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In the new and endearing movie "Billy Elliot," an 11-year-old boy from northeastern England decides, against all odds, that he wants to be a ballet dancer. His widowed father and older brother, both tough coal miners on strike, at first hate the very idea of Billy's dancing, believing that it means he's unmanly. But Billy, a tough and stubborn kid, perseveres and, in the end, reaches his goal. Is this a likely story?
April 23, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The mysterious death of a young dancer during a police operation led to violent clashes between slum residents and police in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday night that left one man dead. Residents set fires and put up barricades, shutting down parts of the Copacabana and Ipanema neighborhoods into the night. One 30-year-old man died, reportedly shot in the head, and a 12-year old boy was injured. The incident was the latest in which the efforts of Rio's often-criticized Military Police to occupy and "pacify" Rio's hundreds of favelas, or slums, have been set back amid resurgent violence, pushback from communities and accusations of human rights abuses.
April 17, 1988 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Just beneath the pale softness of her Botticelli face some vague hint of trepidation shows as Suzanne Farrell floats into the lobby of the Chateau Marmont. Her uneasiness, masked perhaps by the calm and quietude that surrounds the hotel, is almost palpable. But nothing is different. Farrell has always made her aura palpable.
April 11, 2014 | By Susan King
Considered one of the most influential and exquisite ballet dancers of the 20th century, Tanaquil Le Clercq was the muse of landmark choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Among the ballets Balanchine choreographed for her were "Symphony in C," "La Valse" and "Western Symphony," while Robbins created his seminal version of "Afternoon of a Faun" for her. Both men loved her, she became Balanchine's fourth and last wife in 1952. Her star continued to soar until it crashed to the ground four years later: The New York City Ballet had embarked on a European tour in 1956, and though precautions were made to protect the dancers against a polio epidemic by having them inoculated with the Salk vaccine, Le Clercq didn't take the vaccination.
October 28, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
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 | By Michael Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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 | By Richard Verrier
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.
April 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A second set of strippers has filed a claim with City Hall claiming they were subjected to rude and humiliating treatment by officers from the Police Department vice squad. Attorney Dan Gilleon filed a claim on behalf of dancers at Expose, True Gentlemen's Club. Two weeks ago he filed a similar claim for dancers at Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club. Both claims are for more than $10,000. A claim is often a forerunner to a lawsuit. Dancers at both locations say their rights were violated by officers who arrived for a routine inspection and proceeded to take pictures of the nude and semi-nude dancers.
March 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO -- A lawyer for 25 strippers has filed a claim with City Hall asserting that police violated the strippers' rights by detaining them and forcing them to pose for pictures. Dan Gilleon, attorney for dancers at Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club, which bills itself as the city's top spot for nude entertainment, said the strippers' rights were violated by an estimated 10 officers who arrived at the club recently for what was said to be a routine inspection. The claim, filed Monday, is a forerunner to a lawsuit.
March 23, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
One day, David Harwell's car will come. An industry bigwig will drive by the corner of La Cienega and 3rd. He'll be discovered. He'll live his Hollywood dream. Harwell feels it in his bones as he moonwalks in front of a mini-mall. He knows it as he swivels his arrow-shaped sign that reads: "CHECKS CASHED, MoneyGram, CURRENCY EXCHANGE. " When a Starline Tours bus barrels down the boulevard, passing the Beverly Center and heading his way, he steps into the street and shimmies toward the people holding up cellphones on the upper deck.
March 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The world on Thursday celebrated the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Happiness by dancing to the ubiquitous, infectiously upbeat tune, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams, who is the face of the second annual celebration established by the General Assembly. The music, and the accompanying dancing by tens of thousands of people in a host of videos that have gone viral, makes it impossible to be sad. But in a somewhat more limited but perhaps more inspiring performance, a professional dancer who lost part of her leg in last year's Boston Marathon bombing gave new meaning to being happy when she returned to the stage doing what she loved most, dancing again.
March 19, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - This time, the thunder wasn't coming from “Down Under,” but from the locker room of the popular male revue on the Las Vegas Strip, where an intruder was injured after he was found in a secure backroom at an Excalibur Hotel and Resort theater.  The suspect, a male in his 20s, was apparently attempting to steal items belonging to the male dancers, most from Australia, who perform under the name “Thunder From Down Under.” ...
February 21, 2014 | By David Ng
The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles will be partnering with the L.A. Dance Project to create a new program designed to train young dancers between the ages of 14 and 19. The newly announced Colburn Dance Academy, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will be a program offering dance instruction and education with an emphasis on ballet technique. Jenifer Ringer, a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who retired from the company earlier this month, will lead the new academy.
September 10, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
Two of the Mariinsky Ballet's principal ballerinas, Viktoria Tereshkina and Alina Somova, have canceled their upcoming appearances in “Swan Lake” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Both women withdrew from the performances because they are pregnant, center officials confirmed Monday. They had been scheduled to dance the lead ballerina roles of Odette-Odile on Oct. 2 and 5 (Tereshkina) and Oct. 3 and 6 (Somova). FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Critic's Picks The new principal casting is: Oct. 2 -- Oxana Skorik (Odette-Odile)
October 31, 2013 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Troupes of acrobats, dancers and kung fu performers will combine their talents when "Panda!," a Chinese-produced show -- the first of its kind in Las Vegas -- opens in mid-December on the Strip Tickets for “ Panda!, ” which will play at the Palazzo , go on sale Friday. The production promises audiences an evening of Far Eastern folklore combining acrobatics, kung fu mastery, music and dance. The story follows a panda named Long Long as he works to rescue his beloved Peacock Princess from the clutches of the evil Demon Vulture.
February 9, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Julia Lipnitskaia found the perfect way to cap what her singles performance meant Sunday. She put on the Russia baseball cap someone had thrown onto the ice after she finished. It was not apparel figure skaters are accustomed to wearing. It was a fitting way to symbolize the idea of team at the sport's first team competition in Olympic history. With Russian President Vladimir Putin among the spectators at the Iceberg Palace, Lipnitskaia's free-skate victory meant Russia had clinched the gold medal even before the ice dancers completed the four-discipline event.
January 27, 2014 | By David Ng
"Flesh and Bone," a new drama series set in the world of professional ballet, has landed at the cable network Starz, which has hired a real-life ballet dancer for the lead role. Sarah Hay, an American dancer who has performed with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, will play the part of Claire, a disturbed young performer who joins a New York ballet company.  The series is expected to begin airing on Starz in 2015. Former "Breaking Bad" producer Moira Walley-Beckett is the creative force behind the show. Lawrence Bender, who has produced many of Quentin Tarantino's movies and who is a former dancer himself, is serving as an executive producer for the series.  Hay won't be the only professional dancer involved with the series.
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