Daily Archives: March 18, 2012

Legendary Joyce Rudolph Joins Staff of BurbankNBeyond

Joyce Rudolph

BurbankNBeyond is extremely happy to welcome Joyce Rudolph to our staff.  She now becomes the fifth member of the staff who was born and grew up in Burbank, giving BurbankNBeyond readers what they want most – local people who know Burbank.

Besides being born and raised in Burbank, Joyce graduated from Burbank High School, Class of 1973. She started at the Burbank Daily Review in 1975 while taking journalism classes at Valley College. She became features editor the summer after graduating from Cal State Northridge in 1978.

She wrote profiles about celebrities — Ron Howard and Debbie Reynolds–and community volunteers, as well as covered the major society events, like charity dinners and debutante balls.

Joyce remained a constant while the faces of editors changed and the paper evolved to twice a week and was tagged with a new name- Burbank Leader. In the 1980s she served as managing editor of the North Hollywood Weekly Review, a sub-product in the chain; was anchor of The Leader News Show on Sammons Public Access Cable Channel; and won first place in Lifestyle coverage for the Burbank Leader from the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.

Joyce Rudolph and Burbank Councilman Gary Bric, who also owns The Ramp, are both lifelong Burbank residents (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

She transferred to the Glendale News-Press in 1995 and remained features editor of both newspapers but added entertainment to her section, which continued to take home awards from CNPA. She retired in July 2011 and continues to write, publicize and volunteer for nonprofit agencies.

She had two major exclusives in her career. One was a commentary on the Women’s Council of Burbank failing to choose a Woman of the Year despite the high calibre women nominated, just because of an antiquated rule in the bylaws. The other was a news story on members of the Burbank Symphony who separated and started the Burbank Chamber Orchestra.

You will not only see Joyce’s stories, but she will start a new column, “Burbank’s Buzz”, which will feature all the things that make Burbank special.  You will also see Joyce as she hosts some of our video events also.

If you have a story idea for Joyce or just want to say HI, you can contact her at jrudolph@burbanknbeyond.com

Paul Maure

Andrei Tremaine, left, formerly of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with Paul Maure's daughter Gabriella Maure and grandson Elijah Maure, all of Burbank. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Ballet master Paul Maure, who danced throughout the world with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo during the 1940s, was remembered for his love of the dance, his smile and for being a kind and patient teacher during a celebration of his life on Sunday in Burbank.

A Burbank resident for about 20 years, Maure died on Jan. 19 in a Sierra Madre hospital. He was 86.

He and his wife, the late Andrea Karlsen, were directors of the International Ballet Studio in La Canada Flintridge and started the company Ballet des Arts in 1964.

The service was organized by Natasha Middleton, owner of Media City Dance in Burbank, where Maure had taught classes for the last 10 years.

Middleton touched on the importance of the legacy created by dancers of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, like Maure and her father Andrei Tremaine.

“If we didn’t have the Ballet Russe, we wouldn’t have the wonderful companies we have in the United States today,” she said.

The memorial drew about 100 dancers, students and friends to the recreation hall atop the Gangi building. Media City Dance makes its home on the first floor.

Daughter Gabriella Maure of Burbank, attending with her son Elijah, thanked people for coming and said she has created a Facebook for friends to post stories and photos from her father’s career.

“He loved ballet more than anything in the world, except for his grandson,” she said.

Former Ballet Russe dancers attending the service, in addition to Tremaine, were Patricia Peters-Doyle and Dorothy Matzie Wade.

Andrei Tremaine, right, formerly of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Helga Monson de Kansky, formerly of the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Tremaine has many memories of Maure on stage and off, especially one time when they took a job planting shrubs to make ends meet. Maure brought an ice chest of beer and it was a very hot day. Tremaine remembers they had only planted six shrubs and the beer was gone, but they still had seven more to plant.

“We shared many wonderful ballets, like ‘Swan Lake,’ but we were also artistic gardeners,” Tremaine quipped.

Helga Monson de Kansky said there was no better partner than Maure. They performed together with the company Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas from 1955 to 1960.

“Not only was he a dear friend and fun to be around, but he was also a lovely person,” she said.

Years later she was asked to perform with Maure in the first act of “Swan Lake.”

“I had three little girls by that time and was barely in shape,” she said. “Paul was my partner. He made anyone look great! If you missed a pirouette, no one would know it. He could get you out of every problem.”

Pianist Michael Roberts played several selections for the service including “I Love Paris in the Springtime” and “Can Can,” and his own composition “Magic Dancer.” Maure over the years had used many of Roberts’ original pieces in his class instruction.

Burbank Skateboarders Have A Chance to Show Their Stuff

Last Friday night, photographer Ross A. Benson stopped by the Burbank Skate Park as the Park & Recreation Dept.held their annual skate night.

Paz Ommaha Dressler 4 years old even had some quick moves that impressed everyone. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Surfing on concrete is a lot like water, it's all about good balance. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cowabungu Dude...Kai Yamasaki 9 year old was in the air most of the time. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kids from Burbank Music Academy preformed while kids skated and entertained parents.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Andrew Scott shows some moves at Burbank's Skate Park on Friday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mr. Mike Graceffo gives the kids and parents a little information prior to the contests that took place at Burbank's Skate Park Friday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)