Profiled on the PBS series Circus, the international performers of Big Apple Circus stretch one ring to new limits with this year's original show, "Dance On!". From a ringside seat, eyes clearly catch the nuances of intricate acts, such as the Kenyan Boys, whose perplexing pole-shimmying has previously landed them performances at Walt Disney parks and during halftime shows for various NBA teams. Regina Dobrovitskaya, a gymnast since age 11 and a Russian since birth, puts her master's degree in sport gymnastics to work while dangling from the rafters from her Cloud Swing, and China's Hebei Wuqiao Acrobatic Troupe synchronizes lasso twirling and acrobaticizes monocycling to thumping drumbeats. Leading the charge is lovable clown Grandma, a marquis member of Big Apple since 1982 and inductee to the International Clown Hall of Fame who has also been seen on CBS's Circus of the Stars and with multiple appearances in Macy's famed Thanksgiving Day Parade and lesser-known Boxing Day Stand-Still. All Groupon purchasers will be seated in the ringside section, shown in blue on the seating chart. Parking discount at Central parking available with ticket stub; $10 for up to 5 hours on weekday evenings. Must surrender ticket stub to Central parking post-show to redeem parking discount. Group seating is also available.
The chuckle connoisseurs at Treehouse Comedy Productions have brought laugh-worthy comics to their stages for more than 25 years, giving an audience to future standup-comedy legends such as Rosie O'Donnell, John Stewart, and Jay Leno. Treehouse continues its commitment to busting guts with a calendar of upcoming shows that includes Comedy Central veteran Bill Santiago (April 6–7), who brings a neurotic edge while reflecting on growing up as a Puerto Rican in New York. Kevin Downey, Jr. (April 13–14), on the other hand, cracks macabre one-liners delivered with a distinctively belligerent yell that has been featured on HBO and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Mike P. Burton (April 27), erstwhile warm-up guy for Rachel Ray, uses a sensibility molded by a childhood in the South and an adulthood in New York to launch hilarious jeremiads about children, relationships, and society's foibles.
Fashion is at the forefront during the Longé Media Conference & Business Expo, held Friday, September 20, through Sunday, September 22. Live performers bang out beats, models dominate the runway, and guests bear witness to the latest creations from Canadian, Jamaican, and African designers during the fashion and music showcase on Saturday, September 21.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary dancer himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form using their expert eyes. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Energetic instructors at Work It lead cardio, dance, and fitness classes seven days a week, cycling through yoga poses and spinning around poles in workouts that avoid gym monotony. Cadres of exercisers move to blood-pumping Latin–based choreography in cardio-heavy Zumba courses ($18/class), where alternating quick and slow tempos create a temporal distortion field previously accessible only to the funkiest physicists. Introductory pole-dancing courses ($25/class) let practitioners build strength and confidence as they twirl aerobically around metallic dance partners who never slip or insist on solo river-dancing routines.