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Lorraine Mirabella | January 16, 2014
A trailblazing ballerina will be the face of Under Armour in a marketing campaign this year to attract more women to the sports brand. The Baltimore-based sports apparel and footwear maker said it has signed an agreement with Misty Copeland, a dancer who became the American Ballet Theatre's first African-American soloist in two decades when she joined in 2007. The dancer will be featured in what Under Armour describes as its biggest marketing campaign ever this year for its women's brand as it tries to expand sales in the category.
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By Jessica D. Evans and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
It looks like Baltimore "can dance. " Owings Mills native and Baltimore School for the Arts alumna Amir Sanders made it through the first round of auditions in Philadelphia on "So You Think You Can Dance. " Sanders will appear on next week's episode, 8 p.m. June 25. How old were you when you began dancing? I was about 3-years-old when I started dancing. My mom thought I was clumsy so she put me in dance lessons. Where have you danced? When I was in the 8th grade, I started going to Deer Park Middle Magnet School and I danced during my 6th period class every day. I've also attended the American Ballet Theatre in Alabama, The Rock School in Pennsylvania, the Atlanta Ballet and I just finished the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  What's your favorite dance style?
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | September 30, 1994
Michele Wiles has won about 150 dance awards in her young career, but until this month the search had eluded her -- Ed McMahon's "Star Search," that is.Two weeks ago, the 14-year-old ballerina from Lake Shore Drive traveled to the Disney/MGM studios in Orlando, Fla., to compete in the televised talent show."
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | January 16, 2014
A trailblazing ballerina will be the face of Under Armour in a marketing campaign this year to attract more women to the sports brand. The Baltimore-based sports apparel and footwear maker said it has signed an agreement with Misty Copeland, a dancer who became the American Ballet Theatre's first African-American soloist in two decades when she joined in 2007. The dancer will be featured in what Under Armour describes as its biggest marketing campaign ever this year for its women's brand as it tries to expand sales in the category.
NEWS
October 6, 1997
COLUMBIA'S ALICIA GRAF has proved she can make it anywhere. The 18-year-old former Centennial High student is dazzling audiences and winning over tough New York critics this season with the Dance Theater of Harlem. Her parents and the dance instructors who guided each step of her development have reason to be proud.Anna Kisselgoff, the influential New York Times dance critic, last month called Ms. Graf "a sensation" in the ballet, "The Prodigal Son." She wrote that "Ms. Graf is a born Siren.
FEATURES
By Jean Marbella | February 22, 1991
Sometimes, it seems like today's dancers are reduced to their "stats" -- instead of RBIs and ERAs, they're measured by the number of multiple pirouettes they can spin, or the degree that their legs extend in arabesque (160 degrees being a near universal requirement in the big leagues).But Dame Margot Fonteyn, who died yesterday at age 71 after bouts of cancer and other ailments, was the epitome of ballet as art rather than as athletics. Her moments of stillness could be more electrifying than a dizzying number of pirouettes and her innate sense of the music ultimately more awe-inspiring than any spearlike leg extension.
NEWS
By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
Her blond pigtail bobbing along with every step and her eyebrows furrowed in concentration, Kristie Price skips to the left, barely avoiding a collision with a classmate moving in the wrong direction."
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By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 24, 1996
One lucky young ballerina will get a chance to dance in the Baltimore production of the Moscow State Ballet's "Nutcracker" Dec. 5-8 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore and Charles streets.Local ballerinas between the ages of 7 and 13 may try out from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Value City Court at Westview Mall, on U.S. Route 40 just inside the Beltway. A prima ballerina from the Moscow State Ballet will judge the contest.The winning ballerina will also receive six free tickets.
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By Kirsten Scharnberg and Kirsten Scharnberg,SUN STAFF | January 4, 1999
With absolute awe and utter reverence, the little girl leaned toward her mother and whispered: "Look at the ballerina, Mommy. She's perfect. Just perfect."The regal dancer, reflected in the mirrored walls as she stretched one long leg upon the waist-high barre, overheard the innocent comment and smiled.The star-struck little girl, romanced by a pretty white tutu and worn ballet slippers, didn't know the story behind the graceful 17-year-old who was born to dance.She knew nothing of a life that drives a skinny girl to obsess about being skinnier, of disfigured feet that bleed through white tights, of aching joints and stress-fractured bones, of falling asleep dreaming of Broadway only to wake up with nightmares of not making it."
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By Mary Ellen Daughtery | March 18, 1991
The straightens skate boarda decade old, Lincoln logsand drum, mementoes of her son,dusts dancers on the wall,ballerina to ballerina,Kirov in ink and gold.From the sun porch grand giraffesof mottled brass keep watchwhile in the yard paper tiger lilies ragelike reckless queens at the open gate.
EXPLORE
September 30, 2013
"Angelina Ballerina The Musical" will be performed by Vital Theatre Company at the Amoss Center on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Based on the critically acclaimed children's books and "Angelina Ballerina, The Next Steps" on PBS Kids, this family-friendly musical features the mouse you've come to know and love as you've never seen her before. A special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy, and Angelina and her friends are very excited. They will perform all types of dances, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and ballet for their famous visitor, and Angelina is hoping she will have a moment in the limelight.
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By Mike Giuliano | March 26, 2013
There was plenty to celebrate when the Howard County Arts Council held its 16th annual Celebration of the Arts. Besides the awards handed out in various categories, there was an announcement that wasn't on the scheduled program for this festive event held Saturday, March 23 at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre. Addressing the well-dressed crowd of arts advocates, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said: "It's time to have a wonderful, state of the art, 21st-century arts center here in Howard County.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2012
At a recent screening of the ballet competion documentary "First Position," the audience gasped audibly when, about a third of the way through the movie, Rebecca Houseknecht's hometown — Odenton, Maryland — flashed across the screen. The film chronicles the real-life stories of six aspiring dancers from around the world aged 11 to 17 who in 2009 competed in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition. The film tells the dramatic life stories of a desperately poor Columbian teen who hopes to use dance to raise the quality of life for his entire family, and of a 14-year-old orphan who chose a life in ballet as an antidote to the murders she witnessed in her native Sierra Leone.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2011
The thieves took the bronze monkey statues Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil, leaving behind the one covering his eyes: See No Evil. If they had been satisfied with their haul of 100 pounds of bronze, they might have avoided scrutiny. But police and the homeowner say the men returned a day later to the same Pikesville-area home to grab another statue — of a boy with a kite — and tried without success to stuff the 6-foot-tall lawn ornament into the back seat of a Honda Civic. A watchful neighbor videotaped the attempted theft Dec. 1, chased the culprits away and called police.
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By Carolyn Kelemen | December 3, 2011
The Sugarplum Fairy remains the most challenging role in "The Nutcracker" ballet. A ballerina must be secure in her classical technique and mature in her dramatic skills to excel in this role. She also must be a smart leader on stage as she endeavors to keep all those tiny sugar plum darlings from tripping over one another in the Land of the Sweets. For dancers, being chosen for Clara also elicits "oohs" and "ahs" of envy, for it is she who gets the spotlight as she wins the heart of her Nutcracker Prince.
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By Carolyn Kelemen | June 2, 2011
Here's great news for Howard County's dance fans: Columbia's sweetheart ballerina Alicia Graf Mack has rejoined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. So folks will again be able to see her perform live in some genuine Ailey classics at the Kennedy Center during the coming winter season. Even before she begins a 10-week tour with the world-renowned professional troupe, however, she has agreed to teach a master class with hometown dance students at the Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland.
FEATURES
March 25, 1998
Ever since she was a young mouse, Angelina Ballerina dreamed of becoming a famous ballerina. She danced all the time - doing arabesques through the kitchen, practicing curtsies on her bed and twirling and spinning in the schoolyard. She enrolled in Miss Lilly's Ballet School and remained extremely dedicated to her craft. Angelina is now widely known as the famous ballerina, Mademoiselle Angelina, and people come from far and wide to enjoy her lovely dancing.Book titles in this series by Katharine Holabird include:"Angelina and the Princess""Angelina at the Fair""Angelina Ice Skates""Angelina on Stage""Angelina's Baby Sister"Pub Date: 3/25/98
FEATURES
By Fred Rasmussen | March 19, 1995
Within the next week, please send old photos of girls in ballerina outfits to Way Back When, Sun Magazine, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. You must include caption information and your daytime phone number. Also, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you'd like your photo returned. If your photo is your only copy, please send a good-quality duplicate, not the original. No faxes or newspaper clippings, please.
NEWS
By JEAN MARBELLA | February 26, 2009
Ballet dancers can seem like visitors from another, not-quite-real world - sprites maybe, alighting in our midst for the most fleeting of moments. They skim across the floor on the tips of their toes or sail through the air on invisible wings and then, because ballet is ephemeral, they're gone. Mary Saludares, 20, a dancer with the Washington Ballet's junior company, was killed last week, struck by a car as she tried to cross a street shortly after performing at Harford Community College - now, sadly, the last venue to be visited by this particular sprite.
NEWS
December 22, 2008
OLGA LEPESHINSKAYA Bolshoi Ballet ballerina Olga Lepeshinskaya, the Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina for three decades during the Soviet era, died Saturday of an unspecified illness, said Nataliya Uvarova, a spokeswoman for Russia's Culture Ministry. Ms. Lepeshinskaya was born to a noble family in Kiev. When she first tried to enter the Bolshoi choreographic school, she was rejected. The school admitted her shortly afterward, in 1925, and Ms. Lepeshinskaya graduated in 1933, immediately joining the Bolshoi Ballet.
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