by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal
Before I ever started PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, my involvement with the dance community began in the mid-1970’s when as a student at University of Pennsylvania, I started a special events agency, Rainbow Promotions Inc. As one of the largest event producers in Philadelphia, we booked quiet a variety of dance acts for events throughout the city. Many of these early acts, I manage to capture on video and have had stored away for quite some time. In order to preserve this small slice of Philadelphia’s dance history, I hope to restore these tapes and be able to digitize them to the web.
So for your your first installment from the past, I have restored from 1987 a presentation by KYW’s Evening Magazine Dancers in a fashion show at The Cheltenham Mall. If you look carefully, you may see a few of Philadelphia’s current and more notable choreographers and dancers in this feature – Roni Koresh, Myra Brazell and Rex Henriques to name a few! Evening Magazine was one of the most successful formats in local television history. In Philadelphia, it ran on KYW-TV until 1993 and was hotsed by Ray Murray and Nancy Glass. The Evening Magazine Dancers were a regular segment.
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