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April 11, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (a.k.a. PhilaMOCA, at 531 N. 12th St.) hosts the third annual Cinedelphia Film Festival, curator Eric Bresler will unspool his usual glut of oddball renegade films. For 2015's theme - filmmakers working outside Hollywood's system - Cinedelphia will run a 12-hour Best Worst Movie Marathon, the famously cheesy fan-film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation , and a retrospective of Broomall native and Johnny Carson-regular Len Cella's aptly titled Moron Movies . Cinedelphia's main event pays tribute to local filmmaker Don Argott, his producing/life partner, Sheena Joyce (the couple just welcomed a baby)
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June 9, 2005 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Making any documentary is a crapshoot. You turn on the camera and wait for the magic to happen. But creating Rock School, which captures a tumultuous season in Paul Green's Center City academy for young would-be Pete Townshends, involved more luck - both good and bad - than a month in Atlantic City. The biggest gamble was whether Green, 32, would melt down on camera as he cajoled, bullied and encouraged his young charges into shape for a pair of 2003 performances. A volatile mix of energy and ego, Green plays both Peter Pan and Captain Hook to the pack of Lost Boys and Girls enrolled at his school.
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May 21, 1999 | MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Ballet student Maria DuPont, 6, is held by project consultant Richard Bryant after helping to begin the pouring of concrete at the future site of the Regional Performing Arts Center at Broad and Spruce Streets. Maria studies dance at the Rock School.
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May 7, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, FOR THE INQUIRER
‘Don't be nervous," Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser told the 23 girls and two boys with their left hands on the barre, wearing solemn expressions and numbers pinned to their neat dance clothes. "Relax and work hard. " The first of two groups of 12- to 14-year-olds followed principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa through an hour of pliés, tendus, jetés, and pirouettes last Sunday morning in the company's East Falls studios. "She's my teacher's wife!" one girl squealed on the way out of the audition, referring to Ochoa, a calm, gentle instructor with a striking presence.
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May 17, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO It's no secret that D'Angelo Russell and the 76ers have mutual interest. Russell could become the lead guard the Sixers covet should they select him with their first overall pick in the June 25 NBA draft. It would also enable him to reunite with former high school teammate Joel Embiid and play with good friend Nerlens Noel. Russell had what could be the first of many meetings with the Sixers brass here at the NBA draft combine. "It went well," he said of his interview.
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March 21, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Polina Kadiyska danced, other dancers felt inspired. Off stage, it was no different. Kadiyska, a Bulgarian ballerina, 22, who had been studying at Philadelphia's Rock School for Dance Education until she was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident, was remembered Tuesday for her poise, her kindness, and her ever-present smile. "She was loved by everybody," said Stephanie Wolf Spassoff, director of the school. "She was the sweetest person, the friendliest, the warmest.
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December 31, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by Vicki Valerio
For Ian Hussey, it started after the 1992 Olympics, when Kristi Yamaguchi did those double axels. In his stocking feet, he began practicing mid-air turns in the kitchen. It wasn't long before he was enrolled in the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, where all the boys are on scholarship because it's so hard to attract young males to ballet. This Christmas, he performed in the troupe's production of "The Nutcracker," and the thrill of being onstage made the long hours of practice and the aching muscles worthwhile.
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February 14, 2006
LOOK, DUDE, the School of Rock music is gonna live. Somewhere cause rock 'n' roll will never die! Oh, it may move to another site, BUT IT WILL NEVER DIE!!! (Pick up Stratocaster; blast rock riff here). We have an inkling that the Paul Green School of Rock, which must move out of its rental location at 1320 Race St. to make way for an expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, will find a new home. It may not be as convenient as the Race Street location - the better to lure high school wannabe Hendrixes from Friends Select and Roman Catholic - but we hope it stays in Philly.
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March 21, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers
A HUGE PORTRAIT of Polina Kadiyska keeps watch over Washington Avenue near Broad from the window of the Rock School for Dance Education, her lithe dancer's body frozen in midair in the rhythms of a routine. The picture overlooks the street where the young ballerina moved for the last time. A Rock School student from Bulgaria - who also apparently worked on the side as hired eye-candy for parties - Kadiyska, 22, died yesterday after being run down Sunday allegedly by a drunken teenage driver.
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June 26, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - What will Sam Hinkie do? That's perhaps the biggest question in Philadelphia, if not the NBA. The 76ers general manager has many options heading into the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center. Although he has remained quiet throughout the process, the common belief is that Hinkie will take Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell with the third overall pick. Citing several league sources, CBSSports.com reported that the Sixers are interested in trading up with the Minnesota Timberwolves (first pick)
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May 17, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO It's no secret that D'Angelo Russell and the 76ers have mutual interest. Russell could become the lead guard the Sixers covet should they select him with their first overall pick in the June 25 NBA draft. It would also enable him to reunite with former high school teammate Joel Embiid and play with good friend Nerlens Noel. Russell had what could be the first of many meetings with the Sixers brass here at the NBA draft combine. "It went well," he said of his interview.
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April 11, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (a.k.a. PhilaMOCA, at 531 N. 12th St.) hosts the third annual Cinedelphia Film Festival, curator Eric Bresler will unspool his usual glut of oddball renegade films. For 2015's theme - filmmakers working outside Hollywood's system - Cinedelphia will run a 12-hour Best Worst Movie Marathon, the famously cheesy fan-film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation , and a retrospective of Broomall native and Johnny Carson-regular Len Cella's aptly titled Moron Movies . Cinedelphia's main event pays tribute to local filmmaker Don Argott, his producing/life partner, Sheena Joyce (the couple just welcomed a baby)
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October 2, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN WORD leaked this summer of the other players involved in the three-team Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins trade, Joel Embiid texted his mentor seeking confirmation. Yes, the reports were indeed true, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute verified. "It was kind of weird because it's like, 'Wow. Really, this is happening?' But it's exciting at the same time," Mbah a Moute said this week before the start of 76ers' training camp. "I never thought that [Embiid] would be in the NBA this quick, let alone be my teammate.
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June 27, 2014
JOEL EMBIID Full Name: Joel Hans Embiid Position: Center How he got here: No. 3 pick in draft Height: 7-0 Weight: 250 Birthdate: March 16, 1994 (20) High School: Rock School, Gainesville, Fla. Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon College: Kansas Class: Freshman 2013-14 season: Associated Press All-America Second Team . . . Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year . . . All-Big 12 Second Team (Big 12, AP) . . . Big 12 All-Defensive Team . . . Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.
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February 12, 2014 | BY DEBORAH WOODELL, Daily News Staff Writer woodeld@phillynews.com
'AS the Palaces Burn" is not a typical life-on-the-road film, or, at least, it didn't turn out to be. Instead, the film, which will have its world premiere Sunday at the Trocadero, is a gripping look inside a band in crisis, with its lead singer fighting to stay out of prison. As the metal band Lamb of God was touring the world in support of its seventh studio album, "Resolution," accompanied by Philadelphia filmmaker Don Argott's crew, frontman Randy Blythe was arrested in June 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic, and charged in the death of a fan who had suffered fatal injuries at a concert two years before.
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May 7, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, FOR THE INQUIRER
‘Don't be nervous," Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser told the 23 girls and two boys with their left hands on the barre, wearing solemn expressions and numbers pinned to their neat dance clothes. "Relax and work hard. " The first of two groups of 12- to 14-year-olds followed principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa through an hour of pliés, tendus, jetés, and pirouettes last Sunday morning in the company's East Falls studios. "She's my teacher's wife!" one girl squealed on the way out of the audition, referring to Ochoa, a calm, gentle instructor with a striking presence.
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March 24, 2012
The parents of Polina Kadiyska, the Bulgarian ballet dancer who was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run, boarded a plane Friday with enough money to cover the cost of returning their daughter's body home for burial. A two-day fund-raising drive raised $11,350 for the family, said Valeria Gospodinov, owner of the Euro Market in Broomall, which organized the effort. "People were so generous and helpful, and I'm proud of what we did," said Gospodinov, who had known Kadiyska since she arrived in the United States three years ago on a scholarship to the Rock School for Dance Education.
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March 22, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW & HALEY KMETZ, Daily News Staff Writers
BULGARIAN ballerina Polina Kadiyska had just finished dancing in a side job when she was struck down by a hit-and-run vehicle on South Broad Street earlier this week. The 22-year-old, a student at the Rock School for Dance Education in South Philly, was elated that her performance at a bar had gone well, a friend said Wednesday. So she called her boyfriend, Nick, to let him know while she waited in a Chinese takeout for food, said the friend, who did not want her name published.
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March 21, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers
A HUGE PORTRAIT of Polina Kadiyska keeps watch over Washington Avenue near Broad from the window of the Rock School for Dance Education, her lithe dancer's body frozen in midair in the rhythms of a routine. The picture overlooks the street where the young ballerina moved for the last time. A Rock School student from Bulgaria - who also apparently worked on the side as hired eye-candy for parties - Kadiyska, 22, died yesterday after being run down Sunday allegedly by a drunken teenage driver.
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