Voted Glendale's best dance instructor in 2011 by readers of the Glendale News-Press, Eva Mikos has experienced a lot in her nearly three-decade teaching career. Early on in her teacher training, she met the man who would become her husband of almost 40 years. Several competitions later, the two of them taught dance techniques to Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who soon began delivering her opinions through spirited ballroom routines. But perhaps her best experiences have been with ordinary people—shy students who gain self-confidence, couples who rekindle romance through a new hobby, and individuals who discover an exhilarating new exercise method. Eva helps students discover all of these benefits through the variety of social and competitive dance classes at Glendale Dance Center, which range from formal styles such as tango and waltz to the looser techniques of salsa, swing, and country.
New Wave LA is a multi-date, multi-venue event that encompasses four original works. Pick up a ticket to each of the performances to experience the whole kit and caboodle. The tickets will be in the D-level seating area of each venue and will be issued in e-ticket fashion prior to the show. The Los Angeles Ballet is a group of two dozen gazelle-esque dancers who fling themselves across genres and around the stage like marionettes controlled by heartstrings. See this renowned company move to the body music of the latest, greatest, and most unexpected choreography from LA's own Josie Walsh, plus Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance fame.
The owners of Actor's Angle know how important and nerve-racking auditioning can be, which is why they help seasoned and up-and-coming actors alike build relationships with casting directors during private workshops. After rehearsing a TV or film scene of their choice with a reader, actors perform one-on-one for the casting director, who offers feedback and answers questions about their office. Afterwards, actors receives an evaluation sheet and a private link to their videotaped performance ready for critiques with agents and acting coaches. They also receive an email with information about their casting director, including current projects and contact info. Actors also get a follow-up email with information about the casting director, including current projects and contact info. Taken together, these tools help actors forge long-lasting industry relationships and spark networking opportunities regardless of experience level.
In the intimate confines of Atwater Playhouse, a new 45-seat theater, acting teachers impart the skills behind not acting. Most commonly known as method acting, their style hinges on actually feeling a character's emotions, rather than simply mimicking them. This immersive approach, used by greats such as Meryl Streep and Al Pacino, has landed students roles in productions such as The Dark Knight Rises, Drive, and Weeds.
The 60-piece Symphony in the Glen performs a collection of frightening favorites during EEK! at The Greek, a celebration of Halloween-inspired music and The Greek Theatre's 80th anniversary. Classically trained musicians crescendo through a spooky catalog of songs, including the themes from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein also leads the musicians through a debut of his own ghoulish composition accompanied by a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Other horrific highlights include "Danse Macabre" and Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain," a composition notorious for haunting the dreams of Rogaine salesmen across the globe.
Knightsbridge Theatre's talented cadre of thespians presents a schedule of lovingly crafted stagings of classic theatrical texts in an intimate, newly restored theater. Five- and 10-seat subscriptions allow patrons to use their seats any way they like, bringing along a mass of friends for one show or sitting on a friend’s shoulders and plopping down into a single seat, or gifting tickets to a friend, family member, or favorite landscaper. Upcoming shows include Steel Magnolias, the original musical comedy Bergeracky, Rostand's comical French romance Cyrano De Bergerac and the medieval tale of intrigue The Lion in Winter. Shows take place in a renovated 1920s silent-movie house that contains just 99 seats, creating an intimate atmosphere that allows actors to connect to the audience without the use of duct tape.