May 3, 2013 |
TAWANDA "WAWA" Jones would always joke that the drill team she founded, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters (CSS), was ready to make its Hollywood debut. On Tuesday, that aspirational joke became reality when the CSS girls taught the celebs how it was done on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " The eight ladies from South Jersey performed a stunning number to Beyonce 's "Get Me Bodied. " To see a video of their performance, go to ph.ly/CamdenDWTS. Jones still can't believe her troupe made it to prime time.
May 1, 2013 |
The Beatles' song "Come Together" was an anthem of odd juxtapositions: joo joo eyeballs, walrus gumboat. And the Suzanne Roberts Theatre beginning Thursday will be a forum for some odd dance pairings - hip-hop, gymnastics, aerial, ballet, jazz, and modern - when 27 Philadelphia dance companies perform in a nine-day festival conceived by choreographer Roni Koresh and called, appropriately, Come Together. In residence at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Koresh Dance Company - ranked by DanceUSA in the top 90 of the nation's 650 companies - is opening its spring season to 26 other troupes and, with a grant from PNC Bank, has added a second weekend.
April 29, 2013 |
READINGTON, N.J. - A school district in Hunterdon County canceled a middle-school dance after the embattled principal received a threatening e-mail. Authorities did not disclose specific details about the threat made against Readington Middle School principal Sharon Moffat. But they said the threat received Friday morning apparently came "from overseas" and was not considered credible. A dance scheduled for Friday night was canceled after the threat was received. District Superintendent Barbara Sargent said township police offered to have an officer at the school, but she said it seemed "more sensible" not to hold the dance.
April 29, 2013 |
I hear the swagging before I find it. The pulsating and the applause, the eight-counts too big even for the basement terrain of the massive, gargoyled Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania campus, where I have come. I'm here to find the kids who are going to put on a weekend show - the West Philly students who, thanks to a program called CityStep, have been practicing all year to amaze their family and friends with the dances they've learned from a couple dozen incredibly devoted Penn undergrads.
April 28, 2013
By Andrea Camilleri Translated from the Italian by Stephen Sartarelli Penguin, 288 pp., $15 Reviewed by Peter Rozovsky Fifteen books into his Inspector Salvo Montalbano series (with several titles yet to be translated from Italian/Sicilian/Camillerian into English), Andrea Camilleri manages both to offer readers the pleasures they've come to expect, and to vary the ingredients and add enough emotional depth to keep the series from growing tired. In book 14 ( The Age of Doubt )
April 23, 2013 |
CONGRATULATIONS to Alison Young , who won the fifth annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars on Sunday night at the Crystal Tea Room. Young, the vice president of External Affairs for the National Constitution Center, danced the foxtrot with Paul Samuelnas from the Studio on Take the Lead on Pine. Young was clad in floor-length pink spandex, covered in rhinetstones. She had no dance experience before. Q102 DJ Maxwell came in second with the waltz, while Fox29's Kacie McDonnell came in third with the tango.
April 21, 2013 |
If there's one thing Ira Glass knows, it's that you can't put a dance performance on the radio. The public radio journalist, who hosts NPR's popular weekly newsmagazine This American Life , was hit with that truth - and the resulting conundrum - two years ago when he fell in love with a performance by New York choreographer Monica Bill Barnes' modern dance ensemble. "I was struck by how the aesthetics of her show matched the tone and feeling of the radio show I do," Glass, 54, said this week in a phone interview.
April 19, 2013 |
I RA GLASS is the Jessica Simpson of public radio. Not the new, pregnant designer Jessica Simpson. The old, singing, can't dance a lick Jessica Simpson. That Jessica used to surround herself with dancers to hide her own immobility. And that brings us to Glass. The "This American Life" host will present the world premiere of "One Radio Show, Two Dancers," a night of stories and dance, courtesy of Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass , Saturday and Sunday at the Annenberg Center.
April 16, 2013 |
Susanne V. Wood, 78, a dance historian, died Tuesday, April 9, from complications of dementia at Rydal Park Health Center in Montgomery County. Born in Germantown, the daughter of Susan Stauffer and Emil Vollmar, she moved around the country as a young woman before zeroing in on her passion - dance. She graduated from Holy Family High School in Auburn, N.Y., and attended St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind. She graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. In the mid-1950s, she began studying to become a dancer, part of the corps de ballet with the Washington School of Ballet and at the Ballet Russe School in New York.
April 12, 2013 |
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....