4/15/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Chicago

Winner of 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and based on the hit Broadway musical, CHICAGO is a dazzling spectacle cheered by audiences and critics alike. Continue reading

4/14/24 O&A NYC GOSPEL MIME/DANCE: I’m Gonna Be Ready- Wendell Huckaby

Wendell Huckaby is a man after God’s own heart. He has been ministering in mime over 20 years. His passion for ministry through the art of mime, praise dance, and gospel hip hop as an avenue to reach God’s people is very evident in the way he ministers.   Continue reading

4/13/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

Ailey II began their six-day, eight performance New York City season Tuesday, April 9th at the Joyce Theater. This season marked the fiftieth anniversary of the company, which has left an indelible mark on the Ailey organization and the dance world at large. The company is a dance finishing school, touring boot camp, and a choreographer’s laboratory for emerging dance makers and established choreographers. Continue reading

4/8/24 O&A NYC DANCE: Conversation With Spencer Everett- Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

 

Ailey II perfromer Spencer Everett is already a dance gypsy on a mission. The Stratford, Ontario, Canada native moved to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming an artist; but in Everett’s case that takes on a broader meaning than just dance. The dual major graduate completed the Ailey/Fordham BFA program with an honorable mention in dance and departmental honors in visual arts. Continue reading

4/7/24 O&A NYC DANCE: I Am Julie Caprio, Always and Forever a Harkness Dancer.

By Julie Caprio

Inspired by An American Ballet Story
It is truly amazing to me how Harkness continues to be a huge part of my life. After the NYC screening of An American Ballet Story, a documentary by Leslie Streit and Robin McCain about the Harkness years, my Facebook friend Keith Lee and I began this project. Keith, an extraordinary artist who has had a beautiful career including being a soloist with American Ballet Theatre was also a Harkness Trainee. Continue reading

4/5/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: A Conversation With Patrick Gamble- Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

One of the most gratifying aspects of teaching and choreographing is the incredibly talented young people you encounter along your journey. For those ofttimes all to brief moments that your paths cross you hope you were able to share something- one small seed that will take root and grow. And if life affords us the good fortune to see the rewards gained by their hard work and determination; we take solace in watching the next generation take flight and soar. Patrick Gamble will “take flight” next week, along with the 12-member ensemble of the Ailey II, April 9th through 14th at the Joyce Theater.

We had the opportunity to reconnect recently to discuss the upcoming Ailey II season. Gamble shared insight into his artistic process, preparation for the season and his plans and dreams after his Ailey II tenure is complete.

A Conversation With Patrick Gamble

 

3/20/24 HIP HOP DANCE PARTY WITH WALESTYLEZ: Best Dance n the World 2023 | New Les Twins

Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois professionally known as Les Twins, are French dancers, choreographers, producers, models, designers and creative directors of their brand Eleven Paris.

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3/15/24 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN ON SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Firebird- Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s iconic Firebird places the Russian folk tale about a magical bird that triumphs over evil in an exotic Caribbean setting. John Taras’ choreography to Stravinsky’s familiar score was further enlivened by sets and costumes by Geoffrey Holder. The 1982 DTH production was a tremendous worldwide success. Continue reading

3/8/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Lil Buck at Foundation Louis Vuitton

To mark the current exhibition at Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Icons Of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection, London-based director Andrew Margetson follows Memphis-born jookin’ dancer Lil Buck as he twists and turns past masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Matisse. Continue reading

3/5/24 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Josh Levi – EGO

Singer, actor, and dancer Josh Levi first gained attention for his role in the NBC  television series Friday Night Lights. In his latest dance project EGO the 26 year old Houston, Texas native shows you the meaning of the phrase  “a triple threat”. 

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