Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
From first-season American Idol heartthrob to lauded star of the Broadway stage, singer-songwriter Justin Guarini enraptures audiences with his ceaseless charm and powerhouse pipes. The eternally curly-haired crooner takes a break from his latest project, a musical penned by Stephen King and John Mellencamp, to grace the Landmark's stage with a set of pop songs and ballads suitable for all ages. Since entering the public eye on American Idol, the performer has been seen in movies such as From Justin to Kelly and on the Great White Way in American Idiot and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Guarini will put his soulful, commanding voice to work as he struts his stuff to make fans swoon and microphones blush in this stirring performance.
Catering to aspiring dancers as young as 18 months, A Dance Place offers lessons in a non-competitive friendly environment to help build youngsters confidence and self-esteem. The littlest dancers can take part in mommy and me classes or creative movement sessions, which instill them with a love of physical expression. Ballet, tap, and hip-hop lessons, meanwhile, allow pupils to delve into more specialized disciplines.
Choreographing the much-beloved tango scene in Scent of a Woman is a shining point on anyone's resum?. For Paul Pellicoro, it is one of many distinctions awarded to him and his staff of professional dance instructors at DanceSport, the go-to studio for Latin and ballroom dance. Their choreography and performance work has graced the diverse sound and theater stages of The Today Show, A River Runs Through It, and the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival, among many others. Their lessons have benefited Chris Cuomo and Good Morning America anchors Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.
Rousing group classes take place across nine air-conditioned studios, each one outfitted with a wood-sprung floor carved from an oak tree wearing a tutu. Whether leading these sessions, helping couples prepare their wedding dance, or contributing to charitable causes such as Gilda's Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or Night For Ni?os, DanceSport's sure-footed staff flourishes with skill, patience, and compassion.
At The Ball NY Dance Studios, a team of dance instructors strives to motivate dancers of all skill levels to achieve flawless motion and timing on the dance floor. Up to 150 people per class gather throughout three separate ballrooms, each of which is fully mirrored, features professional Dura Dance sprung floors, and is free of obstructive columns attempting to cut in with your partner. The studio’s variety of classes range from traditional ballroom- and Latin-dance classes to wedding-dance lessons and dance-fitness sessions. The studio also houses a boutique with dance wear and costumes, in addition to a café with a private business center, where students can check their email, make calls, or send Morse-code messages via tap dance.
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began in 1973 as a literary get-together in the living room of college professor and celebrated scribe Miguel Algarin. By 1975, sick of cleaning up dangling clauses left all over his house, Algarin began renting the Sunshine Café to give local writers and performers a venue to develop their craft. In 1980, the non-profit organization moved to its current home in a century-old tenement on East Third.
Today, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe plays a crucial, street-level role in New York's art scene. Randomly selected audience members judge weekly poetry slams, and the venue plays host to small theatrical productions on many Thursdays through Sundays. Other evenings may feature hip-hop concerts, snappy Latin jazz, and freewheeling open mic nights.