Holloway Memorial Launched
A new fund established in Wheeling is well on its way to taking dance to underserved audiences and providing scholarships for aspiring dancers.
The Joseph B. Holloway Memorial Scholarship Fund has been launched to provide financial assistance for area children to attend Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance. Money from the fund also can be used for dance performances and demonstrations at after-school programs and other facilities to reach youngsters who might not otherwise have any exposure to the art of dance.
Joseph Holloway, a Wheeling native, was a modern dancer, choreographer and teacher. He died in 1999.
New York cabaret entertainer Mark Nadler, who was Holloway’s partner, performed his popular show, “Cole Porter After Dark,” at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling on Sept. 28. He presented the show as a tribute to Holloway and to raise money for the new scholarship fund.
Before the show, $40,000 had already been raised for the cause, with additional contributions anticipated.
Also on hand for the festivities was Valerie Feit, Holloway’s dance partner and collaborator. While having old recordings transferred to a modern medium, Feit discovered a recording that had been made of her performance of “The Miracle of the Rose,” choreographed by Holloway. That dance has been called one of Holloway’s finest works.
As a special treat for guests attending the event, New York dancer Jennie Begley performed “The Miracle of the Rose” at the Stifel. She was a featured dancer on the television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” before joining the Complexions Contemporary Ballet company in New York.
Guests were told that Begley’s performance was recorded for a possible HBO documentary.
The cabaret evening was hosted by Holloway’s brothers, Pete Holloway and Dr. John Holloway of Wheeling. Continuing a family tradition, Pete Holloway’s elder son, Walker Holloway of Wheeling, is now a professional dancer.
Glen Dale native and country music superstar Brad Paisley has completed a record-breaking European tour that included visits to eight countries in 12 days.
According to Paisley’s publicists, his travels encompassed 13,815 miles, 32 Eurotunnel miles and 107 ferry miles. He performed in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, England, Ireland and Switzerland.
“All shows were sold out and Paisley now holds the record for a headlining country artist in all venues,” a spokesman said.
A reviewer for Entertainment FOCUS praised Paisley’s London show, stating, “Brad Paisley definitely brought the party to the O2 last night with a slick, high-energy, star-studded set that was a ton of fun and had great energy throughout. He showed off his incredible skill as a vocalist, songwriter and guitar player and it was a brilliantly entertaining performance.”
On the local musical front, professors Linda Cowan and Ryan Keeling and Hilltop Opera plan to produce “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on the West Liberty University campus in early February.
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