As the founding supporter of our dance series – Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center – members of Center Dance Arts play a key role in helping The Music Center with our ongoing mission to highlight, support and bring the best in dance to our stages and to Los Angeles. Lead by board president, Catharine Soros, CDA has raised $6 million to support The Music Center’s dance programming and educational initiatives, and remains one of the leading and dedicated advocates of dance in Los Angeles.
In 2012, CDA served as the lead support for The Music Center’s commission of the world premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, garnering international recognition. And this past December, they sponsored the commission of a new work choreographed by Justin Peck, which was performed by L.A. Dance Project at our 50th Anniversary Spectacular to music presented in a simulcast performance by the LA Phil.
In short, they’re awesome.
What’s more, CDA members enjoy access to all kinds of behind the scenes special events, rehearsals and salons with dancers, choreographers and artistic leadership, offering an even more enriching and intimate view into the artistic processes, challenges, and inspirations of many the best dance artists on the planet.
Such an event took place just last month as members gathered for a intimate conversation with two of ballet’s brightest luminaries – Jenifer Ringer & James Fayette. Both former principal dancers with the New York City Ballet, this husband and wife team serve as Director and Associate Director of The Colburn Dance Academy (located just across the street from The Music Center.)
CDA members got the inside scoop on growing up attending the prestigious School of American Ballet, the perks and pitfalls of being a ballet dancer, Ringer and Fayette’s positive take on dance in LA and the goals of The Colburn Dance Academy. It was a fascinating discussion!
Then to round out the evening, Ringer even taught our members (and a few of their kids) the gorgeous opening sequence of George Balanchine’s Serenade (and I think it goes without saying, they nailed it!)
Here’s a short glimpse of the discussion and dancing….
Next month, CDA members will have the opportunity to attend another exclusive event celebrating the career of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer (and total ballet star) Paloma Herrera, before she retires from ABT this June.