Now in its tenth season as Cleveland's National Repertory Dance Company, Verb Ballets promotes public appreciation and passion for contemporary dance with a variety of live performances, educational programs, and community outreach efforts. Led by director Dr. Margaret Carlson, the theme for this season is storytelling, and the three included shows embody the best way to see a yarn gracefully spun from the body besides hiring an arachnid novelist. American Lore explores classic continental legends through dance, from a profile of definitive American composer Aaron Copland and revisitation of Martha Graham's famed "Appalachian Spring" to a world premiere of "Billy the Kid," choreographed by Ginger Thatcher. On February 17, Alternative Moves explores the boundaries of religious fervor with Chung-Fu Chang's mystic tale from Taiwan and Doris Humphrey's "Dance of the Chosen," about the Shakers for whom Shaker Heights is named. Finally, select a date (April 26, 27, or 28) to see Verb Ballets' reimagining of the classic Spanish opera Carmen, recomposed with a focus on drum and strings and emboldened with expressive contemporary dance.
Over the past quarter-century, Karen has helped wedding guests get to the chapel on time, prospective employees stand out from the crowd, and family members send little thank-yous in style. “I consider it an honor to be invited into your lives,” she says—and it’s an honor she takes seriously. Beyond creating original, ornate designs for save-the-date cards or personalizing bar or bat mitzvah gift-bags, she provides a full-bore experience, even going so far as to hunt down chocolates made at a peanut-free facility for one affianced couple before their big day.
While crafting 3-D computer models as an architect, Genesis Inman realized that she enjoyed the artistic aspect of her career far more than the basics of construction. She began to delve into this love of creating beauty during her maternity leave, experimenting with photography and eventually turning that side interest into a full-time endeavor. These days, Inman searches deep within her camera for inspiring images of nature, heartwarming pictures of families, and personal yet professional portraits for businesses. She specializes in fashioning themed compositions for children, snatching up youth's precious, fleeting moments before they're marred by facial hair.
With more than 60 years of combined rug-cutting experience, La Danse Cleveland's co-owners, Esther Rehm-Cohen and Tim Brown, have helped untold numbers of students twirl, hop, and belly slide across the dance floor. Certified as a ballroom instructor in 1981, Esther has won national awards for her teaching skills and has had the distinct honor of training couples who have gone on to rank in competitions. She garnered the position of head coach of the Case Western Reserve University ballroom team before fate's two-step led her to a partnership with Tim to run La Danse Cleveland's ample 6,000-square-foot studio. Boasting a background that includes competition in professional arenas as well as work as a dancing judge and a choreographer, co-owner Tim delights in crafting group classes and private lessons that excite and challenge students.
Included on the studio's roster of lessons are styles from Viennese waltz to nightclub two-step, along with sessions tailored specifically to children and to adult fitness goals. In classes and dance parties open to the public, students and social dancers alike rendezvous with Esther, Tim, and their impressive stable of instructors, whose resumés include stints with such world-class companies as the Boston Ballet and Gene Kelly's gutter-cleaning company.
Connections: Health.Wellness.Advocacy delivers a comprehensive array of behavioral health care services that promote a high quality of life among more than 6,000 individuals in the region. The organization targets people's needs in a culturally competent manner with necessary programs in psychiatric support, deaf and hard-of-hearing services, geriatrics, perinatal services, and pharmacological management. Connections has recently worked to improve the health care infrastructure in the region through a variety of projects, including the construction of a new primary-care clinic in Beachwood and a cloud-based medical-record system.
A mobile service, Bar Nova dispatches its team of bartenders and professional bar supplies to events big and small, including wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, and private parties. Beforehand, the company consults with its clients to create a cocktail menu, plus a shopping list of necessary liquors, mixers, fruits, and other supplies. By the time guests start filing in, Bar Nova will have already set up an elegant bar scene, complete with professional bartenders to craft cocktails and barbacks to lead renditions of “My Heart Will Go On” if a drink is spilled.
The professional garment cleansers at Budget Dry Cleaners provide myriad services to expel pesky dirt and unwanted stains from fine fabrics. Most garments ($2.49) are purged through a process that includes a meticulous prespotting regime, to maximize stain removal. Laundered shirts ($1.79) return to their beloved owners with finely pressed collars and cuffs, customized levels of starch, and on a hanger. Budget Dry Cleaners can also scour table clothes ($15), blankets ($20), bedspreads ($20), comforters ($20), and suede and leather coverings ($35), leaving each in tip-top shape after house-wide cleaning days necessitated by an open-top blender's joyride on a Roomba.