Dancers take the stage and show off ballet moves made with
precision, giving the impression that they have many years of
performances behind them. Rather, they are a part of Laguna Beach
High School’s Dance Company, who are under the tutelage of director
Tod A. Kubo.
Today and Saturday, these dancers will perform their winter
concert, “World Dance” at the Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’
Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
“World Dance” is a very eclectic mix, with influences from folk to
contemporary, Celtic to Chinese, as well as a premiere classical
“It’s the debut of our classical dance performance,” Kubo said.
“‘Paquita’ is our first full-length ballet. It’s very, very exciting
for us. As the concert is titled ‘World Dance,’ we have five
different experts and have set pieces with a contemporary twist --
it’s really a cultural event.”
The show is elaborate with 50 dancers and intricate costumes.
“I’ve been with this for four years, since I was a freshman” Julia
Abel, 17, said. “I started out in Dance II and then did Dance
Production my sophomore year.”
Abel said she particularly liked the diversity of all the dances
in this production and the choreographers that taught them, each with
different backgrounds and areas of expertise.
“They learned very detailed background of what the dance means --
the executed movement. ... It’s been a really great learning
experience,” Kubo said.
Kubo started the Dance Company in 1996 because he wanted to
elevate dance education at the high school level, to ignite passion
in each student and improve their ability.
“It’s a lot of fun to get to dance with all your friends,” said
Riva Gardner, 17. “You get to know the culture and learn new things.”
Kubo wanted to stress to parents and locals that ticket sales
determine the budget.
“For all the performances, all our funding comes from the revenue
of ticket sales,” Kubo said. “If we have no audience, we have no
performances -- it’s 100% funded from people coming to the shows.”
He pointed out that it’s a pleasure to do the shows and it gives
so much back to the kids, many of whom continue to dance each year.
“This is my fifth dance show,” 17-year-old Nathan Greene said.
“It’s pretty cool. It shows different cultural aspects of dance. I
think just like visual performance, it’s a great expression of
culture and can see the different cultures in the expression of
Tickets for “World Dance” are $10 general admission and $8 for
students. Laguna Beach High School is located at 635 Park Ave. For
tickets go to the box office or call, 497-7743.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or email@example.com.