Dancing Well demonstration at a veterans health expo in Louisville, Kentucky

Dancing Well Offers Veterans with PTSD and TBI a Way to Ease into Civilian Life

By Rhonda J. Miller A dance program is offering Kentucky veterans with mental health issues a way to ease back into civilian life. The state’s Department of Veterans Affairs estimates thousands of Kentucky veterans...

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Labor of Love Has Roots in Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals

A labor of love can be sparked by a smile from a legendary blues musician. In Rhode Island, a 20-year-long community music gathering has roots in the Newport jazz and folk festivals. There’s...

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Crazy Heart Author Not The Weary Kind With Novel In Spotlight

With the movie “Crazy Heart” winning Academy Awards for best actor and best original song, Rhode Island author Thomas Cobb says the seeds of his book were planted in his own days as a...

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Dancing Into Death

None of us knows when our heart will beat its last beat. For Rodolfo Akel that last beat came on the dance floor. Friends in the Cajun and Zydeco dance community in New...

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Ladino Songs Shed Light on Endangered Language of Jews

As the candles of Hanukah connect Jews around the world, holiday songs in Ladino shine a light on a language UNESCO rates as “severely endangered.”  Ladino is a language that’s been traveling with...

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Like Hanukah Oil, Endangered Ladino Endures Among Jews

As Jews around the world celebrate Hanukah, some in Boston are singing in Ladino, a language UNESCO rates as “severely endangered” in its 2009 Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Ladino has...

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One Man Dancing Creates Cajun and Zydeco Festivals

The footprints of Franklin Zawacki are on the ground in California and New England, where he started out as one man dancing, but got thousands of people to dance with him.San Francisco poet...

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Cajun Music Heats Up New England Winters

Cajun music and dance is thriving in New England. The Cajun music community is welcoming group joined by dances around the New England states. A healthy contingent of Cajun-loving New Englanders are in...

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Virginia’s Crooked Road of Folk Music is Economic Engine

The tiny mountain town of Floyd, Virginia has one traffic light. Only 500 people live here year-round. But there’s a festival atmosphere on Friday evenings, especially in summer. The Floyd Country Store is...

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