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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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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May 12, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 32 years, the party is over for Dance Celebration, the popular series of dance concerts presented at West Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The series and name will be retired as of Monday. The decision arose from the diverging artistic visions of co-presenters Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center, said F. Randolph Swartz, artistic director of Dance Affiliates, and Michael J. Rose, managing director of the Annenberg. But there is a happy result: Each organization will go ahead with its own series as Dance Affiliates moves to Center City.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Wearing nothing but G-strings, two men and a woman showed off their superhuman strength and chiseled physiques Thursday as they arranged themselves into a series of impossible shapes atop a small table at the Annenberg Center. The ever-changing relationships among the trio - made up of Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Jordan Kriston, and Mike Tyus - suggested both seduction and violence. And that was just the opening number. The popular Pilobolus Dance Theater combines collaboratively choreographed dance pieces with short films that act as visual palate cleansers and give the stage crew time to set up for the next item.
NEWS
April 26, 2015
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings By Marc Kushner TED/Simon & Schuster. 176 pp. $16.99) Reviewed by David L. Ulin   What is the future of architecture? That question grows more compelling the more we think about cities as vast networks in which infrastructure and sustainability are two sides of a very complicated dynamic. The way we build teaches important lessons about who we are. Not only that, suggests Marc Kushner in The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings , but also "the world's 1.75 billion smartphones are fundamentally changing the way architecture is consumed.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
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