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By Marc LeGoff and Marc LeGoff,Staff writer | June 9, 1991
Call Hammond High freshman Leigh Heffer an overachiever, but she's actually looking forward to summer school.However, the 15-year-oldfrom Columbia, who carries a 4.0 grade-point average, won't be studying Earth Science or Algebra II. She will travel to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet."
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By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY and MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER | May 7, 2006
THE SUNLIGHT POURING THROUGH THE LONG rectangular windows of an American Ballet Theatre rehearsal hall is cool, thick and faintly golden, like cream. A pianist taps out the music of French composer Leo Delibes on the beat-up black instrument in the corner of the cavernous Studio No. 5. Dancer Michele Wiles hops up and down delicately on one pointe-shoed foot. The other leg is extended straight behind her, and her arms arc gracefully. Each soft lift and landing is so precise, Wiles almost seems to be digging a small hole in the ground, about the right diameter for planting a tulip bulb.
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By Jane Murray and Jane Murray,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 9, 2000
The Washington Ballet plans to travel to Cuba in late October to perform three times in the prestigious International Ballet Festival. Preliminary plans call for the repertoire to include excerpts from Artistic Director Septime Webre's new work, "The Jazz/Blues Project," which will premiere in Washington this fall. In addition, Weber is putting together a 300-title dance video library of great American ballet classics in an attempt to diminish what he describes as "the great feeling of isolation" felt by Cuban artists.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
Members of the Ballet Royale Company in Columbia routinely practice 25 to 30 hours a week, knowing the payoff is in the performance. Their reward for months of hard work will be particularly sweet next week, when the troupe's mostly teen-age dancers share the stage with five professionals from the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. The April 3 event, "A Gala Evening of Dance," is a fund-raiser for the company and its scholarship program. "We're all really excited for it," said Jennifer Radcliffe, 16, a junior at River Hill High School.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | April 7, 2000
Mayor Martin O'Malley generally comes across as a classy guy. But a classical guy? Not really -- particularly when he's performing with his Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March. That all changes tonight and tomorrow, as O'Malley's March joins the Baltimore Symphony for a concert titled "Dance! Dance! Dance!" It's not exactly "An Evening with O'Malley's March," as the band will join the orchestra only for the concert's last four numbers. But it promises to be something completely different from what the group normally does.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | February 4, 1993
WASHINGTON -- American Ballet Theatre opened its five-day engagement at the Kennedy Center with a program calculated to show off the treasures in its repertory and to display the company's talents.Unfortunately, someone's calculations were off. While the four works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Walter Bourke and Mark Morris, did present a palette of distinctive choreography, the company's dancing was generally ho-hum.Fortunately not all the dances suffered from ennui. The evening briskly opened with "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes," choreographed by Mark Morris to Virgil Thomson's "Etudes for Piano," stirringly played by Gladys Celeste.
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By Eric Siegel | September 29, 1991
The Maryland Ballet will present 14 performances of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 11-22 at the Lyric Opera House with a full orchestra and four dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, the company announced last week.The production is being staged with Baci Management Inc., a local concert presenter that last year brought the Donetsk Ballet's version of the beloved holiday classic to the Lyric while the Maryland Ballet presented its "Nutcracker" at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium."We decided that instead of competing, let's make one fabulous production that's going to start a real tradition here," said Daniel Kane, the Maryland Ballet's executive director.
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By J. L. Conklin | January 16, 1991
American Ballet Theatre opened its season and two-week engagement last evening at the Kennedy Center with few hints of the financial and artistic troubles that nearly toppled this esteemed and talented company.Company directors Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith, who took over the reins from Mikhail Baryshnikov in September 1989, wisely delved into ABT's vast and eclectic repertoire and pulled out works that have served the company well in the past.Opening the program was George Balanchine's "Ballet Imperial," a single-act ballet that pays homage to the St. Petersburg Ballet style that the choreographer knew so well.
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By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY and MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER | May 7, 2006
THE SUNLIGHT POURING THROUGH THE LONG rectangular windows of an American Ballet Theatre rehearsal hall is cool, thick and faintly golden, like cream. A pianist taps out the music of French composer Leo Delibes on the beat-up black instrument in the corner of the cavernous Studio No. 5. Dancer Michele Wiles hops up and down delicately on one pointe-shoed foot. The other leg is extended straight behind her, and her arms arc gracefully. Each soft lift and landing is so precise, Wiles almost seems to be digging a small hole in the ground, about the right diameter for planting a tulip bulb.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
Members of the Ballet Royale Company in Columbia routinely practice 25 to 30 hours a week, knowing the payoff is in the performance. Their reward for months of hard work will be particularly sweet next week, when the troupe's mostly teen-age dancers share the stage with five professionals from the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. The April 3 event, "A Gala Evening of Dance," is a fund-raiser for the company and its scholarship program. "We're all really excited for it," said Jennifer Radcliffe, 16, a junior at River Hill High School.
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By Jane Murray and Jane Murray,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 9, 2000
The Washington Ballet plans to travel to Cuba in late October to perform three times in the prestigious International Ballet Festival. Preliminary plans call for the repertoire to include excerpts from Artistic Director Septime Webre's new work, "The Jazz/Blues Project," which will premiere in Washington this fall. In addition, Weber is putting together a 300-title dance video library of great American ballet classics in an attempt to diminish what he describes as "the great feeling of isolation" felt by Cuban artists.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | April 7, 2000
Mayor Martin O'Malley generally comes across as a classy guy. But a classical guy? Not really -- particularly when he's performing with his Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March. That all changes tonight and tomorrow, as O'Malley's March joins the Baltimore Symphony for a concert titled "Dance! Dance! Dance!" It's not exactly "An Evening with O'Malley's March," as the band will join the orchestra only for the concert's last four numbers. But it promises to be something completely different from what the group normally does.
FEATURES
By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | February 4, 1993
WASHINGTON -- American Ballet Theatre opened its five-day engagement at the Kennedy Center with a program calculated to show off the treasures in its repertory and to display the company's talents.Unfortunately, someone's calculations were off. While the four works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Walter Bourke and Mark Morris, did present a palette of distinctive choreography, the company's dancing was generally ho-hum.Fortunately not all the dances suffered from ennui. The evening briskly opened with "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes," choreographed by Mark Morris to Virgil Thomson's "Etudes for Piano," stirringly played by Gladys Celeste.
FEATURES
By Eric Siegel | September 29, 1991
The Maryland Ballet will present 14 performances of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 11-22 at the Lyric Opera House with a full orchestra and four dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, the company announced last week.The production is being staged with Baci Management Inc., a local concert presenter that last year brought the Donetsk Ballet's version of the beloved holiday classic to the Lyric while the Maryland Ballet presented its "Nutcracker" at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium."We decided that instead of competing, let's make one fabulous production that's going to start a real tradition here," said Daniel Kane, the Maryland Ballet's executive director.
NEWS
By Marc LeGoff and Marc LeGoff,Staff writer | June 9, 1991
Call Hammond High freshman Leigh Heffer an overachiever, but she's actually looking forward to summer school.However, the 15-year-oldfrom Columbia, who carries a 4.0 grade-point average, won't be studying Earth Science or Algebra II. She will travel to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet."
FEATURES
By J. L. Conklin | January 16, 1991
American Ballet Theatre opened its season and two-week engagement last evening at the Kennedy Center with few hints of the financial and artistic troubles that nearly toppled this esteemed and talented company.Company directors Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith, who took over the reins from Mikhail Baryshnikov in September 1989, wisely delved into ABT's vast and eclectic repertoire and pulled out works that have served the company well in the past.Opening the program was George Balanchine's "Ballet Imperial," a single-act ballet that pays homage to the St. Petersburg Ballet style that the choreographer knew so well.
NEWS
January 7, 1996
Lincoln Kirstein, 88, the dance patron who in 1933 brought choreographer George Balanchine to the United States, transforming American ballet, died Friday in New York. Mr. Kirstein was introduced to Balanchine in London and persuaded him to move to the United States. They founded the School of American Ballet in 1933 and the New York City Ballet in 1948. Mr. Kirstein's books include "Lay This Laurel," which became a basis for the screenplay of the 1989 movie "Glory," and "Mosaic: Memoirs."
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July 3, 1998
Anthony Avena,83, whose shoeshine shop was a Queens fixture for 75 years, died in New York on June 22 of bladder cancer. The 200-square-foot shop, which sits directly below the elevated tracks of the Long Island Rail Road in downtown Flushing, Queens, consisted of Avena's shoeshine stand and the flower and key-duplicating stands he added later.Peter T. Joseph,47, a banker who headed the board of the American Ballet Theater, died of cancer June 25 in New York. He joined the ballet board in 1991.
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