Beyond Dance: December Edition

Welcome to another issue of The Music Center’s Beyond Dance, our monthly roundup of what’s happening in the dance world.


The City Ballet of Los Angeles during L.A. County Holiday Celebration rehearsals

The L.A. County Holiday Celebration Is Back!

Attend this year’s 58th annual celebration and witness a world of dance! Joining the celebration this year for the first time are the City Ballet of Los Angeles, presenting an excerpt from The Nutcracker; JC Culture Foundation, which will perform both a Chinese dragon and lion dance; and West African drum and dance company, Le Ballet Dembaya, with a West-African mask dance.

December 24, 2017 \ 3:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

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Taylor Stanley and Ashly Isaacs in the tap duet of Justin Peck’s sneaker ballet “The Times Are Racing” at New York City Ballet. (Photo: New York Times)

The New York Times ‘Best Dance of 2017’

The New York Times dance critics reminisce about the best of the year in dance. Standouts include choreographers and companies that will be familiar to those who attended The Music Center’s BalletNow™ 2017 performances.

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Barbie at the World Premiere of The Nutcracker

The Music Center welcomed a very special red carpet guest at the world premiere of the new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet, a co-commission by The Music Center. Barbie walked the red carpet and even attended The Music Center’s Winter Soirée after the performance.

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Featured in the Miami Herald

The Music Center’s co-commissioned piece, an all-new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet, was featured this week in the Miami Herald.

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The Company Working to Make Dance More Inclusive

For 30 years, Axis Dance Company has shown that performers with and without disabilities can work together to make thought-provoking and expressive dance. The company has showcased their work at The Music Center’s annual Very Special Arts Festival and in Grand Park. Their recent profile in The Atlantic chronicles the company’s unexpected rise in the field of contemporary dance and the challenges they still face.

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Sydney Dolan practices her Dewdrop solo (Photo: Scott Serio, Dance Magazine)

How a Pennsylvania Ballet Apprentice Landed a Principal Role in The Nutcracker

At just 16 years old, Pennsylvania Ballet apprentice Sydney Dolan is having a Nutcracker season she’ll never forget after being cast as the Dewdrop Fairy in the annual production.

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New Episodes of Offstage + Unbound™ Podcast

Enjoy two new Nutcracker-themed episodes of Offstage + Unbound™, The Music Center podcast. Rachel Moore chats with Lourdes Lopez, artistic director of Miami City Ballet, and Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Designers of Miami City Ballet’s new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

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