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May 8, 1996 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Rita Marie Brand Brown, 77, whose dancing career began before World War II and continued until her death, died Sunday at Leisure Park in Lakewood, Ocean County. She was raised in Philadelphia, where she received dance instruction while a young girl, and moved to Cherry Hill in 1953. Mrs. Brown operated a dance studio at her Cherry Hill home on New Hampshire Avenue in the township's Erlton North section for 30 years. "Dancing was her whole life - she loved it," said her son John Brown.
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March 3, 1988 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
Over the objections of a Jenkintown Borough councilman, the Jenkintown Zoning Hearing Board has approved a special exception for an Elkins Park couple to convert a former dance studio into an apartment. The vote Tuesday night was 4-0. Board member Robert A. Hopf was absent. Enrique and Jeralyn Gunter own the property at 317 Cottman Ave. On the front part of the lot is half of a twin house that has been converted into separate apartments on the first and second floors. Behind the house is an abandoned building that last was a dance studio.
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July 8, 1990 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia O. Lopez thought it would be relatively simple to move from her school on Cottman Avenue to an aging church at 1720 Mount Vernon St. All the basics were in place to transform the church into a center for dance and music - a cultural contribution to the Philadelphia Museum of Art area. Once dedicated to the religious needs of those who lived in the massive brownstone homes that line nearby streets, the church had been declared surplus by the Lutheran synod. Until recent months, it had been the headquarters of Spring Garden United Neighbors Inc. Looking it over, Lopez found that the building had much to offer, including the soundproofing that thick, heavy walls guarantee.
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May 28, 1989 | By Will Thompson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixteen years ago, Chris Grau of Wallingford was 21 years old, a Springfield High School graduate and a trained ballerina eager to open her own dance studio somewhere in Delaware County. "Although I did many dance performances, I didn't necessarily want to become only a performing artist," the 37-year-old dance teacher recalled. "I wanted to teach dance, and I especially wanted a school that would be known primarily for its quality of instruction. " So in 1973, Grau, who lived in Glen Mills with her parents, went out to knock on doors and talk with members of social organizations and area schools to find her first class of students.
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September 29, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2002 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
The look is knife-blade cool at the Wednesday opening of ADA, why is she how I am at the Jeanne Ruddy Studio. Gray screens surround the small gray stage. When the lights come up on Niki Cousineau and Darla Stanley, who are close in height, build and facial features, they look nearly identical. It was choreographer Cousineau's intention to create the sensation of twin-ness, and she met it fully and uncannily. As a dance maker, Cousineau digs beneath the strata of a dance concept and brings rich ore to the surface.
NEWS
March 4, 1998 | By Rusty Pray and Tim Johnson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A former employee of the apartment complex where a dance instructor was slain last month has been arrested and charged in the killing, authorities said last night. Nathan K. Scott, 32, of the 1200 block of South 34th Street in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia, was charged with murder, three counts of burglary, receiving stolen property, and possession of instruments of crime in the slaying of Joan DeMarco, 66. Scott was being held without bail. According to an Upper Merion Township police criminal complaint, Scott went to police headquarters voluntarily yesterday to allow detectives to take palm prints.
NEWS
March 5, 1998 | By Blair Clarkson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Philadelphia man charged Tuesday with killing Joan DeMarco in her dance studio Feb. 22 apparently had become used to entering and leaving the basement offices at the Marquis Apartments at his leisure, police said yesterday. Police said Nathan K. Scott, 32, who was a janitor for several months at the King of Prussia apartments where DeMarco lived and had her studio, was charged with three of the six business burglaries in the last three months at the complex - the last of which culminated in DeMarco's death - and is a suspect in the others.
LIVING
June 14, 2000 | By Eils Lotozo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the past 30 years, a big chunk of the Philadelphia modern dance scene has found a lively home in a hulking old building just off South Street. For the first 25 of those years, the South Fourth Street structure housed the studios of German expatriate Manfred Fischbeck's Group Motion dance company. For the last five, the place has been called Kumquat Dance Center, home base to a collective made up of Group Motion, Ausdruckstanz Dance Theater, Scrap Performance Group, and hip-hop innovator Rennie Harris Pure Movement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
When you think of majorettes, you may imagine teens with a marching band, twirling batons. But Dianna Williams, a.k.a. Miss D, says the dance form is a sport all its own. Williams stars on Lifetime's Bring It !, the reality TV show that follows the Dancing Dolls, a majorette team from Jackson, Miss. While Williams coaches the young women to victory time and time again, drama always seems to bubble up throughout the series, whether because of internal conflict or rivalries with nearby dance studios.
NEWS
December 27, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
Davis can neither ice skate nor swim. She seems to excel at nearly everything she tries, though: dancing, singing, choreography, kung fu. She is a Grammy-nominated producer. She hosted a nationally syndicated PBS cooking program in the 1970s, and has been enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution for her work on that show. Perhaps most remarkably, Davis has for a half-century - 50 full years - been a beloved teacher in the Philadelphia School District. With verve and passion, she runs the dance department at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and, at 71, has no plans to retire.
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November 23, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
H. H. Richardson so dominated American architecture in the late 19th century that we often refer to Victorian buildings with layers of rough, chocolate-colored stone and thick, rounded arches as "Richardsonian," even when they were designed by imitators. Authentic Richardson buildings can be found in cities around the country, especially the Northeast. But not in Philadelphia. So we'll just have to content ourselves with the knock-offs. The former American Trust Co. & Savings Fund at Broad and Fairmount is a good example, despite its mutilated condition.
NEWS
November 22, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
Since 2008, Taiwanese dancer/choreographer Kun-Yang Lin has made his Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers company a home on the foodiest street in South Philadelphia: Ninth Street below the Italian Market. Just south of the garish neon-lighted Geno's and Pat's cheesesteak nexus, his studio rivals the gaudiness of the intersection, decorated with one of Isaiah Zagar's mirrored and broken-pottery mosaics. On a more artistic level, neighbors didn't get it. They also didn't like having a dance studio on the block, first thinking it would be a noisy dance club.
SPORTS
September 14, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
On a chilled Valentine's Day in 1947, Center City Philadelphia's shops and restaurants buzzed with holiday activity. Hardly anyone noticed the small moving truck outside 1518 Walnut St. The vehicle contained a few desks, chairs, filing cabinets, and boxes that had come from a tiny office over a men's shop at 37th and Woodland. Workers began carrying those items to a three-room suite in the 18-story building, space that until recently had been occupied by a dance studio. Suite 601 was plenty large enough for its new tenant's staff - if three persons could be considered a staff - and before long someone hung a sign on the door: "National Football League Headquarters.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 29, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Bob Thomas, Associated Press
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.
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