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June 26, 1993 | SONDRA FARRELL BAZROD
About 60 people of various ages are noisily stomping, clapping, and twirling at a school in North Hills. It's not some strange ritual, but an Appalachian clog-dancing class. "It's my favorite thing," said homemaker Diane Kaisanlahti, one of the enthusiastic students. "I'd even miss Roseanne's show (for it)." The class is taught by Walt Spellmeyer and his wife Helen, who first became hooked on the dance form after they saw a group of cloggers at a Rock-a-thon picnic in 1980.
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April 27, 2014 | Times staff and wire service reports
Michael Heisley Billionaire businessman moved NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis Michael Heisley, 77, a billionaire businessman who moved the NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis and made an unsuccessful bid to buy the Dodgers in 2012, died Saturday, the Grizzlies said. Heisley, who sold his basketball team before the start of the 2012-13 season, suffered a stroke last year. Co-founder of The Heico Companies, Heisley was a computer salesman who parlayed investments in underperforming businesses into a corporation with interests in food production, heavy equipment, pre-engineered metal buildings and other industries.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1988 | EILEEN SONDAK
The adage that "the show must go on" applies as much to ballet as it does to Broadway. Rayna, the leader and lead dancer of Rayna's Spanish Ballet, was in an automobile accident about a week before her scheduled performances at SDSU's Studio Theatre, but she was on stage Friday and Saturday, doing a flamenco that seemed more intent on cracking a couple of ribs than nursing them.
HEALTH
April 25, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Far older than most of the regulars at his weekly South Bay swing-dancing class, the World War II veteran invariably shuffles in, sidles up to his instructor and unwittingly gives voice to a scientific truth: "I'm here for my anti-aging therapy and happiness treatment. " Dancing has long been lauded as a great physical workout, yet research has increasingly shown that social dancing, such as swing, a lively, improvisational style that requires rapid-fire decision-making in concert with a partner, is also beneficial to both mind and spirit.
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
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.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
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.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2009 | By from times wire reports
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.
SPORTS
March 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992
This letter is written in response to the (Nov. 30) article "Topless Trouble" by Alan Abrahamson. First of all, I found it despicable to turn to the cover of the San Diego County section to find a huge article dedicated to topless dancers. I was curious why this was such a newsworthy topic. It was horrifying to learn that topless dancing is a booming business in the '90s. Supposedly, it has been upscaled, making it a so-called legitimate business. My husband would not get off the hook so easily if he told me he had to go to Pure Platinum to do business.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By John Horn
SYDNEY, Australia - The video playing on the television inside Baz Luhrmann's bedroom was supposed to be much steamier. But where there should have been desirous bumping and prurient grinding, the couples were remarkably chaste, as if they had been ordered to abstain from all manner of randy moves. "Look at this," the filmmaker behind "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Great Gatsby" said from the foot of his bed. "You couldn't get any more sexless. " Working inside the creative compound he calls Iona in Sydney's arty Darlinghurst neighborhood, Luhrmann was sitting with a reporter, reviewing news clips from 1980s Australian ballroom dancing competitions, whose judges favored technique over passion.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Yes, he even falls with grace. Mikhail Baryshnikov doesn't get much opportunity to dance in "Man in a Case," a performance piece that has been adapted from the Anton Chekhov short stories "The Man in a Case" and "About Love. " The most he offers is a few moves wreathed in air quotes. But there's a point in the production, which opened Thursday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, when he slides down a steep flight of steps that is more revealing of his character than anything thus far in his portrayal.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Bar business wasn't so hot at REDCAT on Saturday night a half-hour before the show. The crowd had already lined up waiting for the doors to the theater to open. Word had gotten out that early birds would get ringside seats for "Rocco. " The dance by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten from Amsterdam takes place in a boxing ring and was inspired by the classic Italian film "Rocco and His Brothers. " Three nights later the Campbell Hall stage at UC-Santa Barbara was transformed into a basketball court for "Pavement.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
"House" meets "Homeland" and goes dancing with "Grey's Anatomy" on the new ABC "medical" drama, "Black Box," a show so deeply flawed and absurdly derivative you will wonder if you, like the main character, are experiencing a manic episode. Kelly Reilly stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a predictably brilliant and beautiful neurosurgeon who is also bipolar and prone to go off her meds. Like "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison and Dr. Gregory House, Black believes there is a direct relationship between her abilities and her disorder.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Back in the day, actress Marion Davies' luxurious beach house in Santa Monica had more than 100 rooms and an ornate swimming pool. Little of the original mansion still exists, but what's now known as the Annenberg Community Beach House still has plenty of oceanfront allure. The beach house will mark its fifth anniversary Saturday and Sunday with an open house that is to feature activities as varied as ballroom dancing and paddleboarding lessons. Guided tours with architects John Berley and Mia Lehrer are scheduled for 10 a.m. each day. The mansion was financed by Davies' lover, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and many grand Hollywood parties were held here, according to a history on the beach house website . Hearst engaged Julia Morgan to design it; Morgan also designed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By David Wharton
Retirement is proving to be a busy time for Apolo Ohno. First, the former Olympic speedskater returned for a second stint on "Dancing With the Stars. " Now, he is taking on the Ironman World Championship. Ohno has announced he plans to enter the Hawaiian triathlon in October. He will have to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a marathon. Those are long distances for an athlete who won eight Olympic medals in short track events that lasted only a few minutes each.
SPORTS
March 28, 2012 | By Karen Chaderjian
The Times is pleased to have tennis legend Martina Navratilova guest-blogging for us while she competes on " Dancing With the Stars . " Today, Navratilova answers a few questions from Karen Chaderjian and gives some insight into the competition. Here are Navratilova's thoughts, which she offered via email. Q: You had a very indefatigable response immediately after the disappointment Monday night, saying, "You just pick yourself up and dust yourself off. " What would you compare this experience to?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 1997 | Dave Jennings, from London
Irvine Welsh is best known for a rather dark world-view in his novels. "Trainspotting," the basis for the international film success, got deep inside the horror of heroin. And his next novel, "Filth," is said to take that theme even further. But with music, Welsh has turned into Mr. Sunshine. Looking for a way to escape the dank depression of his writing, Welsh has formed a disco group with Kris Needs of the dance duo Secret Knowledge, singer Sarah Jane Harrison and drummer Henry Cullen.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Times is pleased to have Amy Purdy, who won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympics , guest-blogging for us while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars" with pro partner Derek Hough. This week, Purdy talks about Week 6 of the competition, in an email Q&A. You had to dance last tonight. Is it tough to wait the whole show to dance, while also waiting to find out if you are in jeopardy of elimination? So far I have danced multiple times in the later part of the show so I'm pretty used to it however going early on is nice as well then you can sit back and enjoy the other dances.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Dancer-choreographer Danielle Agami, artistic director of Ate9 Dance Company, dislikes voice mail, cameras and mirrors. Indeed, for someone whose career is so body-centric, the mirror has been noticeably absent in her dance practice for more than a decade. But Israeli-born Agami, 29, has never been one to hew to tradition. When her eight-member troupe premieres her latest full-evening work, "Mouth to Mouth," at Los Angeles Theatre Center April 26 and May 3, expect a supremely idiosyncratic performance.
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