Ready to jump-start its ninth championship season, Formula Drift rallies together some of the world's top angular autoists for two full days of supersonic sliding. Defending champion Daijiro Yoshihara returns to protect his title against a talent-packed field of both new and veteran drivers, each of whom will test their ability to steer through tight spaces while maintaining eye-popping speeds atop the track's infamous butter-slicked pavement.
At the helm of L.A. Dance School of the Arts is director Angela Paolino Thompson, a graduate of NYU’s dance program. Certified by the Dance Educators of America, she leads a team that instills the grace and technique needed for recreational, competitive, and professional dancing success. Their twinkle-toed repertoire includes at least 10 modalities of dance at any time, such as tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet. They also incorporate acting, vocal, and fitness classes into their repertoire, and offer more traditional boot-camp workouts as well.
Having spent many years in the dance and fitness industries, Vanessa Berry knew precisely what to look for in her staff members when she opened Kick Dance Studios more than 10 years ago. Today, staffers include those who have trained at distinguished organizations including the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Broadway Dance Center.
But as proud as she is of her team, Berry is doubly so of her students, including her award-winning dance team. Her facility's two studios constantly bustle with the moves and grooves of highly organized dance classes, which include ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theater, and acrobatics.
Since its inception, all the plays that Two River Theater has produced have shared a common thread: capturing the human experience. Bridging the gap between players and audiences, their intimate performances have made them a New Jersey treasure, leading to three Theater of the Year awards from the New Jersey Theater Alliance and The Star Ledger, as well as designation as a Major Impact Organization by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Giving them space to play along the way are two theaters: the 350-seat Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, where six-play subscription seasons and holiday shows unfold, and the 99-seat black box Marion Huber Theater.
It's a significant thing to land on the National Register of Historic Places, to be sure, and Count Basie Theatre has certainly earned that. But when Tony Bennett has called it his "favorite place," the historical stuff can take a seat. The recently renovated theatre first opened its doors in 1926, and has gone through many name changes over the years, but when Red Bank native William "Count" Basie passed away in 1984, it was named in the jazz pianists' honor. He and Bennett aren't the only big names associated with the theatre, however?Bon Jovi's taken the stage on many occasions, living both on and off of prayers, as has fellow Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen.
Upon entering the Count Basie Theatre, guests might feel as though they’ve slipped through a crack in time and ended up in the early 1900s. Opulent marble staircases and gold details grab the eyes of visitors, recalling the decadence of Hollywood’s history and gently pulling them to the auditorium. There, the acoustically pleasing construction wins out as sound spreads and funnels through a sunburst dome embellished with a dangling chandelier. Since opening in 1926, the Count Basie has earned numerous accolades, including a nod from Pollstar magazine, who listed it as one of the Top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues.