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Once upon a time, romance was found in chivalry. Love came from something much more virtuous than mere sex or physical attraction; it was discovered in respect, nobility, honor and charity for one another — ideals that crossed even the most difficult of boundaries, where there could be no doubt it was meant to be. Though it may still happen today, it has become rare to witness this type of love except maybe for the idealized version showcased in entertainment. Nicholas Sparks has tapped into this idea many times, but the most beloved version of this tale, The Notebook, made it clear that true passion for love often lies in an older generation. It’s a shame, because there is something so pure about a love that transcends time and space. Dancer and choreographer Bridgette Borzillo also understands this, but where Sparks taps into this idea with a fictional narrative, Borzillo digs into the truth behind the concept for her new dance production, Remember When… An Old-Fashioned Love Story.
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This past weekend, I took a trip to Arizona to once again attend the award-winning dance opera, Lisa Starry’s A Vampire Tale, at the Phoenix Theatre Little Theatre. Written, directed and choreographed by Lisa Starry, owner of the Scorpius Dance Theatre—which presents this terrific show for two weeks every October—Lisa Starry’s A Vampire Tale is a play of love, desire, loss and transformation told almost entirely through dance. It focuses on Eve (also known as “the Innocent”) who finds herself caught in the den of a vampire klan led by the evil Vampire Queen and her love, Viktor. When Viktor takes a very infatuated liking to Eve (and her human nature), the jealous Queen does whatever it takes to end his desire for both. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Could the producers of Dancing With the Stars have been more unoriginal? As the opening routine to their brand new season, producers chose to steal a page from So You Think You Can Dance and copy almost everything from the latter shows amazing opening dance routine, from starting in the parking lot, to showing them in front of faux-makeup chairs, right down to the seamless tracking shot of all of their dancers through the studio. Did they want to show homage to a much better dance show (in terms of talent, from whence several Dancing pros have originated), or did they think, just because they have a much larger audience, that no one would notice? Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
That’s right. Bill Nye, the Science Guy is back! He will be joining a shockingly decent cast on the next installment of Dancing With the Stars, which includes Leah “King of Queens” Remini, Elizabeth “I’m so excited” Berkley, and long-time TV vet Valarie Harper (who it seems was diagnosed earlier this year with terminal brain cancer, so to Valerie, her friends and family, our hearts go out to you! Stay strong and positive!). Over the past few installments, the show seemed to be scrapping the bottom of the barrel to find their so-called “stars,” and though most of the names on this season’s list still aren’t A-listers, at least most of them, if not all of them, have clear name recognition. You may not like them and some of them may not have been around for awhile, but at least you know their names, and for Dancing With the Stars, that’s a step up (even if they did choose to add Snooki to the list… do we really need more of her on our TV screens?). Corbin “High School Musical” Bleu may have a slight edge right now on paper, however, I believe this cast will give him a run for his money. And though I’ve never watched this show (and don’t plan to break that streak any time soon), my particular favorite of the bunch is probably Bill “Here’s Your Sign” Engvall (who should also bring a lot of good laughs to the show), though I’d have to say that it’s Bill Nye, the Science Guy (love saying that name!) that I hope takes home the trophy.
UPDATE 9/10/2013: With Nigel Lythgoe officially announcing today that So You Think You Can Dance has been picked up for Season 11, it seems Fox was smart enough after all. Now let’s hope Nigel is just as smart.
If Fox is smart enough to renew So You Think You Can Dance for next summer, they should really consider hiring Paula Abdul as their permanent third judge. Unlike her nearly incoherent and always loopy commentary (and wildly eye-rolling antics with Simon, I might add) on American Idol, Paula brings an oddly warm and interesting take to the judges panel on Dance. It also makes complete sense, seeing as how she was always a much better dancer/choreographer than she ever was a singer. Add to the fact that the guest judges this season (and to some extent last season as well) have been hit-and-miss (for every Tyler Jesse Ferguson and Kenny Ortega we get a Carly Rae Jepsen), this seems to be where Paula Abdul belonged in the first place. Don’t Stop – There’s Plenty More