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Ballroom shooting victims planned for night of fun, dancing

Jan. 26, 2023 20:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Those killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Los Angeles-area dance hall are being remembered by friends and family for the zest for life that brought them out that night to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Eleven people were killed when a gunman opened fire on...

Passion for dance drew many of those slain to ballroom

Jan. 25, 2023 19:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Among the 11 people killed when a gunman opened fire during a Lunar New Year celebration at a Los Angeles-area dance hall popular with older Asian Americans were a family's beloved aunt, a retired man who decided to return to school and the venue's always-smiling manager. ...

'Always smiling': Man who managed ballroom among those slain

Jan. 24, 2023 23:38 PM EST

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — For those who made their way to the Star Ballroom over the years, Ming Ma was a bright light, always smiling and encouraging those who came to the Los Angeles area dance hall popular with older Asian Americans. Ma, 72, who managed the Star Ballroom...

Famed choreographer Ratmansky joins NYC Ballet in August

Jan. 05, 2023 20:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky won't be going far this summer when he leaves American Ballet Theatre — he'll simply be crossing Lincoln Center's plaza over to New York City Ballet. Ratmansky, one of the leading classical choreographers in the world, will...

Ukrainian ballerina finds a temporary home in Richmond

Dec. 24, 2022 09:11 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Back when 2022 started, Kristina Kadashevych surely could not have envisioned ending the year in Richmond, performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy (and two other roles) in Richmond Ballet’s annual holiday extravaganza, “The Nutcracker.” But then, the Ukrainian...

'Nutcracker’ productions give Black dancers chance to shine

Dec. 17, 2022 09:06 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — After 15 years of performing ballet, NaTori Blackman-Gray finally got her chance recently to dance as the Snow Queen — a leading role in “The Nutcracker.” For the Black ballerina, the role in the holiday favorite is a full-circle moment. She remembers first...

Stephen 'tWitch' Boss, 'Ellen' show's dancing DJ, dies at 40

Dec. 14, 2022 20:37 PM EST

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the longtime and beloved dancing DJ on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and a former contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance,” has died at the age of 40. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” his...

Review: Broadway's 'Some Like It Hot' blazes righteous path

Dec. 12, 2022 12:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The comedy “Some Like It Hot” would seem too hot to revisit these days. Easy laughs at the concept of men wearing dresses and then hitting on horrified other men? No thank you. Broadway — ever inclusive, forever progressive — would never touch that old, irredeemable...

A 'downtown' choreographer brings her craft to the opera

Dec. 09, 2022 17:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a delicious challenge that came as a total surprise. As choreographer Annie-B Parson tells it, she was walking down a Brooklyn street when her phone rang. It was the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb, wondering if she’d be interested in...

Hakimi's 'Panenka' penalty advances Morocco at World Cup

Dec. 06, 2022 16:50 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — The sheer audacity. The simple execution. And then … delirium. Achraf Hakimi converted the decisive spot kick for Morocco with a little dink of a shot known as a “Panenka” in a penalty shootout win over Spain to make his team the first Arab country...