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Jamie Nichols
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Celebrate Dance
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Glendale, CA

Celebrate Dance 2011 Virtual Season: Terri Best Dance Profile

by Jamie Nichols
January 2, 2011
The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard

Glendale, CA 91203

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Celebrate Dance
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Los Angeles, CA

This article is part of Celebrate Dance's 2011 virtual season: a series of related articles leading up to their live performance.
Terri Best's career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher spans over twenty-five years. Her television and stage work includes: The Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas Special (NBC), The American Choreography Awards, the 15th Annual Golden Eagle Awards, Star Trek: Phase 2, commercials for McDonald's and Pacific Resident Theater's award winning production of Noel Coward's "Tonight at 8:30". Nominated for two Lester Horton Awards, including Outstanding Achievement in Short Form Choreography, her company, Terri Best Dance, won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for "Duet" in 2008. They have performed at the Los Angeles Dance Invitational, Pasadena Dance Festival, Jazz Dance L.A., and in showcases at the Luckman, Alex, Pasadena Civic, Nate Holden, and other venues throughout Southern California. Terri was selected as a finalist for her choreography in both the pas de deux and ensemble categories, at the 12th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA, for "Duet" and "Recollected". Commissions include: "The Union" ("Thrilling, in your face…a soaring sense of promise…." L.A. Times), for the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, and "Time Code", for Commonality Dance Company.

Terri is the honored recipient of the 2008 Stanley Holden Award for Distinguished Teaching, presented by Edward Villella at the 9th Annual Los Angeles Dance Invitational. She is on faculty at EDGE Performing Arts Center, where, since 1993, she has trained and prepared numerous dancers for professional careers, and also teaches students in the Professional Training Program at the Colburn School. Terri has been a guest teacher at Loyola Marymount University, and conducts master classes and workshops throughout the U.S. She has served on the advisory boards of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts and the Jazz Dance L.A. Foundation, and the board of directors of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company.

This will be Terri Best Dance's 1st participation in CELEBRATE DANCE Saturday March 12, 2011 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. CELEBRATE DANCE 2011 is line-up of eight extraordinary dance companies celebrating contemporary, modern, ballet and jazz dance. CELEBRATE DANCE 2011 is a delicious mixture of compelling new works, premiers and Los Angeles debuts. Eight dance companies sizzling with poetic lyricism, dazzling moves, contagious vitality and jaw-dropping physicality. One stage! One night only! www.celebratedance.org

Jamie Nichols / Executive Producer
Saturday March 12, 2011
Alex Theatre
Terri Best Dance Anh Dillon and David Contreras

Terri Best Dance
Anh Dillon and David Contreras

Photo © & courtesy of Joe Lambie

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