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.
JCDA has been in business for over 35 years. The school provides the atmosphere and training that will nurture both the potential artist and the recreational dance student who studies only for the inherent rewards of self-discipline, confidence, physical fitness and a greater appreciation of movement and music.
The Maplewood Theatre's name hovers above the marquee in an art-deco script over a row of lights, conjuring up nostalgia of the classic cinemas of yesteryear. But the retro-style facade doesn't mean that the movies are also throwbacks. Instead, the modern movie screens flicker with first-run films. The theater's 3D capabilities allow patrons to slip on glasses that make them feel as if they're in the middle of the action or to protect their eyes when they accidentally dunk their faces into 3-D popcorns.
Through a Glass Darkly is a vibrant adaptation of the 1961 Academy Award–winning film by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. In its United States debut, the Atlantic Theater Company’s production is directed by five-time Tony Award–nominee David Leveaux and stars Academy Award–nominee Carey Mulligan as Karin, the play’s heroine who displays a fragile grip on reality. During an annual vacation to a remote locale, tensions mount between Karin, her brother (Ben Rosenfield), her husband (Jason Butler Harner), and her father (Chris Sarandon). When a culmination of repressed emotions threatens to destroy the entire family, Karin decides to take command of her own destiny.
Abbey Theatre veteran Ray Yeates takes audiences on a guided tour of the Irish émigré’s psyche with an uplifting one-man performance set amid the Irish economy's stunning collapse. In this standalone sequel to his internationally produced In High Germany, acclaimed playwright Dermot Bolger reconnects audiences with Eoin, an expat back in the country of his birth after an extended stay in Germany. Armed with no more than his sharp wits and the stitching on his polo shirt, Ray Yeates convincingly transforms the intimate West Village stage into Dublin Airport for a riveting 75-minute performance. Making use of airports’ birthday-clown-like tendency to evoke existential dread, the play extracts an uplifting story of friendship and family from the midst of a late-night boarding area.
Featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Early Show, Dhoonya Dance transforms torsos through Bollywood dance moves. Aspiring dancers of all skill levels can dust off their bare feet or soft-soled shoes, eye the schedule, and drop into a DhoonyaFit class, a blood-pumping cardio workout choreographed to the latest Bollywood tunes. Taught by a team of lithe instructors, students can relieve stress and burn an average of 800 calories while melting lead feet into airy lotus petals. In addition to sessions for teens and young adults, Dhoonya Dance also leads Basic Technique courses on the step-by-step fundamentals of Bollywood and Pop Bhangra dance, teaching basic footwork, hip work, and arm movements through repetitive action in a supportive group atmosphere. Through four drop-in sessions or one month of unlimited classes, Dhoonya Dance students will feel the rhythm and energy of Bollywood dance and be better prepared for impromptu group dance numbers on subway platforms.