August 27, 2013 |
Jesenia is an adorable 10-year-old with sparkling eyes and an engaging smile that draw people to her. She loves music, dancing, cheerleading, and having her nails manicured. Jesenia enjoys spending time with her friends and talking about music and dancing. Despite her young age, she is already thinking about her future career. She hopes to be a professional singer some day like her idol, Selena Gomez. Pizza and ice cream are her favorite foods. Enrolled in fourth grade, Jesenia receives special-education services and benefits from the small class size and individual attention.
August 17, 2013 |
Health Partners presents Grammy award-winning gospel duo Mary Mary and praise-dance performances for its fourth annual Crazy Praise Dance Showcase and Health Fair on Saturday at the Baptist Worship Center in Northeast Philadelphia. Mascot Ms. Roo will be on hand to greet kids, and there will be games, giveaways, face-painting, and more. Before the performance showcase, free health screenings will be provided, and information will be given out about the Children's Health Insurance Plan.
July 25, 2013 |
Are lap dances a form of theater? That's what the owners of three Philadelphia "gentlemen's clubs" are contending as they try to block the city from taxing income from private dances - a move that would cost them as much as $1.5 million. During the next few weeks, the city's Tax Review Board will decide whether Club Risque, Cheerleaders, and Delilah's will owe an additional "amusement tax," the city levy most commonly paid on tickets to a ball game or a concert - but not on theater tickets.
July 22, 2013 |
Tango melodies echoed through the typically serene chambers of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch on Saturday as a dozen dancers slipped and twirled their way around book stacks and staircases, surprising a variety of weekend patrons. "I was just coming here to use the computers," said Reese Robinson, 26, of North Philadelphia, who admired the dancers beneath the library's rotunda. A daylong celebration of the tango featured a well-attended demonstration in the lobby, a reading from the book Tango Nuevo by Carolyn Merritt, and tango lessons for those with little to no dancing experience.
July 21, 2013 |
In a hall full of Ph.D.s and nursing students presenting findings at last week's annual pediatric nursing conference, a just-graduated high school student stood out. Daniel Sultan, 18, who graduated from Sayre High School in West Philadelphia in June, has long been active in his community. That's partly why he was chosen to take part in a joint research project with the University of Pennsylvania. Sultan participated in a study called "Dance for Health: Increasing Fitness and Fun in the Community," which won first prize against 35 others at the 29th annual pediatric nursing conference in Center City last weekend.
July 15, 2013
Dancing Afleet recorded her first stake and graded stakes win with her victory in the $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks Saturday at Delaware Park. With Joshua Navarro aboard, the Delaware certified filly by Afleet Alex won by a half length over Ile St. Molly. Tell A Great Story was another 1¾ lengths behind the top pair. Dancing Afleet returned $21.80. She covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1 minute, 44.59 seconds over a fast track. Dancing Afleet, a Pennsylvania-bred trained by Tim Ritchey raised her career record to three wins.
July 11, 2013 |
Joan Myers Brown, formidable and indefatigable founder of Philadanco, was sitting in her office at the company's West Philadelphia headquarters the other day when the phone rang. A woman from Washington was calling. "Where are you going to be July 9 and 10th?" she asked. "I'm going to be in Chile," Brown replied, "with the company. " Philadanco will be performing at the Danza Patagonia festival in Frutillar, Chile - the first American company to be invited to the festival.
July 10, 2013 |
Beautiful Decay seems an odd title for a ballet. "Decay" denotes partial deterioration, a breakdown to component parts, decomposition, rotting, and doesn't sound beautiful. But that's what choreographer Nicolo Fonte named his new work for Philadelphia's BalletX, premiering Wednesday at the Wilma Theater, to connote the onslaught of time and the changes it brings. In the first evening-length work ever commissioned by the seven-year-old company, Fonte illustrates his point by filling the piece with multiple off-beat juxtapositions, mixing dancers, dance styles, types of music, costumes, and aesthetics of different ages and genres.
July 9, 2013
"Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!" - Sen. Russell B. Long LET'S GIVE CITY HALL credit for ingenuity. After failing to drive up taxes on soda and smokes, the creative geniuses slipped a hootchy-kootchy tax under the radar. The form of interpersonal social contact known as the lap dance is subject to the city's 5 percent amusement tax. Who knew? Not the "gentlemen's clubs," apparently. To some, the tax is a stroke of genius, but it's rubbing the clubs the wrong way. To lawyer George Bochetto, it is "financial desperation" and the city trying to tax the same thing twice.
June 18, 2013 |
Last weekend's Invisible River - an aerial dance/music project to be staged under and around the Strawberry Mansion Bridge by Alie Vidich & the Brigade - nearly became Invisible Dance . Though Vidich and her team had worked for eight months to secure permits through the Fairmount Park Special Events Office, the bridges division of the City Streets Department, and the state Fish and Boat Commission, no one told them they also needed to notify...