Scranton Cultural Center Presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Scranton attorney Joseph Solfanelli possesses more than four decades of experience representing clients in complex litigations. Winning million-dollar settlements, attorney Joseph Solfanelli leverages his success to serve as a charter member of the board of the Scranton Cultural Center.

Located at the Masonic Temple in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Scranton Cultural Center hosts numerous educational and art-based programs throughout the year. The center also serves as a performing arts venue for traveling shows, such as the Broadway Theatre League’s Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

Critically acclaimed as a holiday extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze combines the acrobatics and storytelling of renowned Cirque Dreams with nostalgic characters of Christmas, such as Santa Claus, gingerbread men, and reindeers. The production comprises 20 acts, 30 international artists, and 300 imaginative costumes. Entertainers will perform gravity-defying stunts and illusions that bring to life the show’s original musical composition. Cirque Dreams Holidaze will run December 1-2, 2015.

To learn more about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, visit www.scrantonculturalcenter.org.

Planned Gifts to The Salvation Army

Attorney Joseph Solfanelli practices business law, focusing in the areas of contract disputes, acquisitions, and corporate governance, among others. Additionally, attorney Joseph Solfanelli is active with a number of charitable and community organizations and serves as a board member for The Salvation Army of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

With 7,546 locations in the Unites States, The Salvation Army is able to reach large numbers of people across the country. Its centers perform a variety of services to the community, including food distribution and rehabilitation services for individuals who need to get back on their feet. In addition to helping adults, The Salvation Army also operates children- and family-centered programs such as youth camps and outreach programs for the homeless.

The Salvation Army relies on donations to provide its services, and as such it maintains a team of planning advisors to help donors maximize their assistance to the organization. By working with The Salvation Army’s team of planned giving advisors, individuals can create planned gifts such as bequests in a will and gift annuities. Individuals interested in making a planned gift should contact their local Salvation Army chapters to learn more about the process.

The History of Ballet

With more than 40 years of experience in the legal profession, attorney Joseph Solfanelli is a general business lawyer practicing in Scranton, PA. His long career has enabled him to build a client base that included the nation’s largest anthracite coal company. When he is not busy as an attorney, Joseph Solfanelli enjoys watching ballet. This historic dance form dates back to the 15th century.

The art of ballet first appeared during the Italian Renaissance. The courts hosted elaborate dancing celebrations with noblemen and women in attendance, and master dancers taught dances to the nobility with the entire court participating. The following century, King Henry II’s wife, Catherine de Medici, funded ballet in the French court. In the 17th century, King Louis XIV spread its popularity and created standards for the dance through his own participation in ballet, rendering it a dance that required training and skill.

During the 18th century, Jean Georges Noverre helped sever the tie between opera and ballet, which validated the dance form on its own. He developed ballet d’action, a form of ballet that constructs a narrative story through expression and dramatic movements. In the 19th century, ballet gained momentum and developed more ethereal themes that introduced it as a romantic art. Pointe work and tutus first appeared, as well. Russia focused on the art, and demanding leaps and turns were soon the norm. Modern ballet incorporates a number of influences from the dance’s history to create a distinct modern character.