Archives for December 6, 2017

LA Youth Ballet Presents Nutcracker Dec. 22 & 23, at Alex Theatre 13-Year-Old Youth America Grand Prix Winner and Rising Dance Star Darrion Sellman is Nutcracker

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Los Angeles Youth Ballet presents the world premiere of a new production of The Nutcracker by award-winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez starring Joffrey Ballet principal dancers Jeraldine Mendoza (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Dylan Gutierrez (Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier) in three performances, Friday, December 22, 7 pm, and Saturday, December 23, 2 pm and 7 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.  Adding to the rich compendium of this beloved holiday tradition, Paris-Gutierrez’s new youth-inspired version of the two-act ballet, featuring Tchaikovsky’s quintessential score, includes traditional influences as well as Paris-Gutierrez’s distinctive point of view as the Artistic Director of the lauded LA Youth Ballet and an experienced mentor of young dancers.  Darrion Sellman, a 13-year-old rising dance star who moved from Virginia to Los Angeles specifically to train with Paris-Gutierrez and LA Youth Ballet, is cast as the Nutcracker.  Annie Bernstein and Jana Teruel alternate in the role of Clara; Malcolm McLaurin Takumi and Marcel Ramirez alternate in the role of as Fritz, Clara’s brother.  Children and parents at the party, soldiers, Mouse King, mice, snowflakes, flowers and dolls are performed by more than 75 accomplished dancers of LA Youth Ballet.  St. Mel School Children’s Choir, led by Director Susie Penney, provides live vocals for the performances.

Mendoza and Gutierrez – who bring to their roles exceptional artistry and emotional depth – appear courtesy of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet.  Mendoza is hailed for dancing that is “always masterfully-rendered” (California Review), and Gutierrez is lauded for his “powerful solos,”(Chicago Tribune).  LA Youth Ballet, the premier ensemble of the Los Angeles Ballet Academy, is an advanced pre-professional student ensemble for accomplished classical dancers ages 13-19.  Many of its alumni have garnered numerous awards and have gone on to professional careers with some of the world’s leading ballet companies and musical theatre productions around the country.

Tickets start at $25 and are available through the Alex Theatre Box Office 818.243.2539 or  The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203.


Friday, December 22, 7 pm

Saturday, December 23, 2 pm

Saturday, December 23, 7 pm


Alex Theatre

216 North Brand Boulevard

Glendale CA 91203

Tickets start at $25

Tickets available through Alex Theatre Box Office

818 243 2539


Credit: Los Angeles Youth Ballet.

Happy Holidays from Stuck On You!…Introducing Stuck On You iMessage Holiday Stickers TIRED OF BULK SNAIL MAIL-OUTS OR TACKY IMPERSONAL E-CARDS? Stuck On You launch iMessage Holiday Stickers

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Introducing the coolest iMessage Holiday Sticker Pack from Stuck On You!

Tired of bulk snail mail-outs or tacky and impersonal e-cards?

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Our clever stickers operate on iOS 11, allowing you to share Yuletide fun with friends and family around the world. Simply download it for free on the iMessage App Store and you’re ready to go!

The stickers are super easy to use. You can resize, use multiple stickers and add stickers on messages and photos that have already been sent.

Here are some ideas for how you can use the stickers.

  • Add devil horns to your angelic kids, or angel wings to your devilish kids.
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The sky’s the limit for your imagination. These fun alternatives to old-fashioned Christmas cards are the perfect way to personalize your messages over the festive season and give your loved ones a laugh or three!

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Sally Hansen for the Holidays!

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.