Coming to Laguna Beach: dancers and dance companies from across the nation – New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver and San FranciscoProfessional dancers from companies spanning the U.S. will perform in the Laguna Dance Festival’s seventh season April 12-15. The festival will offer audiences three distinctly different shows with four performances at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates calls this season “a must-see if you love dance.” River Dance North Chicago’s festival debut will open the festival on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., offering audiences a jazz-based, contemporary dance show. On Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia’s BalletX will premiere a newly choreographed piece by Jodie Gates that showcases the company’s modern, athletic style of ballet-based dance. New York City Ballet stars Tiler Peck and Joaquin DeLuz will headline the two Stars of Dance performances on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.
from a rehearsal this week
In addition to the four theatre performances, the 2012 Laguna Dance Festival includes master classes, pre-performance discussions with dancers and artistic directors, and performances during Laguna's First Thursdays ArtWalk on April 5. Theatre performances will be held at the 420-seat Laguna Playhouse, where every seat provides a choice viewing spot. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.lagunadancefestival.org or at the Laguna Playhouse box office.
Joining Ms. Peck and Mr. DeLuz in the Stars of Dance performances are Maria Mosina (formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet) and Alexei Tyukov from Denver-based Colorado Ballet, and principal dancers Robin Cornwell and Jonathan Dummar from San Francisco-based Smuin Ballet. A fundraising reception at Laguna Playhouse will follow the Saturday night performance; all are invited.
The Sunday Stars of Dance matinee performance will be preceded by a pre-performance discussion with the dancers at 1 p.m.
General admission tickets are $50; student tickets with ID are $35. Tickets for the Saturday night gala are $50 each. For more information regarding the new season, call 949.715.5578 or visit www.lagunadancefestival.org.