CBS3's Jessica Dean will serve as ambassador for Pa. Ballet

Chefs Luke Palladino (right) and Joncarl Lachman to team for Flavors of the Avenue.
Chefs Luke Palladino (right) and Joncarl Lachman to team for Flavors of the Avenue.
Posted: April 02, 2014

THE PENNSYLVANIA BALLET has named CBS3 anchor Jessica Dean as the first honorary ambassador for its school and outreach programming, helping to foster a love of dance in students throughout the city.

While she's bringing ballet into the lives of students of all ages, can Dean cut a rug herself?

"I wouldn't say I would go so far as to say I was a ballerina," Dean told me, adding she has nine years of tap and ballet under her belt.

Alas, don't expect a demonstration on the evening news.

"I don't even know where my tap shoes are," she said. "I'll have to find them."

Dean stressed the importance of dance in her life. Although she may not have grown up to have a career en pointe, Dean told me that her early training gave her more than sick moves.

"It gives you that confidence to stand up in front of people and feel like you have something to give," Dean said. "While I may not be a ballerina, I clearly ended up doing something where I found a spotlight."

The arts scene has become one of Dean's favorite things about Philadelphia since she got the job in August.

But let's get real here: If Dean could choose a potential dance partner at CBS, who would it be?

" Beasley [Reece] has such athletic skills, so he could be an excellent dancer, but Chris May always knows the new good songs. He's always got a good song to share," Dean said. "Can it be a woman? Erika von Tiehl and I could just talk for hours. We would be so in sync."

Palladino gets 'Flavor'-ful

Chef Luke Palladino holds court downashore, owning five South Jerz spots, but yesterday he announced he's opening an upscale Italian joint, Palladino's, at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave. in Philly.

But what Chef Palladino didn't announce? He'll make his debut at the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District's Flavors of the Avenue on April 26, with the help of Noord (1046 Tasker St.) chef Joncarl Lachman, who will graciously share his kitchen with Palladino for Flavors and other festivities leading up to Palladino's November opening.

I hear that Lachman is one of the reasons Palladino wanted to come down to East Passyunk in the first place.

Thomas, Bam to get in ring

Former Eagle Hollis Thomas and "Jackass" star Bam Margera will step into the ring for celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman's new venture, World Xtreme Entertainment, but they won't fight each other.

Instead, Thomas and Margera will serve as refs. The company, a cross between boxing and professional wrestling, debuts April 12.

Feldman recently stirred up controversy when he scheduled a fight between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX. The fight was later taken over by soda-bottling heir Alkiviades "Alki" David, sans DMX.

Stalked by Incubus singer?

Svetlana Shusterman, the Lower Bucks native and Temple alum who was featured on "Real World 17: Key West," filed a restraining order against Brandon Boyd of the band Incubus, according to TMZ. The order claims that Boyd has been stalking Shusterman for years, but threats recently escalated. "Svetlana says she recently moved to a friend's house to evade him, but he tracked her down. She writes, 'Every day, I am terrified,' " TMZ reported.

Boyd's rep told TMZ that the singer does not know Shusterman, nor does he recall ever meeting her.


* "Mob Wives" star Alicia DiMichele grabbed an early dinner at Stogie Joe's (1801 E. Passyunk Ave.) with brother (and "Mob Wives" regular) Anthony DiMichele and two women on Saturday.

* Figure skater and Olympic medalist Sarah Hughes visited the Franklin Institute this weekend, spotting her buddy and fellow Olympian Tara Lipinski (or at least a picture of her) in the Sports Challenge exhibit.

* Pro wrestler Matt Hardy was grounded at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday night because of the horrid weather, so he stopped by Legal Sea Foods for a bite during his layover.

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