September 14, 1988 |
Dancers sweat and work hard to make what they do look easy. Having a pro like Maurice Hines in the studio to share his talents ought to go a long way to inspire aspiring performers like this group of advanced jazz dance students at The University of the Arts on South Broad Street, where Hines conducted a master class yesterday. Hines himself began hoofing at age 5. He's starring with Stephanie Mills in "Harlem Suite," a dance musical he choreographed and directs. The show goes on national tour after its final performance Sunday at the Shubert Theatre.
June 20, 2011
Juliann Sheldon, 21, of Plum Borough in Allegheny County, was named Miss Pennsylvania during the pageant Saturday night in Pittsburgh. Sheldon has attended Point Park University. She performed a jazz dance routine and spoke of raising mental-health awareness. She will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant in January in Las Vegas. - Inquirer staff
January 29, 1993 |
Tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, bandleader/entertainer Cab Calloway, singer Eartha Kitt and Latino jazz star Bobby Sanabria will headline at the fifth annual Spectacor Presidential Jazz Weekend, Feb. 12-15, it was announced yesterday in a press briefing at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum. A fifth major event is the traditional "Jazz 'til Sunrise" all-night marathon in a tribute to Duke Ellington and featuring "Battle of the Saxes: A Salute to the Legendary Saxophonist John Gilmore" Saxophonist Sanders and his Quartet will appear on Friday evening, Feb. 12, at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, and from 10 p.m. until dawn, "Jazz 'til Sunrise" will showcase 14 Philadelphia-based jazz ensembles, back to back, at the Afro-American Museum.
January 22, 1988 |
They slide, they cartwheel, they pirouette. They shimmy, tap, spar, feint. They fall down. They boogie. We don't mean the 76ers (although they pirouette with the best) and we're not talking the Pennsylvania and Milwaukee Ballet (yes, they too shimmy just fine). We mean Waves, the 18-member jazz dance company based in Philadelphia and performing at the Shubert Theater through Sunday. Waves' exotic eclecticism makes it a favorite with audiences. But because the troupe is brash and flashy, not to forget loud and sassy, some serious dance observers are uncomfortable.
June 9, 1993 |
"Just One of Those Things" is the mischievous title of Christopher d'Amboise's mischievous ballet for his Pennsylvania Ballet, which premiered last weekend and runs tonight through next Sunday. Like the title, the dance manages to be both exactly what it is - a ballet danced to Cole Porter and Irving Berlin tunes which makes no great claims for itself - and, yet, slyly, more. "Just one of those nights, just one of those fabulous flights," as Mr. Porter chuckled. On one level, it is simply an entertainment in the Broadway-ballet revue tradition, and a very good one at that.
March 6, 2008 |
A dance company, like a sports team, must raise money, balance books, secure venues, attract and cater to fans, funders and investors, scout great physical specimens, then train them and keep them working. But while, say, a soccer team can rely on public dollars to build it a new stadium, a dance company is pretty much on its own when it comes to finding the right space. The Koresh Dance Company has solved this problem handily in a deal with the Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC)
February 21, 2009 |
Jazz dance is a staple of musical theater. Ballet and modern dance companies often include a jazzy piece on their programs. But jazz is not often the focus of a troupe, or performed at the highest level. When it is, it can be inspiring, fun, and highly entertaining, as was the case Thursday night when Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal opened at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre. Dancing a style of modern jazz steeped in classical technique and including a smattering of many genres, Les Ballets Jazz presented two delightful pieces.
June 3, 1988 |
When the Newport Jazz Festival moved its main tent to New York in 1972, George Wein & Co. were so happy to be out of range of the peripatetic Yahoos who roved the hinterlands sacking music fests for sport and malevolence that they tried a few new ideas in the spirit of wholesome fun. One of these events was a jazz dance at the Commodore Hotel, late at night after the grand stadia programs had let out. The dance was intended to get the customers off...
March 8, 2001 |
BodyVox is a dance company to watch. That's because this high-energy group based in Portland, Ore., is fun to watch, and because it is clearly going places. Founded by two Momix graduates, Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland (guy and gal, respectively), BodyVox wowed the audience at the Annenberg Center's Prince Theatre in its Philadelphia debut Tuesday night. Humor and muscular, strongly visual movement form this company's double major. Early on, it was a pleasure to see five men moving together in Birth/Herd as they "evolved" from formalized primate crouches to walking, stretching and beyond, seeming to learn each gesture for the first time, with sober purpose.
March 19, 2009 |
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.