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November 8, 2013 |
Deborah Cohan, nervous about undergoing double mastectomy, did what few would be willing to do: get down to Beyonce for a flash mob dance party with her surgical team. A video of the dance party at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco -- Cohan dancing near a gurney, her surgical team suited up and gyrating around her to Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" -- went viral on the Internet. Cohan, recovering after being released on Wednesday, has been lauded for turning a difficult ordeal into an inspiration for others around the world.
November 6, 2013 |
"It's little known that Los Angeles is the cradle of American modern dance, so if you start with Graham, you've served up the roots of the family tree and can go anywhere from there. " Janet Eilber, talking by phone from New York, should know. The artistic director of Martha Graham Dance Company since 2005, Eilber, 62, began dancing with the troupe while still a junior at the Juilliard School. She also had roles created for her during her 10 years performing with the company. It's fitting that Martha Graham Dance Company is the inaugural presentation of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, giving three concerts over two days. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview It was, after all, in Los Angeles that Graham first became a student in 1915 at the Denishawn School on a hill just west of downtown.
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November 5, 2013 |
Festival-goers can be seen on a video dancing to electronic music and cheering as a man becomes engulfed in flames during West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival. Gilbert Estrada, 51, later died. The video posted on YouTube shows him lying unresponsive after the fire was extinguished. Detectives say it appears Estrada may have accidentally started the fire while trying to light a cigarette. As Estrada flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others help put out the flames.
November 4, 2013 |
Call us Moonstruck. In a glittery match made in sparkle heaven, the shimmery stars aligned and Cher took over Week 8 on “Dancing With the Stars.” The not-quite-EGOT performer (she's got an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar. Which makes her an EGO) and taller half of Sonny & Cher put on many costumes and hats during her night in the glitterverse. The multi-hyphenate performed two songs, filled in for Len Goodman as head judge, and had her songs featured in every routine. Son and former “DWTS” contestant Chaz Bono was in the audience.
November 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The sign on West 152nd Street, in Harlem's historic Sugar Hill neighborhood, reads "Dance Theatre of Harlem Way" - an appropriate indication of the permanence of the distinctive, dance organization that has struggled and evolved, but endured. Its building has, from its start in 1969, hosted a busy school; students range from neighborhood 3-year-olds to young adults in the highly focused professional training program. But for eight long and soul-searching years, its acclaimed performing company, which had been its most visible aspect, did not exist.
October 31, 2013 |
In his penthouse condo on the toniest block of Westwood, one of the world's biggest dance music producers kicks back at his dining room table in an all-black Armani ensemble. A spread of magazine covers, featuring the producer's face, stares up at him as he talks about his many new projects - remixes for buzzed-about pop acts like Haim and a DJ gig closing out the HARD Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown this weekend alongside Skrillex and Deadmau5. His vocals were a centerpiece for a track on the year's biggest dance album, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," and, like many of the biggest stars of the genre, he's pondering a major Las Vegas DJ residency spanning his whole career.