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In this July 28, 2020 photo, Maciolek School of Dance owner and founder Karen Salb poses in her Hobbs, N.M. studio. She says the time has come to hand off dance instruction to the next generation and she's closing her studio after 50 years. (Blake Ovard/The Hobbs Daily News-Sun via AP)

New Mexico dance studio closing after a half-century run

Aug. 9, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The story can be seen in the floor. Dozens of perfect circles line the outer walls at Maciolek School of Dance, worn into the wooden floor. They mark the dreams and all the lives who have stepped onto the floor, and then tapped, jazzed and plie’d their way into adulthood. But as...

Stephanie Byers conducts a band class at Wichita North High on April 23, 2018. Byers ran unopposed and won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the 86th District of the Kansas House of Representatives. Byers has since retired from teaching. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas poised to elect its first openly transgender lawmaker

Aug. 7, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A retired music teacher would become the first openly transgender member of the deeply conservative Kansas Legislature if she's elected from a Democratic-leaning district she's expected to win. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, would join the ranks of other transgender people who have...

This July 21, 2020 photo shows Spencer Douglas of Eau Claire, Wis. Douglas has released two EPs, one of original music and another of cover songs, since last November. He also has displayed his talents in arts such as theater, choral music and improv. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

Multitalented Wisconsin teen shows flair for indie music

Aug. 3, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — To call Spencer Douglas a versatile performer would be an understatement. The 17-year-old Eau Claire resident has appeared in nearly a dozen regional and touring musical productions through local community theaters; began dance training at age 7; sang in multiple honors choirs,...

Arizona teacher who resigned over COVID-19 fears faces fine

Aug. 1, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area music teacher who resigned after being told he'd have to be on campus to teach virtual classes amid the pandemic is facing a $2,000 fine. The Dysart Unified School District is set to charge Tavious Peterkin, a music teacher at an El Mirage school, to release him from his...

This July 25, 2020 photo shows Amy Micallef posing with her craft creations at her home. While Broadway stages remain dark due to the pandemic, Broadway workers are concentrating on side hustles. Micallef, a Broadway seamstress who has worked in the wardrobe departments of “Hamilton,” “Waitress” and “Frozen,” makes gleeful representations of COVID-19 for sale, complete with a pair of eyes and faux fur. (Amy Micallef via AP)

Plush toys, jewelry, dance lessons — Broadway's side hustles

Jul. 30, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway seamstress Amy Micallef hasn't put her talent on hold while theaters are shut. She's been making plush toys — unusual plush toys. Micallef, who has worked in the wardrobe departments of “Hamilton,” “Waitress” and “Frozen,” makes...

Volunteers search for missing man who is subject of film

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers are searching for a former college music instructor whose brain tumor diagnoses is the subject of an independent film after he went missing from an Iowa care center. The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier reports that the search for Mike Jensen had been focused around Ravenwood...