Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra satiates culture-hungry eardrums with creative, conceptual concerts studded with guest string-stars from across the country. The British Influence adheres to its name, focusing on three non-British composers—Romantic-era maestro Felix Mendelssohn, German composer Max Bruch, and 20th-century Australian pianist Percy Grainger—that were inspired to orchestrate masterful works after brushes with the landscapes, traditions, or culture of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Accomplished violinist and Portland native JiYun Jeong joins the symphony once again, helping to weave a tapestry of royal reminiscence on Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in G Minor.
• For $22, you get two lower-level reserved tickets (a $44 value). Reserved seating preference starts from section 96 through section 92 and will move to the west side of the stadium if needed. • For $32, you get two 50-yard-line tickets (a $64 value). Seats will be in section 118 on a first-come, first-served basis.
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For more than 30 years, the dramatists at Portland Center Stage have regaled audiences with nonstop lineups of classic plays, acclaimed modern works, and specially commissioned pieces. Works to suit all tastes await year-round—anything from sci-fi think pieces to bombastic musical theater to football match re-enactments. Thanks to their comprehensive educational programs, Portlanders of all ages can get in on the action, lights, and maybe even the camera.
Applauded in the Jerusalem Post for his energetic arrangements, Monger choreographer Barak Marshall crafts complex and spirited performances that combine strong storytelling with highly physical dance. Monger follows 10 servants trapped in the basement of their mistress's house as they struggle with the complicated dynamics of hierarchical behavior and abuse of power. Inspired by Jean Genet's The Maids and Robert Altman's film Gosford Park, Monger comes soundtracked with the tunes of Balkan Beat Box, Handel, Verdi, and NPR's Yiddish Radio Project.