Social Media Matters: Local ballet star loves disco, too!

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
Metro section

Local ballet star loves disco, too!

Leigh Alderson as Romeo and Janie Richard as Juliet during the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada's performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton on Jan. 31, 2013. (Photo by Aleksandr Onyshchenko)
Leigh Alderson and Janie Richard during Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton on Jan. 31, 2013. Click on the photo for a larger version. (Photo by Aleksandr Onyshchenko)

Irish-born Leigh Alderson, 26, one of Moncton-based Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s star dancers, is a man of many talents.

Not only can he — along with his other Atlantic Ballet Theatre dancing colleagues — bring audiences to their feet with his graceful moves on stage, but he also creates online music in a genre that definitely predates him — good ol’ disco!

In fact, Leigh has an album called Curly Disco which is available on iTunes. Most of the music is instrumental only, but there are a few vocals in there, too. If you like something with an electronic disco beat, you’ll likely love his stuff. You can also listen to some of Leigh’s original creations on SoundCloud. As well, be sure to check out his Facebook page.

Great Twitter disclaimer

I was looking through a variety of news organization Twitter accounts the other day when I came across a great disclaimer on ABC Nightline’s profile (@Nightline on Twitter). Basically, they sent a shot across the bow to the rednecks and haters out there that some of their outlandish comments could end up on television. If you’re on Twitter, you’re never tweeting into a void. People are reading.

And in the case of ABC Nightline, they tell you up front that they may use your tweet on air. “Legal Notice: If you send us a tweet, you consent to letting ABC use and showcase it in any media, possibly even on television.” So, before you send that nasty tweet about something you saw on Nightline, be sure to edit yourself carefully because everyone you know may end up knowing what you really think… and sometimes, that’s really not a good thing.

Pope’s surprise resignation sparks funny tweets

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation on Monday sparked a number of funny tweets from Twitter users. Here’s a sampling: 1) @Nicolucci1899: The Pope is resigning. Probably wants to spend more time with his wife and family; 2) @suddain: Right, the Pope resigns just weeks before the Church’s official inquiry into eminence enhancing drugs. How convenient. 3) @RexHuppke: Dear Vatican: Two words – Poprah Winfrey. Think about it.

Top hockey websites

NHLEvery week, I take a look at the top 10 sites in categories among’s website rankings. With NHL hockey back in full swing after this fall’s lockout, here are the top hockey websites on the Internet. Considering the fact that the NHL dominates the entire top 10, I’m not so sure the lockout did them much harm. Statistics are current to Feb. 12.

1) NHL (official website of the National Hockey League); 2) Yahoo! Sports – NHL (Yahoo! coverage of NHL-related news); 3) ESPN: NHL (ESPN coverage of NHL-related news); 4) TSN – NHL (TSN coverage of NHL-related news); 5) Hockey’s Future (coverage of NHL players’ prospects in Europe, news, etc.); 6) CBS Sports: NHL (CBS coverage of NHL-related news); 7) Vancouver Canucks (official website of the Vancouver Canucks); 8) Montreal Canadiens (official website of the Montreal Canadiens); 9) – On the Fly Statistics (NHL statistics); 10) Toronto Maple Leafs (official website of the Toronto Maple Leafs).

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Feb. 12. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

Grammy Award1) The Grammys (32,951 subscribers): The Grammys were awarded last weekend, so what better time is there to subscribe to their official YouTube channel? Here, you’ll find acceptance speeches, interviews and performances. (Most popular video: We’re All Fans: Lady Gaga – 2,937,120 views.)

Oscar2) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (117,741): If you’re a movie buff and a fan of the Oscars, you’ll absolutely love this channel which is chock full of interviews, promos, opening monologues, acceptance speeches and winning moments from recent years and years gone by. The Academy Awards will air in Canada on CTV on Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 9 p.m. My only beef with the channel is that — for some inexplicable reason—– it doesn’t allow embedding of many of its videos on websites. Ridiculous! They’re really missing out on some free publicity, especially since we’re always hearing about how ratings are down in recent years. Sad, since the channel has a huge archive of 825 videos with total of 177,899,193 views. (Most popular video: Jack Black and Will Ferrell “Get Off the Stage” Oscar song – 8,851,167 views.)

NCAA Basketball3) NCAA OnDemand (985 subscribers): With March just around the corner, fans of U.S. college basketball will be watching television en masse for the very popular annual NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, otherwise known as March Madness. To cater to fans who love March Madness history, the NCAA recently launched their new NCAA OnDemand channel that features archival footage of past tournaments. The channel was launched in celebration of 75 years of March Madness. You can expect the number of subscribers and video views (2.8 million) to rise significantly in the coming weeks and months. (Most popular video: March Madness Buzzer Beater – 1992 Duke vs Kentucky – 29,771 views.) (Editor’s note: Number of views updated on Feb. 15 due to previous error in count earlier in the week.)

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