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By Mary O’Keefe | February 29, 2008
This past weekend, little girls throughout Crescenta Valley put on their prettiest dresses and had their hair done just right. Even the youngest were allowed to put on a tiny amount of makeup. Their dates waited for them, some with flowers, all with proud smiles as these lovely young ladies took their escort?s arm for a magical evening. Lincoln Elementary School and Holy Redeemer Catholic School held their daddy-daughter dances Feb. 22 and 23. For one little girl, the evening was made even more magical when her dad, who had been serving in Iraq, was able to catch an earlier flight to arrive home just in time to escort his daughter to the dance.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | December 13, 2010
With the music pulsating, two dozen dazzlingly dressed women shimmied across the brightly lit floor. Gold and silver coins, dangling from brightly colored wraps fashioned around hips, chimed with each movement. It was a scene that plays out each night in fashionable clubs and restaurants throughout the Arab world. But this group of performers was composed of Glendale College Community students who were mastering the basics of raqs sharqi, or belly dancing. "I wanted to do something active, and belly dancing looked interesting to me," said dance student Jennifer Gaillard, 31, of Los Angeles.
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March 6, 2004
Hoover High School students let their true colors shine Friday morning during two multicultural assemblies in the school's auditorium. Members of Hoover's Associated Student Body hosted to the event, which included costumed performances by members of the school's Armenian, black, Filipino, Korean and Mexican student clubs. Three Armenian students performed an Armenian folk dance, and members of Hoover's Black Student Union performed a step routine, during which students stomped their feet and clapped their hands to a syncopated rhythm.
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January 18, 2002
Karen S. Kim NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- About 15 children bounced, wiggled, shook and kicked their heels to the beat Thursday afternoon, as the Gypsy Folk Ensemble dancers taught them a West African number. "I liked the swimming thing where you come forward," said Glendale resident Robert Kourieh, 10, about one of the dance moves that required flailing one's arms. Five members of the 16-member Gypsy Folk Ensemble taught the dance after demonstrating various foreign folk routines to a group of 30 parents and children at the Glendale Public Library's Grandview branch.
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By Anthony Kim | May 9, 2007
Kindergarteners promenaded, shuffled and waved their arms in a folk dance performance Tuesday that had proud parents snapping photos and zooming in with their camcorders. The show marked the end of three months of rehearsals for the Fremont Elementary School kindergarteners. But it also marked one of the school district's last Artists in Residence programs, which the Glendale Educational Foundation funded this school year. Most of the schools that participated in the program have held their final performances.
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February 21, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Costumes and dance shoes stayed home Saturday, as dancers instead picked up frying pans, serving spoons and paintbrushes for the first-ever United Spirit Assn. regional competition at Glendale High School. More than 900 dancers and their parents, friends and coaches from 30 high schools from all over California and as far away as Arizona and Nevada descended upon Glendale High School in the first event at the school since its team began competing in the association's dance and drill competitions 10 years ago. "It's a really well-regarded competition, so hosting is a major honor," said Kelly Palmer, Glendale High School's dance coach.
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May 4, 2007
"All God's Creatures, Great and Small", an original ballet by Caroline Broes, will be presented on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. on the lawn at St. George's Episcopal Church. The church is located at 4467 Commonwealth Ave. in La Cañada Flintridge. Proceeds will benefit "Ahead With Horses," a therapy program for disabled and disadvantaged children in the Los Angeles area. The audience is welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on the greens while enjoying the performance of many enthusiastic, young dancers.
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July 4, 2006
The Glendale News-Press visited Columbus Elementary School and asked kindergarten students: "What kind of songs do you enjoy singing for fun?" "I like to sing the Columbus song because it's about our school and we do good stuff at our school." Talin Aivazian, 6 Glendale "My favorite song ? it's called the sense song. It helps you learn what senses you have." Brandon Mata, 6 Glendale "I like the freeze dance and animal action because we get to move our bodies."
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February 1, 2005
Darleene Barrientos At Glendale High School a stack of trophies, about three deep in some places, lines a school studio's walls. It's evidence of a long-running tradition of winning. But this tradition is not about the gridiron, track and field or even hoops. The 92-member coed dance team this year is gunning to win its seventh consecutive championship as team members prepare for the United Spirit Assn.'s Nationals competition April 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
The Glendale High School dance and drill team returned from a national competition recently with six first-place wins, the most a Glendale High team has secured at one time in the school's history. At the United Spirit Assn. nationals held in late March in Anaheim, director Kelly Palmer's varsity dance and drill teams won first place in five categories: large dance/drill, large all-male hip-hop, coed dance, championship large military and championship small military. The junior varsity team also came in first place in the open small military event.
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By Laura Tate | March 5, 2014
Dance lovers will be treated to multifaceted styles of the art March 8 at the Glendale Alex Theatre as "Celebrate Dance," in its ninth year, brings together dance companies from throughout California to perform for one night only. And for the first time, tap and live music will be included. Eight dance companies will perform dance styles from urban tap and contemporary jazz, to new wave and ultra modern dance. As "Celebrate Dance" Executive Producer Jamie Nichols does each year, several new companies will be introduced with this year's performance, to join returning dance companies - SoleVita Dance Company and Mizerany Dance.
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By Laura Tate | February 21, 2014
Ask a 20-something if they know who Gene Kelly was and most likely the response will be a blank stare . Start singing the lyrics to “Singing in the Rain,” and immediately his or her face will light up with recognition of one the most famous, eponymous American film musicals. Gene Kelly's choreography, dancing and singing are indelible in the American musical landscape - particularly in the films “An American in Paris” and “Singing in the Rain.” However, what many may not know is the breadth of Kelly's work beyond his singing and dancing, as well as the iconic dancer's talents and interests that lived outside the limelight of his film and theater career.
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By Ruth Sowby | February 4, 2014
This year, the Oakmont League of Glendale celebrates 75 years of service to the community. The first event in the group's Diamond Jubilee year was a recent dinner meeting at the Oakmont Country Club. These gals can never be accused of inviting staid guest speakers. Quite the opposite. Some 60 members and guests gave their full attention to the sometimes controversial, always colorful, criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos . Geragos is known for defending such well-known clients as superstar Michael Jackson, actress Winona Ryder and politician Gary Condit.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 22, 2014
When Anna Djanbazian lost her brother after his battle with colon cancer, she grieved the only way that seemed natural to her - through dance. “As soon as it happened, I felt I needed to do something,” she said. It took Djanbazian, who owns and directs the La Crescenta-based Djanbazian Dance Academy, nearly a year to create her latest ballet-theater piece, “Priceless Soul,“ as she faced the ups and downs of mourning her brother's death. “It was like reliving every moment that I had in my life,” she said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | November 29, 2013
Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre is kicking off the holiday season with a daylong festival featuring interactive dance classes for children, live instrumental music and choral singing and culminating with a professional ballet performance Sunday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. “A Holiday Nutcracker Festival” begins at noon showcasing the Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca, Taft High School Ensemble choir, Pete Ellison's One World Rhythm and Burbank Community Theatre actors performing scenes from their upcoming production of “Annie.” Children can make ornaments for their Christmas tree and adults will get early shopping done by visiting gift vendors.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 14, 2013
In recognition of the increasing number of Filipinos in Glendale , the City Council this week designated October as Filipino American History Month, an extension of the nationwide celebration first started in 1988. And on Friday afternoon, the Filipino American Business Assn. of Glendale, Soroptimists International of the Verdugos and the city hosted an event at the Central Library featuring Filipino food, traditional dancing and historic artifacts to revel in the honor. “There are a huge number of Filipinos living in Glendale.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com and By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 28, 2013
With pulsating jazz music blaring, Glendale resident Paul Karmiryan popped on stage Tuesday night doing flip after flip toward the audience during one of his final performances on "So You Think You Can Dance. " For the past several weeks, the judges on the hit Fox show have gushed over Karmiryan, but that didn't save him from being booted off the show as he fell behind the top four finalists in garnering audience votes. VIDEO: Paul and Kathryn perform in "So You Think You Can Dance" "It's so unpredictable," Karmiryan said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, adding that although he didn't make it to the finale, he wouldn't have changed a thing.
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May 30, 2013
The dance department at Glendale Community College debuted its latest production this week and performances continue through Sunday. The 43rd annual production features 50 dancers in 16 dances. Students perform and choreograph dances as part of their coursework at the college. Admission is free, but early arrival is recommended because seating is limited. Children under 5 are not permitted. Additional performances are slated for 12:20 p.m. today; 8 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Dance Theatre, located in Sierra Nevada building on the college campus, 1500 N. Verdugo Road.
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By Laura Tate | March 2, 2013
Next week's return of Celebrate Dance to the Alex Theatre in Glendale will bring several themes to the stage - healing through dance, the importance of family and maintaining individuality - while gathering eight gifted dance companies from across the Greater Los Angeles area. Among the five companies making their Celebrate Dance debuts March 9 will be Nickerson-Rossi Dance, performing the Los Angeles premiere of “Enkindled.” The piece was born out of company artistic director Michael Nickerson-Rossi's desire to tell the story of how dance influenced and helped him, and his introduction into the community of dance.
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