dance en Tough: A “punchy” one woman show <p></p><p>Chris Black is a small woman. She’s five-foot-one and weighs just over a hundred pounds. But don’t let her size fool you. In a tank top that reveals well-muscled arms, and executing a punishing series of push-up-like movements, Black is looking pretty tough. In fact, “<a href="">Tough</a>” is the name of the dancer and choreographer’s newest piece. It’s a one-woman-show inspired by turn-of-the-century bare knuckle boxing champ John L. Sullivan, whose famous catchphrase went: “My name is John L. Sullivan, and I can lick any sonofabitch in the house.”<br /> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Jen Chien 47015 at Tough: A “punchy” one woman show Keeping memories of Chinatown alive -- and kicking! <p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:51:36 +0000 Jen Chien 46624 at Keeping memories of Chinatown alive -- and kicking! StoryCorps: Patricia Chin, from Chinatown to a chorus line <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.425;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:15pt;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:24:12 +0000 Judy Silber 44975 at StoryCorps: Patricia Chin, from Chinatown to a chorus line A class for dancers with big dreams, and leg warmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Sunday mornings in the Castro neighborhood, there’s a place where rhythm reigns. Dancers pull out their leg warmers, spandex and fluorescent headbands for Sunday </span>Skool<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—and with the right accessories and a lot of attitude, dreams of being a backup dancer for a day come true.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Thu, 08 May 2014 02:00:00 +0000 David Boyer 36216 at A class for dancers with big dreams, and leg warmers AXIS Dance Company expands the boundaries of performance <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Three dancers are sweating under their choreographer’s demanding eye. They turn, jump, and lean into each other, flowing across the room. The sound of bare feet mixes with the squeaking of rubber against the floor. </span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">That’s the sound of dancer Joel Brown’s wheelchair. As he propels into a turn, the other dancers, Sonsheree Giles and Sebastian Grubb, match his movements, but on their feet. Then choreographer Marc Brew, who’s been watching from the front of the studio, glides over to the trio. He’s also in a wheelchair. </span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This is a rehearsal for <a href="">AXIS Dance Company</a>, a pioneer in a dance form it calls “physically integrated dance,” which uses both disabled and non-disabled dancers. Though AXIS has been around for more than 20 years, it’s still rare to see this kind of work. </span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:00:00 +0000 Jen Chien 42229 at AXIS Dance Company expands the boundaries of performance