Ballet Long Island, a nonprofit professional ballet company that focuses on bringing affordable ballet performances to its community, has been doing just that since 1985. The consummate dancers, many of whom have studied in the organization’s training and education programs, unleash performances throughout the year across several stages, from Disney-themed shows such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to original numbers.
At Richie B's Diamond Club, an amiable sports-bar atmosphere presents eight large-screen televisions proudly broadcasting events such as football. On weekends, live music and comedy shows entertain as patrons dine on burgers, wraps, wings, and appetizers. Balls scatter across the blue felt of two pool tables as a jukebox plays on.
Ballroom Factory Dance Studio's brigade of experienced instructors takes students with two left feet and whips them into dancing dynamos. Light trippers of all ages and skill levels learn the ins and outs of dance styles that range from ballroom basics and American waltz to international tango and advanced hokey pokey. Private or group classes twirl gracefully through an airy studio space, characterized by sleek wood floors and walls lined with mirrors. The studio's expertise also extends to voice and piano lessons for both children and adults in which pupils master scales, harmonies, and the ability to read music.
Gateway Playhouse is in the middle of its 61st year of theatrical entertainment, having attracted top-flight actors and directors from New York and around the world. The company’s production of Hairspray pumps positivity into the classic musical about a plump teenager chasing down aspirations to boogie down on television. Eighth-note fans of '60s culture and the shimmy-inducing R & B grooves will immediately dig Hairspray’s music and lighting-fast costume changes.
The Gateway mounted its first production in 1950, making it the region?s oldest professional theater. But the venue's rich history isn't without skeletons?and many of them aren't props. During Halloween season, Gateway's talented directors, actors, and designers come together to create their own brand of terror: Gateway's Haunted Playhouse.
Each year brings new haunted themes, which often play on the theater's own history. Down dimly-let hallways and across moving floors might wait demented prop masters, deranged caretakers, or ushers who have no clue where the bathrooms are located. Audio and lighting effects add to the scares, as visitors get up close with actors decked out in high-quality makeup and costumes. The overall effect is that of an immersive play, and that unique professionalism has earned the Haunted Playhouse rave reviews and local awards.
The Governor's locations are ranked among 10Best's Editor's Picks for live Long Island entertainment; they have featured some of the best-known names in the business, such as Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, and Jerry Seinfeld. Upcoming performers include Mike Yard with Eric Tartaglione at McGuire's, Andy Pitz at the Brokerage, and Greg Fitzsimmons at Governor's. Check the schedules to find out which club will make you laugh so loudly area birds will be too scared to sing for days.