Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

Ireland: Dirty Dancing

October 17, 2022

A cheating scandal has rocked the Emerald Isle, and it doesn’t involve Gaelic football, Hurling, or Camogie. The highly-competitive world of Irish Step Dancing has been rocked by allegations of feiseanna and oireachtais judges trading high scores for sexual favors. Maybe it’s those short skirts and tight pants.

More:

“Major misstep: sex and cheating scandal rattles Irish dancing world,” Jack Hobbs, NY Post

“High kicks and dirty tricks: Irish dancing hit by fixing and sexual favour claims,” David Mouriquand and Ken Murray, Euro News

“Irish dancing rocked by major allegations of competition fixing involving dance teachers and judges,” Ellen Coyne, The  Independent

“Now Irish Dancing Is in the Grip of a Major Cheating Scandal,” Sophia Smith Galer, Vice

“An Irish Dancing Scandal Is the Latest in Our Season of Cheating,” Kady Ruth Ashcraft, Jezebel

Update:

“‘BagGate’ is the professional cornhole drama taking over the sport,” James Dator, SBNation

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Norma Miller, 1919 – 2019

June 7, 2019

“Norma Miller, Lindy Hop dancer known as the ‘Queen of Swing,’ dies at 99,” Harrison Smith, Washington Post

“Norma Miller, the ‘Queen of Swing,’ Has Died at 99,” Brigit Katz, Smithsonion

Video: Hellzapoppin’, 1941.  Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, including Frankie ManningNorma Miller, and Slim and Slam. Frankie Manning, choreographer.

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Tap: Made in America

March 12, 2018

Tap dancing, like many things in the US, was manufactured here from imported components. Vox explains.
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Pas de Deux

March 4, 2018

Taiwanese engineer Huang Yi dances with a Kuka robotic arm. Choreography and programming: Huang Yi. Music: Joshua Roman.

Huang Yi website

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Jasmine

September 8, 2017

“Jasmine,” choreographed by Tingting Liu of the Liaoning Ballet of China, performed by 24 young dancers from the MorningStar Dance Academy of Atlanta, Georgia at Lincoln Center, 2015.

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42 choreographers, 1 dance

October 15, 2016

“42 choreographers, 1 dance,” directed by Mitchell Rose, with music by Robert Een.

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Before the Dance

June 18, 2016

Freed of London has made ballet shoes since 1929.

A film by Jack Flynn and Nick David , selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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Wide Open

February 21, 2016

“Wide Open,” by the Chemical Brothers (Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons), with vocalist Beck.

Vide0 directors: Dom & Nic ( Nic Goffey and Dominic Hawley).
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Dancer: Sonoya Mizuno

Lyrics here.

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Paula Deen, Dancing Queen?

August 27, 2015

Paula Deen, Dancing Queen?

Disgraced former Food Network star Paula Deen tried to make her comeback with an online video network last year, but no one noticed. Now the 68-year-old is trying the last hope of has-been celebs, appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. We hear her moves are smooth as butter.

More:

“Paula Deen Is Joining Dancing With the Stars, Y’all!” Tierney Bricker, E! Online

“Paula Deen’s Gonna Bust a Move on Dancing With the Stars,” Yesha Callahan, The Root

“So, How Uncomfortable Will You Feel Watching Paula Deen on Dancing With the Stars?” Taylor Ferber, VH1+

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The Audacity of Hoops

April 9, 2015

The Audacity of Hoops

LEDs. Programmable. Bluetooth-enabled. These are not your grandma’s Hula Hoops:

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