RED BANK: MOMIX IN THE MIX AT BASIE

Choreographer Moses Pendleton brings his MOMIX dance company back to the Count Basie Theatre on Sunday for a new look at their classic work, ‘Opus Cactus.’

In an interview that appeared in our paperless pages several years back, famed choreographer Moses Pendleton shared his thought that “if people appreciate what I do, if they go out from one of our performances with a little less gravity in their skip, then I’ve been successful.”

Since 1971, when he co-founded the revolutionary Pilobolus dance company, Pendleton has done his part to fight the good fight against gravity — both the stodgy old natural law, and the sort of attitude that too often keeps a “fine arts” institution from having a joyful sense of humor about itself. When he left Pilobolus to forge the meeting of movement and stagecraft magic known as MOMIX, the self-described “avant gardener” renewed his mission of “exploring new and surprising ways to move and bend.” And when the troupe returns to the Red Bank stage of the Count Basie Theatre this Sunday, they’ll be newly exploring one of the works that made them one of the most celebrated forces in modern dance.

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RED BANK: IN THE MOOD FOR BIG SOUND

INTHEMOOD_SHOWMAINPICA big band and an energetic troupe of singers and dancers bring that 1940s vibe back to the Count Basie Theatre Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

There’s the Andrews Sisters’ rollicking reveille “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Bing Crosby’s jumped-up “Swingin’ on a Star.” Benny Goodman’s pounding epic “Sing! Sing! Sing!” Glenn Miller’s signature slow-dance “Moonlight Serenade.”

While they might date from your great-grandma’s era of USO shows and network radio, they represent the music of youth — the soundtrack for a country tested by the Great Depression and a Second World War, but ready to seize its moment on the global stage.

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RED BANK: DADS GET THE FIRST DANCE

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rb father daughter 022016 9Accompanied by their fathers, a dozen young Red Bank ladies took to the dance floor for the borough recreation department’s first Father-Daughter Dance at the Senior Citizens’ Center Saturday night.

Initiated by new parks & rec Director Charlie Hoffmann, the event was catered by New Corner Pizza, with flowers donated by Dean’s Florist. A team of girls from the Red Bank Regional High Key Club provided decorating and photography services.

Hoffmann says he’s planning an event dubbed the “Mother-Son Heroes Brunch” around Mother’s Day, so stay tuned. Meantime, we’ve got more photos from Saturday’s event below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK GOES ORANGE AND BOOGIES, KINDLY

rb dfk 110914 1rb dfk 110914 5Who turned out for Red Bank’s contribution to a worldwide ‘Dance for Kindness,’ held on Broad Street Sunday? Among the several hundred orange-clad participants were Amanda Gorfain of Red Bank and her mother, Joanna Leddin of Fair Haven, who rehearsed with others for about three weeks. “It was something we could do together, and a no-brainer to support kindness,” said Gorfain. “Who doesn’t want to be part of a flash mob at the exact same moment that they are doing this all over the world?”

We’ve got tons of photos, plus a neat video, after the “read more.” (Photos by Susan Ericson and John T. Ward.)

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RED BANK TO ‘DANCE FOR KINDNESS’

Video from the Dance for Kindness global event in 2013. The next one, planned for November 9, will include downtown Red Bank, and anyone can participate.

A worldwide “kindness” phenomenon with digital roots in Red Bank is set to return next month.

The folks behind 2011’s pay-it-forward “Kindness Boomerang” video – which was shot downtown and has racked up 30 million YouTube views around the world – are organizing a “kindness freezmob/flashmob” dance in 30 countries on November 9, five days in advance of World Kindness Day. And Red Bank is among the 80 cities participating, say organizers.

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RED BANK: DANCER GETS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

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)

By JOHN T. WARD

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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RED BANK: DANCING & DRESSING FOR SUCCESS

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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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STUDIO OUT, SUGARUSH IN, RETAILER BACK

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)

By JOHN T. WARD

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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WEEKEND: ELIVII, DANCE, QUILTS, MOSAICS…

Dance majors in RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts program present ‘A Blast from the Past,’ 23 dances choreographed to the music of the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna and more. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, January 18

FAIR HAVEN: Fair Haven’s Raven and the Peach is the setting for a special fundraiser dedicated to the animal adoption charity Project Animal Worldwide (PAW), with light fare, desserts, gift basket auctions, jewelry bar and a tasting presented in the restaurant’s wine cellar from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30, with the wine tasting for an additional $15. Call 732-979-6499 to reserve. 740 River Road.

RED BANK: The Elvii return, for the ninth annual edition of what’s become an unshakably shakin’ Basie tradition, Elvis’ Birthday Bash. Soaps actor Scot Bruce (as the younger Elvis) and award winning Mike Albert (as the Vegassy jumpsuit Elvis) team up once again for a Count Basie two-fer at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.50, $29.50, and $39.50. Call 732-842-9000 to reserve. 99 Monmouth Street.

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MAKING LIKE ROCKETTES ON SCHOOL STAGES

rbc-holiday-hoofersSanta and team prep for a grand entrance at Red Bank Catholic’s Holiday Dance Spectacular, going up tonight and tomorrow at the school’s Broad Street Auditorium.

While throngs of shoppers march in step to the One-Day Sales and Midnight Madness events, terpischorean teens from two local high schools are getting ready to strut their stuff in the weekends leading up to the winter break.

Tonight and tomorrow night, the Dance Department at Red Bank Catholic High School rings in the Yuletide season with “high energy, high kickin’ numbers in the style of the world famous Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular” — during a Holiday Dance Spectacular that also promises a Living Nativity and a guest appearance from Santa, conducting “a journey from the streets of New York to the North Pole.”

Tickets for either of the shows (Friday 7pm, Saturday 8pm) are priced at $10 and are available from the RBC bookstore in advance or at the door. Call (732)747-1774 for more info and be sure to bring a new unwrapped toy for this year’s Toys for Tots collection.

Next Saturday, December 17, it’s Red Bank Regional‘s turn to make like the Rockettes, as the dance students of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy bring their annual Holiday Dance Concert to the school stage.

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THREE CHARGED IN RBR DANCER’S BEATING

sean-montgomery-rbrRed Bank police have charged two recent Red Bank Regional High graduates and a third man in the vicious attack that left a classmate with injuries last month.

Police identified Sean Montgomery, left, of Little Silver and Shrewsbury, as the instigator of  the June 19 beating at a party on Spring Street that left Julliard dance scholar Anthony Tiedeman with a broken jaw that required surgery.

Montgomery, 18, turned himself in last week after police issued a complaint charging him with aggravated assault, said Captain Darren McConnell.

Another classmate, Perry Campanella, whose town of residence McConnell did not have immediately available, and Jahmer Bunch, of Neptune, are expected to appear for arraignment in borough court with Montgomery on Thursday. They, too, are charged with aggravated assault. Each is 18 or 19 years old, McConnell said.

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THE BEAT@RBR

drum2_irAfrican dance instructor Audrey Davis visited Red Bank Regional’s dance majors for a quick lesson on the history of African drums and dance Tuesday.

The dance program’s theme this school year is the evolution of jazz dance in America. Davis is scheduled to return for another lesson at RBR today. (Click to enlarge; photos by Dustin Racioppi)