1/12/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Motion Dancer Refat Abdullayev

Motion Dancer Refat Abdullayev on got Talent as he performs an amazing emotional dance routine on Poland’s Got Talent 2017. We see the influence of urban American of the contemporary dance scene.  Continue reading

1/9/18 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: When God Says No- Inky Johnson Turns Tragedy into Triumph

Inky Johnson, safety University of Tennessee, was on track for a first-round NFL draft pick; but a life-changing injury that left his right arm paralyzed. Continue reading

1/8/17 O&A NYC FOOD- IT’S TIME FOR COMFORT FOOD!: Salmon Cakes

These salmon patties are flaky, tender and so flavorful. The crisp edges and big bites of flaked salmon are the hallmark of these salmon patties. They are the real deal! It’s no wonder these salmon cakes have been so popular. Continue reading

1/3/18 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Chappelle’s Show – Trading Spouses


In Chappelle’s Show skit Trading Spouses white and black families swap husbands in Dave’s reality show twist. Continue reading

1/3/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Natalia Tatarintseva (Ukraine)- World Pole Dance Championships 2016 Female Winner

Natalia Tatarintseva from Ukraine the winner of the 2016 World Pole Dance Championships Female Category held in Bucharest, Romania on 16th September 2016. Continue reading

1/2/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Akeelah And The Bee – Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fears, a poem by Marianne Williamson has been quoted by many humanitarians including Nelson Mandela. In the film Akeelah and The Bee Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) recites the poem at the request of for coach  Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne). Continue reading

12/31/17 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Revelations- Alvin Ailey

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 April Berry, Kevin Brown, Ralph Glenmore Deborah Manning, Renee Robinson and Marilyn Banks.  Continue reading

12/28/17 O&A NYC DANCE/HEALTH AND WELLNESS: The Village Elders Celebrate First Year In New Home

By Walter Rutledge

The Dance Of The Village Elders ended their first fall session at St. Philip’s Church with a performance and a party. The dance and fitness program, which began in 2010, was forced to disband in 2015. In February 2017 the program reorganized as a “Fitness Cooperative”, and relocated to St. Philip’s Church, 204 West 134th Street.

We didn’t have any funds, but we had the will to stay together; so money became the least important reason not to work together. St. Philip’s Church came to the rescue offering us space in the Harlem community, which kept to program accessible to many of our participants. On Thursday December 14 the “Ladies” presented a holiday celebration demonstration/performance to a standing room only crowd of family and friends. The 60 minute presentation, which included a warm up with audience participation, and performances by the Ladies and Three Jazz Kings (Andrew Damakakos, Bless Goode and Judah Marable) courtesy of the Dance Program at Harlem School of the Arts.

Dance Of The Village Elders- Santa Baby excerpt

The celebration continued the following Thursday, December 21, during our last class  Everyone brought a dish, and I shifted responsibilities from instructor to disc- jockey. This is always one of my favorite sessions it gives us an opportunity to fellowship. Everyone is relaxed and even more jovial than usual,  still reveling in the success of our performance a week earlier. 

We will resume classes on Thursday January 4, 2018 2- 3:30pm. The classes are free to the public and all are welcome. Have a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year! We hope to see you in January. 

 

12/27/17 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: A Piece Of Ass- The Joan Rivers and Ray J Sex Tape Released!

 Joan Rivers- A Piece Of Ass is a spoof video sex tape with rapper Ray J. The skit was a spoof on the Kim Kardashian/ Ray J sex tape that propelled Kardashian to reality show stardom.  Continue reading

12/26/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: ADUMU- Inspirational Animation by Adam Temple & Sheridan

A Young R.U.F. boy discovers the true meaning of ‘being a man’ through an encounter with a young Masai warrior…and a lion. Continue reading