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Looking forward to Celebrate Dance 2011

March 1, 2011

In a few weeks a fantastic local dance show is happening: Celebrate Dance.  I had the pleasure of meeting the executive director and founder Jamie Nichols at an awards ceremony last spring.   An accomplished dancer in her own right and now supporting other dancers in their dreams to be on stage, she is a well known fixture in the Los Angeles dance community.  She invited me to watch the show this year and I’m looking forward to seeing the magic she puts together.  I’ll be posting a review of the show, so be on the look out for that in the near future.

For those of you local to LA, here are the details.  The show has sold out for the past few years, so get tickets earlier if you plan to attend.


Executive Producer Jamie Nichols presents CELEBRATE DANCE 2011 Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:00pm at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California with a line-up of eight extraordinary dance companies sizzling with poetic lyricism, dazzling moves, contagious vitality and jaw-dropping physicality. This delicious mixture of compelling new works, premieres and Los Angeles debuts celebrates contemporary, modern, ballet and jazz dance. One stage! One night only!

CELEBRATE DANCE 2011 brings two companies from out of town this season. From Brooklyn, New York, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn under the direction of Jamel Gaines. Gaines’ work explores contemporary movement and laces it with African influences to convey the story of Americans shifting their perceptions, roles and movement in society. Recently, his choreography was featured on the popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. The company will offer “Prize” as a Los Angeles premiere.

Also on the program is Malashock Dance from San Diego, California under the direction of John Malashock. After a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp Dance in New York, John Malashock founded Malashock Dance in 1988. Malashock was most recently named “Faces To Watch in 2011” by the Los Angeles Times.  Malashock Dance will be showing two works on the program: “Everybody Knows” choreographed Malashock and “Tethered”, choreographed by Michael Mizerany. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Mr. Mizerany.  Formerly a dancer with the Lewitzky Dance Company, his critically acclaimed work has not been seen in Los Angeles for several years.

Six other exceptional companies from the greater Los Angeles area will offer premieres as well: BARE Dance Company, Deborah Rosen and Dancers, Monat Dance, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Terri Best Dance, and Visions Dance Theatre.

This will be the sixth installment of the annual event and promises to be another exceptional night of dance for Los Angeles. For three consecutive years 2007, 2008 and 2009 CELEBRATE DANCE has been awarded the Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement for Festival. Numerous participants have received Lester Horton Dance Awards from participating in the annual festival presented by impresaria, Jamie Nichols.

Continuing her commitment to community outreach, Ms. Nichols has donated free tickets to underserved students every year. This year, again with the generosity of The Flourish Foundation, Nichols will bring 100 middle school students to the Alex Theatre following master classes taught by two of the participating choreographers, Mike Esperanza (BARE Dance Company) and Terri Best (Terri Best Dance). For three years the event has been a sell-out show with enthusiastic audiences of all ages. Show time runs approximately 2 hours and is suitable for all ages.
BARE Dance Company
(Artistic Director / Mike Esperanza) Costa Mesa, CA
Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn (Artistic Director / Jamel Gaines) Brooklyn, NY
Deborah Rosen and Dancers (Artistic Director / Deborah Rosen) Pasadena, CA
Malashock Dance (Artistic Director / John Malashock) San Diego, CA
Monat Dance (Artistic Director / Sophie Monat) Santa Monica, CA
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company (Artistic Director / Regina Klenjoski) Long Beach, CA
Terri Best Dance (Artistic Director / Terri Best) Los Angeles, CA
Visions Dance Theatre (Artistic Director / Macarena Gandarillas) Temecula, CA

WHERE: Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, California 91023

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2011, 8:00pm

TICKETS: $15-$35 (all children seated with an adult, $10)
Discounts: students, seniors and DRC Members.
Group rates for 15 or more @ 25% off are available by calling the Box Office

HOW: Alex Theatre Box office 818-243-2539 or

Executive Producer Jamie Nichols was the Artistic Director and founder of the Pasadena based contemporary dance company Fast Feet for 23 years. Until retiring her dance company in 2003 she self-produced her work in festivals and venues throughout California. Critically acclaimed for the emotional intensity and eloquence of her dancing and choreography, she has been the recipient of six Lester Horton Dance Awards including: Outstanding Achievement in Producing a Festival for Celebrate Dance 2006, 2007 and 2008, and the prestigious Furthering the Visibility of Dance Award (2010) presented by The Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles.

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