Performing arts

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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December 01, 2019 - 7:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age of 95. At the Barbados Independence Day Parade on Saturday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced Burgie died Friday. “...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Bolshoi Theater director Vladimir Urin at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. Gelb is set to become the Metropolitan Opera's third-longest tenured general manager. The company's board of directors approved a five-year contract last Thursday that extends Gelb's term through the 2026-27 season. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
November 25, 2019 - 7:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gelb is set to become the Metropolitan Opera's third-longest tenured general manager. The company's board of directors approved a five-year contract last Thursday that extends Gelb's term through the 2026-27 season. Gelb, who turned 66 on Nov. 10, succeeded Joseph Volpe for...
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November 25, 2019 - 12:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Simon, a theater and film critic known for his lacerating reviews and often withering assessment of performers' physical appearance, has died. He was 94. Patricia Hoag Simon, Simon’s wife, said her husband died Sunday night at Westchester Medical Center. She said the couple was...
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This Nov. 24, 2019 photo released by The Metropolitan Opera shows soprano Renée Fleming, foreground center, violinist David Chan, foreground left, and pianist Gerald Martin Moore during a memorial for Jessye Norman at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Norman died Sept. 30 at age 74. (Richard Termine/The Metropolitan Opera via AP)
November 25, 2019 - 11:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman was remembered as a force of nature as thousands filled the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday for a celebration of the soprano, who died Sept. 30 at age 74. Sopranos Renée Fleming, Latonia Moore, Lise Davidsen and Leah Hawkins sang tributes along with mezzo-soprano J'...
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Taylor Swift, left, accepts the award for artist of the decade at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Looking on at right is Carole King. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
November 24, 2019 - 10:40 pm
Taylor Swift tied Michael Jackson’s record at the American Music Awards as she collected her 24th win and used her speech to thank her record label for allowing her to freely express herself as an artist. Her remarks Sunday came amid a public battle between Swift and the men who own the master...
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This image released by Disney shows Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff and Sven in a scene from the animated film, "Frozen 2." (Disney via AP)
November 24, 2019 - 4:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Six years after “Frozen” kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf’s adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350.2 million worldwide, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening for the Walt Disney Co...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF DOG'S NAME TO CATARINA - This Nov. 8, 2019 photo shows Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli with his dog Catarina during an interview at his home in North Miami, Fla. Bocelli is defending opera legend Placido Domingo and calling it “absurd” that opera houses have canceled the star’s performances before sexual harassment allegations against him are fully investigated. Three U.S. music companies canceled Domingo appearances following allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women earlier this year. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua)
November 12, 2019 - 8:13 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is staunchly defending opera legend Placido Domingo, calling it "absurd" that opera houses have canceled the star's performances over sexual harassment allegations before they are fully investigated. "I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2019 file photo, Cuba's Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso receives the Star of the Century award from the Latin Music Institute in recognition of her contribution to ballet and culture, during a ceremony in Havana, Cuba. Cuba's national ballet has reported that Alonso has died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
October 17, 2019 - 3:46 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba's socialist system, died Thursday at age 98. Miguel Cabrera, an official at the National Ballet of Cuba founded by Alonso, said she died at a hospital in...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Aug. 28, 2019, Opera star Placido Domingo holds the hand of Ana Maria Martinez at the end of a concert in Szeged, Hungary. The 78-year-old singer who rose to stardom as a tenor has been confirmed to sing the baritone title role in “Nabucco” at the Zurich Opera House this Sunday. It will be his first time performing since stepping down Oct. 2 as general director of the Los Angeles Opera and withdrawing from future performances at the company. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
October 17, 2019 - 10:37 am
MILAN (AP) — Placido Domingo will not receive a European cultural award this weekend in Vienna as previously announced. It was the first change in the opera legend's European schedule since numerous accusations of sexual harassment in the United States were reported by The Associated Press...
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