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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.
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.
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."
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.
By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | October 1, 1992
While most people spend Monday night getting in the rhythm of the new work week, Jackie Stambaugh and her friends dance to the beat of a different drum.Make that a guitar.Country-western dance lessons have dozens of would-be two-steppers flocking weekly to Union Bridge Fire Hall."We love to dance and we love country music," said Ms. Stambaugh, 42, a shipping clerk for Lehigh Portland Cement Company "We'd watch people do this kind of dancing and decided we wanted to do it too."And she's not alone.
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1997
If you follow the trail of cowboy hats and boots, Wrangler jeans and fringed shirts in Glen Burnie any Tuesday or Wednesday night, chances are, you'll wind up at La Fontaine Bleu.The banquet hall off Ritchie Highway has become a country line-dancing mecca for hundreds of enthusiasts from the Baltimore area. From young children to retirees, dancers flock to the hall for a buffet dinner and a night of dancing."This is great," said Andrea Lorah of Glen Burnie, who has been going every week for more than three years.
By Louise Vest | March 4, 2012
100 Years Ago Tiger, tiger, luring site In the Times' Laurel column: "At a recent meeting of the Mayor and city council, it was stated that reports were in circulation that the law prohibiting the sale of spirits and malt liquors is being violated in the town, and they offered as a reward the sum of $50 to any person producing evidence which would convict any person in a court of law of a violation of this law....
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2012
As pedestrians scurried through the sunshine that bathed Patterson Park this week, 12-year-old Daniel John took refuge under a tree, poring over a book, enjoying a space all his own. "If I were at home, I'd probably be watching TV for over seven hours," said the rising seventh-grader at Montebello Elementary/Middle School, who is living at a local shelter. Daniel is one of 130 Baltimore city and county students who are finding stability in a summer learning program exclusively for homeless students — a population that has ballooned in the city and doubled in Baltimore County in the last five years.
By Elizabeth Winthrop | October 10, 2001
* Editor's note: Barnyard animals go hog wild over dance lessons given by an independent-minded pig. Dumpy La Rue wanted to dance, "You're a pig," said his father. "Pigs don't dance. They grunt, they grovel, they snuffle for truffles." "Pigs don't dance," said his mother. "They bellow, they swallow, they learn how to wallow." "I want to dance," said Dumpy. "Fat chance," said his sister. "Boys don't dance. They fight, they march, they sport, and they snort. And they're never ever supposed to cavort."
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."
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