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If your dance moves are feeling a little tired, the Buffalo Museum of Science has just the thing for you: A dance festival based on the dank stylings and cutting-edge movements of intestinal bacteria. The institution is hosting a four-day dance and art festival based on the human microbiome – that is, the diverse community of living bacteria that inhabit the human body …

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Baila Salsa Dance taught a variety of salsa branches, including bachata, merengue and Kizomba, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in EXPO Market in downtown Buffalo. See who learned, then let loose.

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LehrerDance, Buffalo's only professional dance company to regularly perform outside Western New York, closed in early February. In a statement emailed to The Buffalo News Thursday, the company's Board of Directors announced it had terminated founder and artistic director Jon Lehrer Feb. 7. The board's statement also said the company was in the process of "determining t…

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For nearly 50 years, Rochester-based choreographer Garth Fagan has been honing his signature style of contemporary dance. The Tony-winning artist is perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 Disney musical "The Lion King," which recently played in Shea's Performing Arts Center. But equally impressive is his century-spanning career with his eponymous dance company. …

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UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has announced the recipients of its third-annual CommunityCare Grant: WNY STEM and Danceability. Each program will receive $5,000. “In evaluating the numerous applications we received this year, we were drawn to the mission and impact of both WNY STEM and Danceability,” said Amanda Clark, physician relations and marketing manag…

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In September, celebrity vocal coach Andy Anselmo gave $500,000 to Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The gift was a pledge toward a new arts center on the campus. Now, with Christmas in the air, Anselmo is announcing a new gift. He is pledging an additional $200,000. This new bequest will help fund a residency in the arts center by the ed…

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Configuration Dance Theatre is switching on the lights for a Buffalo-centric production of "The Nutcracker." The Tchaikovsky ballet will be set against the fanciful backdrop of the Pan-American Exposition of 1901. The magic begins at a Christmas party in a beautiful Buffalo home. Some of the city’s most prominent citizens are present. And the Christmas tree glows, for t…

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Farmers' markets – indoor and out – a kidney bean cookoff, and a seminar for breast cancer survivors that focuses on their relationships are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. x MONDAY Swing dancing. 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Polish Cade…

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Mayo Alanen danced eight years ago on ABC-TV's smash hit "Dancing with the Stars" with actress Lisa Rinna, as well as fellow professional dance instructors Kym Johnson and Anna Demidova. He has taken the ballroom dance circuit by storm during the last year with a different partner, Lauren Walier, a 20-year-old college freshman with cerebral palsy and deep Western New Yo…

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Fans of "Dancing With the Stars" will get an up-close look at all the moves that made the ABC show such a hit with fans. “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night,” coming to town at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Shea's Performing Arts Center, will showcase all the dance moves you see on the show being performed by dancers on Season 25. Performers include Lindsay Ar…

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September is join-up month for the Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York. The children’s group for ages 4 to 8 starts practice at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The youth group for ages 9 to 12 begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for teens and adults. There is especially a need for males of all ages, said Michelle Kisluk. All practices take place at…

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Two Frank Lloyd Wright historic site-inspired yoga classes the season's first salsa class in Delaware Park (depending on the weather) and a state pickleball tournament in Amherst are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Sl…

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Jill Nykkei wanted to take up adult ballet 20 years ago when friends encouraged her to try a 10-week belly dancing class instead. “As a child, I did the regular Western New York things most little girls do: ballet, tap, jazz, riding lessons,” said Nykkei, a trained graphic design-advertising specialist who fell so hard for the dance form that she started her own studio …

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Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome opportunity f…