Posts Tagged ‘dance’

Brilliant Dance Troupe, Attraction, Wins “Britain’s Got Talent”

June 8, 2013
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Attraction, the amazing shadow theater troupe from Hungary


From the moment that Attraction finished their audition on Britain’s Got Talent, the black-light and shadow dance troupe from Hungary was the act to beat. In three minutes, with nothing but their bodies and a few props, they told an epic story of love, loss and rebirth that will move you to tears.



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Their two-minute semifinals performance matched their first effort with a heartbreakingly tender reenactment of the life story of Zoltan Szucs, the troupe’s leader. No one with a heart will (more…)

Snap Boogie Electrifies “America’s Got Talent”

July 16, 2011

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I love stories of people who rise above difficult circumstances by pursuing their passion. Snap Boogie grew up in poverty, but instead of ending up in prison like (more…)

Shields and Yarnell . . . Bravo!

August 9, 2010

Lorene Yarnell

I was sad to read about the passing of Lorene Yarnell, who died of a brain aneurysm at age sixty-six on July 29, 2010. I loved watching Shields and Yarnell perform when I was a teenager. I thought they were innovative and brilliant. According to Entertainment Weekly:

Lorene Yarnell, half of the mime-dance-comedy team Shields and Yarnell, died July 29 at the age of 66 after suffering a brain aneurysm. Best known for her (more…)

The Breathtaking Shadow Art of Pilobolus

June 24, 2010

What a creative, talented group of performance artists! The troupe’s name is Pilobolus. They “danced” to Summer in the City on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in July 2008.


Here’s a terrific commercial Pilobolus made for (more…)

There Will Come a Day

January 19, 2010



There will come a day when you will no longer be able to dance. So kick up your heels, laugh with abandon, and give your body up to the heavenly music that even now bursts forth from your soul in celebratory song.












There will come a day when the troubles that now occupy your mind will seem as insignificant as the whisper of the wind. So close your eyes and view today’s challenges through (more…)

Dance, Aidan, Dance!

June 1, 2009

Eleven-year-old Aidan Davis blew the roof off during his May 16, 2009 audition for Britain’s Got Talent. It’s both astonishing and inspiring to see a kid who’s had no formal training or lessons who instinctively knows how to put together a show-stopping act all by himself.

Seeing so much talent in a child gives us hope and courage, that if one so young can touch the stars, surely we too can tap into our natural ability and, though it be known just to us, know what it’s like to soar toward the heavens.

Here is Aidan’s semifinal performance, which earned him a trip to the finals on May 30. His performance, along with his innovative use of mirrors, is both breathtaking and (more…)

A Doctor With a Heart, a Prom to Remember

May 6, 2009
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Dr. Mike makes good on his ten-year-old promise to Stephanie

Right before eight-year-old Stephanie Pentiuk’s heart transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic, she looked up at pediatric cardiologist Dr. Mike Ackerman and asked, “Am I going to live, Dr. Mike?” He smiled and said, “Of course you are, Stephanie. And not only are you going to survive this transplant, I’ll be dancing with you at your prom.”

Fast-forward ten years, to April 25, 2009. Stephanie, who lived in Leland, Michigan, had (more…)