11/30/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Harkness Promise Award- Recognizes The Future

By Walter Rutledge

The 61st annual Dance Magazine Awards will take place on Monday December 3, 2018, 7:30pm. at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. Since 1954 the award has recognized accomplished individuals who have made an impact in dance over the course of their career. This year the awards honors choreographers Ronald K. Brown and Crystal Pite and dancers Lourdes Lopez and Michael Trusnovec. For the first time emerging artists will also be recognized through The Harkness Promise Award, designed to spotlight and assist two young artists for the potential of their artistic work while investing in the next generation of dance makers. Continue reading

11/25/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton- Oh, Happy Day


Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton perform the Edwin Hawkins gospel classic Oh, Happy Day.  Continue reading

11/24/18 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Diana Ross- Christmas in Washington (2012)

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Christmas in Washington is an annual Christmas television special that currently airs on the U.S. TNT network. The 2102 show was hosted by Conan O’Brien and starred Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Scotty McCreery, and Chris Mann.  Continue reading

11/23/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Khalia Campbell- Living Her Dream

By Walter Rutledge

Dancer Khalia Campbell is living her dream! Years of dedication, sacrifice and ole fashion hard work has taken this Bronx native to her “dream job” as a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Campbell will make her New York City Center debut during the company’s fall season November 28 through December 30. Continue reading

11/15/18 O&A NYC SPORTS: Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics in 1936

Jesse Owens stole Hilter’s glory and dispelled the Ayran master race propaganda at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owens  won 4 gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4 × 100 meter relay; his victories angered and embarrassed Hitler.

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11/14/18 O&A NYC DANCE/HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Dance Of The Village Elders Present Santa’s Babies

Dance Of The Village Elders presents their annual Christmas Concert/fundraiser appropriated titled Santa’s Babies. The performance will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 4pm at St. Philip’s Church located at 204 West 134 Street in the village of Harlem. The concert title is an homage to the indomitable spirit of the Village Elders; who have made Eartha Kitt’s Christmas classic, Santa Baby, into their signature holiday work.  Continue reading

10/6/18 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Celebrate Nigerian Independence Day With Bino & Fino

Nigerian Independence Day. It happened on October the 1st 1960. It is an important subject we wanted to help teach children about.The colonial past of many African countries has helped to shape how we are today so it is important for children to have some knowledge about it.Bino & Fino 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

10/4/18 O&A NYC DIVA ALERT! THROWBACK THURSDAY ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Tina Turner- What Love Got To Do With It- 1985 Grammy Awards Show

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Tina Turner taught the world how to walk in high heel shoes. At the 1985 Grammy Awards telecast Turner performed What’s Love Got To Do With It and made one of the biggest comeback in music history.   Continue reading