Minneapolis dance company promotes healing, self-love
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twenty minutes before the other dancers entered the healing space, Deja Stowers lit a stick of incense and walked the proximity of the studio, sending wisps of sweet-smelling...
City Ballet names its #MeToo-era leaders: a man-woman team
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a pas de deux: New York City Ballet has chosen two former dancers — a man and a woman — to lead the company in the #MeToo era, following the scandal that ended with the...
Basketball players sue ‘Fortnite’ game makers over dance
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Two former University of Maryland men's basketball players are suing the makers of "Fortnite," claiming the video game's creators misappropriated a dance they popularized...
Stanley Donen, director of ‘Singin’ in the Rain,′ dies at 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Stanley Donen, a giant of the Hollywood musical who through such classics as "Singin' in the Rain" and "Funny Face" helped give us some of the most joyous sounds and...
Michael Jackson accusers detail road to ‘Leaving Neverland’
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Wade Robson and James Safechuck didn't know what to think when the lights went up after the first public screening of "Leaving Neverland" late last month at the Sundance...
Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller
BOSTON (AP) — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Young Buddhist novices attend a dance festival as part of Tibetan New Year celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, South Korean high school seniors clad in traditional attire bow during a joint graduation and coming-of-age ceremony in Seoul.
Feds tell Alfonso Ribeiro he can’t copyright ‘Carlton’ moves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the "Carlton" dance, which he's suing two videogame makers over.
Reports: British Bolshoi dancer suspected of having cocaine
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say police in Moscow suspect a British dancer with the renowned Bolshoi Ballet of possessing cocaine.
Channel REN TV said officers stopped Oscar Frame in the Russian capital on Monday. The channel's report said the officers became suspicious the dancer had drugs on him when he allegedly headed in another direction after spotting them.
The Bolshoi declined to comment to The Associated Press on Wednesday night. It wasn't clear if Frame was in custody.
Boston Marathon survivor struck by car won’t run this year
BOSTON (AP) — First, she lost a leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Then, last month, she got hit by a car. Yet Adrianne Haslet hasn't lost her nerve — or her resolve.
The professional dancer told "CBS This Morning" on Friday she won't be able to run this year's race because she has too little mobility in her injured left arm. But she'll be back.
Broadway choreographer accused of groping teen
NEW YORK (AP) — A 53-year-old Broadway choreographer and dance instructor is being accused of inappropriately touching a minor during dance lessons.
Police say David Marquez was arrested Wednesday on charges of forcible touching and sex abuse.
He's accused of touching over the clothing of the 16-year-old victim who was lying on a couch while visiting Marquez's Manhattan apartment for dance lessons in August 2017. Police say the victim reported the alleged incident to police seven months later.
Michelle Williams returns to TV as dancer Gwen Verdon
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, where TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
Michelle Williams is returning to television for the first time in 16 years. She's playing dancer and actress Gwen Verdon, whose career aspirations were supplanted by her marriage to choreographer-director Bob Fosse.
AP Photos: Lunar New Year marked with celebration, ceremony
From the dragon dancers parading through Yangon to the fire-eaters entertaining crowds in Manila, millions of people across Asia are ringing in the Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated across the continent, from Vietnam, where it is known as Tet, to South Korea, where it is called Seollal. Celebrants take part in religious rituals, community events and family reunions.
Michelle Williams returns to TV in ‘Fosse/Verdon’ series
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Williams is returning to television for the first time in 16 years, playing dancer and actress Gwen Verdon whose career aspirations were supplanted by her marriage to choreographer-director Bob Fosse.
Oscar winner Sam Rockwell plays Fosse in the eight-episode FX series "Fosse/Verdon," debuting April 9.
Williams' last TV work was the hit series "Dawson's Creek" that ended in 2003.
Winter Dance Party rocked Kenosha before deadly plane crash
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Ten days before the music died, rock 'n' roll was alive and well in Kenosha.
Teen heartthrob Buddy Holly joined rising stars Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson for the second stop of the infamous Winter Dance Party tour on Jan. 24, 1959, at the Eagles Ballroom.
Patriots invite fans to Super Bowl send-off rally
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are inviting fans to a Super Bowl send-off rally at Gillette Stadium this weekend.
The rally scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Sunday will feature live music and entertainment — including an appearance by the Blue Man Group — a cheerleader dance performance and giveaways.
Head coach Bill Belichick and players Tom Brady, David Andrews, Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and James White are scheduled to address the crowd.
Choreographer, coach deny saying student’s skin ‘too dark’
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former coach and a choreographer for a high school dance team in Kansas are denying allegations that they prevented a black student from performing during an event because her skin was "too dark" and clashed with the costumes.
- The AdvocateStamford’s Curtain Call announces participants for its 2019 Dancing with the Stars fundraiserMarch 22, 2019
- The Journal GazetteHaving fun as a step-sister in 'Cinderella'March 22, 2019
- Aiken StandardMead Hall Dance Team sweeps competitionMarch 21, 2019
- Connecticut PostAiley II: Rising talent dance at the ShubertMarch 19, 2019
- Houston Chronicle‘Better Together’ with METdanceMarch 18, 2019
Detroit artists planning Aretha Franklin tribute show
DETROIT (AP) — Some of Detroit's prominent artists are gathering to celebrate the music and memory of Aretha Franklin.
The event, "A Celebration of The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in Song and Dance," is scheduled for Feb. 1 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Producing and singing is Joan Belgrave, wife of late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave.
Lawsuit: Student told her skin was ‘too dark’ to perform
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A black student has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas school district alleging she was prevented from performing with her high school's dance team after being told her skin was "too dark" and would clash with the color of the team's costumes.
Autopsy: St. Louis ballet dancer found in lake drowned
FLORIDA, Mo. (AP) — An autopsy has found that a St. Louis ballet dancer whose body was found in a rural northeast Missouri lake drowned.
India’s top court paves way for bars with dancers to reopen
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for the reopening of Mumbai's dance bars, which had been a nightlife staple in the country's entertainment capital until they were outlawed six years ago.
Tourism efforts in Maine get a boost
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's tourism agency has awarded over $46,000 to efforts to bring new visitors to the state.
Recipients of the grants include Bates Dance Festival, which received $10,000 to encourage cultural tourism in the Lewiston and Auburn area. Other recipients include the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, which plans to use the funds to brand Rockland as a major art destination.
Boston Marathon amputee struck by car, sent to hospital
BOSTON (AP) — A woman who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 is in the hospital after being struck by a car.
Professional dancer Adrianne Haslet posted on social media that she was struck while in a crosswalk in the city's Back Bay neighborhood Saturday night.
Haslet posted a picture of herself in a hospital bed in a neck brace. She wrote she was "thrown into the air and landed, crushing the left side of my body." She added that she is "completely broken."
Sioux Falls elderly dancing troupe takes final bow
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Eight women strutted into the room dressed in matching sequined hats and ties, turning the Luther Manor cafeteria into a stage.
The residents filling the space quieted, and nurses stopped in the hallway to watch.
The women danced to "My Kind of Town" by Frank Sinatra. Then they changed into technicolor gypsy outfits, polka dot dresses, checkered racing skirts and sequined Navy uniforms to accompany each classic song they performed.
The Latest: Wet throngs welcome 2019 in Times Square
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square (all times local):
Throngs of soggy revelers have greeted 2019 after a rainy night in New York City's Times Square.
Fireworks and the drop of a sparkling crystal ball marked the start of the new year in the eastern U.S.
Christina Aguilera pumped up the crowd, performing in a snow-white dress and coat while partygoers danced in their rain ponchos.
Boston gets ready for First Night festivities
BOSTON (AP) — Boston is gearing up for another night of fun to welcome in the New Year.
First Night celebrations begin Monday at noon and continue through midnight when a fireworks show over the harbor welcomes in 2019.
The event includes numerous cultural performances, including live music, dance, puppet shows, comedy shows, and the always popular ice sculptures.
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- Globe NewswireGlobal Pop Superstars Jason Derulo, Lay Zhang (EXO) and NCT 127 Collaborate to Tell the World ‘Let’s Shut Up & Dance’ With New Single, VideoFebruary 19, 2019
- Business WireSmash Hit Series, Dance Moms, Returns for an 8th Season on LifetimeFebruary 19, 2019
- Business WireSmash Hit Series, Dance Moms, Returns for an 8th Season on LifetimeFebruary 19, 2019
Disabled Venezuelans reach new heights through dance
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A stray bullet crushed Iraly Yanez's aspirations of becoming a professional dancer eight years ago as it ruptured two of her vertebrae and left her paraplegic.
But now the young Venezuelan dancer is pursuing her lifelong passion in a wheelchair — and hoping to put her career back on track — thanks to a contemporary dance company that is helping disabled people perform.
Ailey troupe marks 60 years by looking back at its founder
NEW YORK (AP) — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works.
In the audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan was 18-year Sylvia Waters, who was studying dance across town at Juilliard. She had never seen anything like it. "It was absolutely riveting," she says now. "I had never seen men dance like that."
Board revokes licenses of well-known Providence strip club
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The licensing board in Providence has voted to shutter a well-known adult entertainment club after three dancers were arrested for allegedly offering to perform sex acts.
WPRI-TV reports the Providence Board of Licenses voted 3 to 1 on Wednesday to revoke the business licenses for the Foxy Lady, which forces the club to close.
Dancer lives out dream of becoming New York City Rockette
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — As she looks off the stage at an audience of more than 6,000 people, Sophie Silnicki keeps her mind focused on the moves.
Silnicki has been dancing since she was just 18 months old. She remembers her training in her mother's Fairmont dance studio, Movements in Dance, as she takes the stage as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall.
Wisconsin strip club reaches $400k settlement with dancers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin strip club has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle dancers' claims that they were paid essentially nothing for their performances.
Teriana Jones, who worked as a stripper at Cruisin' Chubbys Gentleman's Club, filed a federal class action lawsuit in 2017 alleging club managers required dancers to share tips to such an extent that dancers weren't paid minimum wage or overtime. The class includes about 109 dancers.
Providence strip club to remain closed for several more days
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A well-known Rhode Island adult entertainment club will remain closed for several more days as police and city officials investigate allegations of prostitution at the site.
The Providence Board of Licenses voted Thursday night to keep the Foxy Lady closed through Monday, when the board meets again.
Music Review: Eddie Palmieri’s latest will move you to dance
Eddie Palmieri, "Mi Luz Mayor" (Ropeadope)
It might be the winter season for the U.S., but Eddie Palmieri brings the sunshine and warmth with his latest album, "Mi Luz Mayor."
The Spanish Harlem, New Yorker is a living legend and cultural treasure — chances are you've heard his melodies or tunes influenced by him during your last vacation in the Caribbean, or when you walked through Washington Heights on your way to the Cloisters.
Queer Tango: A dance class where anyone can lead or follow
WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing under multicolored lights in a Columbia Heights studio, the tango instructor told her students to find a partner and practice the dance's basic position, an intimate embrace between leader and follower.
Without skipping a beat, Dhruv Sharma turned to a fellow student and asked a question rarely spoken in a partner dance class — especially by a man.
"Do you want to lead or do you want to follow?" Sharma asked his dance partner, who also happened to be a man.
‘Hamilton’ choreographer works with Tulsa Ballet
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Right now, things are just a little too pretty for Andy Blankenbuehler.
It's a Friday afternoon in November, and Tulsa Ballet dancers are working through a passage from the first ballet created by Blankenbuehler, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of "Hamilton" and "In the Heights," which will have its world premiere as part of the company's "Signature Series" performance in May.
Chen overcomes mistakes, takes 1st at Grand Prix Finals
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Nathan Chen made some mistakes at the Grand Prix Finals, yet was good enough to win the gold medal.
Chen, the first American men's world champion since 2009, overcame a fall on his quad Lutz in Friday's free skate, but still took the top spot with a combined score of 282.42.
Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue had the top score in the rhythm dance, posting a career-best score of 80.53.
Ballroom dance brings Minnesota kids together
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — When fifth-graders at Riverside Elementary School began learning partner dance, Principal Matt Ruzek expected to see some benefits for students.
Rapper sues makers of video game ‘Fortnite’ over dance moves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of "Fortnite," saying they are illegally using a dance he created in their wildly popular video game.
The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that North Carolina-based "Fortnite"-maker Epic Games misappropriated his moves without compensation or credit in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
‘Swamp cancer’ kills 2nd island pony this year in Virginia
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The fire company that maintains the wild Chincoteague ponies on the island of the same name says a second pony has died of a disease named "swamp cancer."
‘Nutcracker’ prince proposes to stunned Dewdrop Fairy
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The prince in the "Nutcracker" had a special present for his favorite ballerina during a performance of the holiday classic in Kansas.
‘Suspiria’ cast discuss their relationships with the world of dance
Big Freedia sues choreographer for dance routines
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans artist known as Big Freedia has sued a former choreographer, seeking a declaration of ownership for choreography and music from the time they worked together.
1st drag show at Utah State University draws large crowd
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The first-ever drag show at traditionally conservative Utah State University drew a large and supportive crowd to cheer on 10 drag performers in an event that organizers said marks progress on LGBTQ issues.
Gathering to feature Maine Indian basket makers
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine Indian artists will gather to showcase basket making, storytelling and traditional music and dance.
The holiday gathering will take place Saturday, Dec. 8 at the University of Maine in Orono. The public is invited to attend.
Leading dancer in Milwaukee Ballet accused of domestic abuse
MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of the longest-tenured dancers in the Milwaukee Ballet is facing misdemeanor domestic abuse charges.
Thirty-seven-year-old Davit Hovhannisyan is accused of whipping his ex-wife's face with a bath rug and slapping her.
His lawyer said in court Wednesday that his client is being falsely accused.
Utah dance troupe apologizes for furor over Asian number
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah dance group is promising to revise its holiday show after a TV appearance that many slammed as racist toward Asians.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Odyssey Dance Theatre apologized Wednesday to "the entire Asian community and anyone else whom we may have offended."
Some dancers appeared in a live segment on KSL-TV last week to promote "The Nutcracker" inspired show "ReduxNut-Cracker."
Body of missing St. Louis ballet dancer found in rural lake
FLORIDA, Mo. (AP) — The body of a St. Louis ballet dancer has been found in a rural northeast Missouri lake, a day after she was reported missing.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the body of 23-year-old Raffaella Maria Stroik was discovered Wednesday by a private plane pilot flying over Mark Twain Lake. About 150 people were searching when the body was found.
Cuban dancers return to island that once spurned them
HAVANA (AP) — As a young dancer compared with ballet legends Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rolando Sarabia made headlines around the world when he abandoned Cuba in 2005 for a career in the United States.
He didn't dance in his homeland for 13 years, banned as part of a wider Cuban punishment of citizens who illegally left the country.