Dance troupe – Sahno Bar http://sahnobar.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 12:52:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sahnobar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile-120x120.png Dance troupe – Sahno Bar http://sahnobar.com/ 32 32 Grand Valley Dance Troupe Presents Fall Show – Grand Valley Lanthorn https://sahnobar.com/grand-valley-dance-troupe-presents-fall-show-grand-valley-lanthorn/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:01:01 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/grand-valley-dance-troupe-presents-fall-show-grand-valley-lanthorn/ The Grand Valley State University Dance Troupe (GVDT) is a non-competitive, student-run organization that empowers dancers of all skill levels to express themselves and their passion for dance. On November 18 and 19, GVDT performed two shows at Allendale High School for their fall 2022 performance, “Don’t Stop Be’Leafing.” Each semester, the group organizes a […]]]>

The Grand Valley State University Dance Troupe (GVDT) is a non-competitive, student-run organization that empowers dancers of all skill levels to express themselves and their passion for dance.

On November 18 and 19, GVDT performed two shows at Allendale High School for their fall 2022 performance, “Don’t Stop Be’Leafing.”

Each semester, the group organizes a recital to raise funds for a local non-profit association. This semester, all ticket sales made by the organization have benefited the Blandford Nature Center, the local nonprofit whose mission is to empower and engage the Grand Rapids community through nature.

This non-profit organization has been in operation since 1968 and its mission is to cultivate community through enriching experiences in nature. Through numerous routines and the name of the show itself, GVDT has raised awareness of the center and its environmental efforts.

“Blandford Nature Center now spans a total of 264 acres, making it one of the largest nature centers in the country to exist entirely within city limits,” said Graylen Erdmann, chief financial officer and member of the seventh semester. “They engage 10,000 youth program participants in 450 programs a year and three elementary schools surrounding our property who can engage their students in experiential education in nature throughout the school year.”

The group encouraged students, families and community members to attend the event to support and recognize the hard work of both organizations and their commitment to giving back to society.

Grace Mahon, current president and a member of the club for the past seven semesters, said the team has been preparing for the show all semester to do its best yet.

“Each dance practice once a week during the semester to learn choreography, and the week before the show we meet every night at Allendale High School for what we call spirit week to rehearse on stage,” said said Mahon. “As president, there are also a lot of behind-the-scenes details to prepare for our recital, promotions, videography, photography, venue and more.”

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Jillian Ferry, currently membership manager and a nine-semester member of the GVDT, echoed Ferry’s explanation and added how gratifying it is to see the final production.

“Our dancers are so dedicated and talented,” Ferry said. “It’s amazing how all the preparation comes together for the show, and it’s worth it.”

As part of their fall 2022 performance, the group choreographed and rehearsed 24 dances, and the choreographers had to meet specific criteria in order to demonstrate their creativity.

“Once you complete a semester at GVDT, you can become a choreographer for any level and style of dance,” Ferry said. “To play this role, leaders expect the choreographer to be responsible for ‘creating up to two of the dances and choosing the costumes to accompany their piece(s)’.”

Members take pride in their performances and the artistry of their teammates, using dance as an outlet to express their identity and their passion for giving back to the community.

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Young dance troupe member dies after being hit by truck during Raleigh Christmas Parade | Nation https://sahnobar.com/young-dance-troupe-member-dies-after-being-hit-by-truck-during-raleigh-christmas-parade-nation/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 01:11:00 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/young-dance-troupe-member-dies-after-being-hit-by-truck-during-raleigh-christmas-parade-nation/ RALEIGH, NC — A girl who was part of a dance troupe participating in the Raleigh Christmas Parade died Saturday when she was hit by a pickup truck towing one of the troupe’s floats. The parade was canceled immediately after the incident. Two sources confirmed the girl’s death at the N&O. The Raleigh Police Department […]]]>

RALEIGH, NC — A girl who was part of a dance troupe participating in the Raleigh Christmas Parade died Saturday when she was hit by a pickup truck towing one of the troupe’s floats.

The parade was canceled immediately after the incident.

Two sources confirmed the girl’s death at the N&O. The Raleigh Police Department later said in a press release attributed to Lt. Jason Borneo that the girl had died. The RPD added that the truck driver was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, dangerous movement and carrying a firearm in a parade.

The girl, who has not been identified, was a member of the CC & Company Dance Complex, a highly respected dance school in Raleigh. Christy Curtis, founder of CC & Co., was one of the first dance teachers for Ariana DeBose, who won an Oscar for her performance in “West Side Story.”

The truck, a GMC Denali, was pulling one of CC & Company’s two floats when it spun out of control, according to The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner ABC11. ABC11 said the driver honked his horn and yelled at people to pull over.

Onlookers heard screams before a group of people rushed down the street and managed to stop the truck by hand.

Police were inspecting the truck after the incident, but had not released any information about any mechanical failures. We thought the truck’s brakes had failed.

CC & Company had two floats in the parade, with company members playing between them, when the truck pulling the second float went out of control.

Olivia Bruce, 14, a member of the dance troupe, said: “We started dancing in the parade and then all of a sudden we just heard a lot of honking. And when we turned around, we saw the truck almost on our back, so we turned back.

“The truck just kept going faster,” Olivia said, “then it stopped and someone was lying on the ground. It was pretty close (to me). I moved in a few seconds – I almost got hit too.

Troupe members, still dressed in neon green dance studio shirts, and their parents gathered in and around the Hillyer Memorial Christian Church on Hillsborough Street.

Cheyenne Hamilton, 17, a senior at Enloe Magnet High School, has been dancing for nearly 13 years.

“We had just started the parade. The dancers were in the middle of the two floats (CC & Company). The float behind us, their brakes started to fail. And they were trying to get us all out of the way. But unfortunately, one of the dancers couldn’t move away. They took out (the dancer) right in front of us…”

Along the parade route, hundreds of performers hastily turned and retreated, packing paper clips and deflating balloons.

The mood immediately turned from green and red to black as news of the accident spread. People practicing Irish dance steps, twirling batons, tuning horns, sneaking into flasks suddenly turned dark.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Julia Milstead, city spokeswoman. “We don’t know what happened, but it’s heartbreaking. There are no words for what anyone is feeling right now.”

“Today started off with so much joy,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. “The parade route was packed with smiling children and it made my heart so happy to see it. Now we are all devastated by the news of this tragic accident and praying for the victim and his family. It is heartbreaking.

The mayor then tweeted:

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of the young girl who lost her life today in the Raleigh Christmas Parade. Our prayers are with her family, friends and the CC&Co dancers. The community is here for you as we try to understand and process this shared tragedy.

Governor Roy Cooper, whose wife, Kristin, had tweeted about the death earlier in the day, said in a tweet on Saturday afternoon: “Kristin and I are devastated by the tragedy of the Christmas parade in Raleigh today. In a joyful season on what should be a happy day, we instead mourn this family and their friends as we keep them in our prayers.

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‘Welcome to Chippendales’ review: Colorful Hulu series depicts dance troupe’s deadly origins https://sahnobar.com/welcome-to-chippendales-review-colorful-hulu-series-depicts-dance-troupes-deadly-origins/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/welcome-to-chippendales-review-colorful-hulu-series-depicts-dance-troupes-deadly-origins/ With “Pam & Tommy”, “Dopesick”, “Candy”, “The Act”, “The Dropout” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” et al., Hulu is on a roll with biographical limited series telling fictionalized versions of well-known events and scandals. The run continues with the colorful and bright but increasingly dark and twisted ‘Welcome to Chippendales’, which tells the gory […]]]>

With “Pam & Tommy”, “Dopesick”, “Candy”, “The Act”, “The Dropout” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” et al., Hulu is on a roll with biographical limited series telling fictionalized versions of well-known events and scandals. The run continues with the colorful and bright but increasingly dark and twisted ‘Welcome to Chippendales’, which tells the gory behind-the-scenes story of the legendary all-male dance troupe that formed in the late 1970s. , flourished in the 1980s and 1990s and enjoyed continued success in theaters around the world.

Showrunners Robert Siegel (“Pam & Tommy”) and Jenni Konner (“Girls”) have created an addictive, if not sometimes cheesy, slice of the Americana period piece (repeat songs like “Superfreak” and “Sharp Dressed Man “), featuring the solid work of Kumail Nanjiani as Chippendales founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee, and a stellar supporting cast led by Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis and Annaleigh Ashford.

“Welcome to Chippendales” features a number of imagined conversations and scenarios. But the major events depicted here really happened, which makes the ride all the more fascinating and crazy. Many times when Nanjiani’s Banerjee is faced with a major decision, you want to yell at him to do the right thing – and, almost every time, he makes it worse.

“Welcome to Chippendales”

Nanjiani (“The Big Sick,” “Eternals”) plays against type and delivers the most complex and impressive performance of his career as Steve, an Indian immigrant who, in the 1970s, operates a gas station Mobil in the Los Angeles area. He has saved a huge percentage of his income while living in a cramped apartment where the walls are covered with advertisements and magazine articles touting the fast life, from BMW cars to Kent cigarettes to Arrow shirts, photos of his idol, Hugh Hefner, and articles. with titles such as “How to throw the perfect party”.

Steve opens a backgammon club: “an establishment where people [can] gather to play in a sophisticated setting. Velvet sofas, cigar bar… an elegant and exclusive atmosphere. It’s the first of many indications that Steve’s vision is about as sleek and upscale as a pile of old Playboy magazines gathering mold in the garage.

The backgammon club is a bust and in danger of shutting down when Paul Snider (Dan Stevens), a petty hustler with a fake Rolex and a big mouth, and Snider’s girlfriend, Dorothy Stratten (Nicola Peltz Beckham), the recently crowned Playboy Playmate of the year. Steve is easily impressed by Snider and falls in love with his obnoxious shtick, and the pair team up, trying (and failing) with gimmicks such as disco dancing, mud wrestling, and an oyster-eating contest before that an outing to a gay club would provide Steve with his Lightbulb Moment: “A women’s strip club.” There are a million strip clubs for men in Los Angeles but not one for women.

At first, Chippendales is a decidedly low-end undertaking, featuring a small troupe of eager but not particularly talented men stripping to the sound of “Macho Man” in a setting that resembles a half-finished suburban basement. , with Raw Snider playing the role of MC. . (At the end of the first episode, Dorothy Stratten and Paul Snider’s story came to its gruesome conclusion, with Snider murdering Stratten before committing suicide.)

Steve wants something classier, bigger, something that will make a splash – and he finds a promising partner in a Nick De Noia (Murray Bartlett, fresh off his supporting actor Emmy for “The White Lotus”), a TV choreographer with a career in decline but a real knack for creating smooth, well-executed dance routines. Nick brings Denise from Juliette Lewis on board to help with marketing, while the bottom line continues to grow thanks in large part to the business acumen of Irene from Annaleigh Ashford, who takes care of the accounts and eventually becomes the wife of Steve.

Choreographer Nick De Noia (Murray Bartlett, left, with Quentin Plair as dancer) becomes the public face of Chippendales.

Yet even as the Chippendales empire explodes and expands, we see signs of Steve’s deeply troubled personality in his racism towards black people, his deep-rooted insecurities and seething jealousy of Nick, who becomes known as “Mister Chippendales”. made the rounds on the TV talk show circuit. (The recreations of Nick’s talk show appearances, with actors impersonating Phil Donahue, Geraldo, Sally Jessy Raphael and Gene Shalit from “Today,” are so bad they’re pretty awesome.)

Nanjiani does a masterful job of capturing a man who is never comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t like having to work twice as hard as everyone else but not getting enough credit. Steve sips his Coke and rages against everything and everyone, while Nick and Denise and Nick’s rich new boyfriend (Andrew Rannells) snort coke and party and ride the wave.

Steve becomes so consumed with rage and jealousy that he orders separate hits on Nick and a group of dancers with a rival troupe. In April 1987, Nick De Noia was shot and killed in his Manhattan office; seven years later, just hours before Steve Banerjee was to be convicted of murder-for-hire, he was found dead in his cell, having hanged himself.

All the light, fun and debauchery of “Welcome to Chippendales” fades into black, as Steve Banerjee’s American Dream turns into a nightmare of its own making.

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How This Husband-Wife Duo’s Contemporary Dance Troupe, Vagabond, Became the Art Council’s Artist-in-Residence and Finds Baton Rouge “Home” https://sahnobar.com/how-this-husband-wife-duos-contemporary-dance-troupe-vagabond-became-the-art-councils-artist-in-residence-and-finds-baton-rouge-home/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:43:13 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/how-this-husband-wife-duos-contemporary-dance-troupe-vagabond-became-the-art-councils-artist-in-residence-and-finds-baton-rouge-home/ Their movements tell stories about life in unexpected ways. Contemporary dance troupe, vagbond, will perform an original work next Friday and Saturday at the Carey Saurage Community Arts Center called Unpaved: Impressions of a Lost Home. The hour-long show is performed by vagbondage founders, husband-wife team Scarlett Wynne and Erik Sampson, who have themed the […]]]>

Their movements tell stories about life in unexpected ways.

Contemporary dance troupe, vagbond, will perform an original work next Friday and Saturday at the Carey Saurage Community Arts Center called Unpaved: Impressions of a Lost Home. The hour-long show is performed by vagbondage founders, husband-wife team Scarlett Wynne and Erik Sampson, who have themed the performance around the concept of seeking physical and emotional belonging. The pieces, which have been choreographed in Baton Rouge over the past few months, explore what “home” means, Wynne says.

“It revolves around the idea of ​​displacement and loss of home,” says Wynne, artistic director of the company. “Especially as more and more people leave their homes by choice or because of circumstances beyond their control.”

Both shows can only seat 25 people each and will take place in the Community Arts Center’s black box performance space, where Wynne’s Vagabond and Sampson has been an artist-in-residence since March. The duo moved to Baton Rouge from Santa Fe, where they were both part of the New Mexico Dance Project. Sampson also ran a business providing brand management consulting to nonprofit clients across the country, including Baton Rouge.

But good dance studio space had become hard to come by in Santa Fe, they say, especially during and after COVID-19. Sampson’s nonprofit clients in Baton Rouge connected him with the Arts Council and its Executive Director Renee Chatelain in early 2021. Chatelain shared the Arts Council’s vision to transform the Triangle Building into Carey Saurage Community Arts Center, which would also include space for working artists. as a well-equipped multi-purpose black-box performance space for dancers. The building was completed last fall.

Finding that kind of space for dancers is rare, says Sampson.

“You can’t just walk into any community space and start moving things around for a show,” he says. “It just doesn’t work for dancing. And even communities building a new space they believe works for dance often miss the mark.

Conversely, the black box space at the Carey Saurage Community Arts Center features mirrors, bars, a sound system, and marley flooring, which is high-grade, shock-absorbing vinyl flooring. . The lure of space and the ability to create their own works and courses prompted the couple to move to Baton Rouge. Sampson still works as a nonprofit management consultant. He and Wynne together shape the direction of Vagabond, a new concept they pioneered when they became artists-in-residence at the Community Arts Center.

Wynne and Sampson experiment with new moves. Photo credit: Manning Lloyd

Along with regular performances like Unpavedvagbond offers various dance classes at reasonable prices, including a “Movement for all” open to non-dancers of all physical levels.

“It’s all about listening to the body and connecting without judgment or stress,” says Wynne.

Another class called “Contemporary Forms” helps experienced dancers develop their contemporary dance techniques.

Community dance classes given by the artist-in-residence of the Community Arts Centre, vagbond. Photo credit: Caleb Bourque

Wynne and Sampson spent many years as professional dancers and worked with numerous companies across the country. Wynne’s parents were both professional dancers, she says, which meant a childhood of both teaching dance and traveling. She joined Georgia Ballet as a young adult and after working for a few years in classical ballet, she says she was drawn to exploring contemporary movement. The couple met while performing professionally in Texas.

Wynne and Sampson say landing in Baton Rouge is just another part of their journey.

“This idea of ​​being kind of a wanderer, in a positive sense,” Sampson says, “is this idea of ​​experiencing a lot of different impressions that not only speak to who you are, but maybe also who you are. who you could be.”

Representations of Unpaved: Impressions of a Lost Home will take place on Thursday November 17 and Friday November 18 at 6:00 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more tickets and information, visit vagabonance.org.


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President Draupadi Murmu dances with a local dance troupe in Gangtok, Sikkim; Video surfaces https://sahnobar.com/president-draupadi-murmu-dances-with-a-local-dance-troupe-in-gangtok-sikkim-video-surfaces/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 06:26:09 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/president-draupadi-murmu-dances-with-a-local-dance-troupe-in-gangtok-sikkim-video-surfaces/ The Government of Sikkim held a civic reception in honor of President Draupadi Murmu. The President was in Sikkim for a 2 day visit and during this time she also attended the civic reception. The event was held in the beautiful capital of Sikkim, Gangtok on November 4, 2022. She practically laid the foundation stone […]]]>

The Government of Sikkim held a civic reception in honor of President Draupadi Murmu. The President was in Sikkim for a 2 day visit and during this time she also attended the civic reception. The event was held in the beautiful capital of Sikkim, Gangtok on November 4, 2022. She practically laid the foundation stone of different crucial projects during this civic reception event.

President Draupadi Murmu performed with local troupe in Gangtok

Draupadi Murmu was seen dancing with the local dance troupe at the event held on Friday. She participated in the “integration dance” with the local troupe. Also, Krishna Rai, the wife of Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang, joined the President and the dance group on stage. The video of this glorious event was shared on the official Twitter account of President of India.

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The Youtube channel of the President of India also shared the video of Murmu and Krishna Rai performing the integration dance on stage with the members of the local dance group.

She inaugurated the first stone of many projects

During this event, Draupadi Murmu laid the foundation stone for key Sikkim projects. The Rashtrapati Bhavan shared in a statement that it has started projects on different aspects such as education, health, road construction and tourism sector.

Also read: President Draupadi Murmu to fly to London for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

While visiting Sikkim, she was delighted to see the state’s high literacy rate. Sikkim has over 80% literacy, making it one of the best states in the country when it comes to education. In fact, Sikkim gets the top position in India for highest enrollment in higher education. According to the figures, the schooling of girls exceeds the schooling of boys. She also appreciated Sikkim’s efforts in organic farming and the steps taken to develop an environmentally friendly state.

The President visits different states of the country, one at a time. She went to Mizoram before coming to Sikkim. During her visit to Mizoram, she also addressed the Mizoram Legislative Assembly, according to a report by Hindustan Times. In addition, she visited the village of Kigwema in Nagaland.

Cover image courtesy of Youtube/ President of India

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The documentary ‘Calendar Girls’ follows an exuberant dance troupe of elderly women in Florida https://sahnobar.com/the-documentary-calendar-girls-follows-an-exuberant-dance-troupe-of-elderly-women-in-florida/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 14:43:27 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/the-documentary-calendar-girls-follows-an-exuberant-dance-troupe-of-elderly-women-in-florida/ Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN To keep you up to date, Culture Queue is an ongoing series of recommendations for books to read, movies to watch, podcasts and music to listen to. Wearing matching sequined unicorn hats, rainbow tutus or white furry boots, a troupe of 30 elderly women have built a reputation in South […]]]>

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

To keep you up to date, Culture Queue is an ongoing series of recommendations for books to read, movies to watch, podcasts and music to listen to.

Wearing matching sequined unicorn hats, rainbow tutus or white furry boots, a troupe of 30 elderly women have built a reputation in South Florida with choreographed dances to pop songs. Called the “Calendar Girls”, the dancers are not professionals, but put on 130 shows a year – and do their own makeup and styling from YouTube tutorials – under the rigorous guidance of 71-year-old athlete Katherine Shortlidge.

Calendar Girls ready to dance in unicorn hats and rainbow tutus. Credit: I love Martinsen

Their lives are the focus of a new documentary that has toured the festival circuit and hits select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, among other cities, this month.

In “Calendar Girls,” Swedish filmmakers Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen follow the group as they navigate a stage of life that can be misrepresented in popular culture: With their adult children and careers coming to an end, they seek a new direction. Through the performance, some women feel more comfortable in their own skin, wear over-the-top outfits and glitzy makeup they might never have worn before, push themselves physically and creatively, and focus – perhaps for the first time – on prioritizing yourself over others.

A Calendar Girls dance routine involving hand mirrors and pink leopard outfits.

A Calendar Girls dance routine involving hand mirrors and pink leopard outfits. Credit: I love Martinsen

“(Their) transformation was very interesting,” Martinsen said in a video call. “You don’t think about it much, but you keep changing your whole life.”

Some found the dance group by chance: Nancy, a former police officer who retired early due to degenerative hearing loss, joined after seeing the troupe perform at a mall and having the opportunity to express a different version of herself.

“We talked about this movie like it was a coming-of-age story, but a coming-of-age story,” Loohufvud added on the same call.

Golden years

The directors, a married couple, filmed the dance troupe for two years after meeting the Calendar Girls at an event while vacationing with their children in the Fort Myers area.

“They started dancing, and it was so mesmerizing – we couldn’t stop watching. It made us happy,” Loohufvud recalls. They contacted Shortlidge, who founded the band over a decade ago, for an initial interview, but weren’t expecting to film a documentary on the subject.

As they spoke to other members of the troupe, they were moved by the impact of dance on women’s self-esteem. The filmmakers wanted to portray a different view of life after 60, one that emphasized the personal relationships of dancers and their dedication to their practice. Some of the women struggle with health diagnoses, partners who don’t support their non-traditional decision to dance, and working past retirement age. Being part of the Calendar Girls gives them a support system.

The dance troupe breaks out into a formation that spreads its arms at different levels.

The dance troupe breaks out into a formation that spreads its arms at different levels. Credit: I love Martinsen

Loohufvud pointed out that many movies often don’t take women above a certain age seriously. “A lot of them tend to make fun of the character, like it’s so funny that a woman over 60 wants to be sexy, for example,” she said.

Martinsen added that the movies also don’t tend to value their current experiences. “Very often (the story is about) their past lives. It’s not about their present life.”

Through performances by the Calendar Girls, the women raise money for Southeastern Guide Dogs, an organization that awards trained dogs to veterans. Shortlidge said at the start of the film that the band gave it new meaning.

“It will be 14 years of my life since I did this – there is nothing I regret,” she said. “I love performing. I love the idea of ​​serving my community… We’re not just old dancing chicks, we’re doing it for a reason.”

“Calendar Girls” will play in select US theaters in November.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is behind one of the hottest new podcasts of the year. She has invited a guest list that includes Serena Williams, Margaret Cho, Issa Rae and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to dismantle the reductive labels attributed to women, such as “good” or “bad” moms, stereotypes of the “diva” or “angry black woman”, and the double standard of ambition.

Lily: “Old Women” by Jillian Steinhauer (2021)

Art critic Jillian Steinhauer wrote for Believer magazine about the art world’s tendency to “discover” female artists in their later years. “The best way to succeed as a female artist is to be old. Not necessarily yet dead, but with the specter of death hanging over you…” she writes. “Preferably you’ve been doing art for a long time, and it either gathers dust in your home, rarely, if ever, or it’s exhibited mostly in alternative and educational spaces… You’re a safe bet at the same time as you are a discovery.”

Look: “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” (2022)
This British comedy stars Emma Thompson as a 55-year-old retired teacher who hires a 20-year-old sex worker to help her achieve her first orgasm, after the death of her husband, her only partner. sexual. The film recently became Oscar nominee, and Thompson told Vanity Fair in a podcast that she hopes it will pave the way for more stories in a similar vein.
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Terry McMillan is a master of creating books about black women embarking on the path of self-discovery (see the iconic “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”), and her most recent title focuses on a 68-year-old beauty supply store owner whose life is suddenly turned upside down by the loss. “I wasn’t sure anyone would care about this story,” McMillan told the Guardian when the book was released. “It’s not that I don’t think it’s good. It’s just that…it’s the story of a 68-year-old woman. I thought, ‘How many people are going to read this? ?'”
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Award-Winning Dance Troupe Spreads the Challenges of Down Syndrome https://sahnobar.com/award-winning-dance-troupe-spreads-the-challenges-of-down-syndrome/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:42:08 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/award-winning-dance-troupe-spreads-the-challenges-of-down-syndrome/ Mihtotiani earns its place on Juarez’s cultural scene as physiotherapy becomes an iconic folk dance group JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The music changes, but the focused gaze on the faces of students dressed in black remains a constant. They attack dance routines ranging from reggaeton to K-pop with energy and joy all the same. […]]]>

Mihtotiani earns its place on Juarez’s cultural scene as physiotherapy becomes an iconic folk dance group

JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The music changes, but the focused gaze on the faces of students dressed in black remains a constant. They attack dance routines ranging from reggaeton to K-pop with energy and joy all the same.

“They’re good at all different genres, but our core is the folk“, explains Judith Montes de Oca, teacher and mentor of the dancers. “They know Tarahumara Indian dances, regional Mexican and traditional music from Jalisco, Chiapas, Yucatan and Veracruz.”

Montes de Oca is proud of its Mihtotiani dance troupe. She highlights her students’ first and second place finishes at dance competitions in Tijuana and Chihuahua and rejoices in the invitations they have received to perform at regional fairs and official events. She mentions the Special Olympics honors only in passing.

“Inclusion is very important – working with them and knowing that they can do a lot. (The dances) help their development, their self-confidence, their physical balance,” Montes de Oca said. without parents for the events. Most of them are self-sufficient. They go to school, some have a job. They play sports like cycling and weightlifting in addition to being in the dance group.

The 25 members of Mihtotiani were all born with Down syndrome or other “different abilities” in the words of their teacher. She refuses to call their medical challenges disabilities in a positive learning environment where the goal is to make students proud of their accomplishments.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information of Mexico, the country had 7.2 million people in 2020 with one or more physical or mental disabilities. More than 700,000 had Down syndrome or other mental health issues.

Mihtotiani came together 16 years ago at the request of parents of children born with Down syndrome. The current group of students range in age from 8 to 46 years old.

Members of the Mihtotiani dance group hold hands during dance practice. (photo from border report)

Montes de Oca said dance therapy not only helps students’ self-esteem and provides physical exercise, but also helps them develop their social skills.

“Once we get to know each other, once they feel included, we see how they show us their real abilities. Our job is to make them feel like they’re part of something special and let them (thrive),” she said.

The group’s name loosely translates to “dancers who bring joy” in the native Nahuatl language. The word has evolved over the centuries in Mexican culture into mitote, or a rasping noise. It doesn’t matter, says the professor, as long as the dancers feel the joy of a job well done and the audience recognizes their achievement.

To learn more about the group, visit their Facebook page.

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Award-Winning Dance Troupe Spreads the Challenges of Down Syndrome https://sahnobar.com/award-winning-dance-troupe-spreads-the-challenges-of-down-syndrome-2/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 22:13:51 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/award-winning-dance-troupe-spreads-the-challenges-of-down-syndrome-2/ Mihtotiani earns its place on Juarez’s cultural scene as physiotherapy becomes an iconic folk dance group JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The music changes, but the focused gaze on the faces of students dressed in black remains a constant. They attack dance routines ranging from reggaeton to K-pop with energy and joy all the same. […]]]>

Mihtotiani earns its place on Juarez’s cultural scene as physiotherapy becomes an iconic folk dance group

JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The music changes, but the focused gaze on the faces of students dressed in black remains a constant. They attack dance routines ranging from reggaeton to K-pop with energy and joy all the same.

“They’re good at all different genres, but our core is the folk“, explains Judith Montes de Oca, teacher and mentor of the dancers. “They know Tarahumara Indian dances, regional Mexican and traditional music from Jalisco, Chiapas, Yucatan and Veracruz.”

Montes de Oca is proud of its Mihtotiani dance troupe. She highlights her students’ first and second place finishes at dance competitions in Tijuana and Chihuahua and rejoices in the invitations they have received to perform at regional fairs and official events. She mentions the Special Olympics honors only in passing.

“Inclusion is very important – working with them and knowing that they can do a lot. (The dances) help their development, their self-confidence, their physical balance,” Montes de Oca said. without parents for the events. Most of them are self-sufficient. They go to school, some have a job. They play sports like cycling and weightlifting in addition to being in the dance group.

The 25 members of Mihtotiani were all born with Down syndrome or other “different abilities” in the words of their teacher. She refuses to call their medical challenges disabilities in a positive learning environment where the goal is to make students proud of their accomplishments.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information of Mexico, the country had 7.2 million people in 2020 with one or more physical or mental disabilities. More than 700,000 had Down syndrome or other mental health issues.

Mihtotiani came together 16 years ago at the request of parents of children born with Down syndrome. The current group of students range in age from 8 to 46.

Members of the Mihtotiani dance group hold hands during dance practice. (photo from border report)

Montes de Oca said dance therapy not only helps students’ self-esteem and provides physical exercise, but also helps them develop their social skills.

“Once we get to know each other, once they feel included, we see how they show us their real abilities. Our job is to make them feel like they’re part of something special and let them (thrive),” she said.

The group’s name loosely translates to “dancers who bring joy” in the native Nahuatl language. The word has evolved over the centuries in Mexican culture into mitote, or a rasping sound. It doesn’t matter, says the professor, as long as the dancers feel the joy of a job well done and the audience recognizes their achievement.

To learn more about the group, visit their Facebook page.

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Taiwan dance troupe returns to UC Berkeley https://sahnobar.com/taiwan-dance-troupe-returns-to-uc-berkeley/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 11:33:43 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/taiwan-dance-troupe-returns-to-uc-berkeley/ Six years ago, Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater delighted Berkeley audiences with its one-of-a-kind movement form that blends modern dance, traditional ballet, martial arts and qigong, a Chinese discipline that combines breathing, body movement and meditation. Now Cloud Gate, which was founded 49 years ago, returns to UC Berkeley and Cal Performances with a new […]]]>


Six years ago, Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater delighted Berkeley audiences with its one-of-a-kind movement form that blends modern dance, traditional ballet, martial arts and qigong, a Chinese discipline that combines breathing, body movement and meditation. Now Cloud Gate, which was founded 49 years ago, returns to UC Berkeley and Cal Performances with a new work called “13 Tongues.”

The piece, according to the organizers of the event, was created in 2016 by the company’s artistic director, Cheng Tsung-lung, from his memories of the flourishing city of Taipei, which he translates here into “a world fantastic and vibrant, where neon lights and urban sounds mingle with religious rites and the city’s festive parades, all set to music by Taiwanese composer, actor, DJ and electronic music star Lim Giong, who mixes religious songs, folk songs and electronica in its score.

Expect a stunning performance with colorful, evocative costumes and lighting when Cloud Gate performs at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Tickets cost between $29 and $92; visit calperformances.org.

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Lebanese dance troupe Mayyas achieve their highest performance ever https://sahnobar.com/lebanese-dance-troupe-mayyas-achieve-their-highest-performance-ever/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 08:26:52 +0000 https://sahnobar.com/lebanese-dance-troupe-mayyas-achieve-their-highest-performance-ever/ JEDDAH: Acclaimed American director Oliver Stone is set to lead the jury of the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, it was announced at the Shangri-La Jeddah on Monday in the presence of local and international celebrities and local press .Under the slogan “Film is Everything”, the festival will showcase 131 feature […]]]>

JEDDAH: Acclaimed American director Oliver Stone is set to lead the jury of the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, it was announced at the Shangri-La Jeddah on Monday in the presence of local and international celebrities and local press .
Under the slogan “Film is Everything”, the festival will showcase 131 feature and short films, including 23 Saudi shorts, 28 international shorts and seven feature films.

It will also provide a platform for Arab filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world to connect, organize and present a series of events, masterclasses and workshops to support emerging talent.

During the festival, an official competition will be organized for feature and short films from Asia, Africa and the Arab world. The winners of each competition will be announced on December 8.

Samaher Mously, Director of Marketing and Communications for the event, said: “The RSIFF is not just a film festival, it is a cultural forum in which we exchange our technical, cultural experiences, our knowledge and discover new dimensions. It serves as an important platform through which we support the film industry locally and regionally.

Festival CEO Mohammed Al-Turki also unveiled the opening and closing films.

British cross-cultural romantic comedy “What’s Love Got to Do With It” will open the festival, which runs from December 1-10.

The film, directed by Shekhar Kapur, stars Lily James, Emma Thompson, Shazad Latif, Rob Brydon, Shabana Azmi, Sajal Aly and Asim Chaudhry.

“Valley Road” by Saudi director Khaled Fahed will be the last film presented at the film festival.

The festival also announced last week that Film AlUla, an agency set up to promote production in the city, is the new strategic sponsor for this year’s edition.

Film AlUla will award the Audience Award and Best Saudi Film Award, each worth $50,000.

“We went all over the world with the festival and the Red Sea name was everywhere in Cannes, Toronto, etc., so I can’t believe we’re actually ready, a month away from our festival,” Al -Turki added.

“It’s pretty amazing to see so many Arab films making their way around the world. Our mission continues to champion established emerging filmmakers. It’s a transformative moment happening in Saudi cinema within an artificial selection .

Director Antoine Khalife said the growth of the Saudi film industry is exciting.

“The vitality of Saudi cinema is excellent and I am very happy that we can see this great achievement. I would like to mention that the vitality of cinema does not only depend on the dialogues and the script but on the actors and the cooperation built between them and the director. In fact, we have discovered many brilliant Saudi talents and more are yet to come.

This year’s festival will take place at the Ritz Carlton Jeddah which has a capacity of 1,200. Vox Cinema will be the sponsor.

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