Jorday Rivera's passion for hip-hop and Latin dance infuses her classes with rhythmic energy during each meeting at her namesake studio. Jorday's interest in dance began at a young age when her parents took her to the bustling streets of Broadway to watch colorful stage productions and the spontaneous musical numbers that would take place during each rainstorm. By the time she reached adulthood, Jorday had garnered extensive experience in mambo, salsa, cha-cha, and hip-hop disciplines and had danced side by side with the likes of Eddie Torres and Mario Diaz. This accumulation of hip-swiveling savvy eventually led Jorday to cultivate a love of teaching, finally opening her own dance studio in 1997. Today, the studio houses a variety of dance classes, from modern and hip-hop to belly dancing and Latin, led by a cadre of instructors trained in a panoply of styles.
Todd Chen, director of Rise Dance Company, stepped into salsa serendipitously: after a disastrous party that found him standing at the sidelines as more experienced dancers twirled his date around the room, he began to apply his hip-hop experience to Latin beats. Instead of hoarding his newfound sultriness, Chen recruited a team of seasoned instructors, who break each move into simple steps that are easy to learn and practice. The company's dynamic group Zumba workouts pair Latin-inspired dance steps with vibrant world music. As with training a parrot to rap, both Zumba and traditional salsa classes revolve around repetition to build up a repertoire of steps that translate to dance floors everywhere, helping students internalize the moves as they melt stress and calories.
An artist, Distinguished Concerts International New York's website says, is "an individual who continually seeks to improve, to grow, and aspires to perform at a higher level." The people behind this definition are DCINY co-founders Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, and it's a definition their musicians fulfill. To do so, they collaborate and express themselves while both performing famed Mozart compositions and leading educational events.
Usher yourself into one of Cinemart’s five screens, each boasting 100-plus seats and a Dolby Digital sound system, and let the flickering phantasm of film whisk you away from reality. Movies, like jogging addicts, run daily—put your ticket toward features such as Inception or The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is based on the best-selling novel. As you look for imperfections on the faces of those onscreen, munch on a small popcorn and sip a small soda, while enjoying unlimited free refills on your drink.
The World Comedy Club’s resident joke tellers bust guts seven days a week, lobbing laugh bombs from a stage that’s hosted rising talent and renowned comedians, such as Judah Friedlander and Jim Gaffigan. Eight to ten accomplished performers take the stage on a nightly basis during NYC’s Best Stand-Up Comedy Show, launching a comic blitzkrieg unlike any since Carrot Top declared war on sorrow with an air raid of rubber chickens. Nate Bargatze, a veteran of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and "Comedy Central Presents", splits sides alongside Josh Spear, a globetrotting comedian who has made appearances on Bravo and The Today Show. Audiences also aim faces at the comic stylings of Comedy Central, MTV, and National Lampoon Television verteran Aaron Haber, who expertly adjusts funny bones with Louis Katz, a comedian who’s appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more. A quartet of frothy suds or stiff spirits lubricates arid laugh lairs, allowing crowds ample opportunity to toast their favorite performers or hone exaggerated spit-takes.
Written by L. Arnold Weissberger Award–winning playwright Tony Glazer and directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, Reading Under the Influence fills The DR2 Theatre with giggle-inducing performances about a wine-fueled book club. During the show, the Westchester Book Club’s bantering brood gathers only to discover that their reading round-up has been optioned to become a reality-TV show. Garnering attention from the likes of Playbill.com and Variety, the simplistic stage decoration provides a sleek backdrop to emphasize the cast’s vibrant performance and energetic backward reading of the script during intermission.