#Throwback Thursday – Ballerina memories…

We have a very cool #ThrowbackThursday to share with you today…

In anticipation of our 50th Anniversary this weekend, we received a lovely collection of photos from a former member of George Balanchine’s Ballet of Los Angeles, taken in between rehearsals of Swan Lake at The Music Center in March 1965 – Just after our Pavilion opened!

Here’s a few of the snapshots sent to us by dancer Diana Soltesz (formally Diana Reese) that show her and fellow dancer Margaret Lauermann on our Grand Staircase, Diana getting ready in our dressing rooms, and a full company picture with George Balanchine and Maria Tallchief!

Throwback Thursday - The Ballet of Los Angeles
Additionally, here are some snaps of a program from the show, as well as a newspaper clip about the Ballet of Los Angeles featuring a photo of Diana Soltesz getting tips from prima ballerina Maria Tallchief..

Pavilion Magazine Cover

Ballet of Los Angeles 1965 Program

Diana Reese Newspaper Clipping

“I will never forget the excitement of being an ‘insider’ at this grand new establishment, which meant so much to my home city of Los Angeles: The Music Center.”  

Thank you Diana for sending these our way!