At Joe’s Music & Dance Academy, students of all ages benefit from expert instruction in a variety of instruments and dance styles. Teachers lead private lessons for instruments that range from piano and violin to guitar, bass, drums, voice, and most orchestral instruments. For aspiring Astaires, dance instructors helm programs for students of all ages in disciplines such as ballet, jazz and hip-hop, tap dance, and musical theater. Joe’s also offers students myriad opportunities to collaborate and perform together in the form of music and dance recitals, jazz ensembles, and workshops.
America's oldest performing-arts center, BAM has fostered innovative expression on the stage and silver screen for 150 years. Part of the Performance in HD program, Ballet in Cinema screens ballets from Europe's top companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, and The Royal Ballet. The performances are filmed live and projected in high definition, capturing the grandeur of every grand jeté and the elegant lines of every slow arabesque. The Bolshoi Ballet tiptoes gracefully through The Sleeping Beauty on Thursday, December 15, setting the story of Princess Aurora’s tumultuous coming of age and shouting matches about bedtime to Pyotr Tchaikovsky's romantic score. In 2012, the Bolshoi's Le Corsaire dazzles audiences with stunning revamped choreography and a famous shipwreck scene, while The Royal Ballet's signature, Romeo and Juliet, retells Shakespeare’s famous love story set to a passionate, classical score in place of the original disco.
A guitar teacher for nearly 10 years, Martin Moretto quickly realized that his students learned best in a group setting. When surrounded by peers, his pupils were part of a musical community they could jam with and reach out to for help if Martin was busy. That's why, at Yellow Frog, he teaches group classes, schooling kids and adults aged 12 and older. Structured in one-month blocks, classes cater to beginners, who use the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 to collectively master guitar fundamentals.
When it comes to music, Nick LeClair Throop does a bit of everything. He sings and plays multiple instruments: guitar, piano, bass, and banjo. He moves between funk, soul, pop, and other styles with the ease of a record shop employee on rollerblades. The versatile musician also holds a bachelor's in music performance from Ithaca College. He shares all of this expertise with music students during onsite or on-location lessons.
For more than 20 years, The Leadership Program has worked with public schools, private schools, and the New York City Department of Education to provide special programs for more than 22,000 participants, 4,000 teachers, and 7,000 parents each year. The organization’s specialists offer a variety of award-winning and nationally recognized programs that range from conflict resolution and youth development to professional development, parent development, and social services. They also mold minds with additional programs that include youth advisory, diversity outreach, and academic arts.
Zumba classes at M Dance & Fitness provide a hip-shaking workout so engrossing that, according to Time Out New York, students barely notice its rigor until they’re sore the next day. Set to music that ranges from pop to reggaeton, classes work the whole body through simple dance steps from schools such as salsa and merengue.
The studio’s Masala Bhangra class replaces Zumba’s Latin flair with Indian moves. Masala means “spicy” in Hindi; the routines are thus a “spicy,” or Bollywood-inflected, take on Bhangra, a traditional Indian folkdance. Studio founder Misty Clark and her team of instructors helm other dance fitness classes as well, with focuses such as ballet, kick-box dance, hip-hop, and ab work.