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It is with the deepest sorrow that I share with you the news that our student Annika Zinsley and her mother Rachel Shahinian died in a traffic collision on recently. Many of you knew Annika, who danced as a Russian, and Rachel who performed for the last two years as Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker. They are two shining lights who are missed beyond what words can express.
The family is requesting that charitable donations be made in lieu of flowers. An Alameda Civic Ballet Memorial Fund has been established in their memory. If you wish to donate to the memorial fund, please send a check made payable to Alameda Civic Ballet, 1402 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 94501 (memo: Rachel and Annika Memorial Fund). You may also donate online by clicking on the PayPal Donate button on the top right. When it takes you to the PayPal page to make your gift, type "Memorial Fund" in the description box.
ACB was recently listed in Best San Francisco Bay Area Nutcracker Opportunities. Check out the article by Erika Mailman, Parents' Press here.
Local blogsite, The Alamedan, features an article on ACB's 2012 The Nutcracker. Read about the cast and view the slideshow as the dancers prepare for this weekend's performances. Tickets are still available here.
This recent video, produced by Rapt Productions, ran at the Alameda Theater and Cineplex over the 2015 holiday season.
Bay Area photographer Douglas Despres's photographs of ACB dancers was recently featured in Pointe Magazine. As he said "There's this energy, sometimes nervous and sometimes boundless, that the young dancers have, which seems to infuse the studio space with life." Read more here.
Nikki and Ethan White (2010 ACB Nutcracker's Snow Queen/Arabian and Snow King) were the third place winners on CBS's Live to Dance in 2011. The staff and company of ACB and the students of ABA loved their performances and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. You can view a clip of them here: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/live_to_dance/.
Marena Perez and Carlos Madera performing in ACB's 2014 Nutcracker.