October 18, 2014
The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season Thursday night with many staffing changes - including one big one that slipped by with little mention or fanfare: Zachary Hench retired from dancing. The much-loved former principal dancer was named ballet master in August, along with his wife, Julie Diana , who retired as principal dancer in May. Hench planned to multitask as both dancer and coach. But being ballet master of a company in much transition (including a new artistic director, Ángel Corella )
October 13, 2014 |
'Keep your elbows lifted, even when your arms are crossed over your chest - as though you're in a bar, having a drink. " So said the Pennsylvania Ballet's new artistic director, Ángel Corella, as he taught a recent company class in preparation for the dancers' debut under his leadership this week. His unexpected suggestion, whimsical but clear, is typical of his style. It achieved the intended result. For 90 minutes, Madrid-born Corella led 40 dancers in exercises that gave them ample opportunity to display their distinctive bodies and impressive abilities.
September 23, 2014 |
Make them feel special and loved. Make every encounter count. Make it fun. Put the right people in the right positions, and treat them right. Be committed to excellence. Bridge the divide between you and your customers. Dance and be optimistic, no matter what the score. SOURCE: DillonMarcus Executive Retreats and Tom Burgoyne.
September 20, 2014 |
Twerking to jail? Always knew twerking was going to cost Miley Cyrus her freedom, even her life. That's what happens to great visionaries and inventors. A state legislator in Mexico demands that Miley face punishment for twerking at a recent performance while one of her dancers spanked her with the Mexican flag. Are we talking a 10-, 20- or 30-year stretch in a supermax prison? Nah - at most she'll get a fine. Joan Rivers' doctor A source at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy tells CNN that Joan Rivers ' personal ear-nose-throat doctor performed a biopsy of her vocal cords without the late comic's prior consent.
September 14, 2014 |
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.
September 9, 2014 |
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.
September 1, 2014 |
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.
August 27, 2014 |
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.
August 23, 2014 |
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.
August 6, 2014 |
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.