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January 18, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre brought some much-needed Miami heat Thursday night to Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center. The Philadelphia premieres of Herrera's Dining Alone and Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret also provided a few good laughs along with some puzzling and thought-provoking moments. Both shared oblique historical and political references and autobiographical material. Herrera's father, a Cuban émigré to Miami, had been both a baker and a waiter.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2015
U SHER IS MAKING things official with longtime girlfriend, business partner and - three cheers! - older woman Grace Miguel . Miguel, 44, was spotted with a major rock on her ring finger on New Year's Eve, when Usher, 36, performed in Miami, and at Sunday's Golden Globes awards show. The couple hasn't confirmed. But when you know, you know.   NBC-ya later Two-and-a-half years after her tearful on-air goodbye to "Today," Ann Curry appears to be flying the peacock coop for reals.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The William Penn Foundation has decided to provide short-term funding for Dance USA/Philadelphia, the service organization whose grant application was unexpectedly denied by the foundation last month after many years of support. The grant denial sent shock waves through the local dance community, which relied on the organization, commonly known as Dance/UP, for a wide variety of services - from an e-newsletter, packed with grant-deadline information, to a robust program of subsidized performance venues for the region's burgeoning number of troupes and choreographers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Check out a dance theater duet as the worlds of hip-hop and butoh meet Friday and Saturday during Flash at Painted Bride Art Center. The performance features dancers Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto. In the interdisciplinary show the artists communicate through dance and find commonalities and shared cultural experiences between African American and Japanese cultures. The multimedia show takes the audience on a journey with doses of humor; it also has remakes of pop, funk and hip-hop songs from "back in the day. " "Flash" featuring Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Waves of dismay are rolling through the region's dance community in the wake of an abrupt decision by the William Penn Foundation to cease funding Dance/UP, a branch of Washington-based Dance/USA and the sole organization serving the entire community. The foundation, which provided the funding in 2006 to launch Dance/UP and has supported it ever since, gave no notice that it would not renew that support, said dance officials, nor did it offer to finance a transition period for Dance/UP (formerly called Dance USA/Philadelphia)
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
Dance Celebration favorite David Parsons came to town with his company, Parsons Dance, Thursday night for a run at the Annenberg Center and infused the audience with his playful spirit. The 1993 Bachiana showed early influences that Parsons took with him from his days in Paul Taylor's company. Lots of skipping steps, jumping jacks, a fractured Swan Lake quartet for the ladies and headstands for the guys that turned Bach's music on its head and left Sarah Braverman holding her partner by the ankles as if he were a giant fish she just caught.
NEWS
December 1, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ballet or college? Many young dancers ask themselves that question. For Elizabeth Mateer, the matter was even more complicated when she received a job offer from Pennsylvania Ballet 2, the second company, as well as an acceptance to Harvard. Mateer, now 24, chose ballet. Five years later, as a member of the first company's corps de ballet, her decision is paying off in featured roles. In October, she shone in performances of Christopher Wheeldon's Liturgy and Alexei Ratmansky's Jeu de Cartes . Next she'll dance Sugar Plum in some performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker , opening Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Get ready to boogie this weekend when the Hip Hop Fundamentals dance troupe performs and instructs at the Please Touch Museum. Learn about the history of hip-hop while dancing and grooving. You'll also learn about dance styles including break dancing. The troupe uses hip-hop as a vehicle to teach academics and break dancing to inspire positive change in youth.   Hip Hop Fundamentals, noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
In its Philadelphia debut on Thursday night, Israel's Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) presented If At All , by artistic director Rami Be'er. While this piece gave the dancers an opportunity to show off their strength, flexibility, and stamina, in the end it was only a partial success. Be'er says he doesn't tell stories with his choreography, so viewers can make up their own interpretations. But at points, the dancers drop to the floor, accompanied by sounds of gunfire and screaming; they also beat their chests and "stab" themselves.
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