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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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September 14, 2014 | BY TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News
THE BIG NEWS here is the appointment of Spanish-born dancer Angel Corella, taking over Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic directorship after Roy Kaiser's 19-year reign. Corella, who rocketed to stardom with the American Ballet, should give the company an exciting ride. Meanwhile, Philadanco launches its 45th season, Pennsylvania Ballet alumnus Matthew Neenan continues to create works for BalletX, Annenberg Theatre's Dance Celebration hosts a full schedule of visitors and the Painted Bride has its usual delights.
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September 9, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Eight years old, with an unquenchable curiosity and a vivid imagination, Adrianna delights in exploring her creative side - by kicking up her feet. She loves to dance and recently had the chance to visit a studio, where she quickly learned the steps and moves the instructor showed her. In Adrianna's dreams, Broadway isn't far off. The people who know her best use such words as friendly, playful, and humorous to describe her. She likes to ask questions. Adrianna adjusts well to change, and looks forward to new challenges.
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September 1, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
It's tough to be Tiësto. Back in 2012, the biggest electronic dance music (EDM) act at this weekend's Budweiser Made in America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - he plays on Sunday, just before closing act Kings of Leon - pulled in $22 million. That put him atop Forbes magazine's inaugural list of Electronic Cash Kings, which ranks the highest-paid DJs in the world. This year, the Dutchman born Tijs Michiel Verwest has slipped to a tie for third, far behind top-earning Calvin Harris, who pulled in $66 million.
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August 27, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Philadelphia has always been a dance music haven. South Philly's Chubby Checker invented the Twist. American Bandstand started here, as did TV dance shows like Jerry Blavat's Discophonic Scene and Dancin' on Air . Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Sound of Philadelphia aided in the invention of disco. Techno and house music locals Josh Wink and King Britt ran their Ovum label from home. With all that came nightclubs with impossible-to-avoid dance floors - Chez-Vous; the Bank; Second Story and its basement gay club Catacombs; Circa; off-South's hallowed dance hall Fluid; after-hour clubs Revival and Black Banana; Delaware Avenue hot spots Egypt and Asylum.
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August 23, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lap dances in Philadelphia will stay tax-free - for now, at least. After an attempt to start collecting amusement-tax revenue from the dances was slapped down by a court earlier this year, the city will not pursue an appeal, officials said Thursday. George Bochetto, an attorney representing Cheerleaders and Club Risque, two of the three strip clubs targeted by the city for unpaid taxes last year, said the money sought by the city - hundreds of thousands of dollars - was enough to put some of the clubs out of business.
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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 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 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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