California Contemporary Ballet (CCBallet), Established in 1997, as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company, by Aerin Holt, the company’s visionary choreographer and Artistic Director. CCBallet is one of Southern California’s burgeoning dance companies featuring Holt’s unique choreography blend of classical, contemporary and theatrical dance works. The professional company of athletic ballet dancers, modern dancers, gymnasts and aerialists and deliever powerful, emotional performances. The company often presents the works of original music by guest and resident composers, costume designers, theater lighting designers and guest talent. CCBallet provides its dancers with the opportunity to perform an exciting repertoire of innovative and original dance projects performed in concerts, theater and festivals throughout Southern California.
Video and photo of CCBallet’s “Quintessence”
Photo by Tim Agler
CCB has developed three elaborately produced full-scale original ballets performed seasonally at Glendale Community College. Ms. Holt successfully integrates the company of career talent supported by pre-professional youth that display a bouquet of talent. The ballets feature a collaboration of Holt’s choreography and resident composers. The Company’s signature ballet “Snow Queen”, composed by Randall Michael Tobin, has been performed for 17 consecutive seasons, since 1998, to standing ovations and sold out audiences. The Company has also enjoyed huge success with their Spring-time ballet, “Thumbelina”, and an alternative Winter production of “The Legend of Jack Frost”, both composed by Dwight Bernard Mikkelsen.
In 2007, the Company was invited to deliver their own concert which was performed internationally in the Czech Republic under the auspices of the Prague International ballet. Their success continued with invitations to be featured in concerts, theater and festivals throughout Southern California. The Company has been seen in special presentation at the Glendale Center Theater (The Theater In The Round), at the Celebrate Dance Festival performing at the Alex Theater as well as the Pasadena Civic Auditorium during a special presentation for the Pasadena Dance Festival as well as many other concerts and festivals. The company has been seen on KTLA Channel 5 in a featured presentation and has performed in multiple community events including special presentations at Descanso Gardens in La Canada.
Additionally, the dancers of CCB are often seen “Up Close and Personal” in their own intimate “Dance Street Theater” located at the studios of California DanceArts. The Dance Street Theater has proven to be an experimental lab for the company’s new innovations and projects that is presented to exclusive audiences.
The company was nominated for a 2009 Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance.
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California Contemporary Ballet has been successfully reviewed in the LA Times, “California Contemporary Ballet stands out” “Scores high marks”.
The Snow Queen – www.snowqueenballet.com
The Company’s annual signature ballet titled, “The Snow Queen”, is a delightful winter production starring the career members of California Contemporary Ballet (CCBallet), accompanied by the California Contemporary Youth Ballet (CCYBallet) and select dancers from the community, resulting in a cast of 60-70 dancers. Adapted for ballet from the classic children’s story written by Hans Christian Andersen, the production features the dramatic choreography of Aerin Holt which is performed to the beautiful original musical score composed by Randall Michael Tobin. The Company has been fortunate to establish Glendale Community College as its current home for the ballet and has become a community favorite for the holidays by offering the public a pleasant alternative to the numerous Nutcracker productions at reasonable ticket rates.
As credited by several online sources, Aerin Holt and Randal Michael Tobin may very well have created of the very first ballet of “The Snow Queen”. A new tradition was born in Glendale California and it continues its popularity throughout the Los Angeles communities. It is noted that several ballet companies all over the world have since forged versions of the ballet. The Snow Queen ballet as produced by CCBallet, has received constant attention in the media and sold-out shows since its beginnings. In 2009 The Los Angeles Times reported on California Contemporary Ballet’s “The Snow Queen” with a full feature article by Debra Levine who wrote:
“Holiday alternatives do exist for the imaginative ballet master.
One smart coach, Aerin Holt of California Contemporary Ballet, who grew up dancing “The Nutcracker,” decided she had had enough. Holt developed a vehicle that provides all-things-Nutty: an innocuous family outing, exposure to classical ballet for kids and a big-tent approach to casting. Only, it’s not the “Nutcracker.” It’s “The Snow Queen.” And she’s been doing it for 12 years. Adios Sugar Plum Fairy. Bienvenidos, er … Queeny.”
“Holt does December differently. Her project offers a “Nutcracker” alternative: her own creation inspired by Andersen’s set of seven tales about Gerda, a little girl who saves her best buddy, Kai, from an evil spell. The Snow Queen and a (nasty, spell-bearing) mirror gives the dance-drama its good-versus-evil moral dimension, making “The Snow Queen” fine family fodder”
In November 2002, California Contemporary Ballet was awarded a grant by the Hezlep Family Foundation of San Marino, California, providing for the purchase and restoration of costumes for the 2002 production of The Snow Queen. In addition, California Contemporary Ballet has been fortunate to received long turm support through unrestricted grants, each from the Time Warner Foundation during the 2000 through 2012 calendar years. An unrestricted Grant was awarded to California Contemporary Ballet by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission supporting the company’s 2009 and 2010 seasons. California Contemporary Ballet also continues to draw support from its generous Patrons of the Arts.