dance

5:00pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

Tough: A “punchy” one woman show

Chris Black from "Tough"
Lydia Daniller

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, “Tough” 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.”

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2:51pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Keeping memories of Chinatown alive -- and kicking!

Courtesy of Grant Avenue Follies

From the 1940s until the 1960s, San Francisco’s Chinatown was home to a thriving Chinese American nightclub scene. The clubs had names like Forbidden City, the Chinese Skyroom, and the Shanghai Low. They had showgirls, ballroom duos, comedians, jazz singers, and magic acts -- all featuring Asian-American entertainers. These clubs had wide appeal: celebrities like Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, and Lauren Bacall were all spotted over the years, along with tourists, businessmen and locals.

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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.

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