Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Fun Links! Interviews & More!

Hello beautiful dancers and Happy Friday!

If you're not on Facebook, you probably haven't seen the interview links I posted on my Leigh Purtill Ballet page. I was so honored and thrilled to be interviewed on 2 different sites, one an e-zine called Voyage LA as one of their "Inspiring Stories" (what?!!) and the other a dancewear site called BDancewear. I love BDancewear's blog because they offer all kinds of super cool DIY costume hacks and tricks. Check them out!

Here is the link to the Voyage LA article (feel free to comment and please re-post if you like! Thank you!).

And the link to the BDancewear interview (again, a comment is always awesome and it's nice to get retweets/posts/likes! Thank you!).

In both interviews, I try to let people know about my personal teaching philosophy as well as all the wonderful students who dance with me. They are the reason I do what I do! (Yes, YOU!)

So those were the interview links....what about the MORE?

How about a link to a gorgeous new t-shirt, designed by my student and soon-to-be Romeo in SWEET SORROW, A ZOMBIE BALLET? That's right, Bill Reiss - an incredibly talented artist - has designed another amazing shirt. You will probably want one in black and maybe another one in white and possibly one as a gift for a friend. Great quality shirts, as usual from Galloree, with organic cotton that holds its shape and colors really well. Best of all, the profits on the shirts go to the new ballet company, Leigh Purtill Ballet Company. It's a great deal for you because you get a really super cool new shirt for an excellent price and a deal for us because we, well, we need the cash to get our company up and running. (And we have a production in October!)

Want one? Check out the shirts here!

 And one last self-serving link: my website has been redesigned by student and company member Celia Green. It's got info for both my classes and the nonprofit ballet company. Pictures, blogs, social media links and much more. Take a look!

Okay, that's a lot of links. Enjoy the weekend! Happy dancing~

Monday, April 17, 2017

Introducing LPBC and Sweet Sorrow!

Hello everyone!

Some of you may know that I recently formed a nonprofit ballet company called Leigh Purtill Ballet Company. I did this because I wanted to create an opportunity for adult ballet dancers of all skill levels, backgrounds, and ages to perform; to present ballet to a diverse audience which might not normally seek out ballet performances; and to do what I can to foster ballet as an inclusive art form.

It is my belief that ballet is for everyone.

For eight years I have been developing an original ballet called SWEET SORROW which is loosely based on my novel of the same name. It's a sequel of sorts to Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare - which is why A ZOMBIE BALLET is its subtitle. Because Romeo and Juliet are dead.

Structurally, the ballet follows a similar trajectory to the classic Nutcracker, a winter holiday favorite and one that audiences are familiar with. But the story itself is a unique one: at the funeral for Romeo and Juliet, a strange woman raises the lovers from the dead with a potion. While others cringe and run away, only Juliet's cousin Rosaline is intrigued. In the cemetery, Rosaline meets the woman again who reveals herself to be Queen of the Zombies. She uses her horde of beautiful dead ballerinas to entice Rosaline to consume a potion and follow her to the Underworld, where she meets Vampires, Witches - and Romeo and Juliet.

We've performed small sections of this with various dancers, both modern and classical, and in various venues. Invariably the question from the audience is always the same: when is there going to be MORE?

The answer is: October 8, 2017 at 4PM and 7PM at the Lanterman Auditorium, a theater in La Canada not far from where I teach and rehearse. We are over-the-moon excited! Every single dancer involved has been magnanimous with his or her time, energy and resources. I am so proud to be presenting this passion project of mine with these wonderful people.

While SWEET SORROW is the first original production for LPBC, it will not be the only one. We have much more in store for our future!

Two weeks ago we launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for theater rental, costumes, rehearsal space, and so on. We are a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible. On our campaign page, you will see a trailer (created by Rachel Swetnam, our Juliet) and some stunning artwork (designed by Bill Reiss, our Romeo). We need to get the company up and running!

The campaign continues for another week. If you can donate, wonderful! If you can share the link and info, terrific! And if you're in town on October 8, I hope you'll make plans to see the show.

Thank you for your support. Happy dancing~

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Additional parking at Dance Arts Academy!

For my local students who take class with me at Dance Arts Academy -

I discovered another few streets with unrestricted nighttime parking! Yay!

The SOUTH side of 8th Street, from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue does not appear to have any signs other than street sweeping hours during the day. Orange is 2 blocks east of La Brea Avenue where Dance Arts Academy is located. See map below:

As always, CHECK BEFORE YOU PARK! Tickets are expensive and annoying. When in doubt or if you're really running late, park in the Lassens garage and buy yourself a smoothie after class to get some free parking.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I'm subbing at Studio A on Monday 3/27

Hello local dancers!

Tomorrow, Monday 3/27, at 10:15AM, I'll be subbing for Micah at Studio A on Hyperion Avenue in Silverlake.

It will be a class similar to my Advanced Beginner class on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Because this is a sub situation, my class cards cannot be used but if you'd like to attend, the cost is $15, cash (I cannot accept credit cards since that would be going to me and not Micah).

Here is a link to the studio's website. At that time of day, there is usually plenty of street parking on Hyperion (free on the west side, metered on the east side).

2306 Hyperion Ave, Silver Lake, 90027

Antony Tudor teaching class in 1961

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reminder: No class on Thursday, March 23

Local students of mine, this is a reminder that my Advanced Beginner ballet class this Thursday, March 23rd at Dance Arts Academy, is canceled.

This one day only! My apologies for the disruption your schedule.

NO other classes at Dance Arts or Inspire are affected. In fact, if you can, perhaps you'd like to try a different class with me. See my calendar below for days and times.

Happy dancing (just not this Thursday!)~