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September 14, 1988 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
January 29, 1993 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1988 | By Janet Anderson, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
June 9, 1993 | by Janet Anderson, Daily News Dance Critic
"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.
NEWS
March 6, 2008 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
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)
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony DeVuono, 97, a tap dancer who dazzled audiences with acrobatic moves in the 1940s and 1950s and operated a dance school in South Philadelphia for 50 years, died Sunday, March 31, at his home in Columbia, Md. In the 1940s, Mr. DeVuono and a friend, Sam Perna, were known as the Vanderbilt Boys, a dance duo. The pair performed in theaters and nightclubs from coast to coast, combining precision tap dancing, acrobatics, and comedy skits....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2009 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
June 3, 1988 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Jazz Columnist
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...
NEWS
March 8, 2001 | By Miriam Seidel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony DeVuono, 97, a tap dancer who dazzled audiences with acrobatic moves in the 1940s and 1950s and operated a dance school in South Philadelphia for 50 years, died Sunday, March 31, at his home in Columbia, Md. In the 1940s, Mr. DeVuono and a friend, Sam Perna, were known as the Vanderbilt Boys, a dance duo. The pair performed in theaters and nightclubs from coast to coast, combining precision tap dancing, acrobatics, and comedy skits....
NEWS
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
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2009 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
Back in 1967, a shiv of a play by Barbara Garson knifed its satirical way into the hearts of U.S. theatergoers. MacBird!, Garson's take on Lyndon Johnson, the eponymous title character, with Lady Bird Johnson modeling as Lady MacBird, was a sign of those dicey times. Times change. For more than a decade or so, Rick Miller has weighed in with MacHomer, a one-man cover of Macbeth, detoured through the addled character of Homer Simpson and dozens of other voices from the animated TV series.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2009 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
March 6, 2008 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2006 | By Christine Ma INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the new year, many of us resolved to shed a few pounds or get in shape. But it's 20 days into 2006, and, honestly, how many of us have already given up on the gym or those aerobics videos? Well, it's not too late to get off the couch and keep those resolutions - without going to the gym. Kimberly Garrison, a fitness expert and founder of 1-on-1 Ultimate Fitness, says there are plenty of fun workout alternatives. "We have so many opportunities to get exercise in our beautiful city," she says.
NEWS
December 8, 2002 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
"Peek at the audience, don't turn your body," Gail Vartanian called out to the three dancers, who seconds later would spring into a series of fast-paced, dynamic moves as Penn's Angels in a wild and wacky version of the traditional Nutcracker. Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up is the latest choreographic brainstorm of Vartanian, a Philly native, whose dance career took her to Atlanta, the Bahamas and Florida, where she started her own modern-jazz dance company, ContempraDance Theatre, which made its debut in this area in 1997.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2002 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC and Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Music By Tom Moon The good news: The Penn Presents calendar of events for the 2002-2003 season includes more jazz, Latin and world music than ever before. There's an entire three-concert series devoted to Latin jazz, a performance by Malian singer Salif Keita, and an evening with Michael Brecker, the Cheltenham native who doesn't play here often enough. The bad news: Many of the artists are mainstays of the subscription-series circuit who have appeared in the region regularly - including two, saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Herbie Hancock, who were part of the Kimmel Center's opening season.
NEWS
March 8, 2001 | By Miriam Seidel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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