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April 26, 1987 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each year, the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, under the aegis of fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland, mounts a 10-month show that often has a direct influence on contemporary clothing. Vreeland, the former editor of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, is known for being a powerfully prescient muse in these matters. The current exhibit, "Dance," has proved to be no exception. Even before the Met show opened in Manhattan in December, miles of tulle and pouf dance skirts had been introduced for spring in Europe and New York.
NEWS
October 18, 1991 | by Janet Anderson, Daily News Dance Critic
It's a day like any day for dancers in the 1990s, filled with sexism, racism, AIDS, physical challenges - and unrequited love. Or so Marla Blakey's one-act play, "The Dancers," which received its first local performance last night at the Society Hill Playhouse, would have us believe. There is a fascination with dancers' backstage life and training that sometimes seems to far exceed interest in their on-stage performances. People apparently can't get enough of the suffering and deprivation, yet rarely ask why dancers willingly, even happily, pursue such an arduous life.
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June 2, 2000 | By Merilyn Jackson, FOR THE INQUIRER
Philadanco's Wednesday opening-night concert proved there are at least three reasons to go: the dancers, the dancers, and the dancers. The company wraps up its 30th-anniversary season at the Prince Music Theater through . On the Shoulders of Our Ancestors is billed as an evening-length work, but it is really a loose suite of four works held together by screened excerpts from a television documentary to run next year on PBS, Free to Dance....
NEWS
March 26, 2003 | By Miriam Seidel FOR THE INQUIRER
Filmmaker Maya Deren had completed only a few short films when she died at 44 of a brain hemorrhage in 1961. But her small body of work is recognized for its dreamlike power, and she is considered one of the most important avant-garde filmmakers ever. A new documentary about Deren, In the Mirror of Maya Deren, by Martina Kudl?cek, is the centerpiece of a film series at the Prince Music Theater this weekend. "Motion Pictures: A Moving Collaboration Between Filmmakers and Dancers" will screen a number of films featuring dancers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2002 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Benjamin Franklin may have harnessed electricity in Philadelphia, but for the audience at the Annenberg Center for the Arts Thursday night, Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theater embodied it. Grupo Corpo commissioned Philip Glass and Uakti (wah-kee-chi), the renowned Brazilian ensemble that makes its own instruments, to create the opening work Seven or Eight Pieces for a Ballet. Evoking rivers of the Amazon basin, it has since been recorded on the CD Aguas da Amazonia (Point Music)
NEWS
November 18, 2002 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Four years ago, Gin MacCallum appeared like an apparition in a solo performance choreographed and performed by her - a diminutive tornado of movement, surefootedly destroying any doubts that might lie in her path about her talent. In her first full-length choreography, "In the Shape of a Spider," performed over the weekend at Christ Church, the surefootedness was still there and so was the choreography for her strong soloists, but she was not so successful in massing her group of six unevenly matched dancers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1987 | By Patricia O'Haire, New York Daily News
Tommy Tune didn't want any dancers for the cast of his newest Broadway project, Stepping Out, even though Tune is a dancer and choreographer himself, and even though the play is about dancing. The play, which has been running for several years in London and opens here tonight, is about a group of people - eight women and one man - who get together one night a week for a tap-dancing class. It's a sort of social event for them, besides being a way of getting in shape. "It was very important that they not know how to tap," Tune said the other day, his first day off almost since rehearsals began early last month.
NEWS
July 25, 2004 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dance teachers normally don't need to worry about thunderstorms. But Jane Roosevelt, founder of Longwood Performing Arts, does. For the last four years, her students have put on a free outdoor dance recital at the pavilion in Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square. "There is nothing like dancing outside," she said. "The backdrop of the trees and the lake is unbelievable. . . . It's a perfect place. " Dancer Caroline Pennartz, 18, said she enjoys having the audience so close.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2004 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
When the Australian Dance Theater came to Dance Celebration at Annenberg Center in 2002, a longshoremen's strike held up its set on the West Coast. This week, Homeland Security officials were holding the Sydney Dance Company's set for artistic director Graeme Murphy's eagerly awaited American premiere of Ellipse. It sat for two weeks on a New York dock waiting to be X-rayed until a senatorial phone call released it - not in time, though, for Thursday night's opening show. But while we might have been protected from an Aussie attack by set, we were not safe from their attaque by dance.
NEWS
March 19, 2009 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
The 16 dance numbers in the 2009 Garden State Dance Festival's two-weekend run at Rutgers-Camden's Walter K. Gordon Theater offer a kaleidoscopic glimpse of what emerging dancers can do when matched with established choreographers. Several of the works in last weekend's opener were highly polished, mobile - and as colorful as stained glass. They ranged in genres from ballet to boogie, pas de deux to large ensemble. Among the best works - and repeating tomorrow - is Camille A. Brown's excerpt from her larger one-woman piece, The Evolution of a Secured Feminine.
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March 9, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Ballet gave an encore of a signature work and added another Balanchine ballet to its repertoire for its opening Thursday night at the Academy of Music. Both were part of the company's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Carmina Burana has been in the troupe's repertoire since 1966, when John Butler staged his 1959 work on Pennsylvania Ballet to Carl Orff's secular cantata. In 2007, choreographer-in-residence Matthew Neenan reinterpreted the ballet with new choreography, costumes, and sets.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The white floor cover on the Verizon Hall stage suggested something left over from a painting crew. Instead, the special surface was for Philadanco in its Friday collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra - an artistically gratifying enterprise that showed how easily such organizations can come together in an identity-enhancing experience. The meeting point was Poulenc's 1929 Aubade, a Jazz Age ballet/piano concerto hybrid performed with choreography by Tommie-Waheed Evans that wasn't out to change the world but showed off the quintet of female dancers well and authenticated the music's content.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Dan Norton, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE Over three days of nonstop movement, Penn Staters turned the Bryce Jordan Center, typically a basketball venue, into what one student called "the biggest celebration of life you can possibly have. " "I think this is the epitome of how to live your life," senior Emma Gregory said of THON, Penn State's annual 46-hour dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer. In its 42nd year, THON raised a record $13.34 million, up from last year's tally of $12,374,034.46.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was cold, polar vortex cold. Schools were closed and heavy snow was on the way. But for nearly 600 dancers, plus supporters bundled up in puffy coats, hats, and blankets outside the Merriam Theater as much as 11 hours ahead of call time, it was worth it. Worth it for the possibility of dancing on TV, working with great choreographers, and maybe a place on the "hot-tamale train" to stardom. That is judge Mary Murphy's signature phrase, and she utters it when a dancer blows her away on So You Think You Can Dance . Murphy, along with Nigel Lythgoe, host Cat Deeley, and Tony-winner guest judge Billy Porter ( Kinky Boots)
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The world premiere of Susan Rethorst's THEN , with Group Motion and artistic director Manfred Fischbeck, was a bright, cheery, even cheeky little dance, only 50 minutes long. But it packed a lot of information into that short time. A presentation of Philadelphia Dance Projects, in conjunction with the University of the Arts School of Dance, the new work encapsulates Rethorst's first year in Philadelphia, which began last season at Bryn Mawr College. Her "Wreckings" have been a hallmark of her creative exploration and research.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
EMILY WEBSTER hadn't planned to come into Center City on New Year's Day. For the Wayne-based 5-year-old, the trip was a spur-of-the-moment decision. "We decided around 10:30 [this morning]," said her mom, Linda Webster. The pair considered taking SEPTA into town, but opted to drive instead. Good idea. No traffic. They got to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in time to grab some excellent riser seats - and to catch the day's first Fancy Brigade performance. The Spartans, the newest club - consisting of former Satin Slippers members, among other brigades - marched on strong with a Native-American theme titled, "One Nation, Valley of the Drums.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The 15-year-old dance company BodyVox first appeared at Annenberg Center in 2001. This is the group's fifth visit as one of the Dance Celebration series' favorites - and one of mine, as well. BodyVox, based in Portland, Ore., is a winsome company of a dozen top-tier dancers. Artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, both of whom dance in the company, are alums of Momix and Pilobolus. That heritage shows best in certain sections of their eight-part paean to films and filmmaking, The Cutting Room , which the two conceived and choreographed.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Carole Ann Scaldeferri Spada, 70, of Newtown Square, a regular dancer on American Bandstand from 1957 to 1961, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of congestive heart failure at a Springfield hospital. Her husband, Richard Spada, said Mrs. Spada was recovering from a minor stroke she had suffered earlier when she became ill on the way to church. She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, where she died, her husband said. "When the doctor told me the news, I was heartbroken," her husband said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
In some circles it is fashionable to pooh-pooh The Nutcracker as an insubstantial holiday treat, suitable only for stage-struck little girls and their doting mothers. But (a) what's wrong with escapism, especially at this time of the year? And (b) Pennsylvania Ballet's annual production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - at the Academy of Music through Dec. 29 - offers two hours' worth of sheer theatrical magic, something no one should ever feel too old, or too serious, to enjoy.
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December 10, 2013 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yes, 'tis the season, but must every performance have a yule theme? Nope, says Philadanco, which presents a holiday-themed program now and then but which this year chose to honor one of its favorite choreographers, Christopher L. Huggins, in a weekend series at the Kimmel Center. And what a gift it was, a suite of short ballets that showed the power, speed, and athleticism of the company's fantastic dancers, as well as the diversity of Danco's and Huggins' dance styles. The evening opened with The List , a quartet about a Jewish family in Krakow in 1941, set to music by John Williams and Henryk Gorecki.
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