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February 16, 2014 | By Lewis Segal
The gritty, intense and sometimes rousingly profane music and performance style of the late James Brown left an indelible mark on American pop culture -- an achievement honored but only occasionally Brown-worthy in "James Brown: Get On the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance" at the Ahmanson Theatre on Friday. No, this plotless compendium wasn't just another slick, mindless energy circus, but choreographic originality and depth remained in short supply. Co-commissioned by New York's famed Apollo Theater, this 75-minute tribute (running through Sunday afternoon)
February 15, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Best Bets for the Sochi Olympics on Sunday: MEN'S SUPER-G Bode Miller would like to repeat his performance in Vancouver, where he won the silver. Aksel-Lund Svindal of Norway is the defending Olympic champion and likely to be near the podium again. Ted Ligety skied too conservatively in the combined so you can expect for him to be more aggressive in this race. ICE DANCING The U.S. will certainly medal in this discipline and that medal probably will be gold. Meryl Davis and Charlie White have five straight wins, including last week in the team competition.
February 15, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - On paper, the ice dance competition that begins Sunday looks like this: Only two teams come in with a legitimate chance at gold. Reigning Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. have become solid favorites with five straight wins over their longtime frenemies, reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. The latest was a whomping in the team event here, which White said "sent a message. " There was a time in ice dance when "on paper" meant with indelible ink, with results determined well before a competition.
February 11, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - The happiest 10th-place finisher in the history of the Olympics sat on her motionless sled in the middle of the ice. Her race was over, but she didn't want to leave. She pounded the slush. She waved to her weeping family. She climbed above the finish line and began to boogie. "Everybody was chanting, 'Dance, dance, dance,'" Kate Hansen said. "I'm so grateful to be here, I didn't want to be that kind of person to just walk away. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi And so the luger who once flew down the streets of La Cañada on a skateboard charmingly skidded through the Sanki Sliding Center on Tuesday night with a whoosh of perspective.
February 9, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
In the contemporary ballet “Liliom” -- based on a 1909 play of the same name, which Rodgers & Hammerstein turned into the musical “Carousel” -- Hamburg Ballett choreographer-director John Neumeier sends the audience home with a surprising hopefulness surrounding the iconic, central couple. The German company gave “Liliom” its American debut this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The carnival barker Liliom bestows his final kiss on the innocent Julie, and this confirmation of shared love had particular power and promise Friday night.
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.
February 8, 2014 | From staff reports
SOCHI, Russia - U.S. Figure Skating called a report it is involved in collusion to fix the ice dance result in favor of U.S. couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White "categorically false. " The French newspaper L'Equipe, quoting an anonymous Russian coach, said the United States and Russia have struck a deal that would help Davis and White win the ice dance gold and Russia win pairs and the team event. The U.S. dancers have been in close competition with Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir for five seasons.
February 7, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It isn't enough that Olympic athletes ride the rails with skill and verve, get to the bottom of the course faster than the rest of the field or even hurl stones with reasonable accuracy down a sheet of ice. That's just not sufficient any longer. How about adding singing, dancing and lip syncing to the Olympic motto of faster, higher, stronger? In the realm of parody videos, it all really picked up momentum two years ago at the Summer Games in London. USA Swimming's video, a visual rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," went viral just before the Games, a byproduct of the vision of Olympic swimmers Kathleen Hersey, Caitlin Leverenz and Alyssa Anderson, and USA Swimming staffer Mark Russell.
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.  
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