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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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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 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.
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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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August 6, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Julian Scanlan, a.k.a. DJ Swoon, is too young to go clubbing - unless he brings his party tunes. The Mount Laurel resident, 17, is a rising Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist. His composing, remixing, producing, and performing skills have landed him DJ gigs in Philly and Orlando, as well as residencies last year and again this week at Grammy Camp. "Camp is amazing," says Scanlan, who's attending the Grammy Foundation's competitive summer workshop program in Manhattan until Sunday.
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July 26, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is loaded with small dance companies, as anyone who has ever been to Fringe knows. These troupes rarely get to perform in fancy theaters, and it takes a lot of motivation for audiences to trek out to dingy performance spaces and sit on uncomfortable folding chairs all night. For the second year, Koresh Dance Company invited its colleagues to perform in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in the Come Together Dance Festival. Over five days, which began Wednesday night, 24 companies have their 15 or so minutes of fame.
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July 22, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
With the Come Together Festival presenting five nights of dance and the city celebrating the annual Philadelphia Dance Day with free workshops, performances, and a massive dance party on Saturday, you won't be able to miss dance in Philadelphia this week. You can either sit through it or get up and do it, but why not do both? For the festival, Koresh Dance Company is sharing one of its weeks at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with an ingathering of regional companies, both well-established and upstarts.
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July 18, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE COURT has spoken: There shall not be taxation with gyration. Ruling from the bench after a brief hearing, Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler yesterday morning rejected the city's attempt to impose a tax on lap dances in strip clubs. Mayor Nutter's administration was appealing a decision by the Nutter-appointed Tax Review Board, which said the city's applying the amusement tax - 5 percent on admission charges - to lap dances at certain strip clubs was inappropriate. Ceisler sided with lawyers for the strip joints, who argued that they already pay the amusement tax on cover charges, that "interior activities" are not subject to the tax and that the city was applying the tax inconsistently.
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July 18, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time, the Nutter administration has lost a bid to tax the money exotic dancers earn from giving "lap dances" - a move that could have cost three of Philadelphia's biggest strip clubs as much as $1.5 million. The administration first was rebuffed in October by the city's Tax Review Board, and on Wednesday, a Common Pleas Court judge upheld the board's decision. The city has 30 days to appeal the latest decision. City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith said she did not know whether an appeal would be filed.
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July 14, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she was going to be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
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July 11, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last winter, a caravan of canoeists headed up the Schuylkill, paddling against the current and the chill to discuss plans for Invisible River , an arts event planned for this weekend. "Everyone was getting really excited, saying how we should put lights on the bridge, or imagining dancers in the shallows of the water and a flotilla of boats, with a music barge floating along. We were all letting our imaginations run wild," recalled choreographer Olivia Jorgensen, who was visited by a vision of dancers performing summer-solstice rituals on the banks.
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July 5, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Dancing youth are still giving show-stopping performances at the Merriam Theater this weekend in Debbie Allen Dance Academy's production of Brothers of the Knight . The play is written and choreographed by Oscar- and Tony-winner Allen. The musical is adapted from the Brothers Grimm tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses. " The story focuses on a Harlem pastor named Rev. Knight who is the father of 12 boys. Knight is searching to solve the mystery of his sons' torn-up shoes. He hires a magical housekeeper named Sunday to solve the mystery.
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June 27, 2014 | By Sahar Majid, For The Inquirer
In 1947, British rule of India ended with the partition of the country into India and Pakistan, a topic still close to the hearts of many people. Longing for an undivided India is the theme of the dance theater program Asunder , to be performed at the Painted Bride Friday and Saturday. Asunder was conceived and choreographed by Swarthmore professor Pallabi Chakravorty, who specializes in the anthropology of dance and studied Kathak and other classical and folk dance styles under renowned gurus such as Bandana Sen. The group she founded, Courtyard Dancers, will explore the nostalgia and grief for the loss of what once was, but never will be again - a united India   . The dance portrays a desire for things to go back to the good old days.
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June 5, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before her senior prom at Germantown Academy in April, Allison Moise had a fairly typical to-do list: Find the perfect dress, figure out what to do with her hair, and hit the tanning salon for some unseasonable bronze color - a school-dance ritual she has stuck to since she was 15 or 16 years old. But while nervous dates and inedible catered meals may never go away, pre-prom tanning is one tradition that could be on its way out in Pennsylvania....
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