March 6, 2010
Filed Under Tahoe-Truckee Profiles
Her goal is to team up young, emerging dancers with more experienced professionals for engaging evenings of classical and contemporary ballet. Tahoe Youth Ballet premiered in June 2009 to a standing ovation and rave reviews.
Meet Founder and Artistic Director Christin Hanna of Tahoe Youth Ballet.
Tahoe Youth Ballet is comprised of six local dancers between the ages of fourteen and eighteen – Sierra Barter, Michelle Cahill, Keegan Harrig, Camille Joubert, Katie Mowris and Sierra Walsh – led by Artistic Director Christin Hanna.
Christin Hanna is a native of Lake Tahoe. She has performed with an array of ballet companies throughout the United States including Nevada Festival Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet NY, Cincinnati Ballet, and most prominently, Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet. As a member of that company since its inception in 2004, Hanna performed in the company’s seasons at New York’s City Center Studios as well as touring to Philadelphia, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Cologne, Germany. The New York Times’ Roslyn Sulcas called her farewell performance with the company “a touching scene of tears, cheers, hugs and bouquets… a testament to Ms. Hanna’s fine dancing.” (July 1, 2008)
Upon returning to Lake Tahoe, Hanna founded Tahoe Youth Ballet with the goal to enrich the cultural and educational fabric of the region by giving young, local dancers and dance students an opportunity to collaborate with professional dancers, choreographers and master teachers from around the country as part of a professional company.
“There’s a lot of local talent in the community, and I want them to share their artistry – and learn from our guests. There are some amazing dancers and choreographers headed to Tahoe to work with us, and together we will truly enliven the region’s cultural life.”
Artistic Director and Founder, Christin Hanna
Christin Hanna with partner Damien Johnson in New Chamber Ballet’s Spring, 2006. Photo by Kristin Lodoen.
Tahoe Youth Ballet (left to right): Fathom Neft, Michelle Cahill, Sierra Barter, Sierra Walsh and Katie Mowris. Photo by Danielle Hankinson.