Dance

5/7/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: The Harlem Sandman (1943) Count Basie and Dorothy Dandridge,

Count Basie and his Orchestra play Harlem Sandman, an extended number in Hit Parade of 1943. It features Dorothy Dandridge and Jack Williams singing plus dance act Pops and Louis (Albert Whitman & Louis Williams) along with dancers Dorothea Durham, Neva Peoples & Ruth Scott. Continue reading

5/1/21 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: A – Z African Dance Moves

“It was really hard choosing just one for each letter because there are SO many amazing moves from all over the continent ! Here are some of our favorite African Dance moves ! Continue reading

4/30/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Members Don’t Get Weary by Jamar Roberts

Ailey All Access presents the online premiere of ‘Members Don’t Get Weary,‘ the first work Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts created for the Company. He says this ensemble work set to the music of legendary American jazz artist John Coltrane, “takes an abstract look into the notion of one ‘having the… Continue reading

4/16/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Night Creature- An Ailey/Ellington Masterwork

Ailey All Access presents the online encore of Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature. This classic work is a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music. Continue reading

3/19/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: DTH On Demand Presents: Firebird- (Last Day to Watch it !)

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

2/13/21 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Magical Africa Rain Dance

“This was in light of the during the Western Cape drought and I performed the Rain Dance in the middle of the Theewaterskloof Dam, of which is the main reservoir that had dried up.About a week or two after dancing at the reservoir, it started raining in the Western Cape.”–… Continue reading

2/12/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Passage – DTH On Demand

The Dance Theatre of Harlem premiered Passage, choreography by Claudia Schreier, during the 2019 DTH 50th anniversary season. Continue reading

2/2/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Cicely Tyson Remembering Arthur Mitchell

  Cicely Tyson and Arthur Mitchell had a friendship the spanned almost 60 years. Tyson shared her heartfelt memories of their meeting and endearing friendship at the December 3, 2018 memorial at Riverside Church, New York City. Continue reading

1/26/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Jon Batiste – I Need You

I Need You from Jon Batiste‘s upcoming album We Are available March 19, 2021. Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Purlie (1981) | Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley, Melba Moore

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell and music by Gary Geld and choreography by Louis Johnson. It is based on Davis’s 1961 play Purlie Victorious, which was later made into the 1963 film Gone Are the Days! and which included many… Continue reading

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