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

My spin class was cancelled at Fly Wheel Sports with Utley, or Lee as we call him at the Sporting Club at Voorhees 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. 

Via Philly.com

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

Melissa Rector
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Drive by The Cars,  Spellbound, Pulsations Nightclub, Glen Mills, PA

My first gig as a Professional dancer was at The Encore Dinner Theater in 1984, Production Spellbound, in Glenn Mills, PA.

After the last performance at 10 pm, it would one hour later, turn into Pulsations Nightclub.

The Pulsations Dancers would then perform.

Remembering Drive by the Cars as Rex, who is a Senior Lecturer, Theater Arts, @ The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, choreographed a production that will forever live in my mind. They used the same stage as the Spellbound Dancers.  The Encore Dinner theater held 850 people for dinner.  Pulsations, well lets say there was reckless abandonment.

At midnight the spaceship would make its way from the ceiling  in this 3-story nightclub and land on the dance floor. The robot, Pulsar was in a glass enclosed chamber. The robot would come out, talk, and interact with the crowd. The pumping bass speakers, risers, and  state of the art lighting were never duplicated at any nightclub I have ever hung out in.  When you are a  professional dancer and it off time, enter a nightclub, look out dance floor.  Canada to Bermuda, Las Vegas to New Orleans, Norway to Denmark, The City of Angels to New York City. St. Thomas to Puerto Rico.  You name it, was cutting edge in the after dark industry, way ahead of its time. Thanks to Barry,  Hey, where are you now Barry? You left Taylors in Cherry Hill, to go to Philly, Egypt or Shampoo Maybe, lost tract of your expertise.

I do not want to sound redundant, it was the best club in Philly area bar none!

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