10/21/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: A Zoot Suit (with a A Reet Pleat) [1942] | Dorothy Dandridge & Paul White

A Zoot Suit (for My Sunday Gal) performed by Paul White and Dorothy Dandridge  from the 30 minute short film A Zoot Suit (with a A Reet Pleat) (1942) written by Ray Gilbert and Robert O’Brien (as Bob O’Brien). Continue reading

5/10/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Paula Abdul’s Performance – 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Paula Abdul closed the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with a six-song medley of her hits.
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2/20/19 O&A NYC CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Taking A Chance On Love


Taking A Chance On Love starring Ethel Waters, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson and Bill Bailey from the Hollywood musical Cabin In The Sky.  Continue reading

6/6/20 O&A NYC TRIBUTE: Loretta Abbott March 1, 19( I ain’t tellin)- May 6, 2016

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Loretta Abbott, dancer, actress, singer and choreographer passed away on Sunday June 5, 2016. A natural performer Abbott had two passions: her love for dance that spanned over 70 years, and her allegiance to the Harlem community where she lived her entire life. Continue reading

7/19/17 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Moms Mabley- Comedienne, Social Activist, LBGTQ Icon

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Moms Mabley performing a comedy act (1948) one of her lines “Cab Calloway once call me a dog. I would like to be a dog if Cab Calloway would be my tree.” Continue reading

4/22/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge- Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941)

The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge dance in Chattanooga Choo Choo from the 1941 Sun Valley Serenade. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996. Continue reading

1/6/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Origins of the Moonwalk


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Michael Jackson is credited with introducing the Moonwalk at the Motown 25 television special. Here is a brief history of the origins of the 80’s dance craze.  Continue reading

10/18/17 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Dancing Into The New Year: The League of Extraordinary Dancers (Episode Two)- AntiGravity Heroes

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Two best friends break into a warehouse and uncover strange artifacts that unleash incredible powers. Continue reading