July 3, 1992 |
The best-trained folk dancers in Russia arrived in Philadelphia yesterday on a friendship tour. The Dancing Teens of Voronezh will appear at the zoo and in the parade tomorrow and at Penn's Landing Sunday. They are students at the Voronezh Dance Academy, which supplies dancers for the most prestigious folk- dance troupes in Russia.
August 29, 1993 |
She is head of the Professional Dance Academy of Montgomery County. He is director of the internationally known Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble. She is the founding director of Monique Legare International Dance Company. He is an authority on the subject of international folk dance, which he has taught for 25 years. Together, Monique Legare and Morley Leyton have built their lives around dance. The couple, who have been married 11 years, recently returned from a tour of Poland, where they were overwhelmed by the hospitality and kindness of their hosts.
October 23, 1987 |
Pardon the cliche, but I was born with a pair of left feet. But, hey, folk dancing couldn't be that difficult, I figured. This was, after all, the dance of the simple folk. My first reaction to the Beaver College International Folk Dance group was intimidation. The music and the way the people were moving to it was foreign. "Come on. You have to try it," said Carol Wadlinger, who was six months pregnant and dancing. Her theatrics didn't sway me. I said: "No. " One week later, I gathered the courage to try my first folk dance.
January 17, 1993 |
Waiting in the wings to perform a folk dance are (from left) Reshma Mirchandani, 12; her sister, Dipti, 8; Priya Panda, 12, and Ritu Pancholi, 12. The girls, all from Voorhees, were part of India Day yesterday at Drexel University, sponsored by the Council of Indian Organizations. India's ambassador, Siddhartha Ray, and Consul General Gajanan Wakankar were among guests at the event.
December 17, 1992 |
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is at the City Center through Jan. 3, threw a jolly fund-raising event for itself on Tuesday by honoring some of its most charismatic dancers. Five women received bouquets and the applause of their colleagues, who had all gathered on stage to cheer them on. But more to the point of dance-company business, four of Ailey's senior dancers were honored in the premiere of Donald Byrd's A Folk Dance. If you don't happen to know that Marilyn Banks, Sarita Allen, Dudley Williams and Gary DeLoatch are stars of the Ailey group, the costumes they wore in A Folk Dance clue you in. Gabriel Berry has dressed them in different shades of red, all of them flaming.
September 15, 2003 |
Koresh Dance Company stepped into its 11th season Saturday at the Mandell Theater with a world premiere by Ronen Koresh, "Twisted Pleasures. " In a major departure for the company founder, he put aside much of his jazz-based idiom and moved easily into folk dance. Koresh, with his Israeli background, has used both folk and biblical motifs before, but never with such wit and faithfulness to a primal era. Music identified only as being by Hovaness (not to be confused with the late composer Alan Hovhaness)
July 2, 1998 |
Entertaining, accomplished, attractive and ecstatically received - the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company was all this on Tuesday night, in the first of two performances at the Merriam Theatre. The company of 90 dancers and musicians, named after its founder, the late Pavlo Virsky, wound up its North American tour by presenting one of the most spectacular stage shows seen in this country since impresario Sol Hurok introduced the Moiseyev Dancers in 1958. For 60 years, Virsky has been keeping traditional Ukrainian dances alive, and one of its traditions is that the men get to do all the interesting steps.
May 18, 1991 |
For years, Pennsylvania politicians have tap-danced their way around tough issues, but soon they may be doing the do-si-do instead. Bucking his polka-loving heritage, Rep. Allen G. Kukovich (D., Westmoreland) has introduced a measure designating the square dance as the official folk dance of Pennsylvania. The bill, which lists Rep. Mark B. Cohen (D., Phila.) as its sole co- sponsor, reports that square-dancing traces many of its elements from New England, Kentucky, Mexico and Europe.
June 5, 2000 |
In the land of the Bristol Stomp, the Mummers Strut and the Twist, the Pennsylvania legislature is on the verge of designating two official state dances: the polka and the square dance. What would Chubby Checker think? (He's on board.) As early as tomorrow, the state House could approve bills naming square dance the "official American folk dance," and polka the "official dance," of Pennsylvania. Twist and shout, baby. It's taken years to get this far. To Square Dance People and Polka People, this is not frivolous.
January 20, 1993 |
The Krasnayarsk Siberian Dance Company, which performed Sunday afternoon at the Academy of Music, is not the most bravura-minded of the folk dance troupes to come out of the former Soviet Union, but it has other qualities that make it unique. One of those qualities was apparent in the opening dance of welcome, when the women bid hello to the audience with the slightest of nods and even slighter flick of their handkerchiefs. The moment made an indelible impression not only because of the elegant restraint of the women's gestures - which the program note characterizes the "reserve of the Siberian character" - but because it goes to the opposite extreme of the way most folk dance programs begin: with flamboyant jumps and other kinds of gunfire.