August 18, 2015 |
Before ballet offered Gleidson Hoffmann a way out of stifling poverty, the native Brazilian's salvation came by way of teachers, neighbors, and the Catholic Church. Each, in its own way, helped a talented young Hoffmann survive in the slums of a rural mining town. But in between, "if we had to sleep in the streets, we did. If we had to eat from the trash, we did," said Hoffmann, 28, now of Downingtown. Since then, the artist has danced with the likes of Twyla Tharp and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
March 29, 2015 |
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.
July 5, 2013 |
Dancer and choreographer Joan Myers Brown, the founder of Philadanco and a commanding presence in the world of dance and arts education, and Laurie Olin, whose landscape-architecture firm is responsible for revitalizing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and many other public spaces in the city, have been named recipients of the National Medal of the Arts, the White House announced Wednesday. In announcing the 12 winners of the nation's highest civic honor for excellence in the arts, President Obama cited Brown, 80, for carving out "an artistic haven for African American dancers and choreographers to innovate, create, and share their unique visions with the national and global dance communities.
April 12, 2013 |
Anthony DeVuono, 97, a tap dancer who dazzled audiences with acrobatic moves in the 1940s and 1950s and operated a dance school in South Philadelphia for 50 years, died Sunday, March 31, at his home in Columbia, Md. In the 1940s, Mr. DeVuono and a friend, Sam Perna, were known as the Vanderbilt Boys, a dance duo. The pair performed in theaters and nightclubs from coast to coast, combining precision tap dancing, acrobatics, and comedy skits....
April 4, 2013
S HANA HEIDORN, 42, of Pennsport, owns Society Hill Dance Academy, which she started in 2002 on 2nd Street near Pine. She opened a second location in Manayunk in 2008. The school specializes in ballroom and Latin dance. Heidorn also runs a nonprofit called the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, which brings ballroom and Latin dance to inner-city schoolchildren in Philadelphia. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the academy? A: I moved here in 1995 to work for a dance school.
December 7, 2012 |
Mary Fiocca Yanetti, 98, founder of a dance studio in South Philadelphia, died Friday, Nov. 30, of respiratory failure at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mrs. Yanetti was known for the dance school she and her family opened in 1956 at their home in the 1100 block of South Seventh Street. AnnaMarie's School of Dance was named after Mrs. Yanetti's daughter, Anna Marie DiEgidio. The first floor was where classes in ballet, tap, jazz dancing, swing, and acrobatic dancing were taught. The second and third floors were living quarters for the family, said Mrs. Yanetti's grandson Jason Douglas.
August 7, 2012 |
The invitation to perform at a special event in London during the Olympics seemed so out of the blue Michelle Jones Wurtz thought it was a scam. The owner and director of the Pottstown Dance Theatre was puzzled, excited, and suspicious - all at the same time. So Wurtz called the American Association of Performing Arts Educators (AAPAE), the Florida group that sent the letter. She also began researching the group to make sure it was legit. When she found out the invitation was real, the euphoria set in. That was two years ago. On Monday, 22 dancers ages 13 to 18 will board a plane for London.
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.
April 6, 2010 |
As she endured treatment for breast cancer 13 years ago, dancer/choreographer Jeanne Ruddy read T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. But as she recovered, it was his Four Quartets that gave her solace, particularly the end of the third section, "The Dry Salvages": We, content at the last/ If our temporal reversion nourish/ (Not too far from the yew-tree)/ The life of significant soil. To mark the company's 10th anniversary, Jeanne Ruddy Dance presents Janet Pilla and Christine Taylor alternately performing Ruddy's solo Significant Soil in a celebratory run at the Wilma Theater that begins with a Thursday-evening gala.
January 15, 2010 |
Although deep into work with the Philadelphia Dance Company and her own dance school, Joan Myers Brown saw a problem that she could not ignore. Back then, in 1988, Brown also served on the board of Dance/USA (a national service organization based in Washington, D.C.). She noticed that such dance organizations were not interested in audiences of color, and they really did not want modern dance, preferring to focus on major ballet companies. "I knew there were problems that black companies were having and thought we might address them collectively," said Brown, the artistic and executive director of Philadanco in West Philadelphia.