Ballroom with a Twist Begins Los Angeles Engagement Jan. 19
19 Jan 2011
Ballroom with a Twist, the dance production conceived and choreographed by Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel, plays a limited engagement at California's El Portal Theatre Jan. 19-Feb. 13.
Opening-night hosts are Louis van Amstel and Niecy Nash. (Jane Seymour will host Feb. 4-6.)
The entertainment features the talents of dancers Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskaya, Randi Lynn Evans, Gev Manoukian and Jonathan Platero. Singers include "American Idol" finalists David Hernandez and Gina Glocksen.
"This ground-breaking show," according to press notes, "pushes the boundaries of ballroom dance, infusing it with energy and the intensity of the classic ballroom and the latest authentic, hip-hop and Broadway styles."
The El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in N. Hollywood. For tickets, priced $25-$100, call (818) 508-4200 or visit www.elportaltheatre.com.
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