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When you think of ballet, you probably think of a major company like the Bolshoi Ballet or the New York City Ballet Company — but one dancer from King City in Monterey County is proving you can start in a small town if you have the dedication.

Arts Beat: Remembering Lorilee Silvaggio

Jan 26, 2021
Courtesy of Drew Silvaggio

For 26 years, the name Lorilee Silvaggio was known to KCBX listeners through her weekly show “From Ballet to Broadway.” And for decades, she was known to the larger San Luis Obipo community for her world of dance. Lorilee Silvaggio died from ovarian cancer in late 2020 at age 73. KCBX’s Greta Mart spoke to people who knew Silvaggio well in this remembrance of the late San Luis Obispo trailblazer.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Oklahoma City-based belly dance instructor Heide Brandes who shares insights about the cultural nuances of the ancient art form. Next up, Wilmer talks with swing dance instructor Marcus Coker based in Fort Smith, Arkansas about the art of swing and the Tango.

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For many, December includes an outing to "The Nutcracker" ballet, and for dance schools up and down the Central Coast, holiday show ticket sales make up a large part of the yearly operating budget. But with theaters closed, performances of the holiday classic will be posted online for home viewing.

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The performing arts industry is taking a huge hit during the COVID-19 crisis, without much direction for an eventual reopening.

For many businesses right now, the income is dried up, employees are taking pay cuts and the future remains uncertain as doors stay shut.

In an attempt to light the way for the industry, local arts administrators are taking action. The Central Coast Coalition of Arts Leaders (CCCOAL) recently reached out to the state and San Luis Obispo County health departments with the goal of prioritizing the industry’s reopening.

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Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara was almost exclusively a rental venue before the pandemic. But since the shutdown, the theater has been pushed into producing its own shows, including a virtual series of story readings from local authors and performers.

Since the early 1980s, the Arts Council for Monterey County has been on a mission to “improve the quality of life for everyone in the region through the arts.” That includes the council usually providing in-person arts education for school districts across the county. It’s now faced with adapting that program for distance learning.

Issues & Ideas: 'Ballet Unbound'

Nov 13, 2019
Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo

A San Luis Obispo dance company is about to debut its fall season of performances. The mission of Movement Arts Collective is to “enhance the artistic landscape of the local and regional community through dance performance, education, and outreach, building both the artists and the audiences of the future.” Their upcoming contemporary ballet and modern dance performance titled "Ballet Unbound,” on November 15 and 17, is set to live music and showcases three works focused on the theme of overcoming barriers.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Oklahoma City-based belly dance instructor Heide Brandes who shares insights about the cultural nuances of the ancient art form. Wilmer also talks with swing dance instructor Marcus Coker based in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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A Saturday night music event for your radar- if you're in San Luis Obispo Saturday on August 11th, there will be an installment in the For The Folks benefit concert series at Bang the Drum Brewery. The showcase works to present emerging bands in new ways for audiences. Each show is crafted to the style of music in order to create the best experience possible for performers and an audience. For example, Saturday's show has been billed as having an 'everybody dance' atmosphere. KCBX's Tyler Pratt sat down with For the Folk's organizer Ben Bellizzi to talk about what the music scene is like on the Central Coast and why it's well situated for someone to discover a wide variety of music.

  Camille Cusumano loved and lost. She got mad. And then she decided to dance. Listen in as the Sicilian-American travel writer and dance teacher talks with Laurie McAndish King, Associate Producer for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning NPR Podcast travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, about discovering tango, the dance that changed the course of her life.