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In this Oct. 7, 2019, photo, dance instructor Ned Pavlovic, a native of Serbia, teaches his student Rouhy Yazdani, a native of Iran who now lives in Milford, Conn., some ballroom dance moves at the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Orange, Conn. Owners of Ballroom dance studios including the Fred Astaire studio say the immigration clampdown has made it even more difficult to find qualified instructors. The small business owners, U.S. dance studio chains and immigration attorneys say there's greater backlogs for visa applications and an overall increase in evidence requests, including for redundant and unnecessary documents. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
December 02, 2019 - 7:01 am
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually...
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In this Wednesday, July 3, 2019 photo, Iranian musicians play while performing 19th century Russian composers in Tehran Symphony Orchestra at Unity Hall, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
July 05, 2019 - 6:36 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Aficionados of Western classical music have carved out a niche for themselves in Iran, where cultural expression remains tightly controlled by strict rules imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. And perhaps surprisingly, musicians in their 20s and 30s perform for...
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June 27, 2019 - 12:05 pm
SELAH, Wash. (AP) — An appeals court says a piano teacher in Washington state deserved the $40,000 she was awarded in a dispute with a neighbor who revved his pickup truck engine for months to drown out the sound of her lessons. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the appeals court ruled Tuesday...
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This image released by Madeline Michel shows Monticello Drama director Michel, foreground left, on stage with Monticello High School students in Charlottesville, Va. Michel will be the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 9 at the Tony Awards in New York City. (Madeline Michel via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 2:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal riffs, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city. Madeline Michel from...
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In this April 2, 2019 photo, young ballet students stand in first position in a dance studio at a public school in the Chorrillos neighborhood, a poor part of Lima, Peru. A former National Ballet of Peru dancer is bringing classical ballet dancing to children from impoverished communities where leotards and shiny pink pointe shoes are seldom if ever seen. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
April 15, 2019 - 12:28 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Young girls are learning the delicate art of ballet dancing in a Peruvian neighborhood where families consider running water a luxury. In the classroom at a public school near the South American nation's Pacific coast, girls line up at wooden ballet barres, point toes and curve...
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August 22, 2018 - 4:36 pm
RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — A middle school teacher who moonlights as a pole-dance instructor has been suspended by a North Carolina school district. A spokeswoman for Hoke County's public schools didn't specify why Kandice Mason was suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation. Mason tells...
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April 30, 2018 - 7:04 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The lead actor in a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton has called out Salt Lake City theater-goers who pulled out their cellphones during performances in Utah. Soon after the show ended, Joseph Morales called the behavior shockingly rude in a Tweet on Sunday...
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FILE - In a May 4, 2008 file photo, Charles Neville arrives with The Neville Brothers on stage to perform during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Racetrack in New Orleans. New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville has died at age 79. A publicist for Aaron Neville’s management agency confirmed the death in an email. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
April 27, 2018 - 11:42 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As music fans gather for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, they're also mourning the death of one of the city's famed musicians. Charles Neville, one of four siblings from New Orleans who made up the Grammy-winning Neville Brothers band, died Thursday of pancreatic...
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March 16, 2018 - 3:58 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A group of 45 band students from a Jesuit high school in St. Louis didn't know they'd get a surprise visit from Pope Francis when they recently performed at the Vatican. The St. Louis University High School students had been on a musical trip in Italy since March 9 to celebrate the...
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August 10, 2017 - 5:16 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A drama teacher has sued his North Carolina public school district for racial discrimination in staffing and unfair compensation. The Herald Sun of Durham reports 30-year Hillside High School drama teacher Wendell Tabb filed the lawsuit against Durham Public Schools on Wednesday...
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