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.
Before taking the reins at Broadway Performing Arts, Elisa Heinsohn appeared on the TV series Fame, and Cleve Asbury acted in the Oscar-winning film Chicago. The duo also racked up an impressive set of Broadway credits—Asbury most recently played Mr. Ovington in the hit How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—and starred in more television commercials than a dog who can talk. Nowadays, the two continue their performing-arts work while co-owning and co-directing their studio, leading their team as they teach students from 3-year-olds to adults. The studio’s eclectic curricula hone students’ skills in disciplines such as musical theater, dance, and guitar.
A comprehensive dance and movement facility, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center provides movers and shakers of all sorts a space for learning, rehearsing, and performing. MMAC classes are taught by renowned dance educators and dancing queens in obstruction-free studios, which are equipped with sprung floors and kept fastidiously free of rhythmically challenged Godzillas who “borrow” classmates’ leg warmers and return them all stretched out.
The American Classical Orchestra safeguards the repertoire of 17th- to 19th-century composers, escorting venerable works into the future upon the notes of original and reproduction period instruments. Under the direction of Maestro Thomas Crawford and his onstage airboat, the ensemble's production of Wind Power breezes across Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets, and Telemann's Concerto in D, featuring dynamic and energetic Mexican recorder guru Horacio Franco. A pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. offers to warm up ears with toasty educational tidbits. Mezzanine and balcony seating grants guests unobstructed views of the action inside the NYSEC Hall, which harbors more than 100 years of history within its storied walls.