August 24, 1993 |
By day, they may be wholesome, fresh-scrubbed college students, nurses and secretaries. But when night falls, they become dancers who gyrate seductively in G- string swimsuits for appreciative male audiences, then talk to individual patrons. They can make from $50 to $500 in tips during a four-or five-hour shift. The women are the attractions of the exotic dance clubs that have been popping up at the Shore in recent years in record numbers. New Jersey law prohibits establishments that serve alcohol from exhibiting total nudity, and in these clubs you won't find any more flesh displayed than you would see on the beach.
February 23, 2009 |
Two sides of Rennie Harris showed up at Puremovement's show Friday and Saturday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater - the lite and the dark. The show, which included a sneak peek at a developing piece and the premiere of 100 Naked Locks, opened with Something to Do With Love, Volume 1, the first of a soon-to-be-three-part dance first conceived in 2006. As with the hip-hop piece, 100 Naked Locks, which was presented here in progress two years ago, Harris often shows partially finished works that he tweaks along the way. For his fans, it's an appetizer for the next banquet.
December 29, 1989 |
The Mount Holly Township Council, acting to "upgrade the image" of the township, gave final approval yesterday to a ban on go-go dancing. The move, which has been planned since October, was directed at Chat's Sports Lounge on Mill Street - the only establishment in Mount Holly that features scantily clad dancers. Also yesterday, the council appointed Joseph L. Jones to serve out the remainder of former Councilman Eugene Stafford's term, which ends June 30. Stafford resigned last month from both the council and the Burlington County freeholder board, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
October 23, 1998 |
The owner of the adult Carnival Bookstore on Route 130 in Brooklawn pleaded guilty yesterday to permitting prostitution inside the shop and will be given an 18-month suspended sentence. Louis Trombetta, 60, of the first block of Freedom Road in Sewell, admitted to Camden County Superior Court Judge Louis F. Hornstine that sexual contact between patrons and female dancers took place at the business. In a plea arrangement negotiated by Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Brian E. Mulholland and defense attorney Raymond E. Milavsky of Cherry Hill, Trombetta also agreed to forfeit half of a store bank account that had been seized, worth $83,700; to pay a $5,000 fine; and to serve 18 months of probation.
March 12, 1994 |
Upper Chichester Township sued Delilah's Dolls yesterday, alleging zoning violations and asking that the topless bar be shut down at least until the suit is resolved. Formerly Boomerang's nightclub, Delilah's has been at the center of controversy since it opened Feb. 17. Its female dancers have drawn protests, pickets and threats of boycotts and sent the township's Board of Commissioners scurrying for a legal position to close the bar on Conchester Road just east of Route 452. In a suit filed in Delaware County Court yesterday, the township says that Delilah's violated township zoning laws by "providing entertainment to the public by way of topless female dancers.
December 19, 1997 |
Five employees of the Carnival Bookstore and club on Route 130 in Brooklawn were released on their own recognizance yesterday after they were arraigned in Camden County Superior Court on prostitution-related charges. The five were indicted by a county grand jury on Wednesday on charges that grew from a Feb. 6 raid by investigators from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, the Sheriff's Department and local police. The bookstore manager, Louis Trombetta, 59, of the first block of Freedom Road in Sewell, and the assistant manager, Charles Deuter, 50, of the Millbridge Apartments in Clementon, were among those arraigned yesterday before Superior Court Judge Linda G. Rosenzweig.
September 24, 1993 |
You don't have to be German to join the Skleno Civic Club, a/k/a/ Catwalk. Just walk through the door of the 1 1/2-story brick building, plunk down 10 bucks, and you're an instant member of a club formed in 1937 to help German immigrants adjust to America. You don't have to have a good imagination, either. The female dancers don't leave you much to wonder about. But the little they do wear is patriotic: tiny red, white and blue G- strings with stars. A flier says patrons can pose with the near-nude girls.
February 24, 1999 |
A party with six female dancers was crashed early yesterday by two men who held the women and revelers at gunpoint, robbing them of about $500, police said. The gunmen fled through a rear fire escape but were apprehended several minutes later by police, who spotted them driving on Basin Street near Powell Street. Arrested were two Norristown men, Marston Lockman, 18, of the 1400 block of Arch Street, and Wilson Darden, 18, of the 600 block of George Street. Each was being held in Montgomery County Prison last night after failing to make $5,000 cash bail.
November 14, 2009 |
It's Philadanco's 40th birthday, but the modern dance company looks as fresh and strong as ever. The troupe opened its season at the Kimmel Center Thursday night with a program that includes a world premiere, a cameo appearance, and a celebration of women's derrieres. Companies and choreographers all over the world have tackled Bolero, with varying degrees of success. Indeed, Philadanco's is the second new version in Philadelphia in just four months (BalletX premiered one in July)
October 4, 1994 |
Susan Hess' incubator for choreographers, The Choreographers Project, is now 10 years old, and it continues to hatch interesting work. Several times a year, Susan Hess Modern Dance offers programs like the one over the weekend, in which several dancer-choreographers showed off the evolving results of their unhurried, multiyear residencies. All four pieces, by Leslie Dworkin, Asimina Chremos, Roko Kawai and Rennie Harris, were described as "works in progress," and most were solos.