7/14/19 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Sammy Davis Jr – Mr. Bojangles (Live in Germany 1985)

Mr. Bojangles, is a song written and originally recorded by American country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 album of the same title.  The song, however, is most widely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. who made the song part of his stage shows and live television performances for nearly two decades. Continue reading

7/5/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Infra – Final Duet (The 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

7/4/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Whitney Houston – Star Spangled Banner (Live ‘Welcome Home Heroes’ 91)

Superstar Whitney Houston sings the USA National Anthem live at her special televised concert “Welcome Home Heroes With Whitney Houston” (1991).
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2/19/19 O&A NYC CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH- DANCE: Michael Jackson- Billie Jean (Outstanding Live Performance)


The King of Pop Michael Jackson is in great form in this live concert version of his classic Billie Jean. Continue reading

2/8/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Arthur Mitchell’s Barrier Breaking Creole Giselle

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Arthur Mitchell’s Creole Giselle performed by the Dance Theatre Of Harlem (DTH), and set the traditional story of Giselle in 1841 Louisiana broke barriers with this all African American adaptation.  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

8/17/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Canion Shijirbat- Dance and Animation

Canion Shijirbat, from Mongolia, mixes dance, visuals and sound to create amazing art! Continue reading

8/4/18 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Cypher Afro Dance

DJ Flex lends his song She Don’t Text (Afrobeat Freestyle) to this Cypher Afro dance.  Continue reading

5/4/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Maya Plisetskaya Dances Bolero, And The Dying Swan

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Maya Plisetskaya, Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet, danced Maurice Bejart’s Bolero set to the famous Ravel score in 1975. Plisetskaya created a stunning theatrical experience. What makes the piece so compelling is that although Plisetskaya may be accompanied by dozens of other dancers mirroring her movement, the first and only focus is on the prima ballerina herself.  Continue reading

4/21/18 O&A NYC DANCE/REVIEW: newsteps- a choreographer’s series

By Walter Rutledge

The Chen Dance Center began the 34th consecutive newsteps; the semi-annual emerging choreographers’ series, Thursday, April 19 at the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street in New York’s Chinatown. This season the three-performance spring showcase, which runs through Saturday, April 21, selected works from “non- dancers”. Professional artists, actors, musicians, singers, photographers, who applied their expertise of their respective art forms to the choreographic process. The five choreographers selected through an open audition for the April concerts are Kate Douglas, Bryndon Cook, Lauren Oliver, Alec Funiciello, and Sophia Zukoski. Each choreographer is given rehearsal space, an honorarium, mentoring from a member of the selection panel, and multiple (three) performances to give the works time to “find its own voice”. Continue reading