Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre Brings “Dance in the USA” to the Ford Amphitheatre

Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing” from Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s upcoming per-formance of “Dance in the USA” at the Ford Amphitheatre on Friday, Aug. 17, at 8:30 p.m.

Formerly known as the Media City Ballet, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre (PBDT) is proud to present a new production to the Ford Amphitheatre on Friday, Aug. 17, at 8:30 p.m. Known for its preservation of ballet’s aesthetic and standards of excellence created and established by the dancers and choreographers of the Ballet Russe and the development of new work that draws on the creative talents of contemporary choreographers and composers, PBDT has chosen to branch out from their traditional European roots to pay homage to the American experience with an explosive dance and music production.

This new work, the vision of PBDT’s artistic director Natasha Middleton, utilizes American music as a foundation to present the variety and evolution of dance in a style similar in manner to that of the Ballet Russe. This exciting retrospective shows how American music influenced dance, moving from decade to decade.

Featured dancers include Chris Trousdale, who also sings during the performance. Trousdale was a member of the popular boy band Dream Street and is in the new Disney show Shake It Up; Alexander Fost is from Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance; and Allan McCormick has just come off of performing in La Rêve in Las Vegas as a dancer, acrobat, and aerialist.

Tickets start at $15 and are available at www.FordTheatres.org or (323) 461-3673. Please visit www.pacificballetdancetheatre.org for more information. The Ford Amphitheatre is located at2580 Cahuenga Blvd. EastinHollywood.

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