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Note: This story contains explicit language.
When a Jewish kid of 12 or 13 becomes bar or bat mitzvahed, they take their first step into adulthood. Following the actual ceremony, there's often a large party for family and friends of the newly minted young adult, and at the the center of these parties is dancing. Slow dancing, fast dancing. It might be the first time a kid ever dances or even touches a member of the opposite sex.
That's where Joe Cornell Entertainment comes in. Since 1957, the metro-Detroit company has been offering a 12-week dance class to sixth graders who are about to find themselves neck deep in bar mitzvah invitations. Producer Zak Rosen attended Joe Cornell as a 12 year-old. He and his friends have lots of memories from those innocent days. Now Rosen has found two young men who are just embarking on that memorable, often awkward journey.
Produced by Zak Rosen, a public radio and multimedia producer.
Dylan (3rd from R) and Ryan (2nd from R) with their friends at Joe Cornell (2014)
Courtesy of Joe Cornell Entertainment
David Gluckman (L) and producer Zak Rosen, ready for dance class in 1995
Courtesy of Zak Rosen
David Gluckman and Zak Rosen today
Courtesy of Zak Rosen
Here's a video of Dylan and Ryan showing off some moves they learned.
It's a big day that many parents dread… when teenage girlfriends and boyfriends start to get physically close enough that maybe some parental advice and guidance is needed, as uncomfortable it is for everyone concerned. Jon Cryer grew up with a an extremely busy single mom who found herself in that very situation at a particularly bad moment; so she had to improvise.
Jon Cryer is an Emmy award winning actor who co-starred on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men for 12 seasons. He has performed in film, television and on stage for over 30 years. H's written a book about his life and career called So That Happened: A Memoir.
His mother, Gretchen Cryer, is the author of the tremendously successful musical, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road. Her updated version, I'm Still Getting my Act Together, will be playing at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach all through October.
Jon Cryer and his mother Gretchen
Courtesy of Jon Cryer
Nadia traveled a long way to attend a family wedding… all the way to Baghdad, Iraq… in 2003! It was a time and place where nothing about a wedding could be expected to go off without a hitch or two.
Nadia Kamil is a Welsh-Iraqi writer, actor and comedian currently based in Los Angeles. The story was produced by UnFictional associate producer, Nick White.
Courtesy of Nadia Kamil