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February 21, 1998 | YONG KIM/ DAILY NEWS
A dragon dances to bring good luck to the home of Bint Wu as Chinatown celebrates the completion of the Hing Wah Yuen housing development, a 51-unit townhouse development on Callowhill Street near 8th. The name of the development means "Prosperous Chinese Garden. " Built by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the $7-million project is the culmination of more than eight years of work. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a Chinese New Year banquet at Joy Tsin Lau restaurant.
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June 12, 1990
The table-setting for full-blown negotations in South Africa continued apace last week, most dramatically with President F.W. de Klerk's lifting of a state of emergency under which some 50,000 blacks have been detained without charges for up to three years. The move came as his ex-prisoner, Nelson Mandela, toured Western Europe, urging that economic sanctions remain in effect against Pretoria pending more fundamental reform. Even though emergency laws have been lifted (except in the province of Natal)
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March 26, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Ralph Macchio, Lord of the Dance. Bet you didn't see that one coming. I always get a little disoriented when a kid from TV's misty past (Macchio was on Eight Is Enough ) pops up as an adult. Scott Baio, Rick Schroder, Butch Patrick, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Cassidy, Mindy Cohn - they all give me a slight case of the whirlies when I see the ravages of time etched on their faces. (I've built up an immunity to Neil Patrick Harris.) But who would have thought Macchio would foxtrot to the top of the leaderboard on the season debut of Dancing With the Stars ?
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March 11, 1993 | For The Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
The life and legacy of the Armenian people was portrayed in dance Sunday afternoon at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, as the Sayat Nova Dance Company performed in native costume. The dance company of 40 men and women is named after an 18th-century troubadour.
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February 19, 1987 | Special to The Inquirer / JOAN FAIRMAN KANES
Ah, Valentine's Day and a chance to dance. And so they did during the Valentine's dance sponsored by the Hometown Senior Citizens Center of Media. The dance was held Saturday at the Redwood Playhouse in Upland.
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June 4, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Michael Wirtz
At Overbrook School for the Blind, students teamed up with dancers from the Philadelphia Civic Ballet for "Dance Happens. " Forty students, ages 5 to 18, performed ballet, jazz and tap for yesterday's show, which was financed by a grant from Arco Chemical Co.
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November 6, 1991 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Although Dance in America has probably done more to disseminate dance across the nation than any other television program, it has sometimes been criticized for taking too conservative, or documentational, an approach - for transferring dance conceived for live theater to television lock, stock and barrel. With Paul Taylor's Speaking in Tongues, which airs tonight at 11 on Channel 12, Dance in America (part of PBS's Great Performances series) has finally made an exciting marriage between two mediums.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2002 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
Support Philly's women of football tonight at TPDS as DJ WGB spins dance music for the Liberty Belles fund-raiser. Ricardo Montalban won't be in the house to make dreams come true, but never mind, because "Fantasy Island" at Shampoo on Saturday will have Sandra Collins, Louis Osbourne, StarChild, Dr. Octo-pussy, Ed Sitler, and Steve Singer. Contact Lloylita Prout at 215-854-2877 or lprout@phillynews.com.
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January 15, 2012 | Reviewed by Lewis Whittington
Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina A Biohistory of American Performance By Brenda Dixon Gottschild Palgrave Macmillan. 370 pp. $27 This is a Philadelphia story that rivals Rocky in blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention fabulous footwork. Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope for the Black Ballerina is, of course, about the visionary founder and artistic director of Philadanco, the internationally renowned dance troupe that is still going strong after 40 years and that embodies the spirit of Philadelphia.
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November 13, 1986 | By Lisa Greene, Special to The Inquirer
High school freshman Kelly Griffith, sporting an earring from which a safety pin, a peace sign and a crucifix dangled, was jamming on the dance floor, clad in a screaming yellow-and-black sweater and skirt. Her partner, in a jacket and tie, seemed more sedate. And he looked, well, old enough to be her father. But that's not surprising - because Frank Griffith was one of 200 fathers who escorted their daughters to Archbishop Carroll High School's annual father-daughter dance Friday night.
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April 10, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one can say she isn't a good sport. The day after fainting during the first televised Philadelphia mayoral debate, an upbeat Lynne M. Abraham determinedly went about her campaign, refusing to allow even 50 Cent to get in her way. With the rap star's "In da Club" blaring as an intro, the 74-year-old former district attorney good-naturedly endured a request that she, along with the other would-be mayors, dance her way to the candidates' table...
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March 29, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
It's hard to believe that Koresh Dance Company has been performing on Philadelphia boards for almost 25 years. Harder still to think that Melissa Rector is still shining in every performance as she has since 1991. And hardest of all not to be moved by Aftershock , artistic director and founder Ronen Koresh's love letter to his adoptive homeland. It opened the company's spring run at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Thursday night. Aftershock is episodic, deriving perhaps from Koresh's biography.
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March 28, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
The Lantern Theater Company's current production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is so fresh, funny, and full of life that nothing in it offends. Were it not for K.O. DelMarcelle's winking tango choreography and some strong performances, this Shrew would almost bore with its innocent mirth. In Taming of the Shrew , the Bard's title refers to Katherine (Joanna Liao), a fire-tongued scold (the script refers to her as much worse), whose nasty attitude terrorizes the townsfolk of Padua, in northern Italy.
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March 28, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Remember Baby's thrilling run and Johnny's spectacular lift at the end of the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing ? Well, onstage, in this national touring production at the Academy of Music, there's no run and not much thrill. It's more like dusty dancing than dirty dancing, as the sexy electricity has been replaced with nostalgia. Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter for the film, wrote the book for this musical, which is faithful to the original (according to my companion for the evening, a fan of the movie who knows all the songs and most of the lines and who met her first husband back in the day at Grossinger's, a Catskills resort much like the Kellerman's of the show)
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March 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The concept, one imagines, inspired not a few raised eyebrows: Shakespeare plus tango. Intriguing, no? Or merely perplexing? So was born the Lantern Theater Company's current production of The Taming of the Shrew , which runs through May 3. The romantic comedy, written between 1590 and 1592, is a sometimes heartwarming, sometimes caustic take on the battle of the sexes, set in the Italian city state of Padua, and here updated to the 1930s....
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March 25, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The annual "Shut Up & Dance" show gives the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet a chance to stretch their wings, to do something new, to play. At this year's performance, Saturday at the Forrest Theater, some tried their hand at choreography, while others danced front and center for a change. They and some of their friends in the dance community were there to raise money for the nonprofit Manna - which delivers free meals to those with life-threatening illnesses - while doing what they do best.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
What made Jessica Lang Dance's debut in Dance Celebration at Annenberg Center for the Arts on Thursday night - Philadelphia's introduction to the troupe - such a pleasurable surprise was the range of the six works on Lang's artfully planned program. She's the Bucks County girl who made good choreographing for companies around the world and is now a Bessie Award-winning choreographer in New York. Lang set a masterful table with the first Mondrian-inspired piece, "Lines Cubed," and as tastes of the variety of her choreography, offered five more delectable courses.
NEWS
March 20, 2015
THINK OF "Dirty Dancing," and it's likely the first thought conjured is of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," the hearts-take-flight duet sung by Bill Medley (of The Righteous Brothers) and Jennifer Warnes that is the signature tune from the small-budget 1987 flick that today stands as a pop-culture totem of the Reagan administration era. But the Oscar-and-Grammy-winning song's lyricist is far too modest to claim sole responsibility for the success of the film whose stage version hits the Academy of Music Tuesday for a 13-night, 16-performance run. "For me, it's more than just the movie and just the song," offered Franke Previte (pronounced PREV-it)
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March 20, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
It takes years for Tony Award-winning shows to make it from Broadway to Philadelphia. But Jessica Lang earned a Bessie Award - the dance equivalent of a Tony - in October, and her work is opening at the Annenberg Center on Thursday. Randy Swartz is thrilled. "We want to see the work she did last year in New York that won her that Bessie, and that's what we're bringing to Philadelphia audiences," says Swartz, the artistic director of Dance Celebration, which is presenting Jessica Lang Dance.
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March 16, 2015 | By Mister Mann Frisby, For The Inquirer
For more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle, the pride of Southwest Philadelphia, has owned center stage, effortlessly blowing her audiences away with vocal highs in "New Attitude" and "Over the Rainbow" and sultry, soul-stirring lows in "Little Girls" and "You Are My Friend. " But starting Monday at 8 p.m., the soul-music icon will embark on a new endeavor that, she admits, has her shaking in her stilettos. LaBelle will compete in the 20th season of ABC's hit show Dancing With the Stars . Her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, might have a hard time keeping up with LaBelle.
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