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Nutcracker silhouette — Dancer Candace Bouchard warms up before her entrance during Oregon Ballet Theatre’s final dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker in Portland, Ore. The show runs through Dec. 24. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura) 

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Nutcracker silhouette — Dancer Candace Bouchard warms up before her entrance during Oregon Ballet Theatre’s final dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker in Portland, Ore. The show runs through Dec. 24. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura) 

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Beloved Toronto dancing crossing guard told told to cut it out
Over the past few years, Kathleen Byers has become known as the dancing crossing guard at the Dufferin Street crosswalk near Grove Community Public School. On Wednesday, Toronto police told the 64-year-old to stop dancing on the job because it creates a public safety hazard and puts pedestrians’ lives at risk. Robin Grant visited Ms. Byers on Friday on the job, as she helped children cross safely and kept her boogeying to the sidewalk.
Q What’s happening here? You are getting in trouble for dancing on the job?
Byers I just basically heard on Wednesday morning … that I shouldn’t bring my music, dance or dance with music. When asked if I could just exercise – no, can’t even do that. When I talked to the sergeant [at 14 Division], she said: ‘Well, you know, there have been a lot of pedestrian accidents… and on that note we feel you are a distraction and your dancing is risking the lives of children here because dancing would encourage or make a driver hit one of the kids.’ I was never told that I was doing anything wrong in 10 years. No one ever said anything. (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)

Beloved Toronto dancing crossing guard told told to cut it out

Over the past few years, Kathleen Byers has become known as the dancing crossing guard at the Dufferin Street crosswalk near Grove Community Public School. On Wednesday, Toronto police told the 64-year-old to stop dancing on the job because it creates a public safety hazard and puts pedestrians’ lives at risk. Robin Grant visited Ms. Byers on Friday on the job, as she helped children cross safely and kept her boogeying to the sidewalk.

Q What’s happening here? You are getting in trouble for dancing on the job?

Byers I just basically heard on Wednesday morning … that I shouldn’t bring my music, dance or dance with music. When asked if I could just exercise – no, can’t even do that. When I talked to the sergeant [at 14 Division], she said: ‘Well, you know, there have been a lot of pedestrian accidents… and on that note we feel you are a distraction and your dancing is risking the lives of children here because dancing would encourage or make a driver hit one of the kids.’ I was never told that I was doing anything wrong in 10 years. No one ever said anything. (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)

Algerian refugees sought protection from Islamists who equate ballet with homosexuality and ‘depravity’
Seven members of the Algerian National Ballet have been granted refugee status in Canada, and the claim of an eighth is being reviewed, after they deserted and asked for asylum following performances in Ottawa and Montreal.
The dancers sought refuge on the grounds they had been threatened by Algerian Islamists, whom they said equate ballet with homosexuality and “depravity.” Neither police nor the ballet company took steps to protect them, they said.
After they abandoned their tour and fled, outraged Algerian officials also reportedly made public comments threatening them with reprisals, including an official at the Algerian embassy in Ottawa and a former director of the national ballet.

Algerian refugees sought protection from Islamists who equate ballet with homosexuality and ‘depravity’

Seven members of the Algerian National Ballet have been granted refugee status in Canada, and the claim of an eighth is being reviewed, after they deserted and asked for asylum following performances in Ottawa and Montreal.

The dancers sought refuge on the grounds they had been threatened by Algerian Islamists, whom they said equate ballet with homosexuality and “depravity.” Neither police nor the ballet company took steps to protect them, they said.

After they abandoned their tour and fled, outraged Algerian officials also reportedly made public comments threatening them with reprisals, including an official at the Algerian embassy in Ottawa and a former director of the national ballet.

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The passion of tango — Passion was on full display during the Stage Tango competition of the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 27, 2013. (Photos by DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dancer ‘kicked out’ of Royal Winnipeg Ballet school for doing gay pornJeppe Hansen endured gruelling auditions to score a spot with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, earned a scholarship from its school and won a choreography contest while there. But his burgeoning Winnipeg career ended quickly this spring when school officials discovered the impish blond’s extracurricular activities: Performing in gay porn under the stage name “Jett Black.”“I was definitely kicked out of school,” he told the National Post from New York City, where he moved after his school year was cut short. “They didn’t really give me any options. They actually stated that they knew what was going on and they didn’t approve of it and they couldn’t have me at the school any longer.”According to Mr. Hensen, school officials asked him to sign a resignation letter that would excuse him from the professional division program. Then he was taken to his locker, supervised while he cleaned it out, and escorted out the door. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

Dancer ‘kicked out’ of Royal Winnipeg Ballet school for doing gay porn
Jeppe Hansen endured gruelling auditions to score a spot with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, earned a scholarship from its school and won a choreography contest while there. But his burgeoning Winnipeg career ended quickly this spring when school officials discovered the impish blond’s extracurricular activities: Performing in gay porn under the stage name “Jett Black.”

“I was definitely kicked out of school,” he told the National Post from New York City, where he moved after his school year was cut short. “They didn’t really give me any options. They actually stated that they knew what was going on and they didn’t approve of it and they couldn’t have me at the school any longer.”

According to Mr. Hensen, school officials asked him to sign a resignation letter that would excuse him from the professional division program. Then he was taken to his locker, supervised while he cleaned it out, and escorted out the door. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

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Revelers dance during the first day of ‘La Patum’ Festival on May 30, 2013 in Berga, Spain.  The Patum festival’s roots are found in the theatrical performances of the Middle Ages. The festival is held  in the town of Berga each year during the week of Corpus Christi. The event is believed to date from the second half of the 14th century - the first written reference to the Corpus celebrations in Berga were made in 1454. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Artists of the circus show ‘Cirque du Soleil’ perform during their show “Varekai” on March 20, 2013 in Bogota, Colombia. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images

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Artists of the circus show ‘Cirque du Soleil’ perform during their show “Varekai” on March 20, 2013 in Bogota, Colombia. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images

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Catherine Zeta-Jones performs onstage during the Oscars. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron onstage during the Oscars Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron onstage during the Oscars Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Cramping their style: Canada’s two-time world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lost to American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White for the second consecutive competition at the Four Continents championships on Sunday.Virtue and Moir had a strong start to their sizzling “Carmen” program, but had to stop about three minutes in when Virtue felt a cramp in her leg. The Canadians were able to resume a couple of minutes later.“I just had some cramp in my legs to deal with. I’m glad we collected ourselves and kept pushing through the program,” Virtue said. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

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Cramping their style: Canada’s two-time world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lost to American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White for the second consecutive competition at the Four Continents championships on Sunday.

Virtue and Moir had a strong start to their sizzling “Carmen” program, but had to stop about three minutes in when Virtue felt a cramp in her leg. The Canadians were able to resume a couple of minutes later.

“I just had some cramp in my legs to deal with. I’m glad we collected ourselves and kept pushing through the program,” Virtue said. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Year in Ideas: What a Korean rapper taught us about pop culture todayThe video for Gangnam Style, the unlikely hit from South Korean rapper/fancy dresser Psy, has been viewed on YouTube more than one billion times since June. Of these, half a billion involved people watching it so they could memorize the moves for their own Gangnam Style parody and a quarter billion that involved curious watchers who, at the end of four minutes and 13 seconds, were left baffled as to how that song became the most-watched internet video of all time. (These are estimates only.)But aside from the fact that people still seem to get a kick out of bow ties, the Gangnam phenomenon says something about how we experience culture in an internet world. Just don’t expect Psy to be a big deal in 2013, too.Psy is not particularly handsome, nor does he approach adorable. Fans of Justin Bieber, whom Psy surpassed to break the YouTube record, generally consider their man to be one or the other. Gangnam Style has an undeniable earworm quality to it, but it’s hardly the first catchy song to be released in the YouTube era. And, the lyrics? Who knows? There’s the part where he says “Gangnam Style” and the part when he says “sexy lady”, then all the other stuff in Korean. He could be reciting the dictionary for all most of us know.

Year in Ideas: What a Korean rapper taught us about pop culture today
The video for Gangnam Style, the unlikely hit from South Korean rapper/fancy dresser Psy, has been viewed on YouTube more than one billion times since June. Of these, half a billion involved people watching it so they could memorize the moves for their own Gangnam Style parody and a quarter billion that involved curious watchers who, at the end of four minutes and 13 seconds, were left baffled as to how that song became the most-watched internet video of all time. (These are estimates only.)

But aside from the fact that people still seem to get a kick out of bow ties, the Gangnam phenomenon says something about how we experience culture in an internet world. Just don’t expect Psy to be a big deal in 2013, too.

Psy is not particularly handsome, nor does he approach adorable. Fans of Justin Bieber, whom Psy surpassed to break the YouTube record, generally consider their man to be one or the other. Gangnam Style has an undeniable earworm quality to it, but it’s hardly the first catchy song to be released in the YouTube era. And, the lyrics? Who knows? There’s the part where he says “Gangnam Style” and the part when he says “sexy lady”, then all the other stuff in Korean. He could be reciting the dictionary for all most of us know.

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Olympic and world champions Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., were the ice dance victors at the Rostelecom Cup on Saturday.Virtue and Moir also dominated with a season-best 173.99 points. It is the third time in four seasons that the Canadians have won the maximum two Grand Prix in a season.“It was great, a really solid performance for us,” said Virtue. “From beginning until the end there was a little bit more intensity in every movement. Our goal this year was not to repeat any element we’ve done in the past; every lift, footwork and spin is new. That’s risky in ice dancing and at this point in the year we have to stay focused on the big goal and continue building to the worlds.”

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Olympic and world champions Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., were the ice dance victors at the Rostelecom Cup on Saturday.

Virtue and Moir also dominated with a season-best 173.99 points. It is the third time in four seasons that the Canadians have won the maximum two Grand Prix in a season.

“It was great, a really solid performance for us,” said Virtue. “From beginning until the end there was a little bit more intensity in every movement. Our goal this year was not to repeat any element we’ve done in the past; every lift, footwork and spin is new. That’s risky in ice dancing and at this point in the year we have to stay focused on the big goal and continue building to the worlds.”

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Oh Canada! Rosannagh MacLennan won the country’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics, after finishing first in the trampoline.

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Oh Canada! Rosannagh MacLennan won the country’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics, after finishing first in the trampoline.

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Taking the lead: So you think you can challenge gender roles in dance?A Toronto woman says she was kicked out of a modern jive class after trying to lead her male partner, in the latest sign of a push against the traditional gender roles that still dominate the ballroom dancefloor.Andrea Seto, 25, tried to switch to a lead role during a recent class at Jive Nation Toronto, but said her instructor objected. After repeatedly pushing for an explanation, Ms. Seto says she was asked to leave. She had taken classes with the dance school since January.“It just seemed like it was kind of sexist…. As a patron paying for a service, it seems I should be the one deciding what I’m learning,” Ms. Seto said. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

Taking the lead: So you think you can challenge gender roles in dance?
A Toronto woman says she was kicked out of a modern jive class after trying to lead her male partner, in the latest sign of a push against the traditional gender roles that still dominate the ballroom dancefloor.

Andrea Seto, 25, tried to switch to a lead role during a recent class at Jive Nation Toronto, but said her instructor objected. After repeatedly pushing for an explanation, Ms. Seto says she was asked to leave. She had taken classes with the dance school since January.

“It just seemed like it was kind of sexist…. As a patron paying for a service, it seems I should be the one deciding what I’m learning,” Ms. Seto said. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

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