1/10/20 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Alicia Keys – Underdog

Alicia Augello-Cook also known as Alicia Keys is an R&B artist and songwriter. A classically trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. Cast includes Bessie Awarding dancer/choreographer Storyboard P. Continue reading

1/9/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: War – Edwin Starr

On the day that Edwin Starr’s War was released in June 1970, two Detroiters in their twenties were jailed for five years for ransacking a Chicago draft board office and burning its records – yet another example of the anger and rebellion which America’s prosecution of the Vietnam war was continuing to stir among the country’s young. The artists of Motown were hardly known at that time for social commentary and controversial material, but Starr had no superstar reputation to put at risk when he cut the song in May 1970. Continue reading

1/8/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Brian Friedman & Yanis Marshall Heels Choreography- Britney Spears “Breathe On Me”

Brian Friedman’s Class at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles 2014.  Continue reading

1/5/19 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Justin Bieber – Yummy

Yummy is by Pop star Justin Bieber. It was released on January 3, 2020 along with a lyric video through Def Jam Recordings as the lead single from his upcoming fifth album. The song is Bieber’s first own single to be released in three years. Continue reading

1/4/19 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Deborah Manning in Cry- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Deborah Manning performs Alvin Ailey’s tribute to woman (especially our mothers) Cry (1971).  Continue reading

1/3/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater- Revelations


Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelations (1960), one of the most recognizable modern dance works, remains a powerful testament to the human spirit. This cast includes Marilyn Banks, April Berry, Kevin Brown, Gary DeLoatch, Ralph Glenmore, Deborah Manning, Renee Robinson and Dudley Williams. 

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1/2/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (A capella)

This rare A capella version of Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine really shows the magnificence of Marvin Gaye’s ability and range. 
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1/1/20 O&A NYC SONG OF DAY: Judy Garland And Barbara Streisand- Happy Days Are Here Again

Barbra Streisand sings a duet with Judy Garland during episode 9 of ‘The Judy Garland Show’, taped on Oct. 4, 1963 and broadcast by CBS two days later. 
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12/28/19 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Fandango- Pure Magic

By Walter Rutledge 

Actress, author and burlesque entertainer Gyspy Rose Lee once said, “If a thing is worth doing, it worth doing slowly… very slowly”. Fandango by choreographer Lar Lubovitch embodies Lee’s philosophy and more. Instead of flashy flurries of movement, the sensual duet performed by Danica Paulos and Clifton Brown; and set to Maurice Ravel’s contemporary classic chestnut Bolero, smoldered with a steady and intense heat. Continue reading