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Building Kids Self-Esteem at Mon Reve Dance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Ballet, Camp, Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is your child interested in learning about dance? Are you looking for a new way to help build their self-esteem? A chic new OC dance studio, Mon Reve, recently opened for children ages 2-12 years of age. The studio offers ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop classes, and they’ve also recently started offering an adult hip hop hour that is a sassy and fun way for moms to relax from their daily stress. The owner of Mon Reve is amazing. She established the ballet program for children with Down Syndrome. It ultimately became one of the inspirations for Mon Reve because this program helped her to realize that dance is about so much more than just dance. Dance can help children build self-esteem, confidence, work ethic, and more. Her goal is the create a studio experience by combining a...

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American Premiere of Choré by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at Segerstrom

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Ballet, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  We attended as guests of SCFTA. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo returned to the stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the third time to bring the American premiere of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Choré, featuring music by Danny Elfman and John Cage. “Chord,” translated from French to mean “choreography,” is set in Hollywood’s Golden Age and explores the evolution of American dance and the political and word events that have shaped it.  Maillot’s stunning choreography and beautiful dancers are set off by music by Emmy and Grammy® winning composer, Elfman, and one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Cage. Debuting on Valentine’s weekend, Choré was the perfect pre-Valentine’s date night for my hubby and me. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of our favorite activities for a date night because with it’s prime location it lends itself perfectly to dinner at one...

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Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg – Up and Down West Coast Premiere

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Ballet, Entertainment | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of SCFTA On Friday, June 5th, the Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg debuted their West Coast premier of Boris Eifman’s new Up and Down at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA). The tragic ballet enacts the irony of a world enslaved by betrayal and darkness. In his own words, director Eifman explains the ballet “is to remind us of the fatal consequences of a man betraying himself.”*  The tragedy portrayed in the ballet, juxtaposed to a beautiful, carefree world depicted in the jazz-enspired ensembles, creates a balance that many a ballet enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.  By the end of the night, audiences were on their feet cheering the company’s performance. I had the pleasure of attending the ballet with a friend for a Mom’s night out.  Between us we have eight kids, all under six years old,...

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The American Ballet Theatre World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Ballet, Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the SCFTA Romantic, classic and timeless, American Ballet Theatre elegantly performed the World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty for a packed audience at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Princess Aurora and Prince Desire, danced by Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes, delighted southern California ballet lovers as they shared the fantasy story of Sleeping Beauty with precision and grace. Misty Copeland also made an appearance as the Fleur de Farine Fairy during the Prologue. Her pirouettes were perfection and her poise was undeniable. ABT, known for their elaborate costumes, spared no expense in creating this production. The glistening, colorful, and intricately designed costumes were breathtaking and a character in their own right. Tchaikovsky’s music was performed beautifully by The Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ormsby Wilkins. The Sleeping Beauty, directed...

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Solo for Two at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Ballet, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Center Natalia Osipovio and Ivan Vasiliev stunned us Friday night in their beautiful contemporary ballet performance of three premier pieces in their new program, Solo for Two. Natalia was originally a gymnast and you can see her athleticism in her dance. She has unbelievable control of her body, performing isolations which do not even seem real. The athleticism does not compromise the gracefulness and she commands the stage at all times. Ivan Vasiliev makes every move seem effortless and his core strength is amazing to watch. The two danced together as principals with Boshoi Ballet, but left together to pursue artistic opportunities. Shockingly violent in the beginning, the first piece, Mercy, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, explores forgiveness and tenderness. Passo, the second piece choreographed by Ohad Naharilin, began with very...

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Beauty and the Beast Ballet

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Ballet, Events | 0 comments

  We’re all familiar with the tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast but for a change of pace try seeing it in a ballet. It is the story that beautifully demonstrates that it’s what’s on the inside not the outside that’s most important but don’t expect to see dancing cups and candles here. What you can expect is a familiar story with both known and new characters. Inspired by the original fairy tale written in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, the Inland Pacific Ballet’s unique interpretation is the real beauty. Set to classical music by Dvorak, Shostakovich, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Glazunov the ballet was as elegant as you expect a good ballet to be. I found myself completely absorbed with the beauty of it all, the gorgeous sets, the stunning costumes, and of...

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