Company News 2015

Los Angeles Ballet Company News

October 2015

LAB Dancers Featured in Los Angeles Magazine Fall Fashion Spread

Los Angeles Magazine's November 2015 issue features Los Angeles Ballet's female Principal and Soloist dancers in the Fall Fashion spread. Principals Allyssa Bross and Julia Cinquemani, and Soloists Bianca Bulle, Kate Highstrete and Chelsea Paige Johnston, were photographed by Henry Leutwyler and styled by Linda Immediato.

"Silk chiffon dresses flutter, crystal-covered rompers twinkle, and sequin-etched gowns shine. Who better than members of Los Angeles Ballet— celebrating its tenth-anniversary season—to showcase fall’s high-drama couture and evening looks?"

See a slideshow of the images at

August 2015

Kate Highstrete Promoted to Soloist

Kate Highstrete has been promoted to Soloist at Los Angeles Ballet. Kate is from Huntington Beach, California and danced with St. Louis Ballet before joining LAB in 2009. Of her 2011 performance in Giselle, the LA Times said, "Kate Highstrete made Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, an other-worldly creature of pitiless steel." Kate has also been featured as the Choleric soloist in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, The Rose in The Nutcracker, and the Golden Vine Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as in multiple original works by Sonya Tayeh. The 2015/2016 Season will be Kate's 7th season with Los Angeles Ballet.

July 2015

Historic 10th Anniversary Season Announced

On July 20, 2015, Los Angeles Ballet announced that the historic 10th Season will feature the Great Romantics. Included are LAB's critically-acclaimed productions of Giselle and The Nutcracker; a world premiere production of Don Quixote, choreographed by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary; and the Los Angeles premiere of Frederick Ashton's Romeo and Juliet.

"As we embark upon our tenth season and to celebrate this milestone, we thought that this was the perfect time to share the Romantics with the city," said Christensen. "Thanks to the support of our patrons, the company has seen thrilling growth over the last nine years. Our dancers have grown artistically and technically, and our audience has grown across the city," said Neary.

January 2015

Ghada Irani to be Honored at LAB Gala 2015

Los Angeles Ballet's Gala 2015 will honor philanthropist Ghada Irani. In her capacity as a member of the Los Angeles Ballet Board of Directors, Mrs. Irani has been a generous supporter of not only its ballet programs, but also its outreach programs for children, families, low-income seniors, veterans and disabled persons. In addition, she she served as Co-Chair for the Los Angeles Ballet Gala in 2012 and has been a member of the Event Planning Committee for LAB Galas since their inception in 2011.

The Los Angeles Ballet Gala 2015 will take place May 7, 2015 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and is chaired by Dina Leeds and Jeanette Trepp. The evening will include cocktails, dining, and a preview performance of master choreographer Jírí Kylián’s Sechs Tänze (Six Dances).

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