August 6, 2016 |
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.
December 27, 2015 |
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.
November 23, 2015 |
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.
November 22, 2015 |
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.
September 14, 2015 |
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.
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.