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What Is Flamenco Dance? Myriam Allard Answers

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This blog post comes from the blog I write under Lori Wolf-Heffner, the name I use for my fiction writing. On that blog, I occasionally interview artists from different disciplines, including the performing arts. In this blog post, the interview is with Myriam Allard, a Flamenco dancer from Montreal.

Explore Dangerous Underwater Caves with NatGeo’s Kenny Broad

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Waves lapping up on the beach, a creek babbling through a forest, or a river rushing into a lake: these are perhaps some of the most calming sounds for us. You’ll likely hear water in some sonic form on relaxation soundtracks, or you may even seek it out with a trip to the ocean. Florida, perhaps? Or the Bahamas? But add an oxygen tank, diving mask, and wet suit, and, well, we don’t know about...

Jim Cuddy’s Gold Medal Connections

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Jim Cuddy has been in the news a lot lately. After his single “Pull Me Through” was used for a montage of the history between figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, it crashed the iTunes servers because of the surge in downloads. Also last month, he released his latest album, Constellation. And in the fall, he was in the news, too, but for something perhaps less well-known about...

Grace Butler in the Spotlight

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Dance student Grace Butler. Photo by Renata Templeton-Caughlin of Tempo Photography in Collingwood

(This article was published in just dance! magazine, in the summer 2015 issue.) “Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, the show must go on.” Most dancers know that phrase, and many treat it as a personal creed. The dedication to their art drives them to be on stage, on time, no matter what. But for people like 12-year-old Grace Butler, her dedication has nothing to do with it...

Raising the Roof on Their Own Terms

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Heffner & Zimmermann families, circa 1965, in Rockway Gardens, Kitchener. Heffner Motors is in the background.

(This article was written for Heffner Motors, a Toyota and Lexus dealership in Ontario, for the local Chamber of Commerce magazine. Published December 2014.) In 1973, John Heffner had two options: raise the 32’ x 37’ roof and build a second floor up to it, or take down the roof, build the second floor, and then rebuild the roof. The first option was dangerous, and no general contractor would do...

Jeff Hyslop: The Man of a Thousand Dances

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Headshot of Canadian stage icon Jeff Hyslop

by Lori Straus (Appeared in just dance! magazine, Summer 2014 issue) Store mannequin for 125 episodes. Opera ghost for 985 performances. Judge for countless dance competitions. Producer, choreographer, director, singer, actor, and dancer for almost 50 years. Can one person truly accomplish this much, and as a dancer, no less? Jeff Hyslop can and has and still is. “I know. Isn’t it crazy?”...

A Selection of Companies I Have Written and/or Edited For

Lori Straus has written for FleetCarma.
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