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Santa Monica dancers, along with dancers from Glendale, Beverly Hills, and Orange County will perform with the 12 Annual The Snow Queen Ballet, DECEMBER 18-20, 2009

The 12th annual presentation of a holiday tradition will delight audiences for three days at Glendale Community College’s Performance Art Theater, in Glendale. The Hans Christian Anderson fantasy where good prevails with the uplifting story of a little girl named Gerda who saves her friend Kai from an evil spell.

It is a lovely performance of the winter-themed fairy tale, put on by the professional, non-profit dance company, the California Contemporary Ballet. Erin Holt is the company’s Artistic Director and choreographer. The ballet features state of the art lighting and set design. All of the costumes have been hand-sewn, and the dancers are accompanied by an original musical score composed by Randall Michael Tobin.

The professional principal cast will be accompanied by the California Contemporary Youth Ballet. Joining them, will be Czech Republic dance star, Filip Stanek, a graduate of the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava. He has returned for the third season to dance with the company.

In an effort to continue the encouragement of young dancers in their pursuits toward a career in dance, CCBallet continues to establish a youth division within its organization, California Contemporary Youth Ballet, consisting of career motivated pre-professionals, will appear in supporting roles along-side the company’s professional principal cast in the Snow Queen ballet.

Says Holt, “We always wanted to offer a refreshing holiday presentation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen versus the standard Nutcracker fare. We finally feel that we have developed a technically strong and dramatic professional ballet company that can tell the story full of winter-time fantasy combining both the light and sometimes dark aspects of the tale.”

For three days, Friday through Sunday, December 18 -20, 2009, the CCB will perform at the Glendale Community College’s theater, located at its Performing Arts Theater, 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale CA. 91208. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on December 18 and 19 and matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and $30 for adults and $25 for students at the door. For tickets or information, call 818-790-7924 or visit online or

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