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Kristyn Burtt is a commercial dance journalist, TV host and producer. She was the West Coast correspondent and host of "To the Pointe" on Dance Network for five years. Her coverage of "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars" and "World of Dance" is popular with dance fans across the globe. Kristyn's love of dance began early in her life. She trained at the Boston Ballet School, danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in "The Nutcracker" and won a dance scholarship to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She currently serves on the American Dance Movement’s Marketing & PR Committee and is a member of the Television Academy and SAG-AFTRA.
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Joy Womack & Adrian Blake Mitchell Give Back to Westside Ballet After Leaving Russia Amid War in Ukraine
Joy Womack and Adrian Blake Mitchell rehearse in the Westside Ballet studios.Todd Lechtick. Dancers Joy Womack and Adrian Blake Mitchell are coming home to Westside Ballet, having trained at the famed Santa Monica, California school years ago, but their path back to the United States is an unexpected one. Both artists found themselves having to leave their homes in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. Womack left behind her job at Astrakhan Opéra and Ballet while Mitchell departed from his job at Mikhailovsky Ballet Company in St. Petersburg. The move leaves them both with heavy hearts as they loved the rich arts community of Russia, but they condemn the wartime actions of the country's leader.Read full story
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Found a Special Way to Make Oscars Night Inclusive to Movie Fans
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Author Nancy Paris Dances Her Way Into 'The Adventures of Lilly Nilly'
Lilly Nilly at the barre.Courtesy of Nancy Paris. Author Nancy Paris not only can tell a tale through words, but she also has the talent to do so through movement. So she's combining the best of both worlds and telling the tale of six-year-old Lilly Nilly, a "spunky and precocious" dance student who is trying to figure it all out — ballet and the real world. As a professional dancer and educator, Paris is using her performing arts experience to give a voice to Lilly Nilly that's empowering and humorous all at once — and it's not just for kids, the adults will love her sharp wit. Pardon My French – It’s the Language of Ballet utilizes gorgeous illustrations and a fresh kid perspective for anyone who loves the language of dance.Read full story
Daniella Zhou Returns to Westside Ballet to Dazzle as the Sugar Plum Fairy in 'The Nutcracker'
Daniella Zhou.Courtesy of Westside Ballet. After a year away from the stage, Westside Ballet is thrilled to be returning to The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College for its beloved production of The Nutcracker. The ongoing pandemic has presented many challenges to the arts communities, but with a new understanding of how to keep the cast and crew safe, the dancers are ready to bring the magic back this holiday season.Read full story
Haunt'Oween LA 2021 Promises a Fun, Spooky Experience for the Entire Family This Halloween Season
HauntO'ween entrance.Kristyn Burtt/News Break. The Halloween season is ramping up in the San Fernando Valley with Haunt'Oween LA 2021, an immersive Halloween experience for the entire family. The spooky experience is being produced by Experiential Supply Co. at the Westfield Promenade at Topanga in Woodland Hills from now until Oct. 31.Read full story
9 Things We Wish 'Dancing with the Stars' Would Bring Back — Even For Just One Week
Derek Hough and Nicole Scherzinger.Photo credit: ABC/Adam Larkey. With everyone on pins and needles waiting for an official season 30 renewal from ABC for "Dancing With the Stars" — we're pretty sure it's happening — we wanted to take a look back at the 29 other seasons. The dance competition series celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2020, and its 30th season is going to be another big milestone for the show.Read full story
Newport Beach Real Estate Draws Reality Stars From 'Selling Sunset' to 'Shark Tank'
"Newport Beach: Beachfront Property."Roshan Vyas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. Newport Beach, California is one of the most expensive locations in the United States to own real estate — and it's understandable why this beachside community draws the one percent. The stunning harbor views, the year-round sunshine and a neighborhood that provides top-tier restaurants and stores bring in the elite crowd that wants it all in the neighborhood. But there's one thing about Newport Beach that people tend to forget — it also lures reality television stars.Read full story
How to Spend One Day in Laguna Beach, California: From the Surf to the Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach, California.Kristyn Burtt. The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. But even if the kids are back in school, there are still great opportunities to take a weekend day trip in the Southern California area. One of the best things about this part of the country is that you are just a short drive from the desert, the mountains and the ocean — so enjoy an afternoon in the seaside community of Laguna Beach.Read full story
Five Hours in Atlanta, Georgia — From the World of Coca-Cola to a Good Southern Meal
Olympic Rings at Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia.Kristyn Burtt. A recent family wedding took me back to the East Coast in our first trip since the pandemic began. We had a Friday afternoon and evening to enjoy in the city of Atlanta — we were able to get in a couple of tourist adventures and a delicious meal while we were there. Now, there's no shortage of things to do in this beautiful Southern city, but this is just a fun highlight if you only have a few hours to spare in the area.Read full story
The Best Way to Spend a Few Hours in Chattanooga, Tennessee — From Trains to Delicious Southern Biscuits
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Hollywood Gets a Brand New Moviegoing Experience Nestled Right Behind the Iconic Egyptian Theatre
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Hollywood Unions Move Ahead with Allowing Employers to Mandate Vaccines for Cast and Crew
SAG-AFTRA logo.Courtesy of SAG-AFTRA. Hollywood unions for the TV and film industry, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), together with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP) have officially moved forward to allow producers to mandate vaccines on set. While certain standards will need to be met, the latest agreement will allow for some modifications for a fully vaccinated cast and crew.Read full story
The Las Vegas Strip Welcomes Back Cirque du Soleil, Bruno Mars, Dave Chappelle, & More After a Long Pandemic Hiatus
“O” by Cirque du Soleil, which has been enjoyed by more than 17 million people, celebrates its first performance in 16 months.MGM Resorts International. It's been a long year and a half for the shows that went dark along the Las Vegas Strip due to the pandemic, but MGM Resorts International is here to announce that there's major entertainment ahead this summer. If you're visiting the area, adding a show to your travel plans should be at the top of your list as major acts and performances continue to return to the stage.Read full story
Rooftop Cinema Club Makes It Easy for Los Angeles to Experience Movies in the Great Outdoors This Summer
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San Fernando Valley's Charming Toluca Lake Draws In the Celebrities From Viola Davis to Ray Romano
Toluca Lake signPublic Domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Los Angeles has plenty of magical little pockets to live in, where the neighborhoods make it feel like it isn't such a big city. One of the most idyllic places to live in the San Fernando Valley is Toluca Lake, which has a six-acre body of water in the middle of the community. The private lake is owned and maintained by Toluca Lake Property Owners Association, which has homes dotted along the waterfront — and of course, a golf club that is completely hidden from view.Read full story
Celebrities Besides the Kardashians Who Call Hidden Hills, California Home
Long Valley Road gate, Hidden Hills, California.Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Anyone who followed the Kardashian family and their reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, knows all about their gated community in Hidden Hills, California. It's adjacent to Calabasas, where their notoriety first began in 2007. It's also a relatively small area (only 1.7 square miles) built in the 1950s by architect A. E. Hanson, who also developed the Rolling Hills and Palos Verdes Estates in Southern California. Even though the neighborhood is behind the gates, there is an elementary school on the property that is available to neighboring towns in the area.Read full story
Pasadena Civic Ballet Brings Live Music to Their Latest Production: 'Giselle Under the Stars'
'Giselle Under the Stars' at Pasadena Civic Ballet.Courtesy of Pasadena Civic Ballet. If there's any company that has preserved and adapted through the pandemic, it's the Pasadena Civic Ballet, which has found a creative way to mount more than one production and continue performing opportunities for their students. After successfully producing al fresco performances of The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz over the last six months, the company is now taking it up a notch with a weekend of Giselle Under the Stars, starring Petra Conti and Eris Nezha, on June 12 and 13 intimate outdoor salon setting.Read full story
Minnesota's Ellie & Ava Wagner Reveal How 'World of Dance' Made a Huge Impact on Their Dance Careers
If you've been following the Minnesota dance scene over the last few years, then the names Eva Igo, Savannah Manzel, Taylor Sieve and Ellie and Ava Wagner are familiar to you. Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood has become the hub for talented, technically trained dancers, who have found great success on dance competition shows like So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance.Read full story
Why Dancers Are Heading to College First Before Launching Their Professional Career in Los Angeles
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Los Feliz Real Estate Attracts Celebrities for Its Architectural Hidden Gems & Disney History
Los Feliz sign.Thomas Hawk is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Los Feliz isn't always considered one of the go-to neighborhoods for celebrities, but that doesn't mean that they don't live there. They certainly do reside in this centrally located area of Los Angeles because it boasts a hip, eclectic and funky vibe when it comes to its shops and restaurants. For fans of the Disney empire, they know this was the birthplace of Mickey Mouse because Walt Disney, and his brother Roy, made all of their dreams come true in this sector of LA. If that isn't enough Los Feliz love, the entrance to California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort features Buena Vista Street and is reminiscent of the neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s.Read full story