2/16/19 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Yanis Marshall Heels Choreography If- Janet Jackson (Kaytranda Remix. Featuring Stevie Dore)

Yanis Marshall, a French dancer and choreographer specializes in suggestive choreography of male dancers wearing high heels shoes.  Continue reading

2/11/19 O&A NYC DANCE/REVIEW: Camille A. Brown and Dancers- ink

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Camille A. Brown and Dancers presented ink, February 5 through February 10,2019 at the Joyce Theater. The company of seven (Beatrice Capote, Timothy Edwards, Catherine Foster, Juel D. Lane, Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Maleek Washington  and Brown) moved courageously with a spartan attack and focus intent. The extremely audience friendly 70 minute one-act abstract narrative dance theatre work is the third and final installment of her dance/theatre trilogy about identity; which includes Mr. TOL E. Rance (2012) and BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015). Continue reading

2/9/19 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Traditional Congolese Dance – Ballet Arumbaya Ndendeli

Ballet Arumbaya Ndendeli showcases the traditional dancing, singing, and musical instrument performances of Democratic Republic Of The Congo. 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

2/1/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY- BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Bad Blood by Ulysses Dove

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Bad Blood received its World Premiere, in 1984 on Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Featuring music by Laurie Anderson (Gravity’s Angel and Walking and Falling) and Peter Gabriel (Excellent Birds) the work in an erotic tour de force battle of the sexes. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre premiered the work in 1986. It is one of seven Dove ballets in the Ailey Company repertoire.  Continue reading

2/1/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Serenade

Serenade, a beautifully filmed and danced performance of one of Balanchine’s most beautiful works. The leads are Darci Kistler, Kyra Nichols, Maria Calegari, Adam Luders, and Leonid Koslov. Continue reading

1/29/19 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Carmen de Lavallade’s Inspiring Women

Actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade tells the story of her cousin, ballet dancer Janet Collins. “There are times in your life when you want to give up, but she never did,” de Lavallade says. Continue reading

1/27/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks Act V- Mourning Place

The final act of Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks takes place after the death of Dr. King . John Jones (Dr Martin Luther King) Sheila Rohan (Rosa Parks) and James E. Murphy (Assassin). Continue reading

1/26/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks ( Act IV The Assassin)

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The Fourth Act of Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks starring John Jones as Dr. King, Sheila Rohan as Rosa Park and James E. Murphy as the Assassin.

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1/25/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin Act III Letter From the Birmingham Jail

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Martin Act III: Letter From the Birmingham Jail- Dr. King (John Jones) is arrested and while in jail he writes the now historic letter from the Birmingham Jail. With the help of Rosa Parks (Sheila Rohan) King is able to disseminate his message to the masses.  Continue reading