Saturday, December 5, 2009

On behalf of all of us at The Performing Arts Center, I would like to welcome you to our second annual presentation of “The Gift” here at The Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. Thank you for taking time from your busy holiday schedules to be with us. And while on the subject; a special thank you to our friend, Tony Award Winning Actor Jay Johnson, who is graciously hosting our shows again this year. It is also his art that provides the design for the cover of our program. As is true for so many of you, I have no words to express our appreciation for his friendship and constant support. Before we begin today’s festivities, I have some exciting news to share.  Based on a brilliant idea from renowned dance educator, Joe Tremaine and the
National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, The Performing Arts Center has been chosen as one of only five studios in the country to institute a pilot program entitled, “Dance Power.” Its purpose is to enable seriously ill children and their siblings a chance to experience the energy and excitement of dance while restoring a sense of balance to the mind, body and spirit. We are so proud to be a part of what we are sure will become a national movement in our dance community to help these children regain a sense of control over their lives as they battle cancer, leukemia, and other blood disorders. I am sure that what we learn from these remarkable young people and their families will be much more than we could ever give to them. As the 13th Century Japanese philosopher Nichiren says, “ When you light a lantern for another, it will also brighten your own way.” I will look forward to sharing the progress of this amazing program with you all.

While it seems that each year has it’s own set of challenges, the constant strain of the California economy has filled all of our lives with additional complications. It is under these difficult circumstances that the parents of The Performing Arts Center have continued to make sure that their dancers and singers continue to have an opportunity to express themselves through art. They are each to be deeply commended. It is our sincere wish, as it is with each of our performances, that our show will refresh and inspire you in some way. As will be forever so, “The Gift” is dedicated to the memory of Jessica Rawles. May her many “gifts” be an endless source of our inspiration. May your holiday season be filled with your every wish and desire.

Nanci Hammond
Artistic Director

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Dance Power at The Performing Arts Center

Introducing a new and wonderful program: DANCE POWER!

Dance Power, which was created by Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions in partnership with the National Children's Leukemia Foundation (NCLF), uses the medium of dance to bring glowing smiles to the faces of children diagnosed with cancer and leukemia.  Dance Power gives these children an opportunity - one day per week - to forget about their illness and just be "kids".  During Dance Power classes children are taught (simplified) dance routines, plus meditation and breathing exercises that help them feel calm, focused and empowered.  Dance Power also gives young dancers (peer mentors) an opportunity to give back to their communities by sharing their love of dance with children facing tremendous challenges.

Contact The Performing Arts Center for class schedules:  (818)779-0428 

~Joseph Malone
The Performing Arts Center

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Attention Summer Intensive Dancers

We hope that this letter finds you and your families well. As the time for our first ever, “ Summer Intensive” approaches, we wanted to take a minute and make sure that you had the schedule, directions and an idea of what to prepare. We will be meeting at The Performing Arts Center / Annex (please see map) on Sunday, July 11 at 12 noon . We will be discussing the week’s events then, so please be punctual.

We are very excited about our teaching staff. Along with Jackie, Dave and myself, we have the following teachers scheduled to teach;

As you see, you will be taking classes in many different styles of dance. Please bring the appropriate dance attire ie: tights and ballet slippers , jazz pants and jazz shoes, tap shoes, heels for the girls (if you have them), etc. ...... Don’t forget your swim suit.

Regarding meals; please make your own arrangements for lunch and dinner as meals will not be provided. The exception, of course, will be the B.B.Q. on Friday.  It is going to be a great week of dance. We are very excited that you are coming! We are looking forward to getting to work with you. It is our determination that when you leave the “Summer Intensive” you will have grown as a person as well as an artist .

Until July 11th then,
Joseph Malone
The Performing Arts Center: Artistic Director On behalf of : Jackie Sleight and Dave Carter : L .A . Dance Magic : Artistic Directors