RBR danceThe Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual & Performing Arts Academy dance majors proudly present their Winter Concert DIVAS AND LEGENDS on Thursday, December 18, with an encore matinee on December 20.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy dance majors at Red Bank Regional High School proudly present their Winter Concert, Divas and Legends, at 7 pm on Thursday, December 18. An encore matinee performance will also be presented at 2 pm on Saturday, December 20, with all performances hosted at the auditorium of RBR, 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.

The show features all 41 RBR dance majors, with 19 works choreographed by the student dancers in a plethora of styles, including, modern, classic, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. The concert concludes with the entire dance ensemble performing to the Senior Class’s choreographed piece, “All I want for Christmas Is You,” with music by Diva and Legend Mariah Carey.

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So U ThinkThe cast of finalists from Season 11 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE take to the Basie boards for a touring extravaganza this Wednesday, November 5.

The days when audiences balked at paying good money to attend entertainments that they “could see for free on TV” have long since gone the way of rabbit ear antennas and UHF dials — no place more so than at the Count Basie Theatre, where a whole generation of flat-screen favorites have become some of the most consistently popular draws in real-life, real-time 3-D.

This Wednesday, November 5, the Basie boards are due to take a dazzling pounding, when the 2014 touring production of the mega-hit competition series So You Think You Can Dance commandeers the stage for a single 8 pm performance. Highlighted by the participation of Season 11 winner Ricky Ubeda, the show promises to reside several spectacular cuts above the hand-held mics and slideshow presentations of your typical reality-star personal appearance.

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Nick Mishoe dancing as a member of the two-person Blue Journey in the ‘America’s Got Talent’ quarterfinals earlier this month, and in his Red Bank studio, below. (Click to enlarge)


nichola mishoe 081814School may just be getting back in session, but the young dancing students of Red Bank’s Academy of Dance Arts will have a good excuse for staying up late on Wednesday night.

Their instructor, Nick Mishoe, is half of a dancing pair called Blue Journey that has made it to the semifinals of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’

For the uninitiated, AGT is “a giant talent show in which we’re competing against acrobats, magicians, jump-ropers, musical groups” and more for a grand prize of $1 million, Mishoe tells redbankgreen.

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ellen gunn 073014Ellen Gunn in the stairwell at 16 Monmouth Street, where her new ballet studio is set to take the space being vacated by Dancing Foot Yoga. (Click to enlarge)


16 monmouth 072914It sounds counterintintuitive in these yoga-crazed times: a yoga studio calling it quits, only to be replaced by a ballet studio.

But that’s what’s happening on the third floor of 16 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, where pre-yoga-fad stalwart Dancing Foot Yoga is saying ‘namaste’ for the last time while a classically-trained ballerina is moving in – and hoping to revive a tradition of ballet instruction developed just two doors away.

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rb proms 060414 2 Photos from Red Bank High School proms of the 1950s in a display at borough hall. (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


rb proms 060414 5“This was when young women wanted to look pretty, instead of sexy,” said Red Bank court clerk Fran Pastoriza, as she studied a newly installed display of photos just outside her office Wednesday.

“They wanted to look like movie stars, not the sexpot-of-the-day,” she said.

“Oh man, she is beautiful,” said Jerome ‘Bird’ Hicks, as he studied an elegant young woman – ignoring the fact that the woman already had a date. “I am in love.”

Their sentiments were prompted by the an array of pictures from Red Bank High School proms from the 1950s now in the lobby display case at borough hall.

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SeniordancersRed Bank Regional senior dance majors are dressed for the concluding number of their Spring Dance Performance (as well as their high school careers), which is appropriately named Celebration. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Red Bank Regional High School presents their Spring Dance Performance on Thursday, May 15 at 7 pm, with an encore performance on Sunday, May 18, at 2 pm.

A total of 47 dancers will perform 29 numbers in a mix of jazz, contemporary, hip hop and lyrical dance styles, choreographed by students and six professional dance/choreographers. Guest artists include Jessica Berube, who teachers dance at the School at Columbia; RBR alumna Cari France, who teaches and choreographs dance; Alex Vari who has performed in musical theater and Bollywood; Barbara Vari, Director of the Woodbridge School of Dance; Meredith Koloski Wehr, a dance and yoga instructor, and New York City dance instructor Dylan Smith, who has danced in national musical tours.

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WeddingWalkMichael Warmington of Red Bank RiverCenter joins a team of Barbizon tour guides in welcoming guests to a past edition of the Red Bank Wedding Walk, which returns to town this Sunday. Wanda Sykes (below) brings her standup skills back to the Basie Friday night. 

Sykes-WandaRED BANK: When the Red Bank Wedding Walk returns to the blushing banks of the Navesink for its latest edition this Sunday, it’ll be a bigger/better-than-ever affair with an historic edge: it’s “encouraging same-sex couples to join us this year and explore all that Red Bank has to offer for the perfect wedding,” according to organizers at Red Bank RiverCenter.

Taking place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., the 2014 event sounds a call to “prospective brides, grooms, partners, their families and friends” to key into the borough’s “fun and funky vibe” as they visit over 40 wedding-related businesses — florists, gown and accessories retailers, bridesmaid and guest attire boutiques, photographers, wedding planners and designers, jewelers, salons and banquet facilities — many of which will be offering promotions, light refreshments and special amenities.

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MusicManGroup_718x370The cast of THE MUSIC MAN brings the Broadway evergreen to ‘Two River City’ for five concert-style performances this weekend. Below, Jersey music Jedi master Glen Burtnik leads an all-Shore team of guests to the Basie stage on Saturday, for a SUMMER OF LOVE salute to the sounds of the original Woodstock festival. (Above photo courtesy NJPAC)

Friday, March 14:

glenburtnik-4-kurdzukjpg-907ec69606a7eef9RED BANK: “Seventy Six Trombones.” “Marian the Librarian.” “Til There Was You.” “Ya Got Trouble” (right here in River City). If you’ve seen but one golden-age Broadway classic performed by a class of drama-club kids, a community of earnest amateurs or a summer-stock touring troupe, it was probably The Music Man, the 1957 Tony winner in which traveling con man Professor Harold Hill brings an outlandish scheme — and, in the process, a healthy dose of life, love, laughter and music — to the stodgy folk of a circa-1912 Iowa small town. What you probably haven’t seen is a Music Man brought to you by an African American cast and director — and this weekend, Two River Theater Company offers up five chances to catch a talent-packed production that’s being presented in cahoots with Newark’s NJ Performing Arts Center.

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17andunarmedGuest artists from the Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance  performed a program on Black History at Red Bank Regional High School, including a powerful piece inspired by the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

In commemoration of February’s Black History Month observance, Red Bank Regional High School recently invited guest performers from the Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance (APTAD) to give a presentation in the school auditorium. Morgan Brunson, a junior at RBR and a member of the dance academy, introduced the APTAD and its founder Michelle Burrell, who told the audience, “It is important to know that what we do today becomes tomorrow’s Black History.”

A professionally trained ballerina turned dance educator, Burrell founded the APTAD to bring the dream of dance to many students in the Asbury Park area, who may otherwise not have had the opportunity. She created and narrated the powerful program, which through a combination of storytelling, narration and dance choreographed to historic events and spiritual songs, illustrated the history of African Americans.

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kickdanceKick Dance Studio invites the public to join them at a “Kick for a Cause” event on Sunday, February 23. (photo by Caroline Keating)

Press release from Kick Dance Studios

Families from across Monmouth County are invited to attend Kick Dance Studio’s Annual Kick for a Cause Performance, “Dress for MS” on Sunday, February 23rd, with four performances (12 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45) at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

For six years, Kick Dance Studios has been hosting Kick for a Cause Performances to benefit various charities, inspired by their students and families. This year, the group chose to donate all ticket sales to the National MS Society as a show of support for a mother of one of its dance team students who has been stricken with MS, a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. With the help of organizations like the National MS Society, new treatments and advances in research can give hope to people affected by the disease.

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snowprojectAbove: Maxine Snow and the Snow Project lend a jazzy chill to the Steamy Nights house party at the Woman’s Club while, below, Quincy Mumford brings a warm and beachy vibe to Jamian’s.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHGot anything going on this weekend? Even if your plans don’t include those twin national pastimes (handicapping TV commercials and scanning for wardrobe malfunctions in the hoary halftime air), there are still any number of alternative ways to socialize in the coming days and nights — and we’ve got a few of them right here.

Friday, January 31:

RED BANK: Those of you easily panicked by a Friday night forecast of SNOW should know that this time, the cool chills are localized beneath the roof of the Woman’s Club of Red Bank on Broad Street, where the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation hosts the first in a new 2014 series of Reckless Steamy Nights house party concerts at the old Anthony Reckless estate. The multi-talented visual artist, writer and performer Maxine Snow – co-organizer of the annual Women of Song events at the historic house  – is joined by her bandmates in the Snow Project (keyboardist Kendall Scott, bassman Joseph Peterson, guitarist Mike McKernen, drummer Tony Tomaino) for an unplugged evening that mixes music, spoken word and live art painting to “bring back jazz to the masses.”  It all happens between the hours of 8:30 and 11 pm, and it’s BYOB, with a $10 donation requested at the door (proceeds benefit the JSJBF scholarship programs). Call (732)933-1984 for more info.

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Danu.ColmHenryjpegAbove: Celtic combo Danú brings “An Nollag in Éirinnis” to Santa Basie’s workshop on Friday…while below, young adult novelist Julie Milillo comes home to Middletown for a Saturday discussion of Immortal Sin.

Friday, December 13:

JulieMililloRED BANK: It’s opening weekend for the annual holiday-season family show at Two River Theater, a newly revamped production of the original musical A Wind in the Willows Christmas that mixes Kenneth Grahame’s classic animal characters with “a lot more holiday spirit,” and redesigned costumes that highlight “ears and tails and fur.” Tonight’s 7 p.m. opening is preceded by a special noontime Scout Day preview that allows scout troops a behind-the-scenes look at the production, with games, snacks, photo ops and more. Performances continue at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday; take it here for tickets (adults $20 – $55; ages 18 and under $25) — and keep it tuned to redbankgreen for more on Mr. Toad and friends.

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Anthony Tiedeman's shoesLooking dapper in his black wing-tipped shoes, rolled-up-to-the-ankle jeans and a button-down shirt, Anthony Tiedeman spends many of his days in sweat pants and dance clothes.

A 20-year-old Red Bank resident and student at the Juilliard School, he has immersed himself in an institution where students nurture their performing-arts dreams. Anthony says he loves all music and theater, but what really sets stands out for him is the art of movement.

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Joe Sapienza, center, and Sunny Gang in a brotherly moment. (Click to enlarge)

redbankgreen got this email last week from a proud Red Bank dad, Bill Sapienza, and it’s just too good not to run pretty much verbatim:

My son Joe’s band, Sunny Gang, performed at this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park on Sunday. Kind of a big deal for him. They even got their picture in Rolling along with several other sites.

Joe is a product of the Red Bank school system, and played piano and percussion in the Middle School band, took piano lessons at the Musician’s Studio, and guitar and bass lessons at Monmouth Music.

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Chris Paseka, above, and partner Jesse Bello-Paseka plan to double the size of Sugarush, taking over space vacated by the Kathryn Barnett School of Dance.  (Click to enlarge)


Rcsm2_010508Kathryn Barnett School of Dance has relocated out of town, cupcakery Sugarush is growing into Barnett’s vacated space, and Hip and Humble Home has landed back in a storefront after several months absence.

All part of the wonderful world of Red Bank’s Retail Churn.

• After 30 years in town, Kathryn Barnett has moved her East Front Street dance studio, where generations of girls have learned the art of movement, to Union Square Mall on Route 35 in Middletown, combining forces with Allegro Dance Studio.

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Don’t even bother trying to curb your appetite at Red Bank Riverfest, which runs through Sunday in Marine Park. Details in the poster below. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, May 31:

RED BANK: Come sample the savory and sweet flavors at Riverfest, the annual three-day music and food festival in Marine Park. Stroll the “artisan’s alley” for handmade items and artwork, cruise the Navesink River, or dance your butt off in front of the waterfront stage to the likes of Brian Kirk & The Jirks, Woodfish, the Moroccan Sheepherders and the Jazz Lobsters. Free entry; no pets allowed.

MIDDLETOWNThe Middletown Arts Center hosts a Luau Party for kids ages 5 and older, offering crafts, limbo contests and games. Pizza and snacks will be provided. The luau runs from 6 to 9 p.m. 36 Church Street.

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Vanessa Cameron, David Ramos and Christina Mekheil at the Gayla prom held at RFH Friday night. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)


About 100 high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and their straight allies gathered for a dance party in the cafeteria at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional on Friday night.

It was the third annual Gayla!, a prom-like event organized by Make It Better for Youth, a consortium which includes Monmouth County high schools, Jersey Shore PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the county library system, the Two River Theater, and the Monmouth County Arts Council.

“What’s great about this is that you don’t go in feeling pressured to fit into any prom stereotype,” said Ellie Halfacre, RFH senior, member of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and event organizer. “It’s not about what sexuality you are, it’s about being with people who accept you no matter what.

“Everyone’s here to have fun and just be themselves,” she said, adding that many friendships had grown out of the prior two Gayla gatherings.

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Images of 20th century Red Bank and other Monmouth County locales are featured in a show of photos from the Dorn’s Collection beginning Saturday at Red Bank Frameworks. (Click to enlarge)


Friday, May 10:

RED BANKSandy Hackett’s Rat Pack infests Count Basie Theater. Join faux Frank, Sammy and Dino for performances produced by the legendary Buddy Hackett. Tickets are $19.50, $29.50 and $39.50. 99 Monmouth Street.

RUMSON: The third annual “Gayla!” prom, a fun and safe evening with food and DJ takes place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The Rumson Fair Haven Gay-Straight Alliance partners with Make it Better for Youth to provide support kids ages 13-19 in middle, high, or home school. The prom runs from 7 to 10 p.m. tickets are $20; parental permission required. 74 Ridge Road.

RUMSON: The boys from Madison Avenue are back and will perform at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn. The show begins at 9 p.m.132 East River Road.

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At the Basie Saturday afternoon: dogs and cats rescued from shelters and given a new, ahem, leash on life as circus performers. Matt O’Ree, below, brings his guitar chops to Jamian’s tonight.  (Click to enlarge)

Friday, May 3:

RED BANK: The high-energy Marty and the Martians make their debut in a series of Friday night appearances at the Walt Street Pub, playing an upbeat set including hits by Neon Trees, U2, Foo Fighters and more. The show begins at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RUMSON:  Join the electro-acoustic/pop/rock singer Brian Bisbee at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn, 132 East River Road, at 9 p.m.

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call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 4 to April 18, 2013. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 4-4-13 at Broad St.—clothing store. Unknown person(s) stole a total of 34 shirts from a display shelf in rear showroom. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

Theft occurring on 4-7-13 at Spring St. Cab driver reported that he dropped off unknown male at the above address. Subject stated he did not have cash to pay for cab fare and would return shortly, but never did. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

Theft occurring on 4-7-13 at Monmouth St.—Bar/restaurant. Victim reported that unknown male stole two empty beer keg containers from outside the business. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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The first-ever Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade drew 10,000 Irish eyes – as estimated by Mayor John Ekdahl – to East River Road Saturday as throngs of borough residents threw on a little green, embraced their inner Celts and celebrated their verdant town.

Still, visitors seemed to be getting into the spirit with just as much vigor as Rumsonites. “It’s great we have another parade now,” said Keith Larkin, of Little Silver. “There are a lot of parades like this around, but really none in our immediate area, so it gives people a chance to come out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with their neighbors.” (Photos by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge. For more parade photos, please visit redbankgreen‘s Facebook page.)


Thomas Lauderdale, who appears with his band, Pink Martini, at the Count Basie tonight, discusses his music. Below, Owiso Odera and Roslyn Ruff in ‘Two Trains Running,’ at the Two River Theater. (Photo by Michal Daniel. Click to enlarge)

Friday, February 15
RED BANK: Two River Theater continues its presentation of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $24 to $42 and are available online. 21 Bridge Avenue.

RED BANK: Pink Martini, “a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure” in the words of bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, sets up its tent at the Count Basie Theatre. Up to a dozen musicians create the Cosmopolitan World Music project, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $75 and are available online. A portion of ticket sales supports breast cancer awareness. 99 Monmouth Street.

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ls-legoLittle Silver residents will once again take on the challenge of rendering their town in Legos Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pardee; click to enlarge)

For the final weekend of the year, some amusements and diversions…

Friday, December 28

RED BANK: Two River Theater hosts a performance of “A Wind in the Willows Christmas” at 12 p.m. and features Grammy-winning Nashville songsmith (and ex-NFL player) Mike Reid in this new take on the adventures of Mr. Toad, Badger, Mole and company. Adult tickets $50-55, 18 and under $25. Repeat performances Saturday and Sunday, also at 12. 21 Bridge Avenue.

RED BANK: Free yoga session at the Red Bank Public Library at 1 p.m. by Amy Richardson. No registration required, bring your own mat. 84 West Front Street.

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It was a festive night of high spirits, bright lights and rides on big shoulders as Red Bank welcomed in the Christmas holiday season Friday night. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)


The turkey’s done, the present shopping has begun, and now the holiday season is officially in full swing in Red Bank. The annual Black Friday Santa Claus sighting, parade to Broad Street, downtown light-up and Holiday Express concert hit the town Friday night to the delight of thousands of area residents.

It was a night jam-packed with events. First, dancers from the Kathryn Barnett School of Dance showed off their fancy footwork to the tunes of holiday classics. Then, the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch treated the gatherers to the sounds of bagpipes.

Next, it was time for what all the little ones were waiting for: the white-bearded man with the overstuffed bag.

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