Marin Ballet Presents a 50th Anniversary Reunion Performance


Alumni dancers John Lam, Robin Cornwell, Josie Garthwaite Sadan, Jessica Wagner, and Mila Lavoie return to Marin Ballet to perform in works by Ronn Guidi, Julia Adam, Val Caniparoli, Robert Moses, Robert Sund & Robert Dekkers

Marin Ballet, a premier classical ballet training center based in San Rafael, CA, is pleased to announce the program for its 50th Anniversary Reunion Performance, April 13, 2013. Since its founding in 1963, Marin Ballet has been a leader in promoting the art of dance, in providing exceptional dance training, and in nurturing career-aspiring and recreational dancers alike.

A celebration of the past, present and future, the 50th Anniversary Reunion Performance features current Marin Ballet students performing alongside professional dancers who studied at Marin Ballet. The evening’s program features new works by established choreographers and the return of some favorite works from Marin Ballet’s archives.

“We feel very proud and fortunate to celebrate a milestone anniversary,” says Marin Ballet Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas. “Marin Ballet has grown a tremendous amount over the last 50 years creating outstanding dance training for the next generation of professional dancers, as well as a strong sense of community and an appreciation for the arts.”

Among the dancers returning to Marin Ballet for this special evening are Boston Ballet’s John Lam, who will perform a solo by choreographer Val Caniparoli; Smuin Ballet’s Robin Cornwell who will dance in a solo choreographed by Robert Sund; and Robert Moses’ Kin’s Josie Garthwaite Sadanwho performs a new solo by Robert Moses.

The program includes a remount of Trois Gymnopedies, Ronn Guidi’s work set to music by Erik Satie. Trois Gymnopedies was first set on Marin Ballet in 1967, and was then performed by Marin Ballet’s current Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas. This performance will feature alumnae Mila Lavoie of the Sacramento Ballet and Jessica Wagner, who dances with the dawson/wallace DANCE project, as well as Travis Bradley of Memphis Ballet.

Students from Marin Ballet will also perform new works by Robert Dekkers and Casey Thorne, a remount of Amy London’s Pardoname Signore Green, and an excerpt from George Balanchine’s Raymonda.

The second half of the program features Julia Adam’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a work she created for Marin Ballet in 2003 (Adam has created four full works for Marin Ballet, including Where’s George? in 1996, Butterfly’s Day Out in 1997 and most recently, Nutcracker). Adam’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature students from Marin Ballet performing alongside guest artists Pierre-François Vilanoba, a principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, as well as John Speed Orr andJonathan Mangosing, both of whom dance with Smuin Ballet.

The evening will also feature an Archival Display focused on Marin Ballet’s earliest years – featuring photos, playbills, costumes, and memories of Marin Ballet’s founding era.

Founded in 1963 by Leona Norman and now under the artistic leadership of Cynthia Lucas, Marin Ballet is nationally recognized for preparing young dancers to succeed and instilling in its students a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Students who have trained at Marin Ballet have gone on to perform or choreograph for such renowned companies as San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet, among others.

Recent alumni include San Francisco Ballet’s Alexandra McCullagh, Shane Wuerthner and Joanna Berman (retired), Boston Ballet’s John Lam, Dutch National Ballet’s Elaine O’Malley (retired), Ballet West’s Silver Barkes (retired), Smuin Ballet’s Robin Cornwell, Olivia Ramsay (retired), and Amy London (retired), Zurich Ballet’s Thomas Kendall, Diablo Ballet’s Hiromi Yamazaki, Washington Ballet’s Carly Wheaton, Robert Moses’ Kin’s Josie Garthwaite Sadan, and choreographer Edwaard Liang, who has created works for some of the world’s top ballet companies. Alumni from Marin Ballet have also gone on to pursue studies and careers in many other areas of the arts, and to serve their communities in a wide range of important fields.

About Marin Ballet

The mission of Marin Ballet is to provide excellent classical ballet training and education, and to promote the art of dance. Since its founding in 1963, the school has been a leader in promoting the art of dance in the community, where dancers not only receive excellent classical ballet instruction, but enjoy a spirit of camaraderie and a feeling of belonging to the larger dance community as well. Marin Ballet currently serves approximately 350 youths per year and more than 150 adults in a diverse schedule of more than 75 classes per week. Classes range from pre-ballet for 3 year olds who are just starting to explore movement to advanced ballet for aspiring professional dancers. Marin Ballet also offers fun, challenging classes for the adult amateur. Marin Ballet’s Scholarship Assistance programs, which benefit from long-standing partnerships with service agencies and local schools, support the training needs of approximately 36 percent of its students. Marin Ballet is a school that is known nationally as an organization that can as successfully prepare young students to succeed in the dance profession as it can instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts in all of its students, whether they go on to pursue a professional dance career or not.

About Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas

Cynthia Lucas was born in San Rafael and received her ballet training from Leona Norman at Marin Ballet. Ms. Lucas joined the National Ballet of Canada in 1972 and was widely recognized as a dramatic ballerina during her stellar 18-year performance career. She became Ballet Mistress of that same company in 1989 and was promoted to Principal Ballet Mistress in 1996. After 26 years with the National Ballet of Canada, Ms. Lucas was appointed Marin Ballet School Director in 1998 and promoted to Artistic Director in 2000.





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