April 6, 2014 |
Health and physical education teacher Bernadette Campoli was teaching country and western line dancing at Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia when a student suggested a different kind of dance. He wanted to go ballroom. Turns out the idea didn't come from any Monday-night TV show featuring Paso Dobles from the D-list. Many of Campoli's students had waltzed and merengued before - at their middle school. They had participated in Dancing with the Students, a program that brings ballroom dancing to schools in Philadelphia and Chester.
January 28, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Hotel ballroom, six podiums set up, one for each of the Seattle Seahawks scheduled to address reporters last night after the team's arrival for Super Bowl XLVIII. An hour beforehand, there is no activity in front of receiver Doug Baldwin's placard. Three tripods, one camera await quarterback Russell Wilson. Nobody is staking out defensive end Cliff Avril, safety Earl Thomas or center Max Unger. In the corner where Richard Sherman is scheduled to speak, a thicket of seven cameras bristles.
December 12, 2011 |
WHILE Anna Trebunskaya enjoys her time on ABC's massively popular "Dancing with the Stars," most recently partnering with TV personality Carson Kressley, she's excited to take a break. "It's nice to go back to a partner who knows what they're doing," she said. Trebunskaya and her husband, Jonathan Roberts, another "Dancing with the Stars" alum, will pair up onstage at "Champions of Dance," coming to the Annenberg Center Thursday through Sunday. The show brings together 10 champion ballroom dancers in a performance directed and choreographed by Taliat Tarsinov, whom Trebunskaya has worked with on and off since she was 15. But her director isn't the only familiar face in the show.
August 16, 2011 |
NEW YORK - With 16 Grammys, millions of records sold, several defining hits and a superstar husband, Beyoncé has nothing to prove. But sometimes even queens need to show what it means to be royalty. And on Sunday night, Beyoncé arrived at the Roseland Ballroom to give fans and critics alike a reminder that she remains the head diva in the music world. She made her case to a select group of fans one rump-shaking move at a time. "This show is going to be a little different," Beyoncé told the standing-room crowd at the show's outset.
January 12, 2010 |
Diane Alcavage could barely make out the distraught voice mail. The Dec. 10 phone call was from the wife of Cherry Hill resident Cesar Bonifacio, one of the top students at her Westville ballroom dance studio. "I'm calling to let you know Cesar will not make his dance class tonight," said Acelita Bonifacio. "He's in Cooper Hospital. He'd want me to tell you. Diane, he's not doing good. Please, please call. " When Alcavage finally got Acelita on the phone, the news was shocking.
July 28, 2009 |
Workers from the Mathieu Lustrerie atelier in Gargas, France, visited Philadelphia last week to install 12 new chandeliers in the Academy of Music ballroom. Mural painters sat perched on scaffolding, putting the last blue hues and faux-marble touches on various parts of the building. Plaster repairs and roof work are complete, and after a new rug goes down in the next few weeks, the work is done. For this summer, at least. The Academy ballroom renovation, overseen by Philadelphia interior designer John Trosino of KlingStubbins, strips away a scheme installed in the 1950s, replacing it with cues taken from an 1860 photograph magnified to reveal minute details.
October 11, 2008 |
Somewhere in the nether zone where the rip-and-burn ethos of the Digital Age bumps up against the you-break-it-you-bought-it copyright laws of the Analog Age is where Girl Talk opens his laptop and throws a party. That may sound about as sexy as an equation on paper, but as parties go, it's a deathless, breathless, unstoppable good time: smoke, confetti, toilet-paper streamers, and, like, all your favorite songs - together at last! Unlike most DJs, Girl Talk - a.k.a. the acclaimed Pittsburgh-based mixologist Gregg Gillis, 26 - doesn't cut-and-paste from obscure vinyl B-sides and deep cuts from rare albums.
July 10, 2008 |
Somewhere out in the Atlantic, a ship from France carrying an enormous 10,000-crystal chandelier is making its way to Philadelphia. At the same time, in Cheshire, Conn., art conservators are doing detective work to create decorative paintings authentic to 1850s Philadelphia. Carpet and fabric designs are being vetted, chandeliers built. And already scaffolding is up, wood is being ripped out and windows opened in the Academy of Music, where all these elements will coalesce in the next year or so. Actually, the $11.6 million being spent to renovate the Academy takes the form of two separate projects: $10 million to totally renovate the ballroom, and $1.6 million to rebuild the chandelier in the main auditorium.
May 29, 2008 |
I looked down at my bloody toe peeking out from my open-toe sandal. Ten minutes into my first session of ballroom dance lessons, I knew that my husband, Rob, and I were in trouble. Limping to the sidelines to sit for a minute, I realized my fantasy was going up in smoke. I'd never be Ginger Rogers to my husband's Fred Astaire. I am a huge fan of the TV show Dancing with the Stars. I've watched it for the last three seasons, mesmerized as the celebrities and their professional partners glide across the dance floor.
April 4, 2008 |
The question stunned Althea Hankins, a Germantown family physician on a flight from California to Philadelphia. "You're a Negro, aren't you?" asked an older white man. Taken aback by the outdated term, Hankins said, she replied, "Yes, I guess so. " Hankins said the stranger on that 1999 trip then told her that he collected memorabilia, and showed her an old pamphlet bearing the headline "Negro soldiers party - 5801 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. " "I told him, 'That's impossible.