Contemporary ballet

Master Dance Classes With Contemporary Ballet Complexions

LAGUNA BEACH, CA—Professional dancers from New York’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet arrive in Laguna Beach next weekend. Laguna Dance Festival brings Larissa Gerszke and Brandon Gray to the dance studio at Laguna Beach High School to teach masterclasses for intermediate and advanced levels, ages 12 and up, on Saturday, September 25. The cost is $25.

Here is the program :

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Contemporary ballet class with Larissa
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Contemporary Repertoire Teints with Brandon

The teaching artists will perform duets to music by Lee Rocker during Hot September Nights on September 26. The Laguna Dance Festival outdoor fundraiser in [seven degrees] at Laguna Canyon will feature tapas and sangria, with performances throughout the evening by Complexions, Entity Contemporary Dance and flamenco artist Irene Rodríguez. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for guests and performers.

Larissa Gerszke began her formal training at Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa, Ontario. His studies continued through summer programs with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet. Gerszke graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in 2016. She has danced to choreography by Matthew Rushing, Taryn Russell, Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse and Carmen Rozestraten. She joined Complexions full-time in 2019.

Larissa Gerszke will teach contemporary ballet. Courtesy of LDF

Brandon Gray has been dancing with Complexions since 2017. His training began at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, when he was 13 years old. Her studies continued with Charles Augins, Katherine Smith, Melvin Deale, Treanna Alexander and Nikki Sutton-Mackey. . Gray danced in Darnese Wilkerson’s first Summer Dance Experience in 2012 at the Atlas Theater. Examples of credits include productions of Black Nativity, Ailey School’s Roof Breaking Ceremony, New York’s Hudson Yard Unveiling choreographed by Matthew Rushing, and Alvin Ailey’s Memoria at the Kennedy Center and New York City Center with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Brandon Gray of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will teach the repertoire. Courtesy of LDF

Book your place in the master class; for groups of 10 or more, call (949) 715-5578.