By Lisa Paredes
The Red Chair School of Performing Arts, formerly located on Magnolia Blvd., has opened the doors of its new, 3000 square foot space on Winona Ave. in northwest Burbank, and taken on the moniker of RC Dance Center. RC Dance Center continues to offer the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) curriculum, pre-school dance programs, commercial dance programs like tap, jazz and hip hop, a theatre program and adult programs including yoga and ballet.
Founded in 2005, The Red Chair began as a full performing arts facility and became affiliated with ABT in New York. Now, as RC Dance Center, it is the only school in Los Angeles to follow the high quality dance curriculum of the ABT. The same staff and family-friendly environment continue to be hallmarks of the company, while housed in a new, state-of-the-art space.
Open auditions for the yearly production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” for ages 5 – 21 will be held at RC Dance Center on September 21 and 22. Male and female leads audition on Saturday, September 21. On Sunday the 22nd, callbacks for lead roles and auditions for Clara and the supporting cast will be held.
“RC Dance Center is honored to support Red Chair Children’s Production Company with a fundraising Dance Week!” comments Jennifer Bosco, Artistic Director and a teacher at the studio. “As a grass-roots program ourselves we believe in creating positive opportunities for children and young adults to shine and express themselves through the arts.”
The Red Chair Children’s Production Company, a 501 c3 organization that RC Dance Center supports through studio use and choreography, continues to present the annual “Nutcracker,” the spring dance showcase and musical theatre productions.
“RC Dance Center is proud to collaborate with the Red Chair Children’s Production Company for their 2013 performance of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” Ms. Bosco continues. “Creating and supporting such a positive, community-centered program keeps us focused on what truly matters in life, which is gratitude, love and family.”
A fundraising event will be held the week of September 16 – 21, as the studio offers many classes for a nominal $2 per class, with all proceeds benefiting the upcoming “Nutcracker” production, which will be held on December 6-8, 2013. For a list of offered classes, visit www.redchairproduction.org. The $2 per class special applies to a variety of classes, from adult yoga and ballet, to mommy and me and preschool classes, to beginning ballet, tap and jazz, and includes contemporary dance and acting classes.