1/21/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks (Prelude)

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Martin: a ballet by Gordon Parks, an original five-movement ballet chronicling the struggles of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Filmed in 1990 the work stars John Jones as Dr. King and Sheila Rohan as Rosa Parks, featuring choreography by Real Lamb. “Martin” (PBS, 1990),  about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Parks served as executive producer, director, composer, keyboardist and documentary photographer for this boldly ambitious project. Continue reading

1/18/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Infra – Final duet (The Royal Ballet)

Royal Ballet Principal dancers Edward Watson and Marianela Nuñez dance the final pas de deux in Wayne McGregor’s abstract ballet Infra, a moving exploration of emotion, set to Max Richter’s melancholic and beautiful score. Continue reading

1/12/19 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: The Art Of The Pas de Deux (Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Nicol Edmonds – The Royal Ballet

Pas de deux (dances for two) lie at the heart of many ballets. They can be great technical showpieces, but they can also be dramatically emotional – and, of course, are often both at the same time. First Soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Soloist Nicol Edmonds of The Royal Ballet discuss their experience of dancing together in The Nutcracker’s Grand Pas de deux. Continue reading

1/12/19 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Nureyev Unzipped – A Brief Survey Of The Life And Career Of The Great Russian Dancer

Nureyev Unzipped is a short documentary that dates from 1998 and narrated by Terence Stamp. The programme includes interviews with friends and colleagues as well as film clips of Nureyev in action. Uploaded with all due acknowledgements to the programme makers of 20 years ago. Continue reading

1/11/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Interview with Gelsey Kirkland (60 Minutes 1987)

Former New York City Ballet dancer Gelsey Kirkland told “60 Minutes” in a 1987 interview. “[Balanchine] knocked on my chest and he said, ‘You know, dear, what is important is to see bones,”‘ … Down to the bone. That is what he believed was truly beautiful.” Continue reading

1/10/19 O&A NYC HEALTH AND FITNESS: The Dance Of The Village Elders Resume Classes Today

The Dance of The Village Elders will resume classes today, Thursday January 10th 2pm at St. Phillip’s Church (204 west 134th  Street). The 90-minutes class Thursday afternoon class incorporates stretching and breathing, calisthenics, aerobics and dance/choreography. The class is “senior specific” designed to encourage and aid each person reach their personal best. Continue reading

1/7/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Scent of a Woman- Tango

In the scene from the film Scent of a Woman, Frank Slade, a blind retired lieutenant colonel (played by Al Pacino) teaches Donna, a stranger whom he met at a restaurant, how to dance the tango. Continue reading

1/6/19 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Koryn Hawthorne – Won’t He Do It

Koryn Hawthorne‘s full length debut album, Unstoppable, was released on July 13, 2018 and reached number 1 on the Top Gospel Albums. The album’s lead single, “Won’t He Do It”, reached number 1 on Billboard’s three main gospel charts. Continue reading

1/5/19 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Roberto Bolle And Alexander Ryabko – Opus 100 (Danza con me)

Roberto Bolle and Alexander Ryabko perform Opus 100 one of two poignant ballets set to the music of Simon and Garfunkel.  Continue reading

1/4/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Roberto Bolle in Dorian Gray

Roberto Bolle performs Dorian Gray with internationally-renowned violinist and composer Alessandro Quarta with a choreography by Massimiliano Volpini was featured at the 2018 edition of the annual dance extravaganza Roberto Bolle and Friends premiered in Rome on July 18, 2018.  Continue reading