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Luminario Ballet on the road in April --here we are "just hanging around"

waiting to go on at the PGK Dance on the Edge Festival, San Diego Artwalk.




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FLORENCE BOWER was a Voice Coach at AMDA NYC (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) for decades. Her love for dance in all forms, from Broadway to Opera to Martha Graham spread to all who knew her.

Dinner and dance in honor of the Luminario Ballet

The Luminario Ballet celebrated its third season Sunday with cocktails, dinner and a dance performance at its new studio in Los Angeles.  

"This makes us a resident company now," said company founder and managing director, Judith Flex Helle. "It's going to take some getting used to." The rehearsal space came courtesy of Steve Yablok, owner of the property and adjacent nightclub, Cafe-Club Fais Do-Do.

"They gave me a great deal," Yablok said. "On a daily basis, there are incredible, beautiful dancers here who bring grace and light into my world. To think, there's classical dance on Adams Boulevard -- it's a small miracle."

Former New York City Ballet principal Carrie Lee Riggins joined the party as a special guest. Fresh from appearing in "Black Swan" as one of Natalie Portman's dance doubles, she performed "Essays on Recovery Over/Under," a solo created for her by Jamal Story about her recent experiences with love.

The evening's other dances were "Luminate" by Josie Walsh, honoring her mother's passing, and "Lift Ticket," which Flex Helle choreographed, combining modern and classic ballet techniques with aerials. "Two Preludes for Piano and Violin," composed by Ricardo Veiga, rounded out the program with Veiga on piano and Manoela Wunder on violin.

Who else attended? Marat Daukayev, former principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet; Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the L.A. Phil; performance artist John Fleck, L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti; Bernard Philippe and Francois Chouchan of Le Salon des Musiques; and Mary Lewis, Grant Barnes and Dora Breece of the L.A .Philanthropic Committee for the Arts.

-- Ellen Olivier


Photos: Marcuss O'Brian with Art Projections by Paul Ackerman

And, Scott Belding


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Luminario Ballet thanks our rehearsal space donors, Steve Yabok of Faisdodo and David Sukonick of Sukonick Concert Hall,

who have provided a beautiful and huge studio for our rehearsals.