9/21/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Hellzapoppin’ (Lindy Hop Scene In Full Color) 

Lindy hop is the granddaddy of all swing dances, a blend of African and European dance influences that is both uniquely American… and now spans the globe.  Lindy hop takes its name from the Charles Lindbergh’s flight to Paris in 1927. 

If Tango is sultry, and Ballroom dancing is aloof, lindy hop is joyful and playful.  Lindy has a grounded, flowing style that closely reflects its music — from the late 20s hot jazz to the early 40s big bands. Harlem, New York, and in particular the Savoy Ballroom (“The Home of Happy Feet”) is where the dance was developed and innovated from the 1920s onward. Based on earlier dances such as the Charleston, the Black Bottom and the Breakaway, the dance evolved and spread over the decades along with the new swing music. 

Hellzapoppin’ (In Full Color) 

And while the dance continues to evolve today, contemporary lindy hoppers still strive for that same spirit, inventiveness, and musicality of the pioneers of lindy hop like Norma Miller, Dean Collins, Frankie Manning and many more.

9/3/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY ON THURSDAY: #WAP #LGBTQ

Lead choreographer Nicole Kirkland leads a cast of male dancers in this fun cover of the Cardi B hit WAP. Continue reading

8/22/20. O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: The Queen (1968)

The Queen is a 1968 documentary film directed by Frank Simon and narrated by Flawless Sabrina. It depicts the experiences of transgender woman and “female illusionists” organizing and participating in the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest held at New York City’s Town Hall. Continue reading

8/12/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: House Of Latex Project PSA (1994)

 This Public Service Announcement was created in 1994 for the Ballroom Community one year after the first ever House of Latex Ball in 1993. Continue reading

7/3/20 O&A NYC LIFESTYLE: Life After Paris Is Burning

Paris is Burning is a 1990 documentary featuring the NYC ballroom scene. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
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5/30/20 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Legendary- Series Premiere (Full Episode)

Legendary, a new HBO Max competition series draws its inspiration from the underground ballroom community. 
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8/14/19 O&A NYC BALLROOM SCENE ACTIVITY: The Heritage Ball V 2019: Celebrating 150 Years Of Ballroom

The Heritage Ball V is celebrating 150 years of Ballroom. This is going be fun and competitive at the Gramercy Theatre. Founder Lee Soulja, Icon Michael Ebony and Icon Michael Maison Margiela are the individuals presenting this ball. Continue reading

8/3/19 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Dashaun Wesley King Of Vogue

Dashaun Wesley, the King of Vogue, performs an improv vogue dance in collaboration with YOPOOSH.
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7/4/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND: JULY 4- JULY 7, 2019

July 4th is the start of a four day summer holiday weekend and New York is just getting warmed up. We will have a hot dog eating contest at Coney Island and a seafood boil festival in Brooklyn. Tap dance in Chelsea and Afropop in Central Park. Not to mention a jazz brunch in Harlem. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.

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6/16/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: June 17 through June 23, 2019

Summer is finally here! Yes Friday June 21 is the summer solstice; the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. Its New York Dance Week Festival so people are shaking up the entire five boroughs. And films honoring ballet and opera icons share greatest and on Broadway we learn about the Secret Life of Bees. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading