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Toy Shoppe Xtreme

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Xtreme Movie Xperience

Xtreme Force Dance Company presents their annual Showcase at the Bankhead Theater. Don’t miss these award winning dancers perform some of the greatest dance routines in the Nation.

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Toy Shoppe Xtreme

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Xtreme Movie Xperience

Xtreme Force Dance Company presents their annual Showcase at the Bankhead Theater. Don’t miss these award winning dancers perform some of the greatest dance routines in the Nation.

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Toy Shoppe Xtreme

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Xtreme Movie Xperience

Xtreme Force Dance Company presents their annual Showcase at the Bankhead Theater. Don’t miss these award winning dancers perform some of the greatest dance routines in the Nation.

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Spring Rep 2018

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Classic and contemporary dance styles celebrate cultures from around the world in a colorful showcase that highlights classical ballet scenes from Don Quixote’s Spain, as well as a jazzy American Red White and Blue, the sleek tango of Argentina, an Irish fling, Mexican folklorico, African rhythms, stylized dances of Asia, and more. With live musical accompaniment by the Pleasanton Community Band, Spring REP will take you on an exhilarating journey around the globe!

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Spring Rep 2018

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Classic and contemporary dance styles celebrate cultures from around the world in a colorful showcase that highlights classical ballet scenes from Don Quixote’s Spain, as well as a jazzy American Red White and Blue, the sleek tango of Argentina, an Irish fling, Mexican folklorico, African rhythms, stylized dances of Asia, and more. With live musical accompaniment by the Pleasanton Community Band, Spring REP will take you on an exhilarating journey around the globe!

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BODYTRAFFIC

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Distinctive Contemporary Dance

Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch in 2013” and “Best of Culture” by The Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC has been instrumental in establishing Los Angeles as a center for contemporary dance. With their versatile repertoire and cutting-edge commissioned works, BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for engaging and inspiring both new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts. The company presents works by today’s most distinctive choreographic voices such as Kyle Abraham, Hofesh Shechter, Barak Marshall, Richard Siegal, Victor Quijada, and many others. BODYTRAFFIC has sold out prestigious venues throughout North America and toured internationally as part of the DanceMotion USA tour.

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Hispanic Heritage Day

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The Hispanic Heritage Day fiesta is a free family event celebrating Mexican culture and heritage. Come experience crafts, food, and cultural programs. The cultural program is led by Jose Samoza, Director of Folklrico Tlapalli Club.

The Mexican dances to be performed provide a glimpse into the culture of the region. Not only do the dancers express the rhythms of the music, but the vibrantly colored clothes and decorations they wear reflect their cultural traditions. Important themes, such as respect for and communion with nature, as well as religious motifs, are incorporated into the dances and costumes.

In addition to mariachi music, folk dances and songs, there will be displays of traditional art, artifacts, and clothing. A family-friendly event, there will also be book readings and free craft projects for children. Throughout the afternoon, authentic Mexican food will be available for sale. All activities will take place in front of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore.

 

Dance for a Difference

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Dance for a Difference brings together the dancers from Raising the Barre, Tiffany’s Dance Academy’s Professional Division and Con Danza in a dance performance to benefit Sunflower Hill. Our evening of professional and student performances will include artistry from every corner of dance.  From Tap to Ballet Variations and Jazz to Contemporary – there will be something for everyone.

Raising the Barre was founded in 2013 by Tiffany Henderson with the goal to provide Middle and High School aged students the opportunity to change their world through dance.  The program is based on 4 pillars of Character and Service – Leadership, Responsibility, Compassion and Confidence. Along with participation in community service projects, the students also attend seminars on etiquette and public speaking.

ConDanza began in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005, officially moving operations to Tucson, Arizona in 2009; and now, expanding their work to Livermore.  Their mission is to advocate for the art form of dance.  In addition, they continue to build on their vision – to enrich the cultural and educational fabric of Livermore – by establishing a semi-professional and professional level dance company.  Here, young, local dancers collaborate with professional dancers, choreographers and dance educators from around the country, to share contemporary and classical dance within our community and beyond.

Tiffany’s Dance Academy Professional Division was established in 2017 and aims to advance students’ artistic development through advanced training in ballet, modern and jazz technique. The program is designed for high school aged students with a strong background in the three disciplines. Our emphasis is on strong technique as a base from which to build expansive movement qualities and confident performance.  All of this takes place in an environment that’s exciting and inspiring to our dancers who improve not only technically but also grow artistically.

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Tri-Valley Star Watch!

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East Bay Times profiled two of our Tri-Valley Stars as they get ready for the event.  Read about what Dave Lewis and Juliette Goodrich are (and are not) doing in the six weeks leading up ot the show on May 12th HERE.

Paired with a professional dancer from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, each of the six local luminaries will practice for a week with their partners then take the stage to show off their talent and showmanship.

Who will win?  A city council member? A radio personality? A real estate agent? A former police office? An actor or actress? A star reporter? The author of a children’s book?  YOU DECIDE … The audience will join the panel of judges to choose the winner, so don’t miss this opportunity to be in on the voting and award the glittering prize.

Want to find out who will be on stage?  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CAST and then BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW.  You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Catapult’s Magic Shadows

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As Seen on “America’s Got Talent”!

Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform

Founded in 2009 by Adam Battelstein, Catapult soared to national recognition as a finalist on season eight of “America’s Got Talent” (watch it here) with their fascinating combination of shadow dance, storytelling and living sculpture.  Described by Northwest Indiana Times as “a contemporary twist to the ancient Chinese art of shadow theaters,” Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform. 

While their faces are rarely seen or recognized, the eight superb dancers of Catapult, five women and three men, are at the heart of the company’s imaginative and theatrical artistry. Many of them have worked together for years, bringing skills from their work in prestigious companies, Broadway performances, and on stages and festivals around the world. With carefully choreographed movements, they create shapes that shift and move seamlessly forming new images so quickly and smoothly, it is impossible to imagine how it was done or what will emerge next. Click here and watch Catapult in action.

Adam Battelstein sheds a little light on what actually happens behind the curtain at Catapult.

How did you start creating shadow dances?

I danced with Pilobolus for 19 years, as well as other companies such as MOMIX. I studied ballet and modern dance, but my true skill lay in my athleticism and a knack for slapstick which came from my acting training. I began choreographing this shadow technique with a team from Pilobolus. It brings together my dance, theater and English literature training, as well as a sense of shape and proportion I inherited from my mother who was a sculptor.

When you decide to create a new shadow, can you tell in advance how to do it?

I try to imagine how the bodies will fit together and draw some possibilities. It’s like mental Tetris, only with bodies! But much of the time I’m wrong or only half right, so we always have to experiment in the studio too.

What else do you use beside the dancers’ bodies?

We use a variety of costumes and props cut from cardboard or foam core. The backstage area literally looks like the wreckage after a tornado, but the dancers know where each bit is supposed to be and somehow they find their stuff even in the dark.

How do you prepare for the shows?

Shadow making is difficult and we go over trouble spots every day to fix any traffic problems or new issues. The dancers eat, relax and warm up before the show and there are rituals that have evolved too, such as coming together in a circle with hands in the middle. I don’t pretend to understand their magic but we all do them and don’t dare change them for fear of a jinx!

What will Livermore audiences see?

Every performance has a number of stories and each one has its own personality and style. For example, The Four Seasons, which is set to music from Vivaldi’s Concertos, is a series of magical transformations around images of each season.

Catapult captivates audiences with hundreds of shape transformations that convey a story through images, movement and music. Full of humor and emotion, their stories come together in a mesmerizing afternoon of entertainment that guarantees that those watching will never look at their own shadow in quite the same way again.

Catapult “Magic Shadows” Matinee — Perfect for Families
Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 pm

DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE SHOW LIVE!

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