February 17, 2013
If you're a big fan, you already knew what was coming in the season finale. But it didn't make it any easier -- or less heartbreaking -- to watch. The majority of the Season 3 "Downton" finale, or the "Christmas special" as its called in the U.K., took place in Scotland, where the whole family (minus Branson) visits the Highlands home of the Dowager's niece, Susan, and her husband, Shrimpy. Most of the trip included bagpipes, hunting, more bagpipes and Scottish reel dancing. But more on that later (and more on O'Brien meeting her Scottish lady's maid doppelganger)
May 14, 2013
A "go home" Raw (the last episode before a pay-per-view event) is always watched with extra attention, mostly because critics have the same question -- did this particular show do anything to increase my interest in buying the pay-per-view on Sunday? Lately, many of these critics have answered no. Many people feel that Raw last night was no different -- that it was flat, lacked spark and didn't do very much to push the figurative "buy rate" needle. These, of course, are criticisms that always arise for this particular (mostly monthly)
May 8, 2013
Results show! When they're down to this few couples, there's more time for filler. Yay! Filler! I don't even like DoubleStuf Oreos, y'all. What this means is we get a troupe performance right off the bat, that isn't even themed to anything, other than, "Hey, we need to fill time. " Highlights from last night -- let's see if they show us anything we didn't see last night. Ok, I don't remember seeing Zendaya's parents' reaction to her perfect score. They are up on their feet and cheering.
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.
April 14, 2011
Deb Donofrio had hoped to waltz with her husband at the Alzheimer's Association Memory Ball on Saturday. They would be one of the eight couples dancing to raise money to battle the disease that robs its victims of their memories. She and Chuck, the man who has shared her life for more than 25 years, had always loved to dance. As the benefit approached, they tried the fox trot and practiced other familiar steps. But the task overwhelmed Chuck, who was diagnosed six years ago, at age 50, with early-onset Alzheimer's.
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.