February 24, 2009 |
The Washington Ballet was reeling yesterday from the death of one of its Studio Company members, who was hit by a car on Friday after a performance at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md. Mary Saludares, 20, "was one of the most joyful and positive people I've ever met," said Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre, who heads the small Studio Company, a pre-professional trainee program for young dancers. Less than two weeks ago, local audiences had seen Saludares dance in the corps of the Washington Ballet's performances of "La...
December 4, 2009 |
On a recent trip to the Middle East, choreographer Paul Gordon Emerson listened to dozens of Iraqi refugees share their harrowing experiences of torture and displacement. "Sometimes it felt like holding a soda bottle in your hand and shaking it up," said the CityDance Ensemble artistic director. "Life just exploded out of it. " Emerson and company member Kathryn Pilkington have taken those refugees' stories and woven them into "Wishes of the Sailor," a piece that will have its premiere this weekend at the Music Center at...
June 3, 2011
Regarding the outrage over the dancing at the Jefferson Memorial and the dancers' cries that our "freedoms" are being impinged upon, I ask, what are we "expressing" by dancing at the Jefferson Memorial? Some claim that by dancing they are "expressing respect" — that Jefferson himself liked music and dancing. How does this follow when it is rude and distracting to the other tourists who have come to pay their respects? It is, in the words of Petula Dvorak [" When interpreting freedom, reason sometimes takes a back...
July 10, 2008 |
For more than 50 years, hundreds of young dancers made their way to the Jones-Haywood School of Dance at Georgia Avenue and Delafield Place NW for the opportunity to be molded and trained under the discerning eyes of Doris Jones. After Jones's death two years ago, former and current students wondered about the fate of a place many considered a second home. When a funeral home offered to buy the property from Jones's estate, the school's creative director, Sandra Fortune-Green, looked inward and relied on the discipline instilled by her...
October 24, 2009
A group of dancers at Baltimore's Inner Harbor will join others across the planet dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to attempt setting a world record. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Thrill the World with Dance Baltimore will perform at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Organizations around the world will be dancing in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record by having the most people perform the same dance at the same time. The current record is the "hokey pokey. "
December 15, 2008
Footworks, a locally based veteran troupe of cloggers, tappers and Irish dancers, put on two hometown shows this weekend at Dance Place. Saturday night's crowd was sparse, but that didn't stop the dancers and musicians from whoopin' and hollerin' as if they were at a barn dance in Tennessee. Eileen Carson Schatz, the group's founder and artistic director, did most of the vocalizing. Even during a sequence of traditional Canadian dances, she was backstage letting loose the rebel yell.