January 12, 2008
Dress rehearsal had just started to roll when John Burroughs High School’s Dance Department Director Marilyn Suleiman started hopping. “OK, where is she?” Suleiman said, darting through the backstage area looking for the dance team’s vice president. The all-girl cast of the dance department’s winter show was warming up to go through the final rehearsal before Thursday night’s performance. This year’s show, a dance interpretation of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” features more than 40 students in various scenes from the Lewis Carroll classic about a girl who goes into a mythical world of white rabbits in waistcoats.
January 26, 2005
JOYCE RUDOLPH Ole! Keeping up with an international trend, dance instructor Gene DeWald and his partner Sandi Marino have introduced a series of tango classes Sunday nights at the Burbank Realtors Hall. DeWald, a dancer for 64 of his 79 years, organizes the event, which features the live band Nuestro Tiempo. The Argentine style of ballroom dance is hot at nightclubs throughout Italy, Paris, Finland, Sweden, Amsterdam, Russia and Poland, he said.
November 27, 1999
Joyce Rudolph For those who dream of experiencing colorful and exciting entertainment offered by cultures around the world, this weekend an eclectic program of music and dancing comes to you. The AMAN Folk Ensemble has created a show honoring the integration of new Americans in its West Coast premiere Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. "The Immigrants" is a perfect complement for a Thanksgiving weekend, reminding us of the Pilgrims' first holiday after arriving from England, says Romalyn Tilghman, AMAN's executive director.
April 2, 2008
A new program at the Burbank Recreation Center is bringing a down-home, country twist to the realm of physical fitness. Country Cardio uses country music as the backdrop for a workout routine that gets participants? hearts pumping, while also acquainting them with patterned movements and dance steps. ?Country music has a feel-good quality to it ? not that the lyrics always do,? said Heather Lea Gerdes, a dance instructor whose film credits include ?Dirty Dancing.? ?The rhythms were very dancey and made me feel like I wanted to move.
March 31, 2008
A new program at the Burbank Recreation Center is bringing a down-home, country twist to the realm of physical fitness. Country Cardio uses country music as the backdrop for a workout routine that gets participants’ hearts pumping, while also acquainting them with patterned movements and dance steps. “Country music has a feel-good quality to it — not that the lyrics always do,” said Heather Lea Gerdes, a dance instructor whose film credits include “Dirty Dancing.
July 31, 2002
Molly Shore It was a blast from the past and a rocking good time when Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, appearing for the ninth year at the Starlight Bowl, entertained the audience with their trademark music -- high energy, old-time rock 'n' roll. Cardiac and his zany musicians -- Woody, Lumpy, Tommy, Pasquale and Scotty, who are celebrating 30 years as a group -- performed for nearly two hours Sunday night for the crowd of about 3,500. From the earliest 1950s sounds of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" to the group's encore of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There," the musicians produced toe-tapping, finger-snapping sounds.
August 9, 2006
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 111 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. THURSDAY Downtown Burbank Swingin' Sounds from Downtown free dance concert beginning with salsa dance lessons by Francisco and Stacey Martinez at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. featuring Orquesta Charangoa, a Cuban dance orchestra, in the AMC Walkway, San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Burbank.
August 22, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Ballroom dance classes planned for gay and lesbian community BURBANK -- Two six-week sessions have been scheduled by the Shall We Dance? organization, which offers ballroom dance classes for the gay and lesbian community. Sessions are Monday, Sept. 10 and Oct. 29 at the Burbank Board of Realtors Auditorium, 2006 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Class times are 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. for Level I and 7 to 8:30 p.m. for Level II. The cost is $12 per person per class, or $60 for the six-week series.
March 13, 2002
Laura Sturza MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Dancers scarcely left the dance floor during Friday's St. Paddy's Day Jumpin' Jig, except to briefly refuel with a shamrock cookie. Burbank Center for the Retarded, which offers daytime activities for developmentally disabled children and adults, hosted its monthly dance for 145 people, many decked out in green. "I danced with Julia to rock and roll," said Ernie Pistacchio, 51. "We had a good time." Many of the same people come to the dances year after year, Program Supervisor Karen Delzell said.