Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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A Christian tap dancer in New York

Arts | Andrew Nemr on faith and the intricacies of his art
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/29/18, 03:55 pm

On a chilly New York day, tap dancer Andrew Nemr, 37, had just left rehearsal for his latest show (“Rising to the Tap”), a solo-performer autobiographical piece. It had been a grueling day—he was choreographing, directing, and dancing, the culmination of two years of work on this show—but he has a performer’s energy and the cheerfulness that comes from doing what he loves. He often fasts through rehearsals because it gives him a clarity of mind.

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Camden’s new day

Cities | A crime turnaround in a New Jersey city shows how a reformed police department can contribute to community flourishing
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/29/18, 10:31 am

Homes on “Heroin Highway” in North Camden now have potted plants outside and laughing teenagers hanging out on a porch after sunset. Police officers walk down a quiet block once controlled by drug dealers.

At the peak of violence six years ago on this block, four officers attempted to arrest a suspected drug dealer, only to have a crowd of more than 100 attack them and free the suspect.

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Under the bright lights

Theater | A Broadway mashup experience, from SpongeBob to Babette
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/28/18, 03:28 pm

A New York moment: 

In recent days I’ve had two wildly divergent theater experiences: one, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, and two, Babette’s Feast, which just opened off-Broadway. It seems wrong to even put those productions in the same sentence, but they’re playing in the same neighborhood.

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