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Long Beach Ballet
1122 E. Wardlow Road
The Long Beach Ballet was born from the Audrey Share School of Dance 1n 1981. Miss Share, immigrating to America from England, settled in Long Beach with her husband in 1956 and for 25 years owned and operated the very first Royal Academy ballet school in
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Nutcracker Ballet - Nutcracker Ballet Performances in Southern California
The Long Beach Ballet's Artistic Director, David Wilcox, pulled out all the stops for the 33rd production of the classical tale.
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For clarification, The Los Angeles Classical Ballet was founded and directed by Long Beach Ballet's artistic director David Wilcox in 1983.
David Wilcox, Artistic Director
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, David Wilcox began studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at the age of eleven.
Having successfully completed all exams through the Advanced level, he continued his studies in London and at the age of nineteen began his professional career in Germany.
He spent seven years dancing with the Berlin Ballet, the Nuremberg Ballet and the Heidelberg Ballet.
Returning home in 1978, he co-founded Long Beach Ballet and formed a professional company which became Southern California's most successful ballet company for 15 years.
Mr. Wilcox has coached several of his students for international ballet competitions and many have gone on to join such companies as San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and others.
Over the past several years he has produced and directed eight ballet tours to Asia and has staged three full-length ballets for the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou, China: The Nutcracker, La Bayadere and Cinderella.
He is a prolific choreographer and has created numerous full-length ballets for the school and the company.
He lives with his wife and daughters in Long Beach.
Ms. Englert began her training with Audrey Share at the age of five and continued her training with David Wilcox at Long Beach Ballet Arts Center.
L-R Shani Englert and David ...
L-R Shani Englert and David Wilcox, Artistic Director, working with Jordan DePina a 17 year old ballerina selected as one of the 40 dancers out of 7,000 from around the world, to perform at Lincoln Center earlier this month.
I saw her like this one day, and shes doing the quintessential role for a ballerina and shes not even out of high school, said David Wilcox, Long Beach Ballets founder and artistic director, referring to 17-year-old Jordan DePina.
Its a really big production, Wilcox
Next to our Nutcracker, which is really well-known in Long Beach, its going to be the biggest and best thing weve ever done.
It also will be bittersweet for Wilcox
remembers meeting a shy little girl who didnt speak much during her
first couple of years at the school.
knew right away that she
was made for ballet.
During the first class he
quickly noticed her
naturally hyper-extended legs, which curve slightly back at the knees past the calf and thigh muscles and help with flexibility.
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David Wilcox, director of the Long Beach Ballet, has long-time ties to the Classical Ballet in Guangzhou and organizes trips every year.