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Anaheim International Dance Festival Takes Shape

Maria Kochetkova

By Michael Buss, 2013-07-20

The Fourth International Dance Festival, organized by the Anaheim Ballet, will be here in early August – 9-11th. From the very first year of the festival I have become a devoted fan. Like so many others (including Mayor Tom Tait) I had wondered why I should go and watch the ballet. But having been there, I then understood why. There can be few artists who are as finely trained and tuned as ballet dancers. Their athleticism and strength is breathtaking. Then give them great choreography set to wonderful music and we ordinary mortals can only wonder how the human body can perform with such grace and beauty. Ballet is frequently deeply moving and sometimes very funny. There is no part of this Festival that I will miss. My recommendation is that you find the time to attend at least one event.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect as released by Anaheim Ballet. The time and place details are on the Anaheim Arts Calendar – which will open up when you click the links.

The Fourth Annual Anaheim International Dance Festival (AIDF) returns featuring its renowned one-night-only star-studded Gala, dance film screening, and Stars of Tomorrow performance and workshops.

The AIDF Gala Performance August 10th features San Francisco Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova, Taras Domitro and other renowned classical and contemporary dancers. The legendary Jacques d'Amboise will be honored live and guest speakers for the evening include Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and California Arts Council Chair, Wylie Aitken. Time, Place, Tickets

August 9th features MGM’s classic, Seven Brides forSeven Brothers in a free screening.
Jacques d'Amboise
This event will feature a rare Q&A opportunity with star of the original film, and New York City Ballet dance legend, Jacques d'Amboise. Time, Place, Tickets

The exciting Stars of Tomorrow performance August 11th continues to showcase the up-and-coming standouts of the ballet world. Winners from the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix and LA Music Center Spotlight Awards will perform along with standouts from Southern California, the hotbed of dance talent. Invited dancers will also be treated to workshops with representatives from leading dance organizations. Time, Place, Tickets

In addition, AIDF presents a month-long exhibit at the Anaheim MUZEO featuring dance artifacts and spotlighting dance legend, and AIDF 2013 Honoree, Jacques d'Amboise.

Here is a video compilation of great moment from the 2012 AIDF. This will whet your appetite!



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