Artistic director and founder of City Ballet of Los Angeles (CBLA), Robyn Gardenhire, is proud to announce the opening of a new satellite studio/school located in Ladera Heights to offer affordable classes for children from three to nine years of age. Classes will include Tiny-Tots, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, and Beginning Ballet as well as adult dance, Pilates, and yoga classes. Classes will be kept small for more individual attention. The new studio is located at 4745 West Slauson Avenue in Ladera Heights. Please visit www.CityBalletofLA.org, or call 323-292-1932, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, class schedules, fee, and grand opening specials.
Providing Los Angeles with its own ballet company unique and representative of its multicultural community, CBLA presents work that is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance theater, examining untraditional themes and blending music from all over the world. In keeping with the tradition of classical dance, CBLA preserves the standards of excellence in its presentation of art of dance and presents quality artistic programming and training to all dancers and audience members from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Under the artistic direction and founded by former American Ballet Theatre dancer and Los Angeles native Gardenhire, CBLA began as a school in 2000 and then as a professional company in 2001. CBLA has worked since its inception to become a dance institution of and for Los Angeles, offering training at low or no cost to children from the economically depressed Pico Union District, introducing ballet to thousands of elementary school students throughout Los Angeles, and developing a company that reflects the diversity of its city and bringing ballet to new audiences.
CBLA is a young and exciting Company that presents work that is classical in its foundation but pushes the limits of the body and mind, taking its audience on a journey of music dance and art that will have you always wanting more. CBLA has built a repertory of over fifteen Ballets, full length and rep, with music ranging from J.S. Bach to cutting edge Jazz. The dancers of the company are classically trained, athletes and from a range of different ethnic backgrounds.
Gardenhire has been influenced by the likes of Pina Bausch and George Balanchine and has choreographed over a dozen ballets for CBLA as well as other dance companies, film, television and theater. Gardenhire is a former member of Joffrey II, American Ballet Theater, Cleveland and Boston Ballet, Karol Armitage, and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project. CBLA is a nonprofit organization. The school and company have been awarded Durfee Foundation, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, and California Arts Council grants and have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine.