Artistic Director

Aerin Holt

Please see additional information Aerin Holt’s Biography
Groomed as a choreographer by her teachers, Aerin is an award-winning, international choreographer specializing in works for theatrical events, stage productions, competitions and full length ballets. Ms. Holt’s versatile choreography ranges from classical ballet, contemporary ballet and modern dance, neo classical and jazz styles. Her choreography has been seen in Europe as well as the U.S. She is the Artistic Director of California Contemporary Ballet, a company which she founded and has lead for the past 20 years.

A short list of Aerin’s choreography works include:

THE LEGEND OF JACK FROST (Will premire as a full-scale ballet on Dec 20 and 21, 2014 with originally composed music by Dwight B. Mikklesen).

THUMBELINA (A full-scale 2 hour ballet premired in June 2013 at Glendale Community College) With music composed by Dwight B. Mikkelsen.
The story by Hans Christian Andersen was a childhood favorite and Ms. Holt endevoured to produced it with the challenge of creating a fairy-like perspective. Wtih set pieces of huge flowers and toadstools etc, that were constructed and donated, backdrops that were created and designed per Ms. Holt’s request, the ballet was a great success with standing ovations. The ballet was performed again in 2014 and is still in the CCB repertory to be performed again in the future.

TREMELLED (Premired at Kenneth Walker Festival 2012)
A contemporary dance pas de duex. A giant net surounds the dancers who are trapped or otherwise learning to cope and accept their new boundaries.

SAUDADE- (Premier at California DanceArts -Dance Street Theatre 2011)
Pronounced Sow-da-jee: a Portuguese word which describes a deep nostalgic longing or loss for experiences that once brought excitements as well being, which now triggers the senses and makes on live again.

CHEATING, LYING, STEALING – (Premier at Glendale Community College 2010.)
As part of CCBallet’s series working with the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang. Filmed in the summer of 2009 by Dyron Pacheco. Ms. Holt’s choreography explores human nature as it relates to current relationships in world business and political affairs.

PIERCED – (Premier at Glendale Community College 2010) As part of CCBallet’s series working with the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang. Filmed in the summer of 2009 by Dyron Pacheco. Ms. Holt’s choreography explores the qualities and motion relating to acts of piercing through body modification, piercing as self sacrifice and emotional piercing- as in pierced thru the heart.

PREDEA – (Premier at Glendale Community College 2010) The hunted and the hunters co-exist. Music composed by Janet Hay. Filmed in the summer of 2009 by Dyron Pacheco.

QUINTESSENCE – A duet based on a study of an extraordinary energy field that pushes and disperses particles away from one another while, at the same time, pulling forces together and overpowering gravity.

Nominated for a Lester Horton Award (2010)
Alex Theatre for Celebrate Dance Festival (L.A. Premier March 2009)
California DanceArts Studio Theater Ca. (June 2008)

BLIND JOURNEY– a haunting surrealistic journey
Pasadena Civic Auditorium at Pasadena Dance Festival (Segments -February 2009)
Glendale Centre Theatre, Ca. (Re-choreographed for the Theater in the ‘Round- October 2007)
Janacek Conservatory, Czech Republic (Full Ballet Performed-August 2007)
California DanceArts Studio Theater Ca. (Premier June 2007)
El Portal Theater, Hollywood (Segments performed May 2007)

THE SNOW QUEEN – The story is adapted from Han Christian Andersen’s fairytale with music composed by Randall Michael Tobin. Ms. Holt created a full length contemporary ballet.
Glendale Community College (2000- presently performed annually)
Lanterman Theater, Los Angeles Ca. (Premier 1998, 1999)

BLUE PASSION FLOWER
El Portal Theater, Hollywood (March 2007)
Celebrity Center International, Hollywood Ca. (September 2006)
California DanceArts Studio Theater Ca.- As part of full production choreographed by Ms. Holt titled Several Shades of Blue ( Premier May 2006)

LAPIS LAZULI
El Portal Theater, Hollywood (March 2007)
California DanceArts Studio Theater Ca.- As part of a full production choreographed by Ms. Holt titled Several Shades of Blue ( Premier May 2006)

MIDNIGHT BLUE
Glendale Centre Theatre, Ca.( October 2007)
Celebrity Center International, Hollywood Ca. (March 2007)
California DanceArts Studio Theater Ca.- As part of full production choreographed by Ms. Holt titled Several Shades of Blue ( Premier May 2006)

ROMEO + JULIET – a contemporary rock ballet (Full Length Production)
Celebrity Center International, Hollywood Ca. (Segments performed -September 2006)
California DanceArts Studio Theater Ca. (Premiere Spring 2004 & by demand 2005)

LIFETIMES – A full length ballet exploring the concept of life after death.
California DanceArts Theater- (Premier spring 2003)

VOICES OF THE FUTURE – a collection of dances depicting moral and ethical issues confronting the youth of today. Performed by CCBallet’s Youth Company.
Miles Memorial Playhouse, Santa Monica Ca. (August 2002)
California DanceArts Theater- (Premier 2000 & by demand 2001)

Other notable works choreographed by Aerin Holt include a mini ballet of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, choreographed in 1996, as well as Faith for the World and Rodeo, both choreographed in 2000. Each of these ballets is still frequently revived for special occasions and engagements
Ms. Holt has been teaching classical ballet, contemporary ballet and modern dance for over 30 years.