November 11, 1990 |
The sound of snapping fingers, clapping hands and tapping toes filled a room at the Northeast YWCA. Three members of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) were working on a new dance routine for the week's get-together. The club has expanded its usual offering of field trips, dances, parties and support-group meetings with an activity that many overweight people shy away from - dance class. NAAFA held its first weekly class Nov. 2. "It's difficult if you're large and want to be fit . . . to find a place where you feel comfortable to exercise or to dance," said Janet Meyers, chairwoman of the Philadelphia chapter.
April 20, 1987 |
It was Easter Sunday, not Christmas Day - nonetheless it was the Cabbage Patch that was king. The homely, adoptable doll that spurred shopping riots four years ago is now the name of a new dance craze that was all the rage yesterday at the second annual, city-sponsored "Philly Teens Easter Sunday Parade and Dance," at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Everybody was doing it from tiny toddlers to long-limbed teenagers. Taherra Horsey and Jamal Turnquest, both 3 and of Philadelphia, were crowd pleasers indeed as they rocked from side to side and shifted their shoulders in a movement that was unmistakably the Cabbage Patch.
August 17, 1989 |
The New Hope Arts Commission is bringing together theater, music and dance for a five-week Festival of the Performing Arts beginning next week. The showcase, funded by $13,000 in local and state grants, includes two plays, a guitar and flute duet, dance, choruses and cabaret performances. The festival opens Aug. 25 with I Don't Want to Be Zelda Anymore, Marty Martin's play about Zelda Fitzgerald, the eccentric wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Margie Bolding, an Alabama actress, portrays Zelda, a role she originated in New Hope in 1983.
April 14, 1995 |
The music of Jimi Hendrix and Ludwig van Beethoven, a long red wig and a pair of boxing gloves - these wildly contrasting elements are featured in the intriguing, puzzling concert by Truus Bronkhorst, veteran Dutch modern dancer and choreographer. Her appearance at the Harold Prince Theatre, with a final performance tomorrow, is part of the U.S.-Netherlands Touring and Exchange Project. On one level, this hour-long series of vignettes deals straightforwardly with hot-button political issues such as violence and sexuality.
January 8, 1996 |
"Neon" had been a little dim. "Prime Time" was suffering a serious ratings swoon. In nine games as a Dallas Cowboy after signing his eye-popping contract, Deion Sanders had the statistics of someone with far fewer television commercials: two interceptions, two catches, no touchdowns. So yesterday against the Eagles, in his first playoff game since helping San Francisco to a Super Bowl victory a year ago, Sanders became a show-stopper once again. He touched the ball on offense and scored, going 21 yards after changing directions on a reverse.
January 25, 1995 |
Deion Sanders, who generally hid from reporters during the Atlanta Braves' postseason games in 1993, reveled in his first Super Bowl interview yesterday. Wearing a Nike baseball cap backward and upside down, Sanders offered his opinions on a variety of subjects: On suggestions that he doesn't like hard-hitting football: "I don't like to tackle. . . . Who does? I like to break up passes, intercept balls and dance. " On his penchant for flashy jewelry: "When I was growing up in Fort Myers, the drug dealers used to dress that way and the young kids looked up to them.
March 25, 1998 |
As I scrape away at the stubborn egg on last night's omelette pan, I listen to Margaret Atwood on National Public Radio describe the narrative struggle. Envy is a terrible thing. I often listen to NPR when I wash the dishes. This vicarious participation in local politics and literary chit-chat helps me through the dead time. A few weeks ago, I tuned in just in time to catch the dying phrase "700 days until the millennium. " Seven hundred days, I think over and over; I must use them well.
January 13, 1995 |
Hearing a pleasing word is a celebration. We can repeat it and keep it in mind to trot out when our spirits need lifting. As Heather, 9, dances to music, she will sing the words that make her laugh. "Bubble" takes her fancy and so does "hello. " Because she is severely mentally retarded, it is always a cause for rejoicing when Heather learns a new word. Though she doesn't speak in sentences, she can communicate her wishes and needs in other ways. She'll climb on a lap, point to her chin, and say "baby.
September 22, 2004 |
THEY WERE doing the monkey dance around the still-sizzling corpse of Dan Rather's career yesterday. It was like that scene from "The Wizard of Oz" where the apes leaped gleefully as the Wicked Witch of the West fizzled into oblivion. Between conservative talk-radio hosts and acid-penned bloggers, it was a confirmation ball for people who believe the major media are willing tools of the liberal establishment. Rather, who will be 73 soon, is in the stretch run of a mostly distinguished career.
April 22, 1990 |
The barefoot teenagers, clad in tie-dye and beads, clasped hands and danced in a circle to Crosby, Stills and Nash, beckoning the sun to break through the clouds and rain. "Sun, sun, sun," they chanted, their hands reaching to the sky, their legs covered with mud, their hearts committed to saving the Amazon rain forest. It was the start of Bucks County Earth Day, a six-hour hosanna to the planet, featuring workshops, music, speakers, organically grown food, tree plantings and at least one impromptu tribal dance.