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Pupils take first steps in world of ballroom dance

By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN April 1, 2002

WHEN FRED Talentino was in the eighth grade, his mother signed him up for dance lessons. At first, he hated it. But as he learned the steps, his confidence grew, and he started to look forward to the classes not that he would acknowledge it, of course. These days, Talentino tells that story to the eighth graders at Patapsco Middle School at the start of the ballroom dancing unit he teaches. Talentino, a physical education teacher at the school in Ellicott City, started the program about 12 years ago because he wanted pupils to have a good time at the school dance held every spring.

ARTICLES BY DATEFifth graders take to the dance floor

By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun February 5, 2012

The idea of dancing with a boy sent several fifth grade girls at Gunpowder Elementary into a tailspin. Jen Holland even gathered 25 signatures on a petition to curtail the lessons, but ultimately she left the paper at home. Four days into the week of lessons, the petitioners were swinging, swaying and mastering all manner of intricate steps with boys in the lead. “It was a lot better than I thought,
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” Jen said. About 90 fifth graders donned their best dancing duds for a recital Friday, capping off a week of lessons in cha cha, merengue, tango and swing at the Perry Hall school.

Ballroom Dancing Will Cure That Saturday Night Fever

By Bonita Formwait January 23, 1991

Having reached my peak dating years during the ’70s, I am embarrassed to admit that not only do I remember disco, I still own several albums by such artists as the Bee Gees and Men at Work. The current show features cast members 14 and younger in the fairytale musical favorite ” Cinderella,” which continues at St. John’s College’s Key Auditorium through Sunday, July 18. Still purring along in its 23rd season and nearly 10 years after the death of founder Bobbi Smith, the Talent Machine continues to reflect her.

A Sophisticated Spin On Ballroom Dancing

By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Lee and Consella A. One of the Lindy Hop’s greatest innovators, Manning, 90, teaches the acrobatic dance at workshops around the world, including one last weekend in Catonsville. “Dancing is a very good exercise and it’s a wonderful exercise because it’s a partner dance,” says Manning, who invented the Lindy’s hallmark “airstep,
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” a move that sends a woman rolling over her partner’s back and safely back to earth.