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National Dance Day, July 25

I believe I was delivered from my mother at birth doing a 180 degree grand je·té.

Been a devoted dancer since age 9.  Never stopped 5 decades later and never will.

I traveled to NYC at age 12 to perform at the Dance Caravan conventions. Wanted to become a Rockette, but did not grow tall enough as you must have had a height of 5’7″.  Also, started choreography at my yearly recitals at age 12. Performed on local TV Philadelphia talent shows also did the areas competition circuit.

At 18, enrolled at Temple University where I studied at a professional level. Had a taste of the Masters from Pennsylvania Ballet, Vaganova, and many Professors of Modern dance.

While at Temple University I was also a NFL Philadelphia Eagle’s Cheerleader and a 2 year Varsity Gymnast.

My first National choreography was in Canada of the CFL.  I was the director/choreographer of the Ottawa Rough Riders Rhythm Riders Cheerleader/Dancers. We did perform at the Grey Cup, the Superbowl of Canada in Montreal 81′ season.

I had decided to become a professional teacher but the stage was calling my feet. At age 28, first professional dinner theater employed by the legendary Dick Foster’s Spellbound.

In 1986, I left for the entertainment of Cruise ships in Bermuda with Greg Thompson Productions.

I also performed and choreographed in TV pilots, Industrial shows, and nightclubs.

Ballet is the base of all movement and is a must.  But Jazz is my favorite.

This day I celebrate all forms of the Dance.

History of dance Wiki

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Get up on your feet for National Dance Day!

Hip-Hop dance routine below.

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Pharrell Williams-Happy

First time heard this song was in spin class.  Lee had it on his playlist during the summer=fall in 2013.  I am a rocker so I do not listen to pop stations.  It is categorized under neo soul and funk. This song stuck with me. Thank you again Lee for your inspiration. You are the man who has so much to give to your students.  There is no instructor that can touch your talent.  God Bless you and your family.

Lee, You make me so happy when I can ride with you.

Via Billboard

Originally released last summer on the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack, “Happy” got a post-“Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” boost late last year thanks to a viral music video and Academy Award nomination. Contiguously peppy and brilliantly simple, it seems likely to dominate radio for weeks to come.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS LYRICS : HAPPY

Pharrell Williams’ 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

24 Hours of Happy Video Click Here For The World’s First 24 Hours of HAPPY.

Found the HAPPY video with Bermuda as it’s background.  Special meaning because I cruised there from New York to Bermuda as a Professional dancer for two seasons. HAPPY MEMORIES.

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Can-Can Dance. Showgirl, Professional Dancer, Nordic Prince Cruise Ship, Greg Thompson Production.

Did two shows, fifteen different production numbers, New York City to and from Bermuda on a weekly basis.  One of the numbers was a Can-Can as I picked the color blue for my skirt. BTW, they are very heavy.  I would nail it every time  I preformed it with six other dancers and  three singers.

Mistinguett Productions

“…What the Critics are saying…”

 

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We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.

Martha Graham

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Koresh School of Dance,  Instructor, Melissa Rector, Modern Jazz.

My spin class was cancelled at Fly Wheel Sports in Philadelphia due to air conditioning problems at 1521 Locust in Philadelphia yesterday.  I was already in the city so I called Koresh School of Dance to see if Melissa Rector was teaching at 6pm.  Fortunately, she was, I ventured to my love of movement once again, Modern Jazz.

Thank you Melissa for sharing dance/life with me once again.  You still are fierce, methodically precise choreographer as when I left a few years ago. Roni is very lucky to have you still around. ” I do not want this movement to look like a competition, I want you to feel it from your soul, heart.”  she exclaimed with a voice of stern expertise. “Take those socks off, this is Koresh.” I did not have socks on as I know better.   By the way, no matter how great of shape you think you are in, a professional dance class is the true barometer of fitness. Yes, I still feel sore down to my toes twenty hours later. It is a good sore.

Congratulations to Koresh Dance Company’s New Permanent Home at Rittenhouse Square, Click Here to Donate.

Below is Melissa Rector. Yes she is one of Philly’s Female Phenoms. 

 

 

 

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Via Philly.com

Via Koresh Dance Company’s Website Click  Here for Bio.

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