October 5, 2012
Yvonne Mounsey, 93, who danced major roles for George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with the New York City Ballet in the 1950s and went on to found an influential West Coast ballet school, died of cancer Saturday at her Los Angeles home. Ms. Mounsey danced with the City Ballet from 1948 to 1958, rising from soloist to principal dancer. She was born Yvonne Louise Leibbrandt in 1919 on a South African dairy farm outside Pretoria. She began taking ballet lessons at 7 with a former member of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova's company.
December 24, 1987 |
For many area children, one of the rites of passage was the day their parents felt they could be trusted enough to behave themselves and watch the Pennsylvania Ballet's production of The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music. Yet this year, instead of watching the Nutcracker, three Delaware County girls are performing in it. Natasha Goldstein, 9, and sisters Amanda Knipel, 10, and Katie Knipel, 7, all of Media, are dancing in the Pennsylvania Ballet's Christmas production this season.
August 15, 1991 |
Like other kids at camp, they lined up for breakfast and heaped their plates with food. Pollyana Ribeiro, 16, wearing a T-shirt, boxer shorts and flip-flops, broke out of line and ran to a friend, gracefully executing small leaps and turns as if, naturally, that was her way of getting from one place to another. The campers sat in groups in the dining hall and swapped stories about the day's activities. There was only one topic of conversation among them: ballet. "All my life I've been dancing," said Ribeiro, from Rio de Janeiro.
June 27, 1998 |
Frank Sinatra's widow, her son, and two friends were mugged Tuesday in Beverly Hills by a trio who roughed them up before fleeing with $17,000 in cash and valuables. The crooks descended as Barbara Marx Sinatra was out walking with son Robert Marx and former Laugh-In producer George Schlatter and his wife, Jolene. The four had dined at the Schlatter home and were walking the short distance to the Sinatra estate, according to police, when a two-door Honda with dealer plates pulled up at 8:20 p.m. Three men in their 20s got out, attacked, and sped off. Authorities wouldn't say what was taken, but a source denied a report that the muggers took a "very sentimental" gift Sinatra had given to his wife.
September 14, 2009 |
Patrick Swayze, the two-fisted Texan who danced like a god, died today in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. "Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released last night by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given. It's hard not to think that the one-time gymnast who vaulted to stardom in 1987's Dirty Dancing had rehearsed his premature exit in the 1990 blockbuster Ghost . As the banker who solves his own murder mystery, he speaks from the dead to his living sweetheart, Demi Moore.
July 17, 1998 |
"Chita and All That Jazz" is a celebration of Chita Rivera's career, a major portion of which was spent dancing, singing and acting on Broadway. But despite the fact that she is in her fifth decade as an entertainer, don't make the mistake of thinking that the show, summering in the Superstar Theater at Resorts Casino Hotel, is a farewell blast. Instead, it's a thank-you from Rivera to her fans and the people responsible for her success. "It's not that there aren't any other potential projects I could become involved in," she said.
April 17, 2007 |
Thirty-some years ago, Dave Jenkins was spending lots of time on the road as an ice cream-company sales representative, rather than at home in Wynnewood with his wife, Angela, and their children. One day, Angela suggested that it was time for a change: Dave should trade in the ice pops and Eskimo Pies for leotards and pointe shoes. After all, their teenagers, Leonard and Jennifer, were taking ballet lessons and performing with Philadelphia's Ballet des Jeunes, so the idea of a shop catering to dancers seemed a natural fit. In March 1977, the suggestion became the Rosin Box, and before long, the Rosin Box became a fixture in the city's dance life, the go-to place for toe shoes.
May 8, 2000 |
It can kill your knees, hurt your back, and really make you pooped, but, hey, that's show biz. To the Toe Tappers, the two dozen or so tap-dancing seniors of the Central Bucks Senior Center in Doylestown, pain, stress and sweat would never make them hang up their dancing shoes. "We are a bunch of hams," said Lue Hansen, 78, of Holicong, founder of the group, who does the bookings and plans the music with Karen Niedelander of Warminster. Niedelander, the "baby" of the group at 61, took over as director a year ago. Last week, three lines of women, median age about 70, strutted their stuff during a practice workout.
July 18, 2013 |
My 4-year-old daughter is accident-prone and absentminded, which, in youthful incarnations, are adorable qualities. I watched Nora enter her pre-K classroom recently, face-plant, then quietly get up and make her way over to the breakfast table to sit with her friends. I recognized myself in the casual gracelessness of the act and felt a strange motherly pride watching her quick recovery; while many people say they're clumsy, I actually am. Considering this side of her physical nature, I figured ballet lessons would be both good for her coordination and, also, at least mildly amusing.
June 17, 2001 |
The LeBlanc girls spent their childhood in ballet classes in the small college town of Carlisle, in Cumberland County. Today, Tina LeBlanc is a principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet, where sister Sherri is a soloist. Laurie, the oldest, danced in several companies, including the Pennsylvania Ballet. Now she teaches ballet in Los Angeles. Sean Lavery also trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle. He was a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet and now is assistant to the ballet master in chief, Peter Martins.