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NEWSPAPER EXCERPTS

Over the years, a number of newspaper/magazine articles have mentioned our dance group.

Below are the excerpts from some of these articles which mention DanceInTime.

Many different newspapers are represented, including the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, The Kennedy Center News, The Capital-Gazette, the Montgomery County Gazette, etc.

Enjoy!

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1.   From: The Gazette
Maryland Community Newspapers
July 29, 2010

Cheverly event asks for some shoes, then some moves

Protect the feet of children and get a free salsa lesson

by Liz Skalski, Staff Writer

Strap on those dancing shoes, feel the rhythm and get ready to salsa.

Publick Playhouse is hosting its second annual ShoeBert Alley dancing event that benefits area children from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Playhouse in Cheverly.  The event begins with an hour-long salsa lesson, followed by two hours of open floor salsa dancing to music from Bio Ritmo, a Richmond-based Latin band.

Barbara Bernstein, the owner of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan-based Dance In Time Productions, will teach the salsa lesson and perform a salsa dance demonstration with partner Cedric Teamer.  "The nature of the music is so lively and just so rhythmic. I certainly think it's good, clean fun," Bernstein said.

Bio Ritmo plans to perform two, one-hour sets of music after the lesson.  Marlysse Simmons, the pianist for Bio Ritmo and a songwriter, said the Latin music will only incite salsa dancing.  "It will be something for them to party to, get up and dance to," said Simmons, 35, of Richmond. "We are an alternative salsa band because we definitely mix it up. It's fun music because we can interact with the audience."  The band, which has been based in Richmond for 20 years, is comprised of three singers, and musicians who play the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, a synthesizer, electric bass guitar, congas and bongos.

The vendor, El Taco Azteca, will serve chicken, beef and pork tamales and tacos, said Sonya Kitchens, the assistant director of the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly. More than 100 people are expected to attend.  "I think it'll be a good way of bringing cultures together," Kitchens said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."   Last year, the Playhouse held a blues band event.

The event, which costs $15 or a new pair of shoes and socks for a preschool or elementary age child, will be given to the Prince George's County Department of Social Services to benefit children in the county.

Bernstein, who has been dancing salsa for eight years, and Teamer will teach event participants the basics of salsa dancing, and then perform a salsa demonstration.   The hour-long lesson, geared for beginners, will start with Bernstein teaching the footwork to salsa dancing, which includes picking up their feet, learning to shift their weight with every step and taking small steps with each beat.   Participants will then partner up and learn basic movements, including underarm turns. Bernstein will explain the how dancers learn to lead — typically done by men — and to follow, typically the woman's role.

"There's a lot to absorb. When someone masters this they're well on their way to dancing salsa," Bernstein said. "What makes it fun is the music — that's hard for that not to be great fun."  Salsa has seemingly become one of the most popular types of dance, Bernstein said.   

"It's great if people can take a dance class, but the reality is we want people to dance however they feel like it," Simmons said. "With salsa music people tend to get very scared when they see other people doing it. It's more important that people have fun and get into it."

Bernstein said she believes that dance opens up "a world of joy."   "It's really almost impossible to be sad while you're dancing — it's a biological imperative," she said. "Dance is an expression of joy. I can really open up a new world and one where you forget your cares and one where you thoroughly enjoy yourself."

Photos by Chris Anderson at the Gazette: Barbara Bernstein and Erick Sanchez of Dance in Time Productions rehearse salsa dancing.

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2.   From: The Belvoir Eagle
Fort Belvoir, VA
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Belvoir celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Andrew Sharbel, Staff writer

DanceInTime performed several well-known Hispanic dances during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month observance at the Community Center Sept. 16. Photo by Marny Malin

The Fort Belvoir community gathered Thursday for its annual Hispanic Heritage Month observance at the Community Center.

This year’s nationwide Hispanic Heritage Month theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America.”

In addition to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Thursday also marked the 200th year of Mexico’s independence and the 100th celebration of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution.

The observance was highlighted by a dance performance by Barbara Bernstein and her production company, DanceInTime.

Bernstein has a background in ballroom, salsa and rueda and foreign folk dance. She has taught at numerous studios, nightclubs, athletic facilities, and parks and recreation departments.

She has produced shows at the Kennedy Center, the Verizon Center, the Convention Center of Washington, D.C., a World Bank Carpet Gala and has conducted numerous shows for Hispanic Heritage Month, Women’s History Month and Women’s Equality Day.

The production allowed the attendees to learn about the musical history of Latin America and six popular Hispanic dances-the joropo from Venezuela; the cha-cha from Mexico; the fandango from Colombia; the merengue from the Dominican Republic and Haiti; the sanjuanito from Ecuador; and the salsa from Cuba.

In addition, each dance included authentic clothing from each respective country.

After the original dance demonstration, Bernstein invited members of the community to come up to the dance floor to learn the merengue and salsa.

Installation Commander Col. John Strycula and Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Berhane both presented the production company with a bronze eagle statue to say thank you for their wonderful show.

After the observance, guests were treated to an authentic tasting of Hispanic cuisine.

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3.  From The Gazette--January 31, 2007

County Caliente:  Montgomery serves up a Spicy Taste of Salsa Dancing 

by Chris Slattery, Staff Writer    (Article is on page B10 of the Bethesda edition and page A46 of the Silver Spring edition.)

For the first time in her life, Barbara Bernstein says, ‘‘I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time.”  The Silver Spring native is a dance instructor, and the dance that has her feeling so serendipitous is salsa.‘‘  It’s a wonderful dance,” she says, ‘‘fun and lively, a wonderful activity.‘‘       

                                                                                                                                                            
And between the rise in the Hispanic population in this area and the rise in salsa’s popularity, I’m pretty busy!”
She won’t be taking a break anytime soon. In April, Bernstein will start up salsa rueda classes at Glen Echo Park. There, in the Bumper Car Pavilion and the appropriately named Spanish Ballroom, salsa is on the menu during the spring and summer months along with swing and contra dances.

Bernstein is living proof that ‘‘you don’t have to be Latino to love this.”  It does help to have that certain ‘‘sabor” or flavor. Salsa is, after all, a hybrid dance with origins in Latin American/Spanish-Caribbean culture. The Cuban mambo, according to Bernstein, is salsa’s closest relative.

"Mambo is a ballroom dance,” she explains. ‘‘Salsa is a street dance; it’s performed with feeling, with flair and sabor.”  Some say its origins can be traced back to the rhythms of West Africa that enslaved people brought to the Caribbean and mixed with the music of the Spanish who settled there. Most concur that the Cuban dance known as ‘‘son” was the basis for both mambo and salsa — although Tito Puente rejected the whole idea of ‘‘salsa” and Ruben Blades defined it as ‘‘just a concept.”

Did Puerto Ricans create salsa in New York City in the 1960s? Was it invented by Mexicans with their love of mariachi? It depends on who you ask. What everyone agrees upon is this: The word ‘‘salsa” is Spanish for sauce. And the ingredients in this particular sauce — son, Cumbia, Guaracha, Merengue — mix up into a dance style that unites — and excites — dancers all over the world....

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4. From the Capital-Gazette; Arundel Report Section 6/26/05
Copyright 2005 Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc.
The Capital (Annapolis, MD)

June 26, 2005 Sunday
SECTION: ARUNDEL; Pg. D1
HEADLINE: Latin Flair
BYLINE: PETER HOLLEY, Staff Writer

Nearly one-thousand Annapolis residents, kids and community leaders including First Lady Kendel S. Ehrlich, braved the afternoon heat for a chance to experience Latino culture yesterday afternoon, at the third annual Hispanic Family and Children's Festival...

Organizers from Centro De Ayuda -- Spanish for Center of Help -- said...they were pleased with...the opportunity the event provided them to reach out to Annapolis' growing Hispanic community. The non-profit center offers Anne Arundel Hispanic families an array of charitable services..." It has been great," said Mauricio E. Barreiro, chairman of the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Without question the festival's pulse and ultimately its highlight, was the contagious Latin music that held the crowd's attention throughout the afternoon, courtesy of Baltimore-based Grupo Latino Continental. Although the crowd was initially tentative, it wasn't long before bobbing heads and shuffling feet became the norm.

Salsa dance instructor Barbara Bernstein, who specializes in a group form of Salsa - a variation on the dance's traditional couplings - believes the festival's growing popularity is a sign Annapolis is on the brink of a Salsa explosion. Ms. Bernstein provided free dance lessons, giving festival-goers a chance to experience a culture she loves, and of course, to dance whenever possible.

"There's a growing Hispanic community in Annapolis most major cities have a fair amount of salsa," she said. "It's time has come in Annapolis."...
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5. From The Jeffersonian; Health and Well-Being Section
9/16/03

The Jeffersonian
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Section A---Page 5

Studio host to salsa dancers

Patrice Dirican
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Catonsville

Catonsville's Avalon Studio for Movement and Dance has been the scene of some saucy moves and hot rhythms recently.

The studo is hosting several salsa groups booked to perform the Casino Rueda at the Fiesta Musical to be held at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Sept. 21, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. ....

The Casino Rueda, which originiated in Cuban nightclubs in the 1950s, is done in a "rueda," or circle, composed of two or more couples executing a series of synchronized moves announced by a caller with partners passed around.

"To my view, the steps are very complex," said Bernstein whose resume includes experience in a variety of Latin dance forms, as well as ballroom and foreign folk styles. "I really love this dance. It's a very joyful kind of experience."

Bernstein, a former mathematician and part-time publisher of instructional tax materials, is regarded as an expert on the salsa rueda, having choreographed and staged audience-interactive performances at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington Convention Center.

To learn more about rueda classes at Avalon, call Barbara Bernstein at 301-464-6244 or visit www.DanceInTimeProductions.com.
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6. From the Baltimore Sun
Live Section
6/16/05

The Sun
Live Section June 16, 2005; Page 23T

Article: Cheap Date
by Sam Sessa

Salsa Night

Where: TK Sharky's, 2072 Sommerville Road, Annapolis

When: 8 tonight and the first and third Thursdays of every month

Why: Admit it, guys and gals: You've always wanted to be able to show off your salsa moves---you just never learned any. Now you don't have an excuse. Follow dance instructor Barbara Bernstein's lead 8 p.m.-9:15 p.m., and then flash your newly learned salsa chops on the dance floor all night.

Information: 301-980-6043, www.danceintime.com. $7.

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7.   From: The Gazette
 Maryland Community Newspapers
Friday, May 15, 2009

Frederick's young professionals dancing to a new beat


Group, established through social network Meetup, takes on salsa dancing

by Katherine Mullen | Staff Writer

Salsa is the type of music and dance that changes your mood.

Inside the rectangular bar of Danielle's Restaurant, young Frederick professionals have started to meet regularly to learn how to salsa with Frederick Salsa Meetup, a new group that formed in March.

Established through Meetup — a worldwide network of social groups online — nearly 30 people arrived at Frederick Salsa Meetup's first event on April 29 at Danielle's Restaurant on North East Street.

An hour before the salsa lesson began on the narrow, wood floor, dancers of all levels mingled over drinks and appetizers. Women dressed in high heels and jeans and men sporting dress shirts then took to the dance floor for a free beginner lesson by Barbara Bernstein of Dance in Time Productions.

"You will never look on the dance floor and see anyone unhappy," said Scot Wilson of Harper's Ferry, W.Va. Wilson has taken salsa lessons on and off two years in Frederick, and has organized other Frederick Meetup groups for whitewater rafting and hiking.

According to Aaron Ferrufino, organizer of Frederick Salsa Meetup, there is no other place in Frederick for people to salsa. Though most opportunities to salsa are in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Ferrufino believes Frederick Salsa Meetup will be a big hit. "We can definitely get a decent crowd once a month," he noted.

Frederick Salsa Meetup is a private, online group, where interested members have to sign up on the group's Web site. Though the first event was free, the group charges $10 in advance or $15 at the door for upcoming salsa meetings.

Tania Lombo of Buckeystown chatted with a friend before the lesson began and noted that she likes to learn new styles of salsa, like rueda. Lombo, who is Colombian, said she wasn't surprised that Frederick Salsa Meetup formed. Frederick is growing, she noted, and there is a need for social activities for young, single professionals.

Salsa is difficult in the beginning, Lombo said, but you have to listen to the beat and learn how to lead or be lead. "It all depends on your personal rhythm—how you feel the music in your body," she said.

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8.   From: Soundoff!
Ft. Meade, MD
September 23, 2010

Latin dance brings salsa flavor to Club Meade

Hispanic culture celebrated with monthly event

By Lisa R. Rhodes, Staff Writer

Excerpt below. (For full article, click here.)

The history and role of Latin music and dance will be the topic of a presentation by Dr. Barbara Bernstein, director of Dance In Time Productions, for the installation's annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. Dance In Time Productions teaches and performs Latin dances throughout the Washington-metropolitan area.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center. Bernstein's dance company will perform.