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August 27, 1992 | DAVID NELSON
Perhaps only in this tony seaside enclave could a simple cup of coffee percolate into an annual street dance that, now poised to celebrate its tenth anniversary, has raised considerably more than half a million dollars for medical education, services and research. The odd thing is, there wasn't even a whiff of espresso in the air when the "Off The Wall Street Dance" had its unlikely genesis in a Wall Street cafe called The Coffee Cup.
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February 9, 2013 | By Jean Lenihan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a small Inglewood house near the end of a quiet, dead-end street, Marquisa "Miss Prissy" Gardner and Christopher "Lil' C" Toler are mock arguing about a bag of Martha's burritos he's carrying. "You didn't bring me any?" she taunts. "Chris-TOE-pher!" The longtime friends - launched to fame seven years ago by "Rize," David LaChappelle's 2005 documentary on South L.A.'s clown and krump dancers - wanted to meet in their childhood neighborhood as they discussed their new joint venture, the Underground, the first-ever concert-dance company to use street-born krump as its choreographic base.
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August 8, 1991 | R. DANIEL FOSTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Foster writes regularly for Valley View. and
The rap beat of Enigma that thumps through Paradise Dance & Aerobics Studio in Encino is accompanied by heavy breathing and a voice that sighs, "Mea culpa." "Mamma's gonna wear you out!" shouts Paradise instructor Helena Saraydarian to 30 students packed stage left. Limbs akimbo a la Janet Jackson, the group veers right en masse, launching into an M.C. Hammer strut. A few arm movements later, a woman wearing an "I love the Underground" T-shirt gasps, "Hey, I'm doin' the RoboCop!"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
The Laguna Dance Festival is small, but it has a mighty impact, thanks to artistic director Jodie Gates and her long and impressive list of friends and contacts. The eighth annual festival, ensconced in its new home at the Laguna Playhouse, featured Lines Ballet from San Francisco and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on a shared headliners' program Saturday and Sunday; Orange County's contemporary troupe Backhausdance put on a strong 10th anniversary retrospective show Friday night. Gates' connections with both Lines and Hubbard Street derive from when she was a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in the 1980s: Fellow dancer Glenn Edgerton is now artistic director of Hubbard Street, and Lines artistic director Alonzo King cast Gates in one of his pieces for the Joffrey.
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | DAVID NELSON
Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow, or, the unintended consequences of a campy high society spoof given in 1983 ("The Coffee Cup Caper"), resulted in an attendance of more than 2,000 at Sunday's ninth annual "Off the Wall" street dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Marienthal is a saxophonist based in Orange County, best known for his stint with keyboard player Chick Corea's band, an association that has defined much of his previous solo work. On "Street Dance," he teams with popular fusion keyboardist Jeff Lorber, and Lorber's influence dominates the recording, giving it a decidedly different feel. It's not the first time Marienthal has employed Lorber in the studio (they also played together on 1990's "Crossroads").
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2003 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
A local street dance legend got street cred of a different kind on Friday. The Hollywood intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Avenue was officially dubbed "Don Campbellock Square" as part of the first Los Angeles Urban Dance Festival. Renowned as the creator of the distinctive street dance form Locking, Campbellock (born Campbell) also founded the popular and influential L.A.-based 1970s dance group the Lockers.
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February 9, 2013 | By Jean Lenihan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a small Inglewood house near the end of a quiet, dead-end street, Marquisa "Miss Prissy" Gardner and Christopher "Lil' C" Toler are mock arguing about a bag of Martha's burritos he's carrying. "You didn't bring me any?" she taunts. "Chris-TOE-pher!" The longtime friends - launched to fame seven years ago by "Rize," David LaChappelle's 2005 documentary on South L.A.'s clown and krump dancers - wanted to meet in their childhood neighborhood as they discussed their new joint venture, the Underground, the first-ever concert-dance company to use street-born krump as its choreographic base.
MAGAZINE
July 23, 1995 | Jeff Spurrier's last piece for the magazine was about female expatriates in the art colony of San Miguel de Allende in Central America .
Just about every day, people driving down Century Boulevard on their way to LAX see a muscular man on top of a narrow cinder-block wall, 10 feet above the sidewalk, doing what looks like jerky aerobics. He bends, bobs, swings his arms and clutches 15-pound weights in each hand. Oblivious to the traffic and the jets overhead, he is lost in a headphone rush of beats, bass notes and the euphoria of his dance. It's unlikely anyone recognizes him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1995 | ED BOND
As part of a fight against graffiti in Glendale, a group of Glendale realtors has organized a fund-raising street dance. Held every summer since 1980, the Glendale Street Dance--run by the Glendale Assn. of Realtors--raises funds for the city to paint out graffiti and make other improvements. Last year, the event--which includes a carnival--raised $14,000. This year's dance will be Aug. 5 at the Allstate Plaza, 801 N. Brand Blvd.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Isaac Lamb, we salute you. The 31-year-old Portland-based actor is the creative force behind "Isaac's Lip-Dub Proposal," an over-the-top marriage proposal video that has gone viral on the Internet. In the six days since the video was posted online, it has already racked up more than 11.2 million views, and with good reason. This video is INSANE. About 60 people helped Lamb create the memorable marriage proposal, performing an elaborately choreographed street dance to the song "Marry Me" by Bruno Mars while Lamb's soon-to-be fiancee, Amy Frankel, clutched at her heart and squealed.
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December 21, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Easy A Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $34.95 John Hughes meets "The Scarlet Letter" in the whip-smart high-school comedy "Easy A," which stars Emma Stone as a bright nobody who becomes a controversial cult hero when her classmates mistakenly believe she's had sex. The movie isn't always as gutsy as it could be in taking on teenage hypocrisy and image control, but screenwriter Bert V. Royal's dialogue is crisp and funny, director Will Gluck keeps...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2010
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Where: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. April 11 Price: $25to $105 Contact: (213) 972-0711, www.musiccenter.org/ events/dance.html
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2010 | By Debra Levine
In Chicago they build things right -- and that goes for dance companies. In January, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago displayed its artistic vitality in Los Angeles with its splendid staging of Frederick Ashton's postwar masterpiece "Cinderella" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. And now Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the next offering of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, also augurs well. From humble beginnings in 1977 as a jazz-dance ensemble, the troupe of 17 virtuoso dancers has surged to international prominence on its high-quality delivery of eclectic, sophisticated European choreography.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2008 | Denise Martin
Fans of MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" can talk about: "Step Up 2 the Streets." If you were too ashamed to see it in theaters, it's now available on DVD. Not only is it 10 times better than the first movie, the dancing and music are totally wack. (Tuesday) Celebrate the summer by talking about: The Hold Steady's "Stay Positive." The Brooklyn rock band's fourth release encourages all of the things that the heat somehow makes excusable.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2008 | Rachel Levin
HIP-HOP dancer Steven "Boogieman" Stanton never had to answer the question "So You Think You Can Dance?" Long before the dance competition TV series became a proving ground for commercial success, the Detroit native landed jobs dancing in videos and tours for the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, and became a member of the street dance troupe the Groovaloos. But in 2003, Stanton had to face a much more difficult question: What would you do if you couldn't dance? In a Vancouver nightclub that August, Stanton was shot as a bystander to gang violence and suffered partial paralysis in his legs.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Isaac Lamb, we salute you. The 31-year-old Portland-based actor is the creative force behind "Isaac's Lip-Dub Proposal," an over-the-top marriage proposal video that has gone viral on the Internet. In the six days since the video was posted online, it has already racked up more than 11.2 million views, and with good reason. This video is INSANE. About 60 people helped Lamb create the memorable marriage proposal, performing an elaborately choreographed street dance to the song "Marry Me" by Bruno Mars while Lamb's soon-to-be fiancee, Amy Frankel, clutched at her heart and squealed.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Hip-hopping along the cusp between rock nostalgia and folklore-of-the-future, "Shockin' the House: Two Decades of L.A. Street Dance" flattened a capacity L.A. Festival audience at the Vision Complex on Wednesday with an ecstatic cavalcade of local African-American movement display. Veteran performer-choreographer Toni Basil filled the program booklet with history lessons and put the living artifacts onstage. Early street-dance icons such as the Lockers re-created seminal routines.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"You Got Served" celebrates the energy and talent of self-taught street dancers, which sustain a slender plot about two friends who see their dancing ability as a way of bettering their lives. Elgin (Marques Houston) and David (Omari Grandberry) live in South Los Angeles, where they have formed their own crew to participate in local dance competitions run by the avuncular but tough-minded Mr. Rad (Steve Harvey) in his warehouse.
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