July 5, 2015 |
Karen Warrington is anything but a shrinking violet. She resists categories. Early on, back in the 1950s and 1960s, she studied dance with Sydney King and then became a member of Arthur Hall's Afro American Dance Ensemble. Always interested in writing and communication and politics, she moved into journalism, becoming news director for WDAS radio, and has been an off-and-on reporter and talk host on black radio in the city for nearly 40 years. From 1984 to 1992, she was press secretary for Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
October 8, 2013 |
Zakiyyah is a 17-year-old with a vision for her future. She loves all kinds of music and dreams of becoming a singer or music producer. She also enjoys dancing and would like to own a dance studio and teach others. A compassionate teen, she wants to help the homeless. For now, she keeps busy with a variety of activities including dancing, sports, creative writing, and playing instruments. She has played the piano and flute. Zakiyyah was thrilled to have the opportunity recently to visit a dance studio and learn some new steps, including a hip-hop routine that she quickly mastered.
September 29, 2013 |
Mary E. Atkinson, 93, of Gloucester City, a performer and owner of dance studios in Philadelphia and Gloucester City, died of heart disease Monday, Sept. 23, at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill. Born Oct. 29, 1919, in Minneapolis, Mrs. Atkinson was a gifted entertainer, family members recalled. She trained in dance at the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in North Minneapolis and later performed professionally, going on the RKO theatrical organization circuit. Mrs. Atkinson also performed benefits for the military as "The Dancing Majorette.
January 22, 2013 |
Excerpted from The Inquirer's review published Oct. 15, 2010. Jen Childs is scared of dance. But not so scared that she won't admit it in front of an audience, explain her many humiliations in great detail, and perform snippets of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and many other styles. She does all that in her one-woman show for 1812 Productions, Why I'm Scared of Dance . [The production opened Friday at Act II Playhouse in Ambler.] The show frames the story of Childs' life through her chorophobia - fear of dancing - and is full of clever lines, most of them delivered spot-on.
December 27, 2012 |
Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day, and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman's would-be suitor in Tootsie . Mr. Durning, who died Monday at age 89 in New York, got his start as an usher at a burlesque theater in Buffalo.
July 27, 2012 |
Anibal Velez, a rising senior at Samuel Fels High School, waits for the bus every morning in front of a dingy metal manufacturing plant on Tabor Road near Godfrey Avenue in Lawncrest. Until recently, he never considered that the building's owners could be harming his neighborhood by failing to maintain the property. "It's broken fences, broken windows and graffiti all over the place, and trash everywhere," he said. "Why can't the people that own this — that live somewhere in Rydal, Pa. — come and help, you know, make this better?"
February 8, 2012 |
Tucked into a greige industrial shopping strip on a nondescript road in Voorhees is the hottest club you've never heard of. That is, unless you run with the in-the-know kindergarten crowd. Just ask Olivia Oberle, who celebrated her fifth birthday with 23 of her besties at the Groove Lounge on a recent Saturday night. "I wish there was a place like this when I was growing up," said Olivia's mom, Anne Marie Oberle, as she handed out beaded necklaces to the kids. "I have to live vicariously through them.
January 26, 2012 |
FROM the swing on the porch of her grandparents' house in St. Helena Island, S.C., Cheryl Vernae Grant could hear the gospel songs from a small church across the road. She particularly recalled the song, "Come On in This House:" Now you know there's no need for you Standin' there cryin' Cause you know your cryin' won't Ease your mind. Such songs shaped Cheryl's spiritual life and led her to a lifetime of devotion to the Baptist church.
July 8, 2010
A two-alarm fire Wednesday afternoon at an auto-parts shop brought as many as 80 firefighters to Radnor to battle the blaze in triple-digit heat. The fire started before 1 p.m. in a building in the 300 block of West Lancaster Avenue that houses the auto-parts shop, a paint distributor, and a dance studio. The fire spread along the outside walls to the roof, Radnor Fire Chief Jim Kelly said. Firefighters worked in short bursts, as the heat made the task exhausting. The fire was extinguished within 45 minutes.