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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 28, 1997
RECENTLY THE Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Roost of the Association of Old Crows held its annual holiday party and awards ceremony. The group takes its name from the World War II organization that worked on sensitive, classified projects that developed countermeasures to defeat German radar. That World War II program was known as Project Raven.John McCarty, a longtime Linthicum resident, was named the chapter's Crow of the Year. He is retired and is an exhibit coordinator at the Historical Electronics Museum at West Nursery and Elkridge Landing roads in Linthicum.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Out of the frying pan and into the fire, I'm switching from one dance show to another, with barely a week between the "Dancing with the Stars" finale and the "So You Think You Can Dance "premiere. Audition episodes are often my least favorite, primarily due to the number of joke auditions. Let's hope those are kept to a minimum this year. Cat Deeley's introduction says, "Every summer for the past decadeā€¦" Have we really been watching this show for so long? Huh. We're officially at the point where contestants can realistically claim to have been watching the show their "whole life.
NEWS
By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 1, 2002
WHEN FRED Talentino was in the eighth grade, his mother signed him up for dance lessons. At first, he hated it. But as he learned the steps, his confidence grew, and he started to look forward to the classes - not that he would acknowledge it, of course. These days, Talentino tells that story to the eighth-graders at Patapsco Middle School at the start of the ballroom dancing unit he teaches. Talentino, a physical education teacher at the school in Ellicott City, started the program about 12 years ago because he wanted pupils to have a good time at the school dance held every spring.
NEWS
By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | April 27, 1997
With poise and grace, high school girls in flowing white gowns curtsied and waltzed last night in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, dazzling an audience of more than 700 people at the Youth Cotillion."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2012
In 2000, the British film "Billy Elliot" generated a flurry of admiration on both sides of the Atlantic. Something about this story of an 11-year-old boy, who decides to study ballet even as it makes him a major oddity in his northern England mining town, touched a nerve. Five years later, transformed into a musical with a score by Elton John, "Billy Elliot" became a runaway hit in London's West End. It went on to win a slew of Tony Awards, including Best Musical, after its 2008 Broadway premiere.
FEATURES
By Jay Boyar and Jay Boyar,ORLANDO SENTINEL | October 15, 2004
John Clark ought to be a happy man. He has a successful law practice in Chicago. He's married to a beautiful woman who loves him. And they have two terrific kids. But - as we learn in Shall We Dance? - the spark has gone out of his life. If you're thinking midlife crisis, that doesn't quite do it. John (Richard Gere) isn't in crisis so much as he's in stasis. Let's call it a midlife rut. Shall We Dance? - the brassy new Hollywood remake of the delicate 1996 Japanese film - is about how this man rediscovers the romance within himself by enrolling in a ballroom-dancing class.
NEWS
By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 25, 1996
HARRY SMITH LIKES to repeat a saying that is popular with fellow square dancers: "Square dancing is either a dying folk art or the best-kept secret of the '90s."If it is a secret, he is willing to share it and invites everyone to see the Friendship Squares in action at the Maryland State Fairgrounds this week. Also, plan to take square dance lessons in September in Linthicum.Smith and his wife, Cathy, have been members of the Friendship Squares for nine years and share the presidency.The Linthicum club will perform on the main stage in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fair from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
For more than 22 years, Friday Night Swing Club has welcomed thousands of dancers 16 and older of every ability to tango, cha-cha, foxtrot, jitterbug, salsa, waltz, hustle and others, from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday nights. The club started at the ROTC building at Johns Hopkins University, then moved to the Boomi Temple on Charles Street until that property was sold to Loyola University Maryland. Through the years, the club's home has been the Scottish Rite Temple in Tuscany-Canterbury, Tall Cedars Club and the Towson Armory.
FEATURES
By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1997
The sweet-natured Japanese drama "Shall We Dance?" opens in a gilded dance hall with a voice-over primer in Japanese social repression. "The idea that a husband and wife should embrace and dance in front of each other is beyond embarrassment," says Shohei Sugiyama, a Tokyo businessman who discovers joy through ballroom dancing.For an American audience, the explanation provides a national context that transforms "Shall We Dance?" into more than a film about hoofing it in the Far East, a mere Japanese version of "Strictly Ballroom."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,Special to the Sun | December 17, 2000
When Melissa Reilly began taking dance lessons from Judy Daniel, she never imagined she'd grow up to be a dance instructor herself -- and married to her teacher's son. Melissa, who started dance lessons at age 3, began taking classes from Judy in 1986. That was when Judy was teaching in a rented church hall and her son Dave spent many evenings trying to distract the dancers with comic antics. "I remember him getting yelled at a lot because he would try to play basketball in the middle of class," Melissa says.
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