festival Dances into Seventh Season

In support of its upcoming season, the Laguna Dance Festival will host a fundraising event of good food, great wine and invigorating dance Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at the Surf & Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. The event is preceded by ArtWalk performances at both the...

Dance Festival Springs to Life

The arrival of spring this year coincides with the expansion of the Laguna Dance Festival season, staged in the fall of previous years. Though dancers set the mood with audience-teasing performance snippets in galleries during this past Thursday’s Art Walk, the real attraction...

Gates Woos Modern Dance’s Star

In a move to maintain first-class dance programming on the local stage, Laguna Dance Festival’s spring season April 14-17 will feature the world-renowned Complexions Contemporary Ballet and its founding artistic director, the popular Desmond Richardson.   Four different...

Laguna Dance Festival

  Here is a preview video from Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Desmond Richardson, who will be performing in Laguna Beach April 14-17 as part of the upcoming Laguna Dance Festival.   Four different programs are scheduled April 14-17 at the Laguna Playhouse, with an...

Art Seen

Get Primed for the Oscars As a warm-up to the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 27, speaker Robert D. Kline will present “The Road to the Oscars,” an insider’s perspective on Oscar history from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, 3459 Via...