Dance

1/21/23 O&A NYC IN MEMORIAM: Lupe Serrano and Jacques d’Amboise- Black Swan Pas De Deux (1960)

Lupe Serrano, a former prima ballerina with American Ballet Theater died on Monday in Syosset, N.Y. at age 92. A petite powerhouse, Ms. Serrano dazzled audiences with virtuosic technique, steely strength and an exuberant stage personality. She excelled in classical and modern choreography during her 18 years with American Ballet Theater… Continue reading

1/18/23 O&A NYC REVIEW: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

By Walter Rutledge Ronald K. Brown/Evidence began its New York season at the Joyce Theater on Tuesday January 17 and runs through Sunday, January 22. The six-day, seven performance offering presents three ensemble works spanning twenty-four years of Brown’s artistry. The season provides an insight into the thirty-eight-year journey of… Continue reading

1/18/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ DANCE PARTY: BeAfrika Academy | Ampiano Dance | Chreo Tebza

BeAfrica Dance Academy is a Afro-Fusion dance company in which different people from the cultures cultivate the style of african dance.Tebza Diphehlo is a dancer, teacher and choreographer from South Africa in Soweto. He was born in 1993 in Johannesburg and began his dance journey in 2000. Continue reading

1/13/23 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Ancestral Voices- Dianne McIntyre, Romare Bearden and Cecil Taylor

One of Bearden’s early dance collaborations was the modern dance work Ancestral Voices choreographed by Dianne McIntyre and presented by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. At the suggestion of company founder and artistic director Alvin Ailey, Romare Bearden was commissioned to create the visuals for the work which premiered… Continue reading

1/7/22 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Funkin’ Stylez Classic Vogue Battle

Javier Madrid, known in the entertainment world as Javier Ninja, is a member of the Legendary House of Ninja founded by his mentor the late Willi Ninja.  The Queens (native) is an accomplished vogue dancer and teacher and has won the House Dance International vogue contest and Champion of the Year for three consecutive years.… Continue reading

12/24/22 O&A NYC FROM THE VAULT: A Conversation with Clive Thompson- The Ailey Years

By Walter Rutledge Clive Thompson danced in the Golden Era of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Officially becoming a permanent member in 1970 when choreographer Ailey was entering a creative zenith. He viral good looks, skillful partnering, and his ability to capture audiences in both dramatic and abstract roles… Continue reading

12/16/22 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Fik Shun and Twitch So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Finale

Stephen Laurel Twitch Boss was an American freestyle hip hop dancer, choreographer, actor, television producer and television personality. In 2008, he finished in second place on the American version of So You Think You Can Dance. Sleep In Heaven! Continue reading

12/10/22 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Rudolf Nureyev’s Nutcracker (1968)

This historic performance from 1968 captures choreographer/performer Rudolf Nureyev at the peak of his career. Filmed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the ballet features artists of the Royal Ballet including Wayne Sleep, Jillian Gibbs and Merle Park as Clara. Continue reading

11/25/22 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Alvin Ailey’s Revelations (1960),

Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelations (1960), one of the most recognizable modern dance works, remains a powerful testament to the human spirit. This cast includes Marilyn Banks, April Berry, Kevin Brown, Gary DeLoatch, Ralph Glenmore, Deborah Manning, Renee Robinson and Dudley Williams.  Continue reading

  11/23/22 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Rudolph Nureyev at Muppet Show

This episode is referred to in Jim Henson: the Works as a “key moment in season two, and in the entire history of the Muppets.” News that Rudolf Nureyev — the world’s most famous ballet dancer — would be appearing on the show “generated unprecedented press coverage and audience curiosity.” By… Continue reading

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