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By Veronica Rocha | July 1, 2009
Born in 1908, longtime Glendale resident Helen Pugh has seen this century come and go. And at 101, Pugh, who is a twin, has dozens of trophies from her days as a ballroom dancer. Pugh has since traded her dancing shoes for a walker, but that’s OK with her, because she said she still has a lifetime of memories to dance to. VERONICA ROCHA: So, how does it feel to be 101? HELEN PUGH: Oh I feel pretty good. But I have a heavy head sometimes, and that’s the reason that I lay down.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | September 12, 2007
Valerie Conboy was raised a Baptist during a time when the church considered dancing a sin. The 88-year-old La Crescenta resident grew up on a farm in Tennessee and had a strict Baptist minister for an uncle, she said. Dancing was forbidden, but as soon as she left home after high school, Conboy decided to try it anyway. She took dance lessons and learned she had a natural talent. Since moving to the West Coast more than 40 years ago, dancing has been a part of Conboy’s life.
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By Liana Aghajanian | April 28, 2010
Though ballroom dancing is all the rage now on popular prime-time shows like “Dancing with the Stars,” Glendale has been doing the fox-trot and West Coast swing all along, with Arthur Murray Franchise Dance Studio holding the title of the oldest licensed business on Brand Boulevard. While Arthur Murray has been in Glendale since 1954, the studio celebrated its 20th anniversary this weekend with current and former students, professional dancers and a live band, just down the street from where the toe tapping originally began.
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November 8, 2008
Send DATEBOOK items to Glendale News-Press, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ? Wood sculptor and photographer Ken Goldman is displaying his work and will be demonstrating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and every Saturday through Nov. 22 at Whites Art Framing & Restoration, 2414 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment Sunday and Monday.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 17, 2007
Louise Yocum has had a passion for movement, whether it was dancing or Tai Chi Chuan, for all of her 89 years. And she's ignited that passion in hundreds of others who have taken Tai Chi Chuan classes in her studios in Burbank and at the Japanese Teahouse in Brand Park. Yocum retired in August after teaching Tai Chi Chuan at Brand Park in Glendale since 1964. Looking back, Yocum said she received just as much as she gave to her students in the classroom. "When I finished a class, I felt so fulfilled and so full of life," she said.
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By: Barbara Diamond | September 9, 2005
This is a correction for people who do not live on Planet Laguna. Locals, of course, will know that cast members of the Pageant of the Masters pose for 90 seconds, not 90 minutes, as published last week in this column. Barbara Painter took the time to drop off a note to my house, pointing out the error. "Teehee!?" she wrote. "Barbara, you know better. 1 1/2 hours?? The audience would leave in mass [sic].... See you at the Exchange Club breakfast."
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By Veronica Rocha | July 1, 2009
Born in 1908, longtime Glendale resident Helen Pugh has seen this century come and go. And at 101, Pugh, who is a twin, has dozens of trophies from her days as a ballroom dancer. Pugh has since traded her dancing shoes for a walker, but that’s OK with her, because she said she still has a lifetime of memories to dance to. VERONICA ROCHA: So, how does it feel to be 101? HELEN PUGH: Oh I feel pretty good. But I have a heavy head sometimes, and that’s the reason that I lay down.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | September 12, 2007
Valerie Conboy was raised a Baptist during a time when the church considered dancing a sin. The 88-year-old La Crescenta resident grew up on a farm in Tennessee and had a strict Baptist minister for an uncle, she said. Dancing was forbidden, but as soon as she left home after high school, Conboy decided to try it anyway. She took dance lessons and learned she had a natural talent. Since moving to the West Coast more than 40 years ago, dancing has been a part of Conboy’s life.
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