(Repost) 5/27/20 O&A NYC DANCE: A Conversation With Sylvia Waters- Artistic Director Emerita Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

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Ailey II Artistic Director Emerita Sylvia Waters has shaped the lives and careers of countless young artists. During her 38 year tenure the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble grew into the world respected Ailey II- a dance company, choreographic laboratory and “dancing boot camp”. In 2012, shortly before her departure, we had an opportunity to talk with her about her career as a dancer, teacher and director.

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5/24/20 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Miles Davis Quintet Live at Teatro dell’Arte in Milan, Italy (October 11, 1964)

 Miles Davis Quintet live at Teatro dell’Arte in Milan, Italy, October 11, 1964. Continue reading

5/22/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: A Conversation With Calvin Royal III- The Best Is Yet To Come

By Walter Rutledge

 

On an unseasonably cold Sunday April morning Calvin Royal III met my at the East Harlem storefront dance studio of Robin William’s Uptown Dance Academy. The interview was in conjunction with his first upcoming New York City season as a soloist with American Ballet Theater (ABT). This also marked the first time in over two decades a black man ascended to the rank of soloist with ABT. Continue reading

5/20/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY- ON WEDNESDAY: President Obama’s Message to the Class of 2020

Watch President Obama celebrate America’s high school seniors as part of Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020. Continue reading

5/16/20 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Marvin Gaye Live in Amsterdam 1976 (Full Concert)

Motown R&B legend Marvin Gaye brings the house down in this 1976 live Amsterdam concert Continue reading

5/5/20 O&A NYC INSPIATIONAL TUESDAY/SPORTS: Dr. J At Harlem’s Famed Rucker Park

Footage of Julius Erving aka Dr. J. at Harlem’s famed Rucker Park the excerpts are from The Doctor, NBA television.

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5/2/20 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Fendi Men’s Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Show

For the Fendi Men’s Spring/Summer 2020 Collection, Creative Director Silvia Venturini Fendi brings the Fendi man en plein air, out of the virtual space and of the overwhelming immateriality that is so pervasive in the life of today. Continue reading

3/26/20 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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020112-grammy-performances-10-400Tina 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

3/22/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Alvin Ailey’s Cry With Yolanda Adams and Jacqueline Green (Black Girls Rock 2018)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and Baltimore School for the Arts alumna Jacqueline Green ’07 performs Ailey’s iconic solo Cry (1972).  Continue reading

3/20/20 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace (1980)

diana-ross-standing-room-only-1Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace, the HBO special, first aired in early 1980 as part of the network’s Standing Room Only series. Continue reading