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May 14, 1988 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
An astrologer whose speciality is dance (as distinct, say, from summit meetings) would certainly have forecast the Judith Jamison premiere to be the highlight of the program presented by the University of the Arts' School of Dance. Jamison, after all, was the star of the Alvin Ailey troupe for many years and still wears the star glow she acquired there. As we all now know, however, astrologers' forecasts do not always work out as planned. The high point of the program, which was at the Shubert Theater last night and repeats there tonight, turned out to be Daniel West's Medium Red. West's work is familiar here, having been performed by his Washington-based troupe at the Painted Bride.
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December 2, 1999 | By Rusty Pray, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jean M. Williams, 70, a dancer, choreographer and teacher who founded a dance school and company, died Nov. 24 of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease at the home of a daughter in Germantown. Movement was Mrs. Williams' business, and she didn't stop attending to it until after Alzheimer's had snatched away her memory. For 40 years, her movements or those of her troupe - the Germantown Dance Theater - moved audiences with their power, grace and beauty. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Williams began training in ballet at age 18 - a late start in that discipline - in New York in 1947.
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April 12, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
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February 26, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
New York City-based coworking-space operator Joynture is opening a 23,000-square-foot location in April at the former South Street home of Pearl Art & Craft. The 417 South St. space will consist of about 40 private offices and 60 open desks, Joynture said in a release Thursday. The Philadelphia space follows Joynture's first location in New York's Financial District, it said. A location also is planned this year in Lahore, Pakistan, according to its website. The South Street space had been occupied by a dance school following Pearl's closure.
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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.
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July 5, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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August 18, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 17, 1994 | By Marguerite P. Jones, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
While many Irish Americans are out celebrating St. Patrick's Day today in local bars, pubs and parades, a group of 61 children from a Bucks County dance school is marching and dancing its way through a parade in Ireland's capital. The students, ages 4 to 16, make up the youngest U.S. group ever to participate in Dublin's parade, according to their teacher, Christina Ryan. A native of Ireland and former dance teacher there, Ryan started her own Irish dance school in Richboro after moving to the United States almost five years ago with her husband and four children.
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October 26, 1998 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Robert Jordan, 68, says he always wanted to learn tap dancing. Finally he did - starting at age 50 - and he's still at it. "I wanted to take tap dance lessons when I was little and watching Fred Astaire movies," he says, "but my mother said that it was all very well to watch entertainers doing that sort of thing, but nobody in our family would seriously consider it. " And that was that until 1980 - maybe there was an Astaire movie on...
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August 7, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 10, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, STAFF WRITER
Edythe Celestine DeGraffenriedt Porterfield loved many things. She loved entertaining friends and family and attending social events, and she loved going on outings to the theater, her family said. But her greatest love was reserved for her three children, to whom she devoted her life and served as a steady and vocal champion. Mrs. Porterfield, a retired federal employee, active church member and family matriarch known as Celeste to family and friends, died Saturday, May 21. She was 92 and lived in West Philadelphia.
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February 26, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
New York City-based coworking-space operator Joynture is opening a 23,000-square-foot location in April at the former South Street home of Pearl Art & Craft. The 417 South St. space will consist of about 40 private offices and 60 open desks, Joynture said in a release Thursday. The Philadelphia space follows Joynture's first location in New York's Financial District, it said. A location also is planned this year in Lahore, Pakistan, according to its website. The South Street space had been occupied by a dance school following Pearl's closure.
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February 3, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
It's not an obvious career path: Eduardo Vilaro has gone from starring in a middle school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown to becoming an award-winning choreographer and director of an internationally celebrated, New York City dance troupe currently celebrating its 45th anniversary. This Friday and Saturday, Vilaro will be at the helm of Ballet Hispánico when it makes its first Philadelphia appearance in nearly two decades, at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
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August 18, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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July 5, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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April 12, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
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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.
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December 7, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 7, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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