10/12/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Tap Heat

Tap Heat, a 14 minute award winning short film starring Arthur Duncan and Jason Samuels Smith that uses dance as dialogue. Different styles of tap, Urban Funk and Traditional Tap, are in conflict where society has decided to accept one style over another. The characters and their styles ultimately find common ground, when the entire cast joins in on stage in a tap dance number reminiscent of the 30’s and 40’s Broadway musicals, with a contemporary edge that reflects current trends in tap styles today. Continue reading

10/5/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY- ENCORE: Royal Ballet Artist Joseph Sissens Performs Charlotte Edmonds’ ‘jojo’ (Excerpt)

Jojo, a contemporary solo by Charlotte Edmonds set to Chinese Man’s Pandi Groove created on a classical ballet dancer, Joseph Sissens. The work gelled in a very comfortable, spontaneous way, albeit more Michael Jackson than Marius Petipa. Continue reading

10/5/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Lil Buck by Vernie Yeung

Lil Buck, the Bessie Award winning performer, mastered the local dance tradition of Jookin from the streets of Memphis. Nicknamed “street ballet” for good reason, Lil Buck has become a rising star in the dance world, having performed in ads by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Apple. His latest venture  invited renowned film director Vernie Yeung to capture his unique airborne dance routine. Continue reading

9/21/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Paula Abdul- Straight Up (Late Late Show 2018)

Paula Abdul presented a show stopping version of her signature hit, Straight Up, on Wednesday’s Late Late Show, adding ensemble choreography and subtle electronic elements to the 1988 single. Continue reading

9/11/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Alvin Ailey: Awassa Astrige / Ostrich by Asadata Dafora

Sierra Leone-born choreographer Asadata Dafora blended his vision of a traditional African dance with Western staging in this groundbreaking 1932 solo set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute and performed Ailey dancer by Antonio Douthit-Boyd.  Continue reading

9/6/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Storyboard P- Rockaway

Storyboard P. performs Rockaway the Bessie Award winning dancer/choreographer has taken his “Mutant” style beyond urban dance battles.  Continue reading

8/31/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Paul Taylor Dance Company- Prometheus Fire (Movement One)

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Promethean Fire (2002) is my favorable Paul Taylor work and a fitting tribute to the genius of  modern dance’s Gentle Giant.  Continue reading

8/24/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Magic vs Dice KOBK 11 left 4 dead 2 (Dance Battle)

Kill or be Killed 11 Left 4 Dead 2 Tournament, 16 dancers are battling for a new belt legacy. The 1st kobk champion for over a year now has faced a bigger challenge this year . Shout to all the dancers and supporters that came out and showed love congratulations to the new champion Magic. Continue reading

8/24/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Magic vs Dice KOBK 11 left 4 dead 2

Kill or be Killed 11 Left 4 Dead 2 Tournament, 16 dancers are battling for a new belt legacy. The 1st kobk champion for over a year now has faced a bigger challenge this year . Shout to all the dancers and supporters that came out and showed love congratulations to the new champion Magic. Continue reading

8/10/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Leonard Cohen- Dance Me To The End Of Love

This passionate duet is set to Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End of Love. Continue reading