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By Heather Dolce Special to The Sentinel The clock struck 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 and the kickoff cowbell rang. Young children of all ages hit the dance floor but not just to party. Their mission was to raise money to fund childhood cancer research in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region. The District Dance Company […]

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By Elizabeth Scinta Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – Rockville residents kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of the Rockville Town Square Christmas Tree on Nov. 22. The event consisted of music from King Teddy, pictures with Santa Claus, the lighting of the tree and a dance performance by Dawn Crafton Dance Connection. […]

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We live in an age when, because of increased life expectancy, it is not uncommon to see people working into their 70s and beyond and when multiple presidential candidates this election cycle, including the incumbent, are septuagenarians. Nonetheless, we can only look on in amazement as a classical pianist performs with nimble fingers at the […]

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We are accustomed to the notion of the tortured genius, but Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” has a very different take: it is a portrait of the artist as a “giggling, dirty-minded creature crawling on the floor,” in the words of his nemesis, Antonio Salieri, Kapellmeister at the Austrian Court. The portrayal of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart […]

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It was a season that almost did not happen. But now, the National Philharmonic is back in business as they kick off the 2019-2020 season with their opening concert, called “Eroica + Beethoven,” combining Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eroica (Symphony No. 3), played by the orchestra, and his Triple Concerto in C Major, performed by guest […]

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With one-year-old twins, Maureen Andary has her hands full. That has not curbed her professional activities, however. She performs along Sara Curtin as the duo, The Sweater Set, a few times a month at such venues as Millennium Stage and the Creative Cauldron. They were artists-in-residence at Strathmore, too and may also be found playing […]

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When actor Denzel Washington received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 in June, his acceptance speech referred not to his illustrious acting and directing career or even the luminaries he had worked within the film industry, such as Spike Lee, who presented the honor to him. Instead, he spoke about his family. Washington thanked […]

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Two very different productions are representing Montgomery County in this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, which begins on July 9.  First, “Passing,” a play by John Sowalsky, is about two sisters, Gretchen and Emma, who recently lost their mother who was a Holocaust survivor. The sisters have a mixed relationship with each other, with loving and […]

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By Barbara Trainin Blank    @traininblank It was not only outsized musical talent but fortitude that enabled Leon Fleisher to continue his accomplished career despite a debilitated right hand. At age 90, Fleisher is still the latter – continuing an international schedule of performances, guest conducting and master classes that might be daunting for a […]

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By Barbara Trainin Blank    @traininblank Some say men’s choruses are on the decline – with many going the coed route. On the other side of the coin are the persistence of gay men’s choral groups and the determination of male glee clubs on college campuses across the country to continue. That’s the view of […]

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By Barbara Trainin Blank    @traininblank There’s bit of uncertainty these days surrounding the European Union, but that hasn’t affected the content off the annual European Union Film Showcase at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, now in its 31st year. Forty-nine films represent 25 of the EU countries in the festival, which runs Nov […]

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By Barbara Trainin Blank    @traininblank Getting to rehearse with a partner for “The Nutcracker” is a kind of luxury. Justin Metcalf-Burton, who has danced the role of The Cavalier in Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet many times, recalls being called a half-hour before a performance to fill in. This year, in preparation for Maryland Youth […]

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By Barbara Trainin Blank Violinist Gil Shaham has won the kind of praise that would turn the head of any musician. The Washington Post, for example, extolled his “go-for-broke passion, his silvery tone, spot-on-intonation and meticulously molded phrasing.” The multiple Grammy winner has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre […]

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By Abby Cruz SILVER SPRING — Over 100 zombies walked down Georgia Avenue Saturday night as part of the 11th Annual Zombie Walk. Costumes such as Dead Zombies, IT and Georgie from the Movie “IT,” a slice of undead pizza, and a Zombie Bo Peep were just some of the many characters out and about. […]

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Area Halloween attractions are launching their annual bids to creatively scare Montgomery County residents. “This year, the theme of our haunt is Transylvania, so there will be vampires and monsters on the trails, and we have a lot of new activities for our waiting area,” said Julie Clendenin, communications director for Calleva. “I really appreciate […]

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Social dancers enjoy themselves in Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO  With swing dance – including such variations as West, East, Lindy, Balboa, and DC hand dancing – not to mention tango, Cathy Furlong has a full dance card.

She has danced in many places, but considers Glen Echo Park her “favorite place.”

Furlong has had plenty of time to form that opinion; she has been attending dances at the park’s Spanish Ballroom for more than 31 years.

The social dance program at the Park has a much longer history.