Dancers make documentary that will be shown in Russia


June 03, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHO IS this guy? Did he just call you 'Mom'?" my sister asked she watched a young man rummaging through my refrigerator.

Yes, I sighed. The strange kid foraging through plastic bags in search of cold pizza had called me Mom. Mitch came to a party one night and stayed for three consecutive weekends. By day 17 he thought it was clever to call me Mom.

"So you've reached the point in your life where the strapping young men who enter your life no longer call you 'babe'; they call you 'Mom.' How sweet," my younger sister said with a smirk.

It's not sweet, it's pathetic. One day I'm wearing Charlie and reading Cosmo, the next day I'm being called Mom by some guy with facial hair.

"Well, you could take this in a positive way. It's nice you make your son's friends feel so welcome they want to hang out at your house," she tried.

Who was she kidding? They come here because we have cable, we buy food in bulk at Price Club and we have two phone lines, which adds an element of fun to the weekly break-ups with their girlfriends.

"I guess this situation could be difficult for a woman who spent her 41st birthday sitting in her room crying, eating Yodels and singing 'American Pie' for nine hours," consoled my sister.

"We've got pie?" came a muffled voice from the confines of the vegetable crisper.

Make that Mom's apple pie, Glen Burnie.

Gotta dance

They may not share the language, but a group of young Glen Burnie dancers had the opportunity to share the spirit of their art when they were selected to participate in the taping of a documentary, "Young Dancers in America," which will be aired in Moscow this summer.

Students at the local studio Dance Explosion spent Saturday afternoon twirling, leaping and tapping for a segment that will be included in the documentary produced by Svetlana Prudovskaya and starring her son, 13-year-old Moscow teen correspondent Alex. The mother-son team produces youth-related documentaries for Russian television.

The participation of the local studio was coordinated by teacher Vladmir Djoukukhadze.

Tammy Forney was present for the taping. Her daughter, Christina, has been dancing with the company for three years.

"This started out as just a two-hour taping of the ballet class, but it was going so well they went ahead and filmed several of the competition routines," noted Forney.

Once the video has been edited, the young dancers will get a chance to see their performance as it will be broadcast in Russia.

The performance was the highlight of a busy month for the dancers, who travel the East Coast performing in dance competitions. Under the direction of Colleen Parker, the troupe took first place in 15 performances at the Starquest International 5th Anniversary Tour at Bowie State University last month.

Melissa Hough won the Ms. Starquest title, Lauren DiBlasi took honors as the Junior Miss Starquest and high-score junior soloist. Christina Forney was first runner-up in the junior division.

Other members of the performing troupe are Megan Potter, Samantha Cwik, Allyson Kelly, Kara Cooper, Melinda Farrell, Jennifer Giesler, Heather Haveard, Lauren Pukacz, Mary Stock, Emily Chapelle, Elizabeth Snyder, Melissa Masdarelli, Shannon Scearce, Shannon Resnick, Amber Lawton, Jamie Lawton, Ashley Cunningham, Jennifer Hegner and Erin Grube.

Dance Explosion will present its annual spring performance June 19 and 20 at the Pascal Center at Anne Arundel Community College.

Information: 410-768-4767.

Strawberry Festival

The United Methodist Women of Messiah United Methodist Church will hold their annual Strawberry Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

In addition to traditional strawberry treats, the menu will include barbecue and hot dogs for a light dinner.

For information, call Virginia Hann 410-761-3575.

Pub Date: 6/03/98

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