Los Angeles Dance Company Setting Its Stage for This Blend of Dance Influences

Los Angeles, CA: California Contemporary Ballet (http://www.ctyballet.org), will premier Saudade this summer, an original dance presentation. Three performances only will be held, June 10th, 11th and 12th at the California DanceArts Theatre in La Canada, CA.

Saudade (pronounced sow-da-jee) is a Portuguese word which describes a nostalgic longing or loss for experiences, all of which trigger the senses to make one live again.

Created by Erin Holt, the Company?s Artistic Director, the ballet will be performed to music by Gabriel Faur?, and features dancers from the California Contemporary Ballet in their 3rd year performing together as a professional dance company. The Company will be joined by members of the California Contemporary Youth Ballet as they perform excerpts from ?Paquita? under the direction of Lynn Bryson Pittenger, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet.

Ms. Holt stated ?It is always an honor to be presenting new ideas in the highest artistic forms to the Los Angeles area. Saudade is an exciting new dance, with a number of different influences and styles in combination, and the dancers really bring it to life. We?re very pleased to share it this year on the California DanceArts Theatre stage.?

Dedicated to the art of classical and contemporary dance, California Contemporary Ballet (CCBallet) was formed by Erin Holt in 1997. As Southern California?s break-through performing arts company, California Contemporary Ballet has been invited to perform in a number of local organizations, including the Pasadena Dance Festival 2009, the Celebrate Dance Festival 2009 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, the premiere of Katie Cassidy?s first record single in Studio City, among others; and international organizations such as the Prague International Ballet in Ostrava, Czech Republic. CCBallet is located in La Canada, CA. More information about the company can be found at http://ctyballet.org/pages/271/California_Contemporary_Ballet.html


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