July 14, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she was going to be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
March 11, 2013 |
The second oldest parade in the country will make its 243d march in Philadelphia on Sunday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a week ahead of time. The parade has been a tradition since 1771 and typically occurs on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, except when the holiday falls on a Sunday, said Bob Gessler, president of the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association. About 20,000 people will march from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard at 12 p.m. down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in this year's parade, including 180 groups and organizations such as the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Timoney Irish Dancers, Cairdeas Irish Brigade, Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance, Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, and Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band.
October 29, 2012 |
AT FIRST, the family of Agnes C. Burke was a little embarrassed to see her outside every day sweeping the sidewalk at 29th and Tasker streets, in Grays Ferry. But they soon realized that the task gave Agnes tremendous satisfaction. Not only was she keeping the neighborhood where she had lived all her life free of what seemed a never-ending accumulation of trash and grit, but she met and communicated with passers-by and made a social occasion of the job. Agnes performed this labor from age 65 to 95, ignoring summer heat or the bitter cold of winter.
August 26, 2011 |
On Saturday, old-school hip-hop legends, entertainers, and community leaders will gather in West Philadelphia for Mantua Community Improvement Center's seventh annual Mantua Family Day, focusing on improving the lives of neighbors, bringing the community together, and pledging to support youth. The free event also will promote nutrition awareness and celebrate the launch of a youth academy. Seven hours of activities begin at noon near 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, including a hip-hop legends concert, carnival, horseback riding, clowns, moon bouncing, and games.
November 29, 2010 |
When your great-granduncle is the man many consider a godfather of Irish dance in the United States, a sloppy slip-jig is out of the question. So 11-year-old Olivia Tuma of Merion Station twirled, kicked, and tapped Sunday on a stage at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown with such precision that even a bump from a high-stepping competitor couldn't break her concentration. "I didn't run into her, she ran into me," Tuma said as she bent down to kiss her uncle, Peter Smith, the 80-something cofounder of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America.
May 14, 2010 |
Thomas M. Moffit, 79, of Southwest Philadelphia, an accordionist, a bandleader, and host of an Irish music radio program, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday, May 11, at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. For more than 30 years until retiring three years ago, Mr. Moffit led the Tommy Moffit Band, performing at Irish festivals and in clubs. On Sundays from 1974 to 2006, he hosted an Irish hour on WTMR-AM (800). He played traditional Irish music and shared information about events in the Irish community.
April 11, 2009 |
In the lobby of the Kimmel Center, dancer Charaina Kelly, her hair a mass of blond curls, was panting, a light sweat shining on her forehead. Dressed in a turquoise and black dress, her face sparkling with turquoise eye shadow and fuschia lipstick, Kelly had just finished a heavy jig in the senior girls competition of the World Irish Dance Championships. "I'm happy with it," Kelly, 24, with an accent by way of Belfast, said of her performance. "I love the competition, just the buzz of having done well.
May 17, 2007 |
If you have a teenage Celtic-culture fanatic at home who seeks out Irish dance and music on YouTube, and anywhere else she can find it, you'll know that Riverdance, now at the Academy of Music, has gone through several incarnations, touring the world for 12 years to rapturous acclaim. Its squadrons of ultraprecise championship dancers, with their Olympian ability to execute umpteen taps a second in hard-shoe jigs, captivate with their life-affirming vigor. Through slides, song lyrics, and spoken narrative, Riverdance tells of the Irish connection to land and sea and the challenges of emigration.