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Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Summer Youth Theater Program Team adds Rob Reinhagen as Dance Director and Choreographer

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — Highly esteemed dancer, instructor, and choreographer, Rob Reinhagen, has joined the award-winning team leading the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Summer Youth Theater program.  Opening this coming Monday, July 10th, the Hi-Desert’s utmost summer youth theater program runs for 5 weeks and culminates in a full-scale production of DreamWorks’ MADAGASCAR Jr.  Led by Director Howard Shangraw, Musical Director Nelms McKelvain, and Production Director Michael Mora, the educational program was recently recognized as a program of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded the Desert Theatre League’s top awards for most Outstanding Youth Theatre Production, Outstanding Costume Design, and Outstanding Hair and Make-up.
“No production of MADAGASCAR would be complete without its highly rhythmic and energetic dance numbers, and adding Rob Reinhagen to our summer program ensures that the youth have a top-quality and unforgettably fun dance experience in our program,” stated Jarrod Radnich, president of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center.
Growing up in a family deeply involved in the performing arts, Rob Reinhagen began his performing experience at a very young age, doing his first musical when he was 7.  At the age of 18, after training with the Riverside Ballet, he left California on scholarship to train with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.  He later attended the Boston Ballet School and The Ailey School in New York City.  While attending the Ailey School Fellowship Program, Rob expanded his repertoire to include modern dance and jazz.  Rob has trained with Marianne Tcherkassy, Roberto Munoz, Terrence Orr, David Holladay, Franco DeVita, Raymond Lukens, Ana Marie Forsythe, and Peter O’Brien.  He has performed professionally with both Boston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, most notably in Giselle, Serenade, Jewels, Western Symphony, Raymonda, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker.  He also performed in Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra and in Ken Stowell’s Carmina Burana, and was cast as Banzai the hyena (in addition to the understudy for Pumba) in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.
Rob has been teaching ballet, modern, and jazz dance for the past 15 years.  Students that Rob has classically trained have been accepted to some of the finest dance programs in the country; Boston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School, San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific North West Ballet School, the Rock School and Ballet West.  His students have also won major dance competitions in both jazz and modern and he has received numerous awards for his choreography. His use of ballet as a foundational skill helps strengthen dancers for these modern dance disciplines while improving their overall dance performance. 
In addition to dance, Rob has a deep-rooted passion for musical theater. Nunsense, Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Taffetas, Little Shop of Horrors, The Swing’n Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Coppelia are among a few of the many shows he has choreographed. 
For more information or to enroll in the program, visit www.hidesertculturalcenter.org or call 760.366.3777 x3.
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ABOUT THE HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a 50+ year non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that serves as the regional performing and visual arts organization for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park.  The Cultural Center operates its own performance venues and produces award-winning professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  It operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org



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