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May 3, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
The fate of Sherman Oaks' Great Greek is in the hands of Tarzana's "great Greek." The first is a popular Ventura Boulevard restaurant whose owners are applying for a city permit that will allow their customers to continue conga-line-style Greek dancing around dinner tables. The second is Greek-born Nick Patsaouras, a member of the Los Angeles city Board of Zoning Appeals, who was called upon Tuesday to break a deadlock among other panel members over whether such a permit should be issued.
December 5, 2004
Re "LAPD Considers New Tactics to Curtail Rave Parties," Nov. 30: The incidents that occurred during late-night mini-raves are predictable, inevitable and tragic. Unfortunately, it's less the result of teenagers' desire to socialize while dancing (who would have thought!) and more the result of local officials and police pressuring the owners of legitimate dance venues. The results are what we see today. Any officials who want to stop "the kids" from dancing, I suggest they rent the movie "Footloose" and draw the logical conclusions.
May 7, 1988 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
American rock music blared out of stereo speakers as 16-year-old Zhang Jing stepped in front of the teen-age crowd and began twitching and spinning to the beat. It was break-dance time at the Chongwenmen Cultural Palace, as it has been every Wednesday and Saturday evening since January. Paper banners and strings of blinking colored lights had turned a seventh-floor meeting room into a dance hall, and excited teen-agers looked on as experts such as Zhang showed off their latest routines.
Kenny Ortega stops his rehearsal for a dance sequence in the movie "Salsa" and stomps to the middle of a crowded dance floor, grabbing a shirtless and muscled young man by his sweaty neck. "You've got to chase that white boy out of you," Ortega hollers, gently guiding the dancer's face to his partner's cleavage. "Passion, man, I want passion," he says. "People go to movies to see a way of being that they're missing in their lives. So you got to create that magical place.
Brushing aside allegations of racism and focusing on the concerns of police and fire officials, the Board of Zoning Appeals agreed Monday that a Westwood nightclub catering to a largely African American clientele should not be granted a dance permit.
April 6, 1986 | LORI DODGE, Associated Press
The school board here isn't budging on a century-old anti-dancing policy. One opponent branded dances in the gym an "avenue for alcohol consumption, drug abuse and illicit sex." But many students and parents think that school-sponsored dances are healthy fun, and they have threatened a lawsuit and are planning a rally. They even invited the stars of the movie "Footloose," in which a citywide ban on dancing was defeated.
August 26, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
As an audience of their peers and parents clapped to the beat of the music, girls in colorful skirts and boys in white shirts and dark denims on Thursday proudly danced traditional dances of Mexico, known as Ballet Folklorico. Their performance was part of the closing celebration of a monthlong summer camp for 60 youngsters, aged 5 to 13, who participated in the third annual Project LEARN--Local Efforts to Address and Reduce Neglect.
November 5, 1986 | TOM FRIESEN, Times Staff Writer
After a two-hour discussion with the owners of Club Diego's that lasted past midnight Monday, the Solana Beach City Council declared a truce with the popular but controversial nightclub. Council members "suspended their suspension" of Diego's dance permit and made no moves toward shutting the club down, said C. Samuel Blick, attorney for Diego's. In return, the club agreed to keep a closer watch on the number of people allowed into the club.
June 3, 1989 | BURT SUPREE
In an unusual joint gala, Thursday, American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance Company combined to present an evening at the Metropolitan Opera House benefiting the training adjuncts that feed dancers into their companies. The event opened with 37 Graham schoolchildren ages 8 to 10, enthusiastically executing simple floor work, then crossing the stage in runs and leaps. The movement became twistier and more exultant for teen-agers in Nile green unitards, and then the select members of the Martha Graham Ensemble, in black and white, declared their identities more fiercely with characteristic contractions, gestures of thrusting and pushing away and snaking arms and legs.
March 25, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"American Bandstand' is rock 'n' roll history," Chubby Checker said this week as he considered the role that the seminal teen dance show--the longest running show on television--has played in the rise of rock. "When you talk about rock 'n' roll dancing, it goes back to 'Bandstand,' " the "Twist"-meister said of the show, which helped boost his career in the late '50s and early '60s. "Just like the phone starts with Alexander Graham Bell." At approximately 4 p.m.
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