Since 1997 David Wilcox has made nine trips to China and Taiwan, taken professional
dancers and students on five dancing tours from two to five weeks, staged three full-length
ballets on China's newest 2nd largest classical ballet company, and produced that company's
first international tour to the United States. 

In June 2006, the Long Beach Ballet performing company was invited to perform in Guangzhou and Mr. Wilcox
produced an entirely new performance called "Ballet American Style" for the Chinese Audience. 

This very successful, ground-breaking tour culminated with the performance on Saturday, June 24th, which was
accepted enthusiastically by the Chinese.  The presentors of the performance have invited the
Long Beach Ballet to return for many more performances in the future.

Below are thumbnails of photos from the tour.  Clicking on a photo will open the photos original size in a
separate window.  Click the "back" button to return to this page after viewing a photo full size.

Long Beach Ballet company members at Lotus Mountain, just outside of Guangzhou City and overlooking the Pearl River.  Site of the tallest gold-plated Buddha in the world. 
"Swing It Up!" (choreography:  Roberto Almaguer), one of the many ballets performed in China during the "Ballet American Style" performance, served as an introduction to American artistic culture for an enthusiastic Chinese audience.  
Long Beach Ballet company members with the dancers of the Guangzhou Ballet.  After watching company class, the Long Beach dancers presented gifts to their new Chinese friends.
The Guangzhou Ballet graciously allowed the use of their tour bus during the Long Beach Ballet's stay in China.
"Aymara" (choreography:  Helen Coope).
A beautifully serene temple tucked away into the lush foliage of White Cloud Mountain.
The Chinese audience was introduced to many historic and cultural aspects of the American way of life, including the days of the cowboys.
A 2,000 year old marble quarry has become a quiet sanctuary for rest and reflection.  Several Long Beach Ballet dancers tried their hand at an ancient form of transportation.
Watching the Guangzhou Ballet in their daily company class was a source of education and inspiration for the Long Beach Ballet dancers.
Long Beach Ballet dancers were invited as V.I.P. guests to a performance of  Giselle by the Guangzhou Ballet.
Rehearsal at the Guangzhou Government Theater where "Ballet American Style" was presented.  The welcoming banner over the proscenium reads (in Chinese and English): "Welcome American Los Angeles Long Beach Youth Ballet Regiment for Coming Performance."
"Avalon" (Choreography: Mark Bush).
Transportation in China takes many forms, including this "motorcycle taxi" that cost about 30 cents.
Megan Baker, former national champion in "baton x-strut" and Long Beach Ballet company member wowed the audience with a ballet-baton performance to John Phillip Souza's "Stars and Stripes."
The spirituality of American history was portrayed in "Down in the River" (choreography: Tyler Nelson).
Americans love to laugh, and the American dancers enjoyed making the Chinese audience laugh as well:  The Grand Ballet (choreography:  David Wilcox).
American Indian culture was portrayed with a ballet titled "A'hiinken", translated "The Ancestors" (choreography: Linda Gonzales).

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