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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | October 3, 2013
It took fingers from a considerable portion of the globe to make the modest vegetarian grape leaves that will sell three for $2 at this weekend's Armenian Festival. Wednesday morning, one man and about a dozen women gathered around the food preparation table at St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa, stuffing marinated leaves with fillings of rice, onions and parsley. Asked whether many members of the group came from Armenia, Ladies Society chairwoman Claudette Mekalian asked those present to state their countries of origin.
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NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | June 6, 2013
Itzel Guerrero can't imagine her life without the Wooden Floor. She tries to picture it sometimes, but fails. Most likely, she doesn't want to. So many experiences during her 18 years have taken root in the nonprofit's Santa Ana campus, she admits. Growing up in a household where her older sister Elideth was a gymnast - an expensive undertaking - Guerrero recalls there being no resources for her extracurricular activities. When she was 9, her parents took their friend's advice, introducing their daughter to the world of dance with a hunch that she might enjoy it. Turns out, they were right.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 1, 2013
COSTA MESA - Many of Coach Lori Williams' girls said they are dancers, not soccer players. Well, the girls are still dancing in the 14th annual Daily Pilot Cup. The girls kept Mariners Elementary School alive in the tournament, as the wild-card team slipped past Christ Lutheran, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the fifth- and sixth-grade bronze division on Saturday at Costa Mesa High. The player with the most artwork on her jersey produced the game-winning goal in the 47th minute.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 23, 2013
Although the lights were dimmed and the studio soundless, a chair, front and center, bespoke a human presence. Taped to the wall, a sign declared that a set of ankle bells had recently gone missing. Before long, the pitter-patter of pint-sized feet filled the room as did sollukatu - rhythmic syllables corresponding to the sounds produced by musical instruments. Ramya Harishankar demonstrated immaculate body posture, hand gestures and expressions while clad in traditional Indian attire.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | April 18, 2013
The art of the dance is enjoying a popularity not experienced since the 1950s when members of its royal family were Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Ann Miller. TV's "Dancing with the Stars" shares some of the credit - along with musical theater's "Billy Elliot. " Now ensconced in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts through April 28, this Tony Award-winning best musical of 2010, with music by Elton John, has arrived with a strident crescendo of sight and sound, blending a sore spot in English history with the fictional tale of a boy in fervent pursuit of his dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
From The Los Angeles Times | April 15, 2013
Jodie Gates - a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet who has since become one of Southern California's most prominent dance leaders - will become the director of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Gates is a professor of dance at the UC Irvine . USC announced the appointment Thursday, saying that the school will admit its first students in fall 2015. "Jodie Gates is the perfect person for the job," Kaufman said in a statement. "She is keenly aware of the unique needs of a dancer and the importance of a first-rate curriculum.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 21, 2013
From jazz to musical theater and hip-hop to contemporary, it's all fair game at Newport Harbor High School's "ArreiS 2013. " The show, a potpourri of beginning and intermediate dancers and members of the junior varsity and varsity dance teams, runs until Saturday, spotlighting 133 students from freshman to seniors. A few football players and athletes also signed up for the troupe, which otherwise stars mostly girls. The two-hour concert showcases 23 routines, including three solos and seven student-choreographed pieces.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 21, 2013
It's time to dip and twirl for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa. The 72-year-old nonprofit, which aids children and families via community programs, is organizing an annual ballroom dancing competition. Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars couples community leaders with professional dancers. The festivities, geared toward raising funds for the Assistance League's local efforts, also feature a cocktail reception, dinner spread and an open dance floor. "I put together the first [Dancing for Tomorrow's Stars]
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 7, 2013
"You look fine," said 11 dancers under the spotlight. That seemingly simple statement, delivered at a rehearsal Tuesday at Sage Hill School, contained a powerful acknowledgment of the beauty inherent in every individual. This idea lies at the core of the "Look at Me" campaign, spearheaded by Jessica Starr, a 30-year-old dancer and choreographer from West Hollywood. "Divine Direction," a nearly two-hour event, is the latest show for the 6-year-old Muse Dance Company and marks the debut of the campaign. The 24-person dance troupe will take the stage at Newport Coast's Sage Hill School at 3 and 7 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
February 22, 2013
Members of the Corona del Mar High School's Orchesis dance team next week will demonstrate their moves to aspiring dancers. Students in the company are offering a one-day afternoon class March 2 for dancers of all levels from kindergarten through sixth grade. From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in CdM's dance room, they will demonstrate and give instruction on the Orchesis performance. The company's members will teach three styles of dance to attendees, who will then perform routines for family and friends at the end of the day. Attendees will also get an Orchesis T-shirt.
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