Since 1981, Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre's cast of passionate instructors has been helping students of all ages and abilities confidently express themselves through the art of dance. They lead these students through sashays, shimmies, and kicks with an exhaustive roster of dance and fitness classes that ranges from ballroom dancing to Hip Hop to kickboxing. During dance classes, they teach students to perform fundamental moves with confidence and musicality, covering a variety styles—including the Argentine tango, waltz, swing, and salsa—tending to bites from the dancing bug or disgruntled dance partners. They motivate students into performance shape in dance-inspired fitness classes such as Zumba, a regimen of easy-to-follow dance moves set to high-energy Latin tunes. In kickboxing sweat sessions, they inspire students to kick and punch their way toward their fitness goals, effectively toning muscles and scaring away the ghosts of gladiators past, while pole dancing classes build strength and teach students how to spin and climb.
Motherhood the Musical, the brainchild of singer and songwriter Sue Fabisch, whose album Music 4 Mommies bore multiple Top Ten Billboard Comedy hits, celebrates the joys and travails of parenting in uproariously melodic fashion. Praised by the Tampa Bay Times for its "genuine laughs and relatable observations on the job that never ends," the show first takes place at the baby shower of a naïve first-time mom, whose impressive record of never killing a Tamagotchi pet has convinced her she's prepared for motherhood. Over the course of 18 toe-tapping songs, her three experienced friends share stories about the frustrations and triumphs of raising their offspring. The production's spirited music ranges from the heart-tugging ballad I'm Danny's Mom to the exultant barnburner The Kids Are Finally Asleep.
Critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and sideman Ravi Coltrane satisfies hungry jazz fans during a one-night performance at Picotte Recital Hall. As the son of iconic jazz couple John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi has succeeded in carving out his own aural alcove inside ears across the globe, splitting his career between solo work and collaborations with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock. Coltrane's longtime band mates––including pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland––elevate his soaring sax notes with expert licks of their own, three years after helping create Coltrane's latest album, Blending Times, by melting their watches into one collaborative compact disc.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.