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HIP-HOP DANCE ON THE SAME STAGE WITH BALLET? SACRE TOE-SHOE!

She's not quite Google, but producer Jamie Nichols certainly is a one-woman search engine for anyone who wants to know about the L.A. dance scene. A longtime presence as a choreographer and head of her own company, Nichols segued in recent years into her current niche as producer and promoter, picking up numerous Lester Horton nominations and awards for her efforts, particularly her annual production, Celebrate Dance. For Celebrate Dance 2009 , she has ferreted out an intriguing line up of local ensembles for a one-night performance that rewards both L.A. dance fans and the participating dance troupes. Audiences enjoy an affordable, curated sampler of established and emerging local dance while the companies benefit from being presented in a major venue with top-notch production elements and promotion that individual companies can seldom afford. This year, nine companies take the stage with styles ranging from hip-hop (Jacob "Kujo" Lyons' Lux Aeterna Dance Company) to jazz (Nathan Hodges' RhetOracle Dance Company) to ballet (Josie Walsh's MyoKyo and Erin Holt's California Contemporary Ballet) to Brazilian (Viver Brasil Dance Company) and lots of contemporary dance (Holly Johnston's Ledges & Bones Dance Project, Method Contemporary, Keith Johnson and Dancers, and Deborah Rosen and Dancers). Lots of talent assembled under one roof and for one night only.
Sat., March 14, 8 p.m., 2009

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