SISTER CITIES: CANNES AND BEVERLY HILLS
The Luckine Dance Company of Cannes, France, performed in concert with the Beverly Hills High School's Dance Company '07, the Madrigal Singers and the Performing Arts Department in a free concert this past March.
Last April, the Beverly Hills High School's Advanced Dance Theater Group, Company '06, directed by Janet Roston, traveled to France under the auspices of the Beverly Hills-Cannes Sister City Program. In two performances for the Cannes community they shared the stage of the Theatre de La Licorne with local students who are members of the Luckine Dance Company. Two years before, The Madrigal Singers of BHHS also journeyed to Cannes and performed in concert
The Luckine Dance Company is composed of 20 dancers, some of whom are also vocalists, and range from 13 to 20 years of age. Luckine Pinel is the artistic director with an extensive career as a dancer/choreographer/instructor. Her Glamour Dance Studio in Cannes is a widely acclaimed training ground for French musical theater performers.
The concert will feature three dances from the Company '07: An entire company piece, La Noche Estrellada by Artistic Director Nicole Currie; Panic! At the Milonga, a gypsy tango-flavored dance by guest choreographer and alumni Laura Karlin; and Shades of Obsession by senior Mia Henley, which features music by Bach and Duke Ellington.
As an extra added attraction, the BHHS Performing Arts Department will preview its Spring Musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with choreography by Janet Roston.
The Company '06 was treated royally by their French hosts. In addition to sharing dance classes and socializing with their new friends; they were treated to side-trips to the medieval hilltop village of Eze, the island of St. Margurite and Monaco. They were also honored with a reception by civic leaders in the Cannes city hall. They welcome the chance to show their French counterparts an equally great time in this country.
As one might expect, these teenage performers are very excited to be coming to Beverly Hills. While they will have a performance to prepare for with several rehearsals, their hosts have made sure that ample time is available to enjoy the local attractions. The BH/Cannes Sister City Committee has an exciting week of activities lined up featuring excursions to Universal City Studios, Hollywood Blvd., Venice Beach, and the Playboy Mansion. Also planned is a walking tour of Beverly Hills and a reception at City Hall. Their dining experiences will include Lawry's The Prime Rib and a special farewell banquet with karaoke at Spark Woodfire Grill courtesy of owner Elizabeth Chait, whose daughter Zoe is a member of The Company '07.
The visitors from Cannes will also have an opportunity to share quality time with French language students at BHHS, arranged by Corinne Carlson, head of the Foreign Language Dept. Her son, Jesse, is a three-year member of the Company.
The moving force behind all of these wonderful cultural exchanges is Paul Kuperstein, Chairman of the Beverly Hills/Cannes Sister City Program. He has made sure that the many logistical details were taken care of to make these trips a tremendous success. He was supported in this effort by Company parents Allison Leggett and Liz Goldman; and by Nicole Currie, Janet Roston and Joel Pressman of BHHS.
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