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DANCING SHOWMANSHIP ● In the 1800s people were fascinated with Native Americans, so P.T. Barnum imported a band of Sioux from Iowa to perform in his New York museum. He hired them to perform their ritualistic dances on stage in front of an audience. Their favorite was the war dance, but they performed it so convincingly that Barnum was afraid someone would get hurt. So he asked them to perform the more sedate wedding dance instead. They agreed, as long as Barnum agreed to provide a new red woolen blanket so the bridegroom would have a gift to give the bride’s father. Barnum agreed, since the blanket cost only $10 and his box-office receipts were very good. But then they informed him that he must buy a new wedding blanket for every performance. Since the show was performed twice a day, six days a week, Barnum was spending $120 a week on blankets. Soon the tribe got homesick for their native land. Barnum paid their passage back to Iowa. ● In 1942, the impresarios for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus decided they wanted to teach their circus elephants to dance. They contacted choreographer George Balanchine and told him to find a composer to help him. He chose Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, and the telephone conversation went like this: “I need you to compose a piece of music for me.” “What kind of music?” “A polka.” “For whom?” “Elephants.” “How old?” “Young!” “OK, if they are very young, I’ll do it!” The result was “Circus Polka” and it was performed 425 times. ● Aristotle told the story of the city of Sybaris, where the horses were taught to dance to the music of a pipe. When the Sybarites went to war against the Crotonians, the Crotonians brought along a lot of pipes. On the battlefield, the pipers began to play, the Sybarian horses began to dance, and the riders were easily slaughtered. DANCE WORD ORIGINS ● The old English word ‘jouk’ means to dance, and from that we get our juke box.
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DANCE WORD ORIGINS cont'd ● Thespis was a poet, dancer, and theatrical manager around 500 BC. He did so much to promote theater that he is still honored today in the word ‘thespian.’ ● The word ‘carol’ comes from the Middle English word ‘carolen’ meaning to sing joyously. That word originates with the Greek word ‘choraulein,’ which was a ring dance accompanied by flutes. ● ‘Polak’ means Polish man, and ‘polka’ means Polish woman. In addition, the Czeck word ‘pulka’ means ‘half-step.’ When a new dance originating in Bohemia took the world by storm, it was called the Polka. The polka was very popular and many different items were named after the dance. When a new fabric was invented, the manufacturer decided to name the new design ‘polka dots.’ FAST FACTS ABOUT DANCE ● It is illegal to dance to the Star Spangled Banner in several states. ● President James Polk banned dancing and drinking in the White House. At his inaugural ball, these illicit activities stopped— until the president and his wife left the ball. ● In 1865, somcone sprinkled cayenne pepper on the dance floor in Virginia City, Montana during a dance, causing a sneezing uproar. ● Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was able to cross and uncross his legs ten times in a single leap. ● Barnum and Bailey Circus once had a troupe of dancing cows.
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● On Oct. 17, 1906, Wilhelm Voigt, a German shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads an entire squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks. Voigt humiliated the German army by exploiting their blind obedience to authority and getting them to assist in his audacious robbery. ● On Oct. 15, 1917, Mata Hari is executed for espionage by a French firing squad. Her military trial was riddled with bias and circumstantial evidence, and it is probable that French authorities trumped her up as "the greatest woman spy of the century" as a distraction for the huge losses the French army was suffering. ● On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager's X-1 rocket plane was lifted to an altitude of 25,000 feet by a B-29 aircraft and then released through the bomb bay. ● On Oct. 16, 1958, Chevrolet begins to sell the El Camino, a combination sedan-pickup truck. In 1964, the company introduced a version built on the brawnier Chevelle platform. Today, the car is a cult classic. ● On Oct. 20, 1962, the White House press corps is told that President John F. Kennedy has a cold; in reality, he is holding secret meetings with advisers on the eve of ordering a blockade of Cuba. Kennedy had seen photographic proof that the Soviets were building ballistic missile sites on the island of Cuba. ● On Oct. 18, 1974, soul singer Al Green is attacked in his own bathtub when an ex-girlfriend pours a pot of scalding-hot grits on his back. Her actions left Green with severe injuries but also shaken emotionally and spiritually. By 1976, Green had become an ordained Baptist minister and purchased a Memphis church, where he still preaches today. ● On Oct. 19, 1982, maverick automobile executive John DeLorean is arrested in a Los Angeles motel with a briefcase containing $24 million worth of cocaine. According to authorities, DeLorean was attempting to make a drug deal in order to rescue his financially ailing DeLorean Motor Company.
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FAST FACTS ABOUT DANCE cont'd ● Choreographer Paul Taylor once performed a solo dance on stage in which he simply stood motionless for four minutes. The critic for “Dance Observer” magazine reviewed his work by giving him four inches of blank white space. DANCE ANTICS & ANECDOTES ● In France in 1960 a new disco opened up called Chez Régine. For weeks everyone who showed up at the door was turned away. A sign out front perpetually announced that the disco was full. Finally the sign was removed, and customers flooded in. It was an instant success. The ‘Disco Full’ sign was a gimmick designed to get people’s curiosity up. ● In 1971 jazz composer Roger Kellaway wrote a modern ballet entitled mysteriously “PAMTGG.” Audiences soon realized the acronym stood for the TV commercial jingle, “Pan Am Makes the Going Great.” The entire ballet was based on airport life, including takeoff, landing, and baggage scramble. ● Dancer Marie Guimard was famous for her style of dancing which mostly involved graceful movements of the arms as she struck poses. When a piece of falling scenery broke her arm, French opera singer Sohie Arnould remarked, “What a pity it wasn’t her leg; then it wouldn’t have interfered with her dancing!” ● British ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn went to see a troupe of black ballet dancers. One of the male performers invited her to join him on stage and she gamely tried to keep up with the rhythm and movement of the vigorous dance as he guided her through the steps. He took her back to her seat saying, “You’re an attractive girl; it’s too bad you can’t dance!”
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WOMEN IN HISTORY VIRGINIA MCMATH ● When Virginia Katherine McMath was born in Missouri in 191, her young cousin had trouble pronouncing the name ‘Virginia,’ saying ‘Ginga’ instead, so Virginia became Ginger. Her mother divorced her father, and later married John Rogers, turning Virginia McMath into Ginger Rogers. Ginger’s mother was very actively involved in theater, writing Hollywood scripts for a living and touring with theatrical troupes, so Ginger grew up backstage. She got her first taste of the limelight when she won a Charleston dance contest, which allowed her to tour the Vaudeville circuit extensively. Her mother went along on the tour, acting as her manager. ● Upon arriving in New York City, she landed a role in a Broadway play called “Top Speed,” and then immediately landed the leading role in the Gershwin play “Girl Crazy,” which made a star out of both herself and Ethyl Merman. One of the crew members hired to help with choreography was a young dancer named Fred Astaire. In 1930, Ginger signed a 7-year contract with Paramount Pictures. She was 19 years old. In the decades to come, she would make over 70 films. ● In 1933, she teamed up with Fred Astaire for the first time, making a film called “Flying Down to Rio” which turned out to be the first of ten films they made together. Although they played supporting characters in the film, their dance chemistry was so remarkable that audiences clamored for more. A string of feature films followed, including such hits as “Top Hat” and “The Gay Divorcee.” Although the two worked well together, they were never close offstage. However, as Astaire later reflected, “All the girls I ever danced with thought they couldn’t do it, but of course they could. So they always cried. All except Ginger. No no, Ginger never cried.”
1. Is the book of 1 Chronicles in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Judges 11:1, who was a mighty man of valor but the son of a harlot? Jeroboam, Eliada, Jephthah, Adnah 3. What can't one tell from where it comes and where it goes? Serpent, Lust, Wind, War 4. From Genesis 6:8, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord? Noah, Moses, Adam, Eve 5. Though they join forces, who will not go unpunished? Heathens, Mortals, Beasts, Wicked 6. How old was Isaac when he took Rebekah as his wife? 14, 40, 80, 130
For Advertising Call (740) 446-4543 GINGER ROGERS (cont’d) ● By the mid-1940s, Ginger Rogers was Hollywood’s highest paid performer. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1940 for her role in “Kitty Foyle.” In the 1942 film “The Major and the Minor,” she played the part of a woman who disguises herself as a 12-year-old. In the movie, her real mother played the role of her film mother. She starred with Ronald Reagan in the 1951 anti-Ku Klux Klan thriller, “Storm Warning.” ● By the 1950s as her film popularity began to fade, she returned to the stage for long successful runs in plays such as “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame.” Her final film was the 1965 biopic “Harlow” in which she played the mother of actress Jean Harlow. In 1985, she fulfilled a lifelong dream when she directed the off-Broadway musical “Babes in Arms.” She was 74 years old at the time. Along the way, she married and divorced five times but never had any children. Her autobiography, “Ginger: My Story” was published in 1991. ● Her final appearance in a TV role was in 1987 when she appeared in the series “Hotel.” ● She continued making public appearances until a stroke left her partially paralyzed and dependent upon a wheelchair. In spite of the stroke, she never saw a doctor. ● Ginger Rogers died of a heart attack in 1995 at the age of 83. Her ashes, interred next to her mother’s, are in the same cemetery where Fred Astaire is buried. ● Garson Kanin wrote of them, “The magic of Astaire and Rogers cannot be explained; it can only be felt. They created a style, a mood, a happening. They flirted, chased, courted, slid, caressed, hopped, skipped, jumped, bent, swayed, clasped, wafted, undulated, nestled, leapt, quivered, glided, spun - in sum, made love before our eyes. We have not seen their like since.”
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Lampshade Makeover Brightens Up Room "Who turned out the lights so soon?" I overheard a 5-year-old boy ask his mom as they returned from a toobrief evening bike ride. I find myself pondering the same question. It's as though long, bright summer evenings vanished before our eyes. Ready or not, fall has taken hold, and lamps are back in service. But if you're like me, you might be noticing that the lampshades in your kids' rooms are looking outdated or dingy. The good news is that with just a few inexpensive supplies and your kids' creativity, you can do a lampshade makeover in no time. Using colorful tissue paper and basic glue, you'll see a successful transformation right before your eyes. Here's what you'll need: --Inexpensive, standard white lampshade without pleats. --Sheets of tissue paper in several colors --Household white glue diluted with a few drops of water to create a milkshake-like consistency --Paintbrush Tear tissue paper into 1-inch by 1-inch size pieces. This is a perfect job for preschoolers. Older children might prefer cutting straight-sided squares or rectangles with scissors. Either way, your lampshade will look great. Set the lampshade on a newspaper-covered work surface. Paint an outside section with the glue-and-water mixture and attach the tissue paper pieces, overlapping them as you go. Paint a little of the glue mixture over the top of the tissue paper and smooth each piece out with your fingers. When the shade is covered, finish it off with a final coating of glue and water. Let dry. Here are some creative add-on ideas: Baby's Room Attach a piece of self-sticking Velcro near the base of the lamp. Place a matching piece on a toy, doll or stuffed animal and attach to the lamp. Barnyard-Themed Room Cut out more tissue paper in recognizable barnyard-animal shapes for a young child's room. Cookie cutters make good patterns. Glue them to the tissue-covered shade parading around the shade near the bottom rim. When dry, an adult may outline the shapes with acrylic paint in squeeze bottles. Outer-Space-Themed Room Glue glow-in-the dark stars on a shade that has been covered with navy or other dark-colored tissue squares.
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