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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | October 5, 1994
The second showcase of local modern dance companies, seen at the Baltimore Museum of Art Saturday night, was a notch above last year's endeavor in both professionalism and choreographic invention.The three companies that performed were the Baltimore Dance Collaborative, Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group and Chris Dohse/Toothmother.One of the stronger works on the program of nine dances was "Vow: A Line Dance for Women, Black Dresses and Popular Culture" by Baltimore Dance Collaborative's Kathleen Murphy.
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By Mike Giuliano | July 3, 2013
The National Gallery of Art's "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music" is a must-see exhibit for dance fans. This exceptionally beautiful exhibit takes you step by step through one of the great periods in dance history. A distant era is made to seem fresh again. Dance is such an ephemeral art form that a great performance one night typically exists only as a memory by the next night. Today's dance companies fortunately are good about filming performances and maintaining a visual archive, but there were major companies and performers in the early 20th century that now seem more legendary than real.
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October 28, 1992
* Dottie Green, the savvy, strong-armed catcher for th original Rockford (Ill.) Peaches, who dominated the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from its inception in 1943 to its demise in 1954, died on Monday of cancer at her home in Natick, Mass. She was 71. Although Miss Green had the same first name, and played the same position on the same team as the character portrayed by Geena Davis in "A League of Their Own," the 1992 movie based on the famous women's league, that was merely a coincidence.
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By Carolyn Kelemen | September 6, 2011
Dance companies see winter coming long before the rest of us. Many of their performance dates have been booked since May, and their season brochures have long since gone to the printers for distribution to potential subscribers. The Washington Ballet was among the early birds this year, with internet subscriptions offering a 50 percent savings by simply entering the promotion code "TWBSPECIAL. " Four different subscription packages are available, but fans must not procrastinate because the special deals are only good until Monday, Sept.
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August 18, 2006
Dancing -- Caryl Maxwell, formerly of Caryl Maxwell Ballet of Howard County, will direct Dancing for Dancers IV, a concert by 10 dance companies (including the Columbia Chamber Ballet with Cindee Velle) at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Above are Jamie Vitollo and Jeffrey Watson. The concert will benefit the Edward Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for students to attend summer dance programs. Stewart, who died in 2002, was founding artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
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By SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER | April 14, 1996
"I never thought I would dance for so long," said Mikhail Baryshnikov.Mr. Baryshnikov, 48, remains one of the most extraordinary dancers of this century. He continues to receive high praise for his dancing, as he has done since he was an 18-year-old living in Russia."Encouragement from Merce [Cunningham] and Martha Graham, even Mark [Morris] and Twyla [Tharp] and Paul Taylor gave me a new life," he said recently.Unlike Rudolf Nureyev, another great 20th-century Russian dancer who danced classical roles deep into middle age with depressing results, Mr. Baryshnikov knew when the days of white tights and leading romantic roles in ballet were over.
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By BRITTANY BAUHAUS | March 2, 2006
From vine to wreath The lowdown -- Learn to create handmade crafts such as wreaths simply from pruning a few vines. Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars introduces its "Entwined with the Vines" event every weekend this month. Fingers fatigued from crafting? Take a break for wine-tasting and join a complimentary guided winery tour. Get tips on what wines to serve with what foods and how to create a wine cellar at home. If you go -- The event takes place at the winery, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1999
For the first time in its 12-year history, the Columbia Festival of the Arts will feature three national dance companies that will premiere works and offer master classes to area residents.The stellar lineup is further evidence of the festival's growing regional importance as a multifaceted arts event.With the inclusion of such well-regarded dance companies as the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, this year's festival likely will secure Columbia's reputation as a city that embraces the arts, said Katherine Knowles, the festival's executive director.
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By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 30, 2003
The thumping beat beckons the dancers to the floor of the Hurt Gymnasium at Morgan State University. On command from Iantha L. Tucker, artistic director and principal choreographer of the university's Modern Dance Ensemble for the past 27 years, arms, legs and hips sway to the jazzy New Orleans-style music. "OK, here we go. Dance, people. Smile," Tucker says, kneeling in front of the 12 dancers, watching their every rehearsal move. Since 1976, Tucker -- a dance historian and associate professor in the health, physical education and recreation department -- has led the school's modern-dance company, drawing the respect and the admiration of students and colleagues.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
Dawn Cooper Barnes, Howard Community College professor and artistic director of the Aurora Dance Company -- considered one of Howard County's premier dance companies -- is in a bit of a hurry.She is constantly on the go, and finding a few minutes to talk to Barnes, 40, is sometimes tricky unless she can schedule it between her many daily appointments, meetings and rehearsals.In addition to her solo dancing career, there are her responsibilities as Aurora's choreographer and her schedule at HCC, where she teaches courses on film, dance, English and mass media.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2008
On Friday and Saturday at Pascal Center for Performing Arts, the talents of the AACC Dance Company were displayed in an entertaining program. "Forces of Nature" showcased students who proved fluent in many dance languages, from classical ballet to modern. The program was an exciting dance circus, with something for everyone. In a single number, dancers moved from an exuberant Charleston to shag to classic swing to hip-hop without missing a beat. Freshness was another hallmark of this program, which began and ended with works choreographed by dance company director Lynda Fitzgerald.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,[SUN REPORTER] | October 29, 2006
LIZ LERMAN IS RUSHING down the hall toward yet another dance rehearsal. Her hair has come loose from its clip -- again -- and escaped strands fly about her head like a swarm of bees. Lerman is a MacArthur Award-winning choreographer, and ideas burst forth from her with such rapidity and vigor they practically create a disturbance in the atmosphere. Squint, and you almost can see the rapid fanning of invisible wings. LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE "30TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE" / / Thursday and Friday / / Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park / / 301-405-2787 or claricesmithcenter.
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August 18, 2006
Dancing -- Caryl Maxwell, formerly of Caryl Maxwell Ballet of Howard County, will direct Dancing for Dancers IV, a concert by 10 dance companies (including the Columbia Chamber Ballet with Cindee Velle) at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Above are Jamie Vitollo and Jeffrey Watson. The concert will benefit the Edward Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for students to attend summer dance programs. Stewart, who died in 2002, was founding artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
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By BRITTANY BAUHAUS | March 2, 2006
From vine to wreath The lowdown -- Learn to create handmade crafts such as wreaths simply from pruning a few vines. Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars introduces its "Entwined with the Vines" event every weekend this month. Fingers fatigued from crafting? Take a break for wine-tasting and join a complimentary guided winery tour. Get tips on what wines to serve with what foods and how to create a wine cellar at home. If you go -- The event takes place at the winery, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 1, 2005
This weekend, American Dance Artists returns with its spring show to its favorite near-home venue in Brooklyn Park. The major work will be choreographed to John Lennon's 1971 hit "Imagine" and features the company in solo, duets and ensemble work. The show opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Chesapeake Arts Center, with additional performances at 8 p.m. tomorrow and at 3 p.m. Sunday. American Dance Artists is an exuberant, young company formed in spring 2002 by Linthicum-based artistic director Adrienne Canterna, 22, recipient of the 1998 gold medal in the USA International Ballet Competition, and her sister Ashley Canterna, also a national medalist.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | June 17, 2004
A celebration of a classical ballet master, interpretations of Chinese dances from 770 B.C. to the present and artistic representations of the game of baseball are among the dance offerings at the Columbia Festival of the Arts during the next two weeks. Performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet II, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company and a group of dancer-illusionists called Momix will bring the diversity of the dance world to Columbia. "There is a huge diversity of style and ethnic influences and technical influences in the dance world," said Betsy Brininger, executive director of the festival.
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May 17, 1998
Rudy West,65, one of the original members of the Five Keys, which recorded such 1950s hits as "The Glory of Love," "Close Your Eyes" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," died of a heart attack Thursday in Chesapeake, Va.William Louther,56, a leading American modern dancer who also directed the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel and helped to establish modern dance in England, died of esophageal cancer May 7 in London. He performed on Broadway and in many American modern dance companies in the late 1950s and '60s, most notably with Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Donald McKayle.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | September 10, 1995
If you want to see truly exceptional, big-name dance this year, you'll have to hop in your car and head south on I-95. Major league dance companies are coming to the area -- such as the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Martha Graham Company or the Jose Limon Company -- but they'll be appearing in Washington.Despite the fact Baltimore is not a required stop for most national companies, it does have a dance scene.Several local dance companies will perform -- in spite of funding problems and inconsistent audience development.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 18, 2004
What's great about The Company is that it really is about a company. It presents the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago as a vital organism fascinating at rest, gripping in its struggles to survive and thrilling when it springs to full life on stage. Director Robert Altman (now 79), the past master of movie ensemble pieces, fictionalizes a year in the life of the Joffrey with inspirational freshness. He provides a welcome shock to a jaded moviegoer's system - a full blast of artistic oxygen. Ry (Neve Campbell)
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By Cassie M. Chew and Cassie M. Chew,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 22, 2004
For Dawn Stoppiello, artistic director of Troika Ranch, a New York-based dance company, mapping out the choreography for her works involves a lot more tools than pencil and paper. Collaborating with her artistic co-director Mark Coniglio, a software programmer turned music composer, turned "software composer." Troika Ranch has for 10 years delivered live dance performances that are as technologically rich as they are artistically sound. Equally wired are compositions by Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, choreographers for the Phoenix Dance Company, in residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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