December 7, 2014 |
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.
December 1, 2014 |
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.
November 29, 2014 |
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.
November 16, 2014 |
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.
October 30, 2014 |
PATRONS WILDLY dancing on a stripper pole at a Philly nightclub and hookah lounge knocked hot hookah coals down a patron's breasts, the woman claims in a lawsuit, but the club's manager said she's making a mountain out of a molehill and the suit is a booby trap. In a civil suit filed this week in Common Pleas Court, Katelyn Sobon said she was a patron of the Trilogy Nightclub & Hookah Lounge on Spring Garden Street near 6th in Northern Liberties on May 25. She and a friend were seated near the dance floor with a hookah placed on a "feeble" table between them.
October 18, 2014
The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season Thursday night with many staffing changes - including one big one that slipped by with little mention or fanfare: Zachary Hench retired from dancing. The much-loved former principal dancer was named ballet master in August, along with his wife, Julie Diana , who retired as principal dancer in May. Hench planned to multitask as both dancer and coach. But being ballet master of a company in much transition (including a new artistic director, Ángel Corella )
October 13, 2014 |
'Keep your elbows lifted, even when your arms are crossed over your chest - as though you're in a bar, having a drink. " So said the Pennsylvania Ballet's new artistic director, Ángel Corella, as he taught a recent company class in preparation for the dancers' debut under his leadership this week. His unexpected suggestion, whimsical but clear, is typical of his style. It achieved the intended result. For 90 minutes, Madrid-born Corella led 40 dancers in exercises that gave them ample opportunity to display their distinctive bodies and impressive abilities.
September 23, 2014 |
Make them feel special and loved. Make every encounter count. Make it fun. Put the right people in the right positions, and treat them right. Be committed to excellence. Bridge the divide between you and your customers. Dance and be optimistic, no matter what the score. SOURCE: DillonMarcus Executive Retreats and Tom Burgoyne.
September 20, 2014 |
Twerking to jail? Always knew twerking was going to cost Miley Cyrus her freedom, even her life. That's what happens to great visionaries and inventors. A state legislator in Mexico demands that Miley face punishment for twerking at a recent performance while one of her dancers spanked her with the Mexican flag. Are we talking a 10-, 20- or 30-year stretch in a supermax prison? Nah - at most she'll get a fine. Joan Rivers' doctor A source at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy tells CNN that Joan Rivers ' personal ear-nose-throat doctor performed a biopsy of her vocal cords without the late comic's prior consent.
September 14, 2014 |
THE BIG NEWS here is the appointment of Spanish-born dancer Angel Corella, taking over Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic directorship after Roy Kaiser's 19-year reign. Corella, who rocketed to stardom with the American Ballet, should give the company an exciting ride. Meanwhile, Philadanco launches its 45th season, Pennsylvania Ballet alumnus Matthew Neenan continues to create works for BalletX, Annenberg Theatre's Dance Celebration hosts a full schedule of visitors and the Painted Bride has its usual delights.