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October 28, 2013 |
Most Sundays, people gather at the Olvera Street plaza to listen to music and dance as musicians collect donations, photographer Lenny Lloyd da Silva said. He shot this photo of a couple holding each other close at the plaza on Oct. 13 with a Nikon D3100. " The way the gentlemen ask the ladies to dance is so romantic and feels like it's from a different time and era," he said. "It really is very lovely to watch. " Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
December 17, 2009
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance presents three new works in a highly physical and visually rich program performed by CalArts' dancers. Colin Connor's "Flying in the Face of Time" features seven dancers and a live performance of Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge." Stephanie Nugent's "Would I Then Be," inspired by the 1992 film "Orlando" and Rosanna Gamson's "Ink" explores human relationships amid a landscape created by black silk. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat. $20. (213)
January 15, 2012
Compared with income levels of other artists, dancers' salaries rank near the bottom, according to reports published by the National Endowment for the Arts. The median income for full-time dancers between 2005-2009 (the most recent data available) was $27,392, but less than one-third of all dancers and choreographers fall into that category, the NEA reports. On such income, it's hard for dancers to find decent housing in a city like Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, Ashley Hoffman, Chisa Yamaguchi and Michael Butler all have roommates.
November 30, 2010 |
Scantily clad showgirls and strippers are nothing new in Las Vegas. What is new is that they have moved from the showroom and lounge to platforms above the blackjack tables, which are typically high-traffic areas in casinos. Richard Strafella, vice president of casino operations at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, sees the dancers as a revival of the Las Vegas showgirl. "We lost so many of the lounge acts and dancers; it brings back that mystique," he said. But the eye candy in what casinos call the party pit may distract from lower payouts.
May 21, 2013 |
It's the end of an artistic era: After more than a century, the Metropolitan Opera has disbanded its ballet with a modern-day buyout. The eight remaining members of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, down from 16 in 2011, agreed Monday to leave the company, the New York Times reports. The dancers accepted a package that includes $75,000 in severance and two additional years of health care coverage under the opera's plan. There's disagreement on whether the ballet, which has been associated with the Met since its inception in 1883, will be forever defunct.
November 22, 2013 |
Union officials at SAG-AFTRA are dancing over an agreement with Justin Timberlake. SAG-AFTRA has reached an agreement for the dancers on Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour, one of the largest in the industry, to be covered under the union's touring agreement. The agreement marks first time the union has successfully organized dancers employed on a specific tour under the so-called SAG-AFTRA Touring Agreement, and it could lead to similar contacts covering dancers for other acts.