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Sasha Janes, Rebecca Carmazzi and family. Provided photo.

For NCDT’s Janes, Carmazzi, dance life takes backseat to family life

After a long day in the studios with the dancers of North Carolina Dance Theatre, Sasha Janes just wants to go home, crack open a beer and have his face painted like a butterfly.

The NCDT associate artistic director and choreographer’s 3½-year-old daughter Jaidyn would paint her parents’ faces everyday if they’d let her.

Face painting, trips to the park and riding around with three kids on one bike are now as much a part of Janes’ life as ballet classes and rehearsals.

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Becker previews 2013 Season at final Porch Discussion

For the final Porch Discussion of the season, the board of trustees fittingly invited Institution President Thomas M. Becker to speak during Week Nine’s presidential-themed week.

The discussion took place on the Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning and covered the weekly themes and committed speakers for the 2013 Season.

Audience members then asked about the process of selecting topics and speakers and whether Chautauquans are involved.

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Crosby to present film on legendary dance teacher Graham

Though many came before her, Martha Graham is credited as the mother of modern dance.

Graham’s staggering influence has made her perhaps the most significant dancer in the 20th century, and Chautauqua Dance Circle’s co-founding president Bonnie Crosby trained at her school of contemporary dance in the 1960s.

With that in mind, Crosby wanted to share the film “Martha Graham: A Dancer’s World” at the final CDC program at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

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A bat is measured and weighed in order to determine its body mass index during a 2010 study at Chautauqua. Daily file photo.

In making plans for Amp, Chautauqua goes to bat for bats

High above the platform for world-renowned lecturers, resounding symphonies and graceful ballets, two men — armed with a device that looks like an old-fashioned transistor radio — investigate a dark, sweltering area of the Amphitheater few people aside from stagehands ever see.

A musty scent lingers in the dusty air, and the worn, wooden floor is wrought with holes that could send someone through with one miscalculated step. Light peeks in through the holes, revealing a small glimpse of the programs below, a stage for more than a century of Chautauqua tradition.

John Shedd, Chautauqua’s administrator of architecture and land use regulations and capital projects manager, is joined by John Hermanson, a professor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.

They are on a hunt. Their target: bats.

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Babcock talks lifelong learning at Week Eight porch discussion

Director of Education and Youth Services Sherra Babcock spoke on the topic “Deepening Chautauqua’s Educational Impact” at the Week Eight Chautauqua Institution Trustees Porch Discussion.

The weekly topical discussions are held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on the Hultquist Center porch.

Before opening up the discussion, Babcock gave an overview of programs that fall under the responsibility of the Department of Education and Youth Services.

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Crosby to reprise CDC lecture on Robbins, a master of Americana

Returning to the subject of his Week Two lecture for the Chautauqua Dance Circle, Chautauquan Steve Crosby will again share stories of award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins, otherwise known as the “demon master of ballet and Broadway,” at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

The American choreographer of shows including On the Town, West Side Story, The King and I and Fiddler on the Roof was infamously disliked by many of the dancers he worked with, said Crosby, who also serves as CDC treasurer.

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CPOA members elect leadership, hear from Institution, local officials in annual meeting

The Chautauqua Property Owners Association held its annual business meeting of the season Saturday morning in the Hall of Philosophy.

The meeting began with the President’s Welcome, given by CPOA President Hugh Butler and included an approval of the 2011 minutes, an approval of the 2011 Treasurer’s Report, an outdoor lighting committee update and a nominations committee report.

Vice president Bill Neches presented an update on the outdoor lighting committee reminding Chautauquans that there is still one more informational lighting walk-about this season at 9:30 p.m. Sunday starting in front of the Colonnade.

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Corporation re-elects Miller to board, receives updates from Institution

The annual meeting of the Chautauqua Corporation took place Saturday morning in the Hall of Philosophy followed by an open forum.

The meeting began with an introduction of the present trustees and approval of the 2011 minutes.

The Chautauqua Institution board is made up of 24 trustees, 20 of whom are elected by the board itself. Members of the corporation, which includes property owners, elect the other four trustees.

One of those trustees, Greg Miller, will reach the end of his term this season.

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