January 28, 2012 |
A half dozen singers and dancers from Fiji's Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it's used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as weddings, or a new tribal chief. Also, ask about a “tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork.
February 7, 2014 |
Tommy Derry is known as a slick-fielding senior shortstop for Woodland Hills El Camino Real, but students found out he has another skill: dancing ability. He was the winner of El Camino Real's Dancing With the Stars competition. He teamed up with a partner to dance the Charleston. At least El Camino Real knows it will have someone to dance if the Conquistadores win a City Section championship at Dodger Stadium in June. Eric.email@example.com
January 8, 2005
Something more ought to be said about Artie Shaw's comment that "jazz continued to move up, become more complex" ["A Life Lived Without Regret," by Don Heckman, Jan. 1]. What happened, more specifically, is that big-band jazz became a format for concerts rather than dancing. People stopped dancing to Stan Kenton because there was no longer a dance floor. You went to concert halls to see Ellington and Gillespie. And remember Artie Shaw: He was leading a symphony orchestra at Bop City in New York.
July 5, 2009 |
"Jubilee!" has a cast of about 100, most of them dancers. Each dancer has a six-month, renewable contract and has to re-audition; about 10% of the company turns over twice a year. The money isn't much -- salaries average just over $30,000 a year -- but the job offers vacation and health benefits, prized commodities among the non-union productions on the Strip. But talk to cast members and you find it's about the opportunity to actually dance.
December 3, 2009 |
For one week at least, Donny Osmond was a big-time television star again. Osmond's victorious turn on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was Thanksgiving week's most popular prime-time TV program, narrowly beating CBS' "NCIS." The "Dancing" results show came in third, the Nielsen Co. said Wednesday. Osmond is familiar with the prime-time television world, having hosted a variety show with his sister, Marie, three decades ago. Still, with an audience of 19.29 million viewers, it was the lowest fall finale for the dancing competition, down 7% from a year ago. The 2006 fall finale averaged 27.52 million viewers.
March 20, 2012 |
What is it about athletes and "Dancing with the Stars?" In the season premiere Monday night, Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver joined a long list of athletes who made themselves the immediate favorite to win the competition with a sensational first dance. Driver and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, danced a cha cha Monday night that, while technically not the best, had the crowd on its feet for a standing ovation when the dance was over. Driver's smile and charisma overpowered any technical problems as even the judges were impressed with his style.