November 29, 2010 |
When your great-granduncle is the man many consider a godfather of Irish dance in the United States, a sloppy slip-jig is out of the question. So 11-year-old Olivia Tuma of Merion Station twirled, kicked, and tapped Sunday on a stage at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown with such precision that even a bump from a high-stepping competitor couldn't break her concentration. "I didn't run into her, she ran into me," Tuma said as she bent down to kiss her uncle, Peter Smith, the 80-something cofounder of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America.
October 3, 1991 |
All they needed to hear was a note on the piano, and out they came for the second annual Senior Showcase, a week-long display of talent at the Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S. Broad St. These hoofers participated in the dance competition, which included tap, ballroom, folk, line and jazz. Other contests were held in music and drama. The finale will be held on Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m.
February 10, 2000 |
The senior dance team of Debbie Koegel and Oleg Fediukov head into today's free dance competition in fourth place and needing to finish second overall in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships to advance to the World Championships. Koegel, of Phoenixville, and Fediukov, of Aston, finished fourth yesterday in the original dance competition at the Gund Arena in Cleveland. In the junior men's short program, Johnny Wier of Newark, Del., was first. The junior men's long program is scheduled for tomorrow.
January 21, 2014
THE GUYS from Hip Hop Fundamentals don't look like the performers who used to show up at my school assemblies. They arrive in fly Kangol bucket-style hats and mock turtlenecks. On their feet, they rock Adidas Gazelle sneakers or Clyde Frazier basketball shoes, by Puma. And if I say they dance their butts off, I'm not exagerating. Trust me. These dudes can pop lock, head spin and floor rock with the best bboys around. Watching them perform on YouTube videos, I couldn't help but wonder why they aren't big stars doing their thing on VH1 or Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" instead of leading school assemblies.
January 12, 2013
Friday The pipes, the pipes It's martial performance art at its finest: The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards perform at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Admission: $30 to $65. Time: 8 p.m. Information: 215-893-1999. Friday-Saturday Dance competition Reality TV dance shows have nothing on this: The Youth America Grand Prix is an annual worldwide student ballet scholarship competition, open to dancers 9 to 19 and awarding more than $250,000 in scholarships to leading dance schools.
May 18, 2010
I HAVE AN IDEA for a TV show: "So You Think You Can Parent. " Instead of having wannabe stars perform for the judges, I'd have parents called onstage for the thoughtless things they do in the name of child-rearing. We'd never run out of contestants because of the number of clueless mothers and fathers out there. Take, for instance, the brain-dead parents of those 7-year-olds who performed that risque dance routine to Beyonce 's "Single Ladies" at a California dance competition.
August 24, 1989 |
Every once in a while, Charles and Ann Marie Smith will run into an old friend, who will invariably open the conversation with, "Where have you two been? I haven't seen you in ages. " Their answer is simple. "We've been roller-skating," the Coatesville couple reply. "At first, they think we're crazy," Ann Marie Smith said. But for Charles, 48, and Ann Marie Smith, 45, roller-skating - to be precise, figure and dance roller-skating - has become a way of life. "Once we explain it to them what it's all about, they don't think we're so crazy anymore and usually say they'd like to come watch," Ann Marie Smith said.
May 6, 1993 |
The rink was almost empty as Chris Gaimari and Cindy Reed practiced their routines for a skating exhibition. Neither seemed to mind skating in anonymity on this day. Reed was elegant as she executed a pirouette at center ice. Gaimari worked on a dance routine, with only the bleachers as his audience. Both put everything they had into the four-hour workout to prepare for an exhibition May 23 at Hollydell Ice Arena in Washington Township. Gaimari, a 32-year-old resident of Hammonton, and Reed, 18, who lives in Barrington, are Special Olympics world champions.
August 31, 1989 |
Using television to learn popular dances isn't new. Back when the Woodstock generation was on the verge of adolescence, the gang watched American Bandstand to catch the latest steps. Parents also could turn to the tube for a refresher course in the old standards with Arthur Murray's Dance Party. Now another legendary name is getting in step. Best Film & Video's Fred Astaire Dance Studio's How to Dance cassettes is a five-volume series produced in conjunction with the dance-studio chain.
December 1, 1989 |
Deidra Maye lives with her mother and six brothers and sisters in a cramped, one-floor apartment in a housing project in Kinston, N.C., a small, impoverished tobacco town about 40 miles west of the state capital. Like her surroundings, Deidra's world can sometimes get pretty bleak. Even in her third-grade classroom, the 9-year-old usually winds up on life's underside. Rarely, if ever, does she rise above her classmates. Her drawings are never hung on the wall, A's are non-existent.