Dancing with the Stars 2014

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Dancing with the stars 1st place couple in backDancing with the Stars….LIVE!   at Cresskill High School…highlighted this  year by the addition of the Cresskill High School Jazz Band. The show featured the school’s social dance students, two professional dance couples,  Jean Michel Erole and Larisa Mikryukova, and Arturas Misurenkovas and Oksana Zaver and of course the fabulous Cresskill High School Jazz Band.  This year’s show  benefited Cresskill Cougar Care, a  Cresskill High School Staff scholarship initiative.

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Dancing up a Storm at Cresskill hs

Dancing Up a Storm in Cresskill

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Dancing up a storm posterThe SEVENTH edition of Dancing With The Stars!   DANCING UP A STORM! at  Cresskill High School APRIL 4th, 2013……7-10 pm…shot this 2 years ago as well.

Janet Sharma, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County in Hackensack and Cresskill resident accepted a check for $1000 to be used for storm relief in Little Ferry and Moonachie.

Please contact Tom Hart Photo to order prints or for high resolution versions of images.

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o James Carroll Band
o John Freund
o Tim O’ Donohue and the TMU Band
o Spook Handy
o Nikki Armstrong
o Mark Gross
o Rave Tesar
o Cynthia Summers
o John Moroski

Disclaimer…they called me last minute to shoot this and I already had some other shoots scheduled so I arrived late and left early…but some great acts.

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As a news photographer and occasional New York City visitor I see a lot of ‘art’. As a photographer, I’m usually more caught up in catching the look and feel of an event and searching for an interesting an unique look then in the event itself, but once in a while I am really impressed.

The Terpsichoreans  impressed me. Not the incredable athleticism of ballet, but for a variety of looks, a lot of kids up on stage having fun, a variety of music, an enthusiastic crowd (so much more fun then the’ glare if you drop a lens cap classical crowd’).

Hope the pictures speak for themselves. And hope you’ll make their next event.

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Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration

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Singing of 'We Shall Overcome'

Singing of 'We Shall Overcome'

One of those events where you come away inspired. Inspired by how far we as a people have come, inspired by how far we still have to go, inspired by beautiful music….inspired by the event ending with everyone holding hands and singing we shall overcome someday!

At the beautiful Central Unitarian Church in Paramus with most of the county luminaries, a great keynote speech…first Theordora Smiley Lacey, former Teaneck teacher and civil rights activist spoke about growing up in Montgomery Alabama, knowing and working with Dr. King, and then being involved in the struggle in Bergen County to integrate the Teaneck schools. Then her son, Clinton Lacey, deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Correction brought home how the struggle is far from over. Others spoke up including Read More

Katie De La Vega, soprano

New Jersey Choral Society Concert

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 boy soprano Jake Lucas30th Anniversary Season Masterwork Concerts performed by the New Jersey Choral Society on Friday June 3 at 8PM at the Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ   performing Dvorak’s Mass in D Major, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms , and Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region. NJCS is conducted by Eric Dale Knapp and accompanied by Linda Sweetman-Waters on organ. Resident NJCS soloists Alicia Luick and Daniel Lynch, Jr. will be joined by guest artists Katie de la Vega, Bruce Cain, and boy soprano Jake Lucas.

Jake Lucas was really amazing, with  a pure, clear beautiful voice….not that the rest of the performers weren’t amazing, but I’d never heard anything like him.

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Male Terps dancing

Dedication of Teaneck HS Student Center to Cheryl Miller-Porter

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May 25th 2011 at Teaneck High Schools auditorium. The obvious enthusiasm of all those present as well as the stunning visuals of the dance made this fun to shoot.

During her career at Teaneck High School, Cheryl was the catalyst for developing the raw talent possessed by hundreds of flag twirlers and track stars. She affectionately knew those students who were talented enough to participate in all three activities as “3T’s” (Terpsys, Twirlers and Track). With Cheryl at the helm, these organizations have had a profound impact on the Garden State. Read More

Practicing dancing at Historic New Bridge with less then historic gas station at rear.

Pinkster Fest: A Colonial Celebration of Spring

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Bergen County Historical Society’s “Pinkster,” a Colonial celebration of summer’s arrival at Historic New Bridge Landing,  River Edge.classic boats on the Hackensack River

Benjamin Donson with his son Julio Valle  and Jim Norman met me in Hackensack’s Johnson Park.  Ben and Julio paddled Jim’s wooden kayak and Jim paddles his replica 1800s solo canoe. Andy Anderson rowed down in his replica rowing dingy. All are similar to boats that would have been used on the Hackensack many years ago.

Jim actually offers help building wooden boats for anyone interested. Contact him thru his website, .

For anyone looking to emulate our trip, be sure to check out my guide on how to paddle the Hackensack.

We arrived at New Bridge Landing where we were allowed to land on the New Bridge Landing side. The New Bridge Landing (west) side of the river has long been posted ‘No fishing, dumping or boat launching.’ I reached out to the Bergen County Historical Society, which responded that the had posted it due to littering, abuse of the historic wharf including motor boat launching and even chemical truck dumping. According to Mike Trepicchio of the Bergen County Historic Society,  ‘We have been protecting and preserving the landing as well as the River since 1944, Frank Koehler, a long time past president of the BCHS is credited as being the first Hackensack riverkeeper, as well as steward of New Bridge. We keep his tradition alive, by respecting the Landing and keeping abusive uses from the River. If the use is compatible with our mission of protection and preservation and permission is requested and granted, we welcome the company.’ Read More

Full cast doing driving my life away.

52 only in Joisey

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Shot this Fundraiser for the Paramus Educational Fund last month….surprisingly and pleasently fun. A whole bunch of loosely interpreted Rock and Roll classics from Jersey artists (Springsteen, Bon Jovi), My favorite…Born in the USA with some wild dancing by Bergen Hawkettes Semi-Pro Major League Football Dance Team. Fun song and fun to shoot. Probably should have included some video, but original shoot was for the Town News.

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