At VIVA Ballroom Dance Studio beginners with no prior experience can learn the basics while more advanced dancers hone their skills in a variety of dance styles from ballroom to break dancing. A talented team of instructors teaches private and group lessons in ballet, Latin, hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, and lyrical dance styles. In addition, the studio offers fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga as an alternative way to achieve cardio fitness.
Join artistic director Richard Tang Yuk for The Princeton Festival's 2011 season, boasting performances by world-renowned performers in jazz and classical music as well as theatrical exhibitions designed to dazzle eardrums and nourish culture-starved corneas. On June 18, accomplished organist Christopher Young tickles the bellows of the Aeolian-Skinner organ of Princeton University Chapel to the tuneful tones of Camille Saint-Saens Prelude and Fugue in B Major, in addition to ditties penned by William Bolcom, Horatio Parker, and Marcel Dupré, among many others.
The Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre produces a bevy of captivating plays each year, often staging incendiary interpretations of traditional works and contemporary classics. This year's production of A Christmas Carol marks the McCarter's 30th incarnation of Dickinson's tale since its introduction to the theatre's season in 1980. The production will be performed in the 75-year-old, recently restored Matthews Theatre auditorium. Director Michael Unger gifts audiences with a heartfelt tale of Ebenezer's redemption guaranteed to cure mild to moderate cases of Scroogedom and Santaclaustrophobia.
• John Pizzarelli with special guest Bucky Pizzarelli on July 25 at 6 p.m. • Mike Marino with special guest Jeff Pirrami on August 1 at 8 p.m. • Kevin Meaney on August 8 at 8 p.m. • Long Live The Beatles starring the Mahoney Brothers on August 15 at 8 p.m. • Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling on August 22 at 8 p.m.
"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.
At Step II Dance Center, the teachers help to transform their students into polished performers with an array of classes, laying the foundations for future dancers, singers, and actors. They teach students as young as 3 and as old as 82 to move their bodies in styles such as ballet, soft shoe Irish dance, and hip-hop, as well as in theater dance, which students put to use as they star in renditions of musicals such as 42nd Street and Annie. Independent filmmakers and companies such as Forman Mills have hosted auditions for commercials and movies at Step II Dance Center, giving students a chance to break out in the business without plastering their headshots all over a film producer's cartons of milk.