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By Jane Murray, Lori Sears | October 21, 1999
Decisions, decisions. Dance events abound today through Sunday at the Kennedy Center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Howard Community College. The Kennedy Center is hopping tonight and tomorrow at 7: 30 p.m., Saturday at 1: 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. and Sunday at 1: 30 p.m., as dancers of ballerina Suzanne Farrell perform works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Maurice Bejart in "Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th Century Ballet" at the Terrace Theater, off Virginia and New Hampshire avenues N.W., Washington.
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By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
After winning five Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards and a Ruby Griffith Award for production excellence last season, the 2nd Star theater troupe is opening its 20th season with a production of Stephen Schwartz's biblical musical "Children of Eden. " Although its January 1991 London premiere received mixed reviews and closed after three months, "Children of Eden," with book and libretto by John Caird, has become such a popular offering in community theater circles that its initial struggles are a faded memory.
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December 18, 2013
It is nice to read that the superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools has given up his contract to do some moonlighting for the benefit of the Chicago school system ("Dance quits consulting job with company doing business with school system," Dec. 14). Now, he ought to go ahead and get rid of the rest of the smelly deal. If he is such a hot shot at training school principals why not cancel the contract with SUPES Academy and train the principals of his own county system?
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
It's movie night and we're still minus our regular theme song. I'm bitter. There's popcorn throwing and an opening dance number with a couple of Marilyn Monroe references: The iconic dress over the exhaust grate from "The Seven Year Itch" and the pink dress number (copied by Madonna for her "Material Girl" video) from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. " Then there are baseball players? Because she married Joe DiMaggio? I don't know. These things don't have to make sense. Tom Bergeron introduces Kevin Hart, who gets an escort from a couple of the female pros and a quick dance before going to the judges table.
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April 24, 2012
Baltimore County Board of Education President Lawrence E. Schmidt's recent letter ("Selecting Dance," April 21) is as notable for what he did not include as what he stated. Mr. Schmidt did not mention that S. Dallas Dance did not meet the Maryland requirements for teaching experience and that a waiver had to be requested from then interim state Superintendent Bernard J. Sadusky. This waiver was granted in two days. It could hardly have been granted because Mr. Dance had such extensive experience in all other areas because Mr. Dance has never held another job for more than three years.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | September 20, 2011
To be booted the first week of the show comes with a special badge of shame. And that honor went to Ron Artest tonight. His cha-cha didn't manage to win over either the judges or the viewers. Rounding out the bottom three this week were Rob Kardashian and Nancy Grace. Biggest surprise of the night: That Elisabetta Canalis will dance another week. Even Elisabetta and Val looked a tad shocked. Most attention-grubbing moment of the night: When judge Bruno took his shirt off and climbed atop the judges' table (with a fully clothed Carrie Ann)
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
If you're not ready to go home, if you gonna go all night, you best not twerk at an Anne Arundel County high school dance. South River and Annapolis high schools have issued contracts forbidding students from dancing with "buttocks touching or facing a partner or in the air. " For those of you who are not high school principals, that means: no twerking, the vigorous booty-shaking move that Miley Cyrus displayed at the MTV Video Music Awards...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Who knew that Baltimore had such happy feet? Three icons of tap dance who were famous nationwide — known colloquially as Baby Laurence, Buster Brown and Hawk — were born in Charm City and first perfected the "shim sham" and "cramp roll" and performed for spare change on local street corners. The late hoofers will be honored Saturday during Buster, Baby and Hawk: Masters of Maryland Tap, a concert produced jointly by Coppin State University and the Creative Alliance at the Patterson that will mix local talent and national stars.
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December 12, 2009
A gala that drew nearly 300 guests raised almost $100,000 toward a proposed Harford County Center for the Arts. In a takeoff on a popular TV competition, the second annual Dancing for the Arts last month at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace paired experienced dance instructors and studio owners with local officials and business leaders, many of them unpracticed in tangos, waltzes and fox trots. Organized four years ago to build a home for the arts, the nonprofit Center for the Arts group is searching for a location with about 22 acres and is raising construction money.
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By Amy Watts | May 22, 2012
We're at the finale already (didn't this season seem short?). I'll say it right here at the top of the episode - unless William falls repeatedly on his keister, requiring the judges to give him 5's across the board, there's no way he's not winning this thing. That being said, I'd be OK with any of the three finalists winning, even though I'm personally Team Driver. Tonight's show will have each couple dancing two dances:  1. Judge's pick, which are new routines danced to new music, but in a style the couple has previously danced and in which the judges would like to see them improve.  2. Freestyle Tomorrow night, the couples will be doing some sort of third scored dance, details about which we'll learn later.
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
The opening number is totally not ballroom. It's closer to jazz and hip-hop or I don't know what. Shirtless Keo Motsepe  though, so I don't care. Head judge Len Goodman  offers two dances as the possible encore - Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy  or Lea Thompson & Artem Chigventsev - and the audience will decide via Twitter who gets to dance.  The first couples up for results are Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff , Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani  and Lea & Artem . From last night's extra footage, we see that Lea was wiping away tears at the end of Betsey's performance.
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Thanks to a DVR issue, I missed the first 13 minutes of the recording. The first thing I find out is that Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani are the first couple in jeopardy. Then we get a montage of the female contestants explaining why they came on the show. It has annoying on-screen graphics. Still not in love with the new showrunner's ideas. Today I was relieved to find out that I wasn't the only one who thought the direction on last night's show was atrocious, with random cutaways, accidental shots of the crew, and poor time management that meant all the judges didn't get to speak.
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Cat Deeley welcomes us to the Season 11 finale, reminding us of all the prizes that will go to tonight's winner: Money, cover of a magazine, part in a Broadway show, yadda yadda. Tonight, the judges table is extra-crowded with guest judges Tara Lipinski, Adam Shankman, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Debbie Allen, alongside regular judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. We start with a number for the Top 20 choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Everybody's wearing tailcoats, but only the men get to wear pants; it's shorts for the ladies.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
The just-completed Performing Arts and Humanities Building atop the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, makes quite a statement from almost every angle — the sun-reflecting, stainless-steel-wrapped Concert Hall; the glass-enclosed Dance Cube jutting from the structure; views of the downtown Baltimore skyline from upper floors. Phase one of the project was finished two years ago; phase two wrapped up in time for this week's start of UMBC's academic year. The $160 million, environmentally conscious edifice brings together under one roof (painted white for maximum reflection and energy savings)
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance was named this week to the federal Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans by President Barack Obama. The commission was created in 2012 and is tasked with identifying ways to increase the number of black teachers and administrators, boosting their college enrollment and graduation rates, and investing in early childhood education programs. The commission is chaired by University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Other members include Gwendolyn E. Boyd, president of Alabama State University; Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition; and Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund.
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August 28, 2014
Contrary to letter writer Marilyn Pettiway's claim that the media's coverage of Baltimore County School Supt. Dallas Dance has been unfair, The Sun and other outlets not only have reported fairly but have conscientiously followed Mr. Dance's outrageous actions that have cause havoc in every corner of Baltimore County over the last year ( "Stop beating up on county school superintendent Dallas Dance Aug. 25). In November, when the parents of Hereford High School sought to keep in place a schedule that has had proven success for 22 years and which was not only in place at Hereford but several other county schools as well, they contacted state Sen. James Brochin and Del. Wade Kach to assist parents in their efforts when Mr. Dance refused to meet with them.
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By Louise Vest | July 13, 2012
100 Years Ago Dusty dating scene In the county social notices: "Mr. David Oland and brother of Brookeville spent several days in Frederick last week. Mrs. Perry Ensey and Miss Mary Stewart of Unity, were the guests of friends in Baltimore this week. Mr. Wade H.D. Warfield, of Sykesville, and Blanche Waterhouse, of Wheeling, were married in that city by the Rt. Rev. John J. Kain. " Mid-summer dance - " The mid-summer dance held on July 17th at the Club House was a largely attended and brilliant affair.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
I've been an avid reader of The Sun, but if the paper wants to be a credible publication it has to be fair in its criticism of Baltimore County School Supt. Dallas Dance ( "Balto. Co. schools' song and dance," Aug. 19). I have two grandkids in the county schools, and they are excited to be there because of Mr. Dance, whom they know by name. Yet every time I pick up the paper, The Sun says he has critics, and they're always the same people: Jim Brochin, Mike Collins and Pat McDonough.
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