12/12/18 O&A NYC REVIEW: Lazarus- Ailey American Dance Theater

By Walter Rutledge

Rennie Harris has achieved two “firsts” during the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th anniversary season. Harris has become the first year-long Ailey Artist-in-Residence and his ballet Lazarus is the first two act ballet commissioned by the company. The hour-long work shows significant artistic growth and is less hip-hop and more Harris. Continue reading

12/6/18 O&A NYC 19 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Anna Nikulina- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ( Bolshoi Ballet 2014)

Bolshoi ballet principal dancer Anna Nikulina performs the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Continue reading

10/19/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary– a ballet rendition of Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula performed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The work was filmed in a style reminiscent of the silent expressionistic cinema of the early 20th century. Continue reading

10/3/18 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Traditional Future- Anuang’a Fernando

Kenyan Dance Legend Fernando Anuang’a showcasing the best of African contemporary dance. 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

4/8/18 O&A NYC IN MEMORARIUM: Donald McKayle (July 6, 1930 – April 7, 2018)- Rainbow Round My Shoulder with Mary Hinkson

Dancer, choreographer, educator and author Donald McKayle passed on April 7, 2018 at age 87.  In honor of this dance icon O&A NYC posts his 1959 masterwork, Rainbow Round My Shoulder. Continue reading

12/16/17 O&A NYC BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Cardi B “Bodak Yellow” Afrobeat Remix

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

NYC based DJ Boston Cherry drops a fresh Afro-Cuban vibe to remix Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow for the Manifesto NYC festival High Power. Chery mixes things up using the sinister instrumental, she adds a creative flare of afrobeat conga drums and salsa giving Cardi B more fire to her lyrics. Continue reading

12/15/17 O&A NYC 10 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Anna Nikulina- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ( Bolshoi Ballet 2014)

Bolshoi ballet principal dancer Anna Nikulina performs the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Continue reading