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5:24pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: Patricia Chin, from Chinatown to a chorus line

Patricia Chin
Photo courtesy StoryCorps

 

Patricia Chin was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  She had never left the neighborhood when she auditioned to be a chorus girl. It was quite a leap for a young Asian-American girl, born in 1935, but Chin loved the adventure, and saw it as a way to bring home extra money. Her group, the Chinese Vanities, performed in nightclubs up and down the West Coast.

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7:00pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

A class for dancers with big dreams, and leg warmers

David Boyer

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 Skool—and with the right accessories and a lot of attitude, dreams of being a backup dancer for a day come true. 

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2:24pm

Wed April 30, 2014

Youth Radio: Ballet is a sport too

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From our partners at Youth Radio.
Source: Youthradio · Via: Alex Wolfe
download Despite practicing for at least 12 hours a week, nine months a year for the last four years, my sport - ballet - is only considered a hobby by many people. Most people I know are oblivious to how arduous ballet can be.

8:00pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

AXIS Dance Company expands the boundaries of performance

AXIS Dance Company 2012. Dancers: Emily Eifler & Sebastian Grubb. In choreography by Amy Seiwert.
David DeSilva

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.

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.

This is a rehearsal for AXIS Dance Company, 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.

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5:00pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sights and Sounds of Bayview: Dancing with the ladies in line

Pernilla Persson

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On a wide street full of work spaces, lined with cars and no trees in sight is the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. It’s the one building on the block where there’s constant activity. Laughter pours out of the cafeteria which for now has been turned into a dance floor. 

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