June 16, 2013 |
Every Tuesday, Domenic Lanciano, 60, and his daughter, Nicole, 34, go to dance class. Their goal isn't to dazzle relatives at the next family wedding or sharpen their skills for a spin on Dancing With the Stars. Domenic has Parkinson's disease, and doctors have suggested the rhythms of dance may help keep him loose and limber. He and Nicole have been going to classes for the last five months, joining 25 or so Parkinson's patients who every week shimmy and sway in Studio A at West Chester's Rock School West.
June 10, 2013
10 for the Road Connecticut. New Haven's Creative Arts Workshop's annual juried show "How Simple Can You Get" runs June 28-July 26. Juror is Robert Storr, artist, critic, and dean of the Yale University School of Art. Free. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. www.creativeartsworkshop.org/simple/ Delaware. St. Anthony of Padua hosts its 39th annual Italian Festival through June 16. The 2013 theme is Emilia-Romagna, the home region of St. Anthony's legendary Father Roberto Balducelli, who turns 100 this year.
May 24, 2013 |
Let's pretend for a moment that Grease , receiving a main-stage airing-out at Walnut Street Theatre, isn't about slut-shaming and prude-shaming or the days when bullies were the cool kids. We can celebrate an era when we had the freedom to mock "Polacks," "Japs," and "pansies" at will, but didn't have to acknowledge African Americans because they were still invisible. We might even be OK with all that if director Bruce Lumpkin allowed this 1971 musical to take its original form: a hand jive at America's best-beloved 1950s myths presented by a bunch of working-class teenage scrappers all grappling for the bottom rungs of the same (gender-specific)
May 24, 2013 |
Henry Clay Smith 3d, 67, of Gladwyne, a pioneering force in the fusion of dance, theater, mind-body fitness, and martial arts, died Sunday, May 12, while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off Alanya, Turkey. Mr. Smith was on the last day of a working trip, and taking a quick dip in a calm, roped-off swimming area when a companion found him floating facedown. Turkish officials said he drowned. Years before, he had undergone heart bypass surgery, his family said. Mr. Smith was the founder and artistic director of Solaris Dance/Theatre and Video, which he ran out of his home.
May 18, 2013 |
After 44 years on - and more recently off - the stage, Dance Theatre of Harlem opened Thursday night at the Annenberg Center. It was a welcome return, and the company looked both young and sophisticated. Led by founding member and longtime principal dancer Virginia Johnson, the troupe was on hiatus for eight years after facing a debt of more than $2 million. When the curtain went down in 2004, the company had 44 dancers. Now, it's performing with just 18. This week's tour to Philadelphia brought two artists home.
May 10, 2013 |
Immerse yourself in different cultures on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and celebrate Philadelphia's 10 Sister Cities at the Sister Cities Park International Festival. Event festivities include dancing, music, cooking demos, and hands-on activities. There will be cultural activities and performances throughout the day. The Italian Council's Luigi Scotto will sing, the Guang Hua Chinese School troupe will dance, and Taiko drummers will enrich with a Japanese percussion show. Guests can even get a French language lesson at 3:05 p.m. Other activities include a Cameroonian fashion show and Israeli, Polish and Korean dance performances.
May 4, 2013 |
The opening of the Come Together Festival at Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Thursday night showed just four reasons critics consider Philadelphia the country's top dance city (outside the Big Apple). This festival of 27 established and emerging companies spotlights only a sliver of the richness of our dance culture. World-renowned Rennie Harris Puremovement set the pace with Continuum (1997), for five company members and guest dancers. Battling it out with serial solos in a circle of light, and cheered on by their mates, Dinita Askew and Katia Cruz were jewels in Harris' crown of astonishing dancers.
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.