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Miriam Larici And Leonardo Barrionuevo To Lead Tango Dance Master Class And Performance At Media City Ballet's TANGO, TONIGHT 5/28

Media City Ballet of Los Angeles, Natasha Middleton, Artistic Director, in association with Woodbury University will present Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, Best Couple Winners of NBC Television’s Premiere Season of “SuperStars of Dance,” in “Tango, Tonight!,” A One Night Only Special Event to be held in The New Woody’s Café at Woodbury University; 7500 Glenoaks Avenue; Burbank, CA  91510 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

Natasha Middleton said, “We are pleased and honored to present the best Tango Dancers in the world, Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo, in an exclusive Tango Dance Master Class where people of all ages can learn to dance the Tango in a relaxed environment.”  Aside from the Master Class itself, Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo will also perform during the course of the evening, which will begin with a Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Reception, followed by the Master Class, a Performance by the Dance Masters and Dancing.

Bon Appétit will cater the event with an Argentinean-themed dinner, which will also feature a No Host Bar, Silent Auction, Raffles and Free Parking.  Event sponsors include:  Woodbury University, Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, Pasadena Weekly, Tango and Pip Printing.  Tickets are $70 per person or $130 per couple.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling Media City Ballet of Los Angeles at 818-972-9692.  This event is a fundraiser for Media City Ballet of Los Angeles, a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization.

Miriam Larici and her dancing partner, Leonardo Barrionuevo recently won the title of Best Couple Dancers in the World on the Premiere Season of NBC Television’s “SuperStars of Dance.”  Larici is the face and former star of Luis Bravo’s Broadway and London hit, “Forever Tango,” which launched her international career as The World’s Leading Lady of Tango.  Last season she served as Artistic Director, Choreographer and Principal Dancers of the World Premiere of “Tango Adamor,” in which she appeared with her dancing partner Leonardo Barrionuevo.
Aside for being a very well known performer, Larici is a highly respected dance instructor and choreographer.  In her evolution as an artist and professional, Larici’s interests and talents have expanded to include production and directorial credits in notable, highly praised projects including:  “Tango and Fire,” “Festival Internacional de Tango Argentino,” “El Corazòn de Tango” and “Tango Buenos Aires.”

She has been invited to perform with the most prestigious orchestras of the world at some of the most highly publicized international events, including the performing arts series, “Evening at Pops,” with the Boston Pops Orchestra, broadcasted nationally on PBS.  During introductory comments for the broadcast, acclaimed actress and dancer, Leslie Caron, had this to say about Miriam Larici and her dancing partner:  “If I had to choose among Tango dancers in the world, these two would be my option.”
Larici is most well known for her role as the star of the Broadway hit, Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango,” where she appeared as the Principal-Lead of the show, performing for several years at the Walter Kerr and Marquis Theater in Time Square.  Her extensive credits also include roles in the Broadway shows “42nd Street, “ and the musical, “Me and My Girl.”  She has also appeared in stage productions of:  “Laugh & Tango” (U.S. & Canada), “Folies Bergere” (U.S.), “Alma de Tango” (Japan & Taiwan), “Tango Spirit III” (Japan), “Tango Fiesta” (U.S.), “Tango Dreams” (U.S. & Indonesia), “Fusion Tango” (U.S.), “I Tango” (U.S.), and the movie, “Mambo Kings.”

She has performed and taught in the Bermudas, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Seoul and Pusan, South Korea, Spain, Indonesia, Taiwan, and in all major cities of the United States, including Argentina’s famous Colon Theater at the Argentine Opera House.  In addition to her theatrical appearances, Larici has made many appearances on television in countries around the world, including:  Argentina, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S.  Larici is the Co-Founder, and now sole Producer of the annual international Los Angeles Tango festival, Los Angeles de Tango.

Leonardo Barrionuevo and his dancing partner, Miriam Larici recently won the title of Best Couple Dancers in the World on the Premiere Season of NBC Television’s “SuperStars of Dance.”  Leonardo Barrionuevo is a Performing Artist and Choreographer as well.  As a young artist, Barrionuevo has been critically acclaimed as excelling in an exquisite tango style which he has mastered in his training with the world’s best milongueros in Buenos Aires. Barrionuevo’s dance roots are strengthened by his foundation in contemporary dance, jazz and partner technique.
In the short and impressive span of his professional career, Barrionuevo has performed in and choreographed numerous tango shows in Argentina, Europe and Latin America including “Tango Sur,” “Adios Pampa Mia,” “Una Noche de Tango,” “Tango Evolutio” in Italy 2002, and “Che Tango” in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He has achieved first place at numerous Tango Festivals throughout Argentina including the notable “Festival Patagonia y Tango” (2004) and “FestiVal Mayen Leufur” in Rio Negro among others.
Barrionuevo has been honored as the highlight performer with one of the most famous tango orchestras of Argentina – “Juan de Dios Filiberto,” toured with the show “Sabor a Tango” throughout Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela (2005), and starred in the show “Rojo Tango” at hotel “Faena” in the city of Buenos Aires.  In 2007, Barriionuevo was featured as one of the best male dancers at the London/Broadway hit “Forever Tango” and has been touring with the company for the past year throughout the major cities of United States. Leonardo Barrionuevo and Miriam Larici joined together as partners in June 2008, dancing, performing and teaching at major Tango Festivals and shows around the world.

Media City Ballet of Los Angeles (MCBLA) is now celebrating its Eighth Annual Season under the guidance of Artistic Director Natasha Middleton.  MCBLA is dedicated to providing Los Angeles and the surrounding communities with quality live ballet productions, utilizing the inspired and creative talents of the local community, as well as professionals from around the world.  MCBLA is the only ballet company in Los Angeles presenting performances in the tradition and philosophy of the legendary Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev.  Natasha Middleton’s grandmother, Elena Wortova, was a Soloist in the original Ballet Russe, which included other legendary dancers like Anna Pavlova, George Balanchine, Alexandra Danilova and Vaslav Nijinsky.  Middleton’s father, Andrei Tremaine, was a Principal Dancer with The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Soloist with the Ballet Nacional de Mexico and the Colon Opera Ballet of Buenos Aires.   Natasha Middleton, a “Ballet Russe Baby,” was a Principal Dancer for her father’s ballet company, Pacific Ballet Theatre, as well as a member of the Joffrey II Ballet Company in New York City, before taking on the responsibilities of Artistic Director for Media City Ballet of Los Angeles.  A Junior Company trains young dancers, and prepares them for the organization’s professional company.  MCBLA is overseen by a distinguished Board of Directors and supported by a Guild whose chief mission is to support the ballet company and produce fund-raising activities.

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