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.
Founded by Queens native and The Late Late Show vet Steve Hofstetter, Laughing Devil Comedy Club lobbed its inaugural laughs in late 2011. Its debut on the city's comedy scene came after weeks of anticipation and attention in the New York Post, the Queens Courier, and the Queens Tribune. Within its intimate 70-seat venue, bartenders draw from a top-shelf drink menu to forge potions such as The Andy Kaufman's blend of Saint Germain, Patrón tequila, and pineapple or pour drafts of Chimay Triple, brewed in the traditional manner by Belgian prop comics.
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Learning world dance from a world traveler has its advantages. iDance Studio's instructors hail from locales as far-flung as Russia, Uzbekistan, India, and Puerto Rico, and their careers as professional dancers have taken them across the world. Led by renowned belly-dance performer LaUra, who has performed for both Mary J Blige and Beyonc?, their latest destination is Brooklyn. In the cheery studio tucked above the Millennium Theater, instructors teach world dance styles worthy of their collection of souvenir pilot's wings: Uzbek classical, Turkish, Russian, Indian, Gypsy, Flamenco, Tajik, and of course belly dance. Students of all ages can jump into these high-octane classes, improving their hip-swiveling while working up a healthy sweat.
Dancewave’s instructors approach their students as artists-in-the-making, seeking to impact the lives of New York City youth through pre-professional arts training. Classes for kids include pre-pointe, ballet, and hip-hip. Adults can flex through the poses of modern dance classes or work up a sweat in Pilates and Zumba classes. Dancewave also hosts summer intensives, as well as trains pre-professional ensembles that perform in venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
With an American flag hanging from its brick façade and its name scrawled in red cursive atop an old-fashioned marquee, The Pavilion Theater looks like it sprung from the screen of a 1950s film. But in reality, it stands right in the middle of Brooklyn. The two-story neighborhood picture house combines both of these worlds, whisking away audiences to another era with its quaint charm and sepia ushers while staying current with a rotating roster of newly released films.