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

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

1/1/19 O&A NYC IN MEMORARIUM: Ballroom icon Hector Xtravaganza (1958- 2018)

By Adewale Adekanbi

Ballroom icon Hector Xtravaganza passed away on December 30, 2018 in New York City, he was 60 years old. A dancer, activist, and HIV/AIDS advocate Hector used his art of vogue and love of ballroom (combined with his special flair for the “extravagant”) to enhance the lives of countless individuals in the  ballroom community for over thirty-five years. His death was officially announced Sunday on the House Of Xtravaganza’s facebook page- the house he loved so much that he adopted Xtravaganza as his legal surname. 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

4/6/18 (REPOST) O&A NYC LIFESTYLE/DANCE: Geoffrey Holder A True Renaissance Man

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Congratulation to Dance Theatre Of Harlem, Carmen de Lavallade and Leo Holder, Dougla was “simply marvelous”. This video honors Geoffrey Holder- a true renaissance man. It also includes rare footage and interviews with wife Carmen de Lavallade and son Leo Holder.  Continue reading

7/22/17 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez: Maya Angelou- In Her Own Words

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

Maya Angelou and some of the people who know her best sit down with journalist Felix Augustine where some of her deepest secrets are uncovered like never before. 

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5/6/17 O&A NYC DANCE: NewSteps- Meet The Choreographers (part two)- Deborah Gladstein and Helen Yee

NewSteps, a choreographer’s series, will present five works by eight choreographers and collaborators. The emerging dance makers include Deborah Gladstein/Helen Yee, Mary Grace McNally, Molly Mingey, Quinn Dixon and Bree Nasby, and Ryan Pliss. The series will take place May 11 through 13 at the Chen Dance Center 70 Mulberry Street.  Continue reading

3/25/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- THEATRE: Josephine Baker- The Women Who Conquered Europe

Josephine Baker, the American-born French actress, dancer and singer had an undeniable attraction and charisma that quickly earned her names such as Creole Goddess, Bronze Venus and Black Pearl.

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2/20/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Geoffrey Holder- A True Renaissance Man (REPOST)

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Geoffrey Holder- a true renaissance man. Includes rare footage and interviews with wife Carmen de Lavallade and son Leo Holder.  Continue reading

2/7/17 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: The Complicated Life of Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters was one of the first African- American superstar. An actress, singer and dancer Waters was the highest paid black actress of her era. This is her story. Continue reading