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April 1, 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. Here are Purdy's thoughts about Week 3 of the competition, which she offered via email. Q. The footage they showed before your dance was very emotional and had several people in the audience crying. How did you maintain your focus after that was played?   Well, it was an emotional night…actually, it was an intensely emotional week, that's for sure, but when it came time to dance I was just trying to focus on this beautiful dance that we worked on together and the motivation behind it which was giving gratitude to my family and my dad for their support through my toughest time.
March 29, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Following Thursday's official opening night for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, the cast took the opportunity to unwind at a party in their honor at the nearby South Coast Plaza. The scene: Surrounded by upscale jewelers and boutiques near the shopping center's Jewel Court, Quattro Caffé served up salmon-topped salads, three-cheese ravioli and raspberry cocktails and desserts at stations, while servers passed hors d'oeuvres.
March 25, 2014 | By Allyssa Lee
“Dancing With the Stars” is determined to keep both its contestants and its viewers on its toes with all their Season 18 twists and turns. First, co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced fans could decide which pros they'd want their stars to be switched up with in two weeks. And then they announced that not one, but two stars would get their walking papers from Tasselville before the night was through. Yes, March Madness has apparently infected the ballroom, as a pair of stars were rendered out of Mirrorball contention before they could properly get their dance footing.
March 23, 2014 | From Fox 40 Sacramento and Los Angeles Times Staff
Residents in the Northern California town of Marysville were in mourning after two teenagers were struck by a Union Pacific train Friday night. According to authorities, 16-year-old Mateus Moore was pronounced dead on the scene. A 16-year-old girl, Mickayla Friend, was airlifted to Sutter Roseville hospital for critical injuries, according to Fox 40. Marysville Police Chief David Baker said the two 16-year-olds were headed to a Sadie Hawkins dance at their high school, Marysville Charter Academy of the Arts, when they were stuck by the southbound Union Pacific train.
March 21, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The Facebook page of the dancer known as Reggae Pops has been filled with memories over the past hours as longtime club-goers pay honor to a smooth-moving fixture on the city's night-life scene. Pops, born Nemencio Jose Andujar, died earlier this week, leaving a huge hole on the city's dance floor. Best known to many for his star turn in the video for Lianne La Havas' "Age," Pops could be seen throughout the city's groovier clubs, be it the regular Wednesday night reggae party Dub Club, the summer Grand Performances series in downtown Los Angeles or anywhere a rhythm could be found.
March 19, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Never fear! Christopher Walken is here to save a world in crisis - with an awesome dance mash-up cut to C&C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). " Missing plane? Crimea? Affordable Care Act got you down? It's time to take a little break from reality and escape with the video above, starring the typically intense Walken busting more moves than we could imagine. The prolific actor appears to be a similiarly prolific dancer in the video compiled and in our opinion brilliantly edited by Huffington Post video editor Ben Craw . And a lot of the costumes are a hoot too. This isn't the first time a music video of the twinkle toes actor dancing has thrilled.
March 16, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
These might be the best, busiest, most complex weeks of the year in our house, and it's all because of two threads. One red, one green. The most important is the red one - the cultural tether that stretches back to Chengdu, China, where our daughter, Grace, was born in 2004. Grace was 13 months old when my wife, Mary Frances, and I arrived to adopt her and bring her home to Los Angeles. In our early days as a triple-A (Asian American by adoption) family, I thought we might face some cultural barriers, draw stares, confuse people.
March 14, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
It's a full spring dance season, with national and international companies heading into town, a trend that continues well into summer. For the next three months, "diversity" is one watchword, with flamenco, contemporary ballet, modern dance and neo-classical masterpieces being presented around the region. Companies that qualify as American treasures will be well represented too, with Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing. New York's Tere O'Connor will be bringing two new pieces to the Skirball Cultural Center in April, while a newer Big Apple group, the much-talked-about Jessica Lang Dance, makes its first appearance here in late May. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Ballet presents its eighth repertory season and premieres two commissioned works, including one from Christopher Stowell, a former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet.
March 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Lyons
CERRETO, Italy - Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church. Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. Every local community, no matter how small, puts on its own summer festa, or festival. Some are based on religion: Each village has its own patron saint to celebrate with a day of services and parades followed by a night of feasting, dancing and, of course, fireworks.
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