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April 21, 2001
Young Chang Bob Fosse's dance moves changed the rules. They go against everything you're taught in classic ballet training, where all the muscles are supposed to turn out. "Mr. Fosse's work turns in the knees, the back. The hips get way turned in," said Lynn Sterling, a dancer with "Fosse," now at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "That's all because Mr. Fosse was never really happy with the body he was given -- he had bowed legs, so he did everything turned in, which looks really great."
By Jessie Brunner | January 6, 2007
Though the Balboa was a very popular dance in his youth, Clint Holland learned the step only recently. At 84 years old, the Orange County resident spends three or four days each week on the dance floor. Besides the dance classes he attends at various local senior centers, Holland is at the Avant Garde Ballroom in Newport Beach every Sunday for swing dance lessons offered by The Orange County Swing Dance Club. Though he's "not quite up to" all of the dances, he usually stays for three of the four classes offered, which include beginning swing and intermediate Balboa.
By Jim Carnett | September 12, 2011
I can't dance. Not a lick. But that's not always been the case. As a student at Lindbergh Elementary School in Costa Mesa from 1952-56, we received square dance and social dance lessons on rainy afternoons. I discovered that I enjoyed the sensation of holding a girl in my arms. When I attended Everett A. Rea Junior High School from 1956-58, I took regular social dance lessons — and became rather adept. I learned all the popular moves from swing and waltz to foxtrot and cha-cha.
October 7, 2008
Misty May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High standout and an Olympic gold medalist, appeared on the conclusion of Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” show on crutches and with a cast on her left leg to announce she will no longer be on the popular dancing competition. May-Treanor, the beach volleyball legend, was practicing the jive on the show’s ballroom set when she ruptured her left Achilles’ tendon. “I heard a pop,” May-Treanor said.
By Michael Miller | May 4, 2006
Thanks to Angelina "Joy" Emanuele, students at Sonora Elementary School can earn experience as dancers and gymnasts ? not to mention music critics. Emanuele, who teaches dance and exercise to students around Southern California, leads an exercise class every Monday at Sonora for second- and third-graders. The students, who are practicing for a show at the school in June, dance to Emanuele's original recordings, which she writes and sings herself. Of course, to stay in touch with modern youth, she sometimes tests her works on the students and asks for input.
June 24, 2008
Newport Beach police are looking for a man who entered an unlocked Corona del Mar apartment, performed a dance and groped the owner before he left. At about 10 a.m. Sunday, a man appearing to be in his mid-30s entered an apartment in the 1700 block of Marguerite Avenue. The man told the resident he was on a scavenger hunt and had to dance for her. When he finished, he placed his hands on her buttocks before running away. Police said he fled after hearing someone else approaching in the house.
January 18, 2005
Jeff Benson While many Newport-Mesa students were catching up on sleep, shopping or just "hangin' out" over the holiday, Corona del Mar High School's "Orchesis" dance program was busy preparing for its biggest annual shows. Instead of a day off, the girls rehearsed synchronized dance steps and learned about staging, props and the different lights used in their performances. "We light every number in the show and we have a lighting designer that teaches us the lighting that goes along with each movement," said Orchesis co-president Cassidy Preston, 17. Orchesis will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Huntington Beach High School.
September 2, 2000
Young Chang When asked why he loves to dance, 59-year old Bill McMurray sounds indignant: "You get to hold a girl! C'mon now!" Tonight he is holding his wife of almost two years, Mary McMurray. Their hotspots are senior centers around the county. Things are different now from the way people grooved when he was a teen. The Lake Forest resident danced on rollerskates back then. Today he's making do with the Costa Mesa Senior Center and the soles of his feet.
May 1, 2005
Long, boring hours sitting in high-backed chairs, listening to politicians drone on, one after another. News conferences with plenty of visual charts for the cameras. Fundraising lunches, complete with rubbery chicken. Is that possibly all that goes on in Sacramento? Or is there something else? Assemblymen dancing, maybe? Elected officials racing past each other in Capitol building hallways? Politicians retreating to their offices after a long day of work to get a bit more work done?
February 19, 2004
B.W. COOK Love was in the air. The Visionaries, a support group of the Orange County Museum of Art, shared Valentine's Day with husbands and lovers at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. The chic Saturday night soiree was created with great attention to detail by Four Seasons' executive chef Michel Pieton. Some 100 Visionaries gathered in the ballroom at the hotel, dressed to kill and ready to dance the night away. "I ordered the biggest dance floor I could have," event chair Irene Mathews said.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 9, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court Judge this week banned dancing at a quintessential Newport Beach restaurant - at least for the time being. In a preliminary injunction handed down Tuesday, Judge Derek Hunt sided with the city of Newport Beach and barred Woody's Wharf on the Balboa Peninsula from setting up a dance floor or using its patio past 11 p.m. City officials took the early decision as a sign that Hunt will eventually side with the city,...
By Steve Virgen | March 24, 2014
Dance is an art form that can be symbolic of life. Marisa Wayne knows this to be true. Wayne, a Newport Beach resident and an owner of GRIT Cycle in Costa Mesa, has been working on a special routine for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa's seventh annual Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars gala. She's not much of a dancer, she'll admit, but she understands the process. "You always have to know where you're going and get there with a purpose," Wayne said after a recent practice at the Century Dancesport studio in Tustin.
By Michael Miller | March 19, 2014
A decade ago, Salwa Rizkalla reached out to the management of a promising young dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, in hopes that she could snag her as a guest artist for her Fountain Valley-based troupe. The answer turned out to be a yes - which resulted in an ongoing relationship. Gillian Murphy, who will dance the title role in Festival Ballet Theatre's upcoming production of "Giselle" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, has been a regular guest with the company since she first appeared in 2005 as Kitri in "Don Quixote.
By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times | February 25, 2014
What if the story of Eva Peron were told by Argentine dancers and musicians performing traditional tangos from Argentina instead of a Broadway score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice? Will Southern California audiences, who apparently never have seen it performed in a prominent professional venue, take to a Soviet-era Russian ballet about the French Revolution that's said to have been Josef Stalin's favorite? And does $2.5 million in seed money from billionaire businessman and arts philanthropist David H. Koch guarantee that American Ballet Theatre's new take on “The Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Richard Hudson (Broadway's “The Lion King”)
By Michael Miller | December 14, 2013
Brandon Fischer may not be the king of the world, but considering his dancing experience, he was happy to settle last year for king of Corona del Mar High School's male faculty. The math teacher was crowned co-champion of the school's first Dancing with the Teachers contest, in which faculty members paired with students to hoof it onstage. Fischer's group got the assignment of lyrical dance, and someone - he's not quite sure whom - decided on the "Titanic" anthem "My Heart Will Go On" for the music.
By Emily Foxhall | November 9, 2013
In a county dominated by the need to drive, a few Newport Beach spots offer late-night revelers something rare: a walkable nightlife. One of these clusters of restaurants and bars lies on the Balboa Peninsula, near the Newport Pier. Patrons have come here for decades - be they neighborhood dwellers, summer renters or residents - to enjoy a vibrant, seaside area where they can move from place to place without getting behind the wheel. Steady streams of people continue to enjoy the often party-like atmosphere the Peninsula provides, yet while the surrounding streets bustle, some who live there have raised complaints about patrons' noise and drunken antics.
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 1, 2013
The first time Jean-Christophe Maillot laid eyes on Diana Vishneva, he was gripped by the feeling that she was weird - not in a way that made him cringe or avert his sight. Quite the opposite. He was spellbound. "She was not what we were used to seeing, not placed [on her feet] like everybody, and she was extremely skinny," said Maillot, holding up his pinky to drive his point home. "She was very atypical for a classical dancer. " Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vishneva trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, an international young dancers' competition, in 1994.
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 22, 2013
Moments after stepping foot in New Delhi, Dominique Delorme's gaze fell upon a man on the side of the road. He had no arms or legs, and he entreated passersby to place money in a bowl placed in front of him. Their gazes locked, and a grin blossomed on the pauper's face. Immediately, gears started turning in the 19-year-old Frenchman's mind. "I wondered what was inside that person that makes him smile at me, who comes from the West, who has a TV, computers and other things," he said.
By Emily Foxhall | October 4, 2013
The public can weigh in at Tuesday's Newport Beach City Council meeting on whether Woody's Wharf should have dancing Friday and Saturday nights as well as extended hours. At the Sept. 10 meeting, Councilman Mike Henn appealed the Planning Commission's decision to allow the restaurant to begin outdoor dining at 10 a.m., instead of 11 a.m., and to stay open until 2 a.m., instead of closing at 11 p.m., according to a staff report. In its Sept. 5 approval, the commission also cleared the way for dancing by giving Woody's Wharf a variance to build a patio cover, which the business says would address noise concerns.
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