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Pink tights & pink shoes
Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet - White leotard
Ballet 1 - Pink leotard
Ballet 2 - Light Blue leotard
Ballet 3 - Maroon leotard
Ballet 4 - Royal Blue leotard
Ballet 5 - Navy Blue leotard
Ballet 6 - Black leotard
Advanced 5/6 girls are allowed a
free day on Saturdays, any solid color leotard
however pink tights are mandatory.
Dr. Alan Strizak, Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine 949-582-5934
Dr. George J. Maraczi, Podiatrist 949-495-2506
Dr. Jack R. Gianqiulio, Chiropractic Health 949-851-BACK (2225)
Thomas T. Haider, MD, Children's Spine Foundation
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RBA's Guest Artist's
David was born in Boston. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Ballet at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Allan was trained at the National Ballet School of Canada. He entered the National Ballet of Canada in 1974, where he was a Soloist from 1977-88, performing all over the world in ballets by Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, George Balanchine, Sir Frederic Ashton, John Cranko, Roland Petit, Sir Kenneth MacMillian, Anthony Tudor, and many others. He has choreographed over fifty ballets since 1983, eight of which were commissioned by the late Erik Bruhn for the repertoire of the National Ballet of Canada. He has many works in the repertoire's of such ballet companies as New York City Ballet, Ohkura Ballet of Tokyo, Italy's Rome Opera House, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Pacifica, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville, and Hartford Ballets as well as for opera, film, musicals, and television. He is the recipient of the 1989 Jean A. Chalmers Choreographic Award in Canada and the 1997 Choo-San Goh Award. He was he Associate Artistic Director of the California Riverside Ballet from 1991-1996. Mr. Allan has been a Guest Teacher/Ballet Master for San Francisco Ballet, London Rambert Dance Co., Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Basel Ballet of Switzerland, National Ballet de Lorraine in France, among others.
Mr. Allan's two works for the New York City Ballet have prompted such journalists as Anna Kisselgoff, of the New York Times to write, in 1992, for his ballet Reunions, that he is a "major talent". She added in 1994, "The least that can be said of Mr. Allan, as he shows in Pastoral Dances, is that he knows how to make a beautiful ballet". Pastoral Dances entered the repertoire of The Atlantic Ballet in the 1995/95 season and was performed in that year with the Seoul Ballet Theatre of Korea. Reunions entered the repertoire of Nashville Ballet in the Fall of 1999 and the ballet returned into the active repertoire in 200l.
In the summer of 1995, Mr. Allan was engaged by Director/Producer Paul Blake, of DFI Productions in Los Angeles, to choreograph a national U.S. tour of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. It starred Phyliss Diller, Georgia Engel and featured the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.
In November 1998, the University of California, Irvine, presented Mr. Allan's full length ballet Cinderella, the Gala event hosted by Prima Ballerina, Veronica Tennant performed by Guest Artists, Evelyn Cisneros and Stephen Legate of San Francisco Ballet.
Mr. Allan's 15 years as a Choreographer, as well as being the first evening length ballet produced in the Dance Department's histo¬ry. Mr. Allan has begun directing an International Exchange program between the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris and the University of California, Irvine, Dance Department.
Mr. Allan choreographed a new solo in March of 2000 for American Ballet Theatre's Ethan Stiefel, commissioned by William Gillespie; its world premiere was on March 12, 2000 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center accompanied by the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Alexander. Recently in March 21 of 2001, Mr. Allan premiered a new ballet Palladio for the Junior Ballet Classique of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris. A Paris magazine - Danse, Danse, Danse, states: Palladio is a light and lively piece to the 'Diamond Music' by composer Karl Jenkins. The second section, an adage with ample and free movement, revealed, through a rigorous construction, focused dancers who perfectly mastered all the subtlety of the choreography in complete osmosis with the musical score."
Stealing Time premiered with Ballet Pacifica on June 15, 2001 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Southern California. The headline in the Orange County Register was "Stealing Time, Steals the Show."
In the season 2002 Mr. Allan premiered a new work Dreams of Tenderness & Solitude for the Hong Kong Ballet. He remounted his 1992 production of Reunions for a new cast of dancers at New York City Ballet for the company's 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Diamond Project. The NY Times states; "Reunion is one of the best of the Diamond Project ballets."
Darci Kistler was born in Riverside, California, the youngest of five children and the only girl. Always athletic, Ms. Kistler enjoyed many sports, including skiing, waterskiing, swimming, tennis, football, and dirt biking, before she began studying ballet. At the age of 12 she began studying with Irina Kosmouska in Los Angeles, and that same year she attended a summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. Two years later, she received a full scholarship to SAB.
Ms. Kistler participated in two SAB Workshops. In the first, in 1979, she danced a principal role in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's HAYDN CONCERTO, choreographed especially for the Workshop, and danced the pas de deux by August Bournonville from the opera WILLIAM TELL, staged by Stanley Williams. In 1980, Ms. Kistler danced the principal role in George Balanchine's one-act SWAN LAKE. She prepared for the role by studying extensively with Alexandra Danilova.
Ms. Kistler joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in April 1980, was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1981, and became a Principal Dancer in 1982. She has danced leading roles in many Balanchine ballets, including AGON, APOLLO, BRAHMS-SCHOENBERG QUARTET, BUGAKU, CONCERTO BAROCCO, EPISODES, GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER™ (Dewdrop and Sugar Plum Fairy), "Diamonds" from JEWELS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, MONUMENTUM PRO GESUALDO, MOVEMENTS FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA, MOZARTIANA, ORPHEUS, PRODIGAL SON, ROBERT SCHUMANN'S "DAVIDSBÜNDLERTÄNZE," LA SONNAMBULA, SYLVIA PAS DE DEUX, SYMPHONY IN C (second movement), TZIGANE, UNION JACK, VARIATIONS POUR UNE PORTE ET UN SOUPIR, VIENNA WALTZES, WALPURGISNACHT BALLET, and WESTERN SYMPHONY. In addition, Ms. Kistler has danced leading roles in Jerome Robbins' IN G MAJOR and IN THE NIGHT, and Mr. Robbins created leading roles for her in ANDANTINO, GERSHWIN CONCERTO, and PICCOLO BALLETTO. Peter Martins created leading roles for her in ADAMS VIOLIN CONCERTO, BACH CONCERTO V, BURLESKE, THE CHAIRMAN DANCES, DELIGHT OF THE MUSES, GUIDE TO STRANGE PLACES, HARMONIELEHRE, MORGEN, the New York City Ballet premiere of OCTET, PIANO-RAG-MUSIC, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, STABAT MATER, SUITE FROM HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT, SYMPHONIC DANCES, SYMPHONY NO. 1, TĀLĀ GAISMA, THOU SWELL, TODO BUENOS AIRES, and VIVA VERDI. She has also danced a lead role in Mr. Martins' VALSE TRISTE. Additional principal roles created for Ms. Kistler include Ulysses Dove's RED ANGELS and Robert La Fosse's DANSES DE COUR.
Ms. Kistler has been seen on national television in PBS's "Dance In America" series in both the "WILLIAM TELL pas de deux" from BOURNONVILLE DANCES and in SERENADE, and the pas de deux from SWAN LAKE on the "Kennedy Center Honors" program as part of a tribute to Alexandra Danilova. She was also seen in PBS's "Dance In America" program of "The Balanchine Celebration." Ms. Kistler starred as the Sugarplum Fairy in the 1993 film version of New York City Ballet's production of GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER™. In May of 2002, Ms. Kistler appeared in the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography," dancing in THEM TWOS, and in May of 2004 she appeared in the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of "Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100," dancing in LIEBESLIEDER WALZER.
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Kistler has been a member of SAB's faculty since 1994. During the Winter Term, she teaches Intermediate and Advanced Girls technique and variations classes. She is also a member of the Summer Course faculty.
ALAN M. STRIZAK, M.D.
Dr. Alan Strizak is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, and with special interest in dance. Dr. Strizak’s professional sports medicine experience includes stints as a team physician or consultant for the New York Rangers (ice hockey), New York Knicks (basketball), New York Jets (football), New York Cosmos (soccer), and New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox (baseball). His extremely diverse experience in amateur sports includes assignments with United States Olympic athletes in Cycling, Boxing, Gymnastics, Athletics (“Track and Field”), Wrestling, Basketball, Field Hockey, and Softball, at events the range from the World University Games to the Goodwill Games to the Olympic Games themselves. During his training in New York, Dr, Strizak worked with world-renowned New York City Ballet “house” orthopedist Dr, William Hamilton and has even taught the dance medicine course at California State University, Long Beach. However, Dr. Strizak says his favorite ongoing “dance role” is his “supportive” role with the artists, performers, and instructors of Riverside Ballet.
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