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“Donny Osmond” – The Winner Of Dancing with the Stars Stars Season 9

November 27th, 2009

 Donny Osmond with his partner Kym Johnson

Donny Osmond is the winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 9! He beat Maya and Kelly where the other final contestants with him. Donny is ought to have the recognition because he beat his competitors who were half his age. Yes, he is that supple at 51! And at present, he is the oldest person to win a TV ballroom dancing contest.

Donny told Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t think I’ve worked harder for any accolade than I have this one.”
It is his sheer determination, rigorous practice, and training that made him achieve this accolade. . He also watched his diet closely.

Donny and his dancing partner Kym Johnson gave a very lively performance that met the expectations of the judges and viewers’.

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Dancers showing off their traditions

November 14th, 2009

A small crowd of people got a sneak peek yesterday as part of the Tarerer Festival, which commences today in Killarney.

The Kenbi Dancers, who have traveled from the Top End for the occasion, gave a quick performance to a group of enthralled onlookers at Harris Street Reserve yesterday that involved them hunting a buffalo and even searching between audience members’ legs looking for mud crabs.

Kenbi Dancers Sharing Their Tradition

The in-demand dance group subsists in a small community of about 175 people at Belyuen, 18 kilometres across the harbour from Darwin.

According to their manager Steve Brown, the dancers love sharing their culture.
“Our big thing is involving the audience and bringing them into dance with us, so everyone is in together, as one,” Mr Brown said.

The Kenbi Dancers are Larrakia people and Mr Brown said their culture was very much active.
“Their language is very strong,” he said. “In their community they have about 10 different languages . . . even among these nine dancers, they might be all from the same family, but they still have two or three different languages.”

Kenbi Dancers

“It’s good they can come down (here) to a place where the culture has been broken down over the years and bring their culture, which is really strong, and it may help them to build it up here again.”
The Kenbi Dancers, and many other performers, will perform at the Tarerer Festival today and tomorrow at the Killarney Recreation Reserve.

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Kings of the Dance coming to Los Angeles in February

November 10th, 2009

The dance world’s equivalent of a star-studded action franchise is coming to Los Angeles.
The Kings of the Dance — which is not to be baffled with the Kings of Comedy or the Lord of the Dance — will play for two nights only at the Ahmanson Theatre on Feb. 16 and 17 as a new addition to the current Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center season.
Six well-known dancers — David Hallberg, Nikolai Tsiskarideze, Marcelo Gomes, Dennis Matvienko, Guillaume Cote and Desmond Richardson — will star in this three-act performance that includes numbers by some of dance’s top choreographers.
Local dance fans will surely recognize Gomes and Hallberg as members of New York’s American Ballet Theatre, which has made numerous visits to L.A. and Orange County. Richardson, who is co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, may be familiar to viewers of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” on which he appeared in 2008.
Various versions of Kings of the Dance have been performed all over the world, occasionally featuring different dancers. The franchise has come into sight in New York, Moscow and other cities.
This version that will appear in L.A. will contain performances choreographed by Frederick Ashton, Leonid Jacobson, Nacho Duato, Roland Petit, David Fernandez, Adam Hougland, Boris Eifman and Christopher Wheeldon.

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Patrick Swayze Awarded With Posthumous Honour

November 6th, 2009

Patrick Swayze

Paying respect to late actor Patrick Swayze, dancers in New York City honored him with a posthumous honour for his contribution to the industry. The star, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year (Sept09), skilled as a ballet dancer before he began his career on Broadway with roles in hit musicals ‘Grease’ and ‘Chicago’.

His fancy footwork helped him to land his breakthrough film role in 1987 movie ‘Dirty Dancing’, reports The Daily Express. Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, was present at the annual fundraiser for Career Transition for Dancers— a aid organization which helps dancers whose careers have been cut short by injury.

She went to the stage to collect the Rolex Dance Award on Swayze’s behalf. And in a tearful acceptance speech, she said that her husband is now “dancing with the angels.”

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Dancing to replenish spiritual wells?

November 3rd, 2009

Doesn’t this sound strange?

The members of the Diamond Dance Company aren’t dancing for money or honor.

They don’t charge for performances, except for a little now and then to help manage their expenses. The rewards come in the forms of applause and tears when they have touched the hearts of the audiences.

These Mormon women are dancing for their God and for themselves, because they have a talent that demands to be shared.

Performance Of Women from Diamond Dance Company

The present 15 members of the dance company come from all over northern Utah County and Heber. They vary in age from 30 to 40 and have more than 50 children between them. They include soccer moms, church leaders, busy wives and community members who have two things in common: firm testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a love of dance.

It’s like oxygen for them.

“To me, it edifies and grounds the rest of my life,” Marlo Andersen said. “It lets me focus on my Savior as a mother in Zion and a woman in the church.”

Most of the dancers are graduates of BYU’s dance program. After marriage and childbearing, many found themselves starving for the emotional, physical and spiritual fulfillment dancing brings to their lives.

That’s where Diamond Dance comes in.

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