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By Carolyn Kelemen | February 29, 2012
College dance concerts are always a fun place for brushing up on modern currents in the art, but spring semester programs are often a pure delight. They represent the culmination of eight months' work for student dancers who relish the opportunity to show off what they've learned. The Arts Collective Dance Company at Howard Community College will showcase their many talented dancers in four concerts at HCC's Smith Theatre Thursday-Sunday, March 1-4. "This is our sixth season and the best program so far," said Renee Brozic Barger, the director of the Arts Collective Dance Company.
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By Kayla Bawroski and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
You don't need to be a ballerina to get the muscle tone and posture of a dancer. At the Bel Air Athletic Club's barre class, you'll navigate the same waist-height handrail prima ballerinas use for warmups, no pointe shoes required. “With barre, it's really the perfect exercise for a woman's body,” says Lori Berry, a fitness instructor at Bel Air Athletic Club who teaches barre. “In the beginning, you use 3- to 5-pound weights, and again, it's isometric movements, so you may be working your biceps with a smaller range and it's less weight.” Whereas Pilates, a more commonly known workout, works with a smaller number of repetitions and focuses on the quality of the reps, barre is the opposite, according to Berry.
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By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Hyunhwa Thomas Yu and Yuko Naululani Yu hail from different countries in Asia, but the world of ballroom dance brought them together in America. About six years ago, while each was seeking a dance partner, the two discovered one another and quickly formed an artistic connection. Before long, however, the pair would waltz, tango and quick-step their way toward love, then marriage. "We share something in common that's close to our hearts," says Tom, 54, a South Korean emigre whose family arrived in Champaign, Ill., when he was a teen.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Binnie Ritchie Holum, a dancer, choreographer, playwright and actress who had been a co-founder of the Baltimore Women's Theatre Project , died Sept. 21 at her parents' home near Saranac Lake, N.Y., of a gioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. She was 64. "Her talent was just endless and she had more energy than three people combined," said Harvey M. Doster, her collaborator, who is director of the International Baccalaureate Theater Program at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 23, 1997
Rhythm, a primal building-block of dance, linked the works of Eva Anderson Dancers' program this weekend at the Baltimore Museum of Art.The idea was laudable; the execution, if not quite up to the concept, at least good enough to see what the company can do.Now entering its 23rd season, Anderson's Columbia-based troupe has a modern-dance style blended with African-American music, themes and designs."
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 23, 1996
At first thought, the scheduling of the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Naval Academy's Alumni Hall this past weekend seemed an odd booking. But the four works presented by the full-bodied choreographer and his entourage of 14 dancers and small ensemble of musicians and singers proved that modern dance can be entertainment as well as serious art.Morris opened the evening with "Love Song Waltzes" accompanied by Johannes Brahms' "Liebesliederwalzer OP50."...
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | October 12, 1992
The Towson Ensemble Dancers (TED), the dance collective at Towson State University, gave a remarkably solid program of works over the weekend at Stephens Hall Theatre. The seven dances created by TED members stood shoulder to shoulder with guest choreographer Marcus Schulkind's work, "Ladies Night Out.""Ladies Night Out" was a demanding piece that relied heavily on strong technique and the emotional range of its dancers. Three solos, expertly danced by Dana J. Martin, Nancy Wanich-Romida and Amanda Thom Woodson, peeled back Mr. Schulkind's classically attuned movements to expose the raw and angry psyche of the three women.
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By Janice Conklin and Janice Conklin,Contributing Writer | June 29, 1993
The performance that was most fun to see last weekend during the fifth annual Columbia Festival of the Arts had to be Momix at Wilde Lake High School. This company of three women and two men is the brainchild of Pilobus' co-creator and hyper-creative personality Moses Pendleton.Momix is a company of illusionists. Each dancer stretches the limits of physicality -- whether by sheer strength, solid balance or amazing fluidity of movements. Company members Cynthia Quinn, Rebecca Stenn, Annie Way, Jim Cappelletti and Karl Baaumann seem more than human.
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By J. L. Conklin | June 28, 1991
The Columbia Festival of the Arts officially opened its 11-day affair last night with a performance from Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater.Opening the program of three dances was "The Stack Up," by Talley Batty. This street smart work for 17 dancers is as pumped-up as fancy foot gear. Mr. Talley's piece is populated with familiar urban characters -- "cool" dudes, street corner goof-offs, loose women and everyday people all in a whirring blend of dance styles. Indeed, each style characterizes the dancer's roles.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | April 25, 1994
The 22nd annual Towson State University Dance Company performance opened Friday night with a generous program of dances designed to showcase the diverse talents of Towson students. TSU's dance program is obviously a popular one, judging from the number of student participants who demonstrated their capabilities in modern, classical ballet, jazz and tap dancing as well as choreography.Three of 11 dances choreographed by guest artists, students and faculty members were strictly classical ballet offerings.
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Sports Digest | September 15, 2014
Racehorse Native Dancer, swimmer Beth Botsford , baseball-football players Tommy Brown and Brian Jordan , lacrosse player and coach Bob Scott and figure skater Kimmie Meissner will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. In addition, the Hall will present the John Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the contribution of individuals over a long career of supporting and advancing athletics in the state of Maryland, to the late Earl Banks , who was the football coach at Morgan State.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Priscilla Fuller Menzies, an equine painter whose subjects included the fabled thoroughbreds Native Dancer and Secretariat, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 24 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The former Butler resident was 94. Born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville and Upperco, she was the daughter of Perry Wade Fuller, a stamp and coin dealer, and Anita Sherwood Fuller, a sports enthusiast. She was a 1938 graduate of Garrison Forest School. She earned a bachelor's degree at what is now the Maryland Institute College of Art and studied with Jacques Maroger, a French-born painter who explored the own paint medium using old techniques and had been on the staff of the Louvre.
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August 25, 2014
Harford County community leaders will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for top honors to benefit the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the 7th annual Dancing for the Arts Fundraising Gala. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts, the gala is from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs. The dancing stars, many with no dance experience, are engaging in private dance lessons with the professional dance instructors from Dancing with Friends Dance Studio.
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Apparently this going to be an all-Michael-Jackson night. Blergh. I expect to see way-too-many crotches being grabbed tonight. It'll probably take a crowbar to get Rudy's hand off his junk. On an editorial note, allow me to apologize for getting some of the All-Star dancers announced last week, and the week before, wrong. I write this recap pretty much live with the show airing. SYTYCD doesn't see fit to say or display the All-Star dancers surnames on the show, nor do they put the information on their website.
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By Lily Hua and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
The word ballet conjures up images of tutus and ballet flats, but the men on this ballet fusion dance company prove that ballet can be more than productions of "Swan Lake. " Starring on the June 17 episode of “America's Got Talent” is a ballet fusion dance team from Baltimore called Bad Boys of Dance. The episode airs at 8 p.m.  Renowned dancer Rasta Thomas founded the dance company in 2007. According to the Bad Boys of Dance website, the company does 250 shows a year with a rotation of about 25-50 dancers a season.
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By Carolyn Kelemen | June 9, 2014
It's been years since a Russian superstar soared across a Howard County stage — memory takes me back to Mikhail Baryshnikov when he danced in the 2003 Columbia Festival of the Arts at Wilde Lake High School. Saturday evening, June 14, two international ballet stars, Veronika Part and Vitali Krauchenka, will guest in the Ballet L'Etoile production of "Giselle" at the Jim Rouse Theater. This one-time-only performance is rare, as most topnotch dancers bypass us for the grand stages at the Kennedy Center or Wolf Trap in the summer.
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By J. L. Conklin | November 11, 1991
Kinetics Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of Alvin Mayes, premiered three works during the company's spirited performance last weekend at the Howard County Center for the Arts.Mr. Mayes, new to this job, closed the evening of seven dances with his latest, "Zooming," an abstract and buoyant work for nine dancers to the fanciful saxophone of Lenny Pickett. With its erratic and whimsical walks and stop-and-go dynamics, "Zooming" gave the company the chance to show just how well it is shaping up -- technically as well as choreographically.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | April 12, 1994
Kinetics, a dance troupe based in Howard County, has had its share of artistic ups and downs in its first 10 years. At a gala performance last Friday celebrating its 10th anniversary, the attractive and talented company proved it is on the upswing.Under the artistic and executive direction of Ken Skrzesz, Kinetics is auspiciously poised for the future.Friday's performance at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre featured Kinetics' professional and apprentice troupes. Four dances were choreographed by Mr. Skrzesz and one by company member Amanda Thom-Woodson.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
If there's a heaven for horses, then California Chrome's great-great-grandsire will be peering down at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday to see whether his progeny can do what he did 50 years ago: win the Preakness and, with it, the first two legs of racing's Triple Crown. Even then, Northern Dancer ran as if he had wings. After smashing the track record in the Kentucky Derby, the stubby bay colt from Canada captured the 1964 Preakness by 21/4 lengths, pulling away in the stretch from his more classic-looking rivals.
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