Los Angeles Ballet Gala

2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala, Beverly Hills, America - 21 April 2017

Sofia Carson, Bruno Tonioli, Nigel Lythgoe among dance-lovers at Los Angeles Ballet Gala

 

If there’s one thing guests at the April 21 Los Angeles Ballet Gala could agree on, it’s the importance of ballet — not just for all types of serious dancers, but also for the cultural life of the city.

“Ballet technique is like a dictionary,” said Bruno Tonioli, a judge on TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.” “If you don’t have a rich dictionary, you don’t have words, and if you don’t have words, you’re unable to express yourself. For any serious dancer, a knowledge of ballet is indispensable.”

2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala, Beverly Hills, America - 21 April 2017

“What’s really great is that we’ve been teaching [ballet] on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ” added show co-creator Nigel Lythgoe. “So now, the street kids are suddenly realizing how important it is. They are learning they can control far more with a strong core.”

Click here to read my entire story in the online fashion section of the Los Angeles Times and scroll down the page to see more pictures.

 

Top photo: Disney star Sofia Carson of “Descendants” chats with Bruno Tonioli of “Dancing With The Stars” at the 2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala  (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala, Beverly Hills, America - 21 April 2017

Second photo: From left, Los Angeles Ballet artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary with Nigel Lythgoe of  “So You Think You Can Dance” at the 2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

Third photo: Host Mark L. Walberg of “Antiques Roadshow” with co-chairs Kirsten Sarkisian, left, and Leslie Kavanaugh at the 2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala  (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

Fourth photo: Dancers Tigran Sargsyan and Laura Chachich perform excerpts from George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” at the 2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala  (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

Fifth photo: Dancers Julia Cinquemani and Laura Chachich perform excerpts from George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” at the 2017 Los Angeles Ballet Gala  (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

 

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Published Apr. 28, 2017 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA