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With its prolific events, its close proximity to Silvercup Studios and MoMa's PS1, and its big sign out front, The Secret Theatre is really anything but secret. The facility's two theaters host performances that range from improv and musicals to opera and dance, and its multimedia gear makes it the chosen venue for film festivals and parties, too. While some artists rent its space, others, such as resident company The Queens Players, call The Secret home.
4402 23rd St.
Long Island City,
NY
US
What makes it great: classes in trapeze, trampoline, contortion, aerial silks, wire, and more; 8,000 square feet and ceilings that never seem to end; the same equipment that professionals use to train; classes for both kids and adults
5321 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City,
NY
US
Stepping into New World Stages is like stepping into a cultural retreat. Outside, Times Square bustles with international energy, but inside, away from the travelers and giant screens, an oasis of blue and yellow waits. From a lobby that speaks strongly of industrial architecture, five stages branch off to host Tony- and Pulitzer-winning performances as well as spectacles outside any expectation. Before or after each show, the Time Out New York lounge quenches thirst and conversational cravings with a full bar.
340 W 50th St.
New York,
NY
US
Founded by 25-year music- and dance-industry veteran Safi Thomas, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory instills the values of professionalism and hard work through the art of hip-hop dance. The instructors hold an encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop history and technique, which means they can fill the intensive conservatory program with sessions in everything from choreography to kinesiology to the technical aspects of production. Weekly open classes extend the teaching staff?s knowledge to the community, ensuring that everyone can at least follow along once all political debates have been replaced with dance contests.
305 W 38th St
New York,
NY
US
Named The Godmother of Burlesque by Vogue Italia, Bonnie Dunn has led troupes of pasty-wearing burlesque dancers for more than two decades. In nightly shows, her daredevil performers perform acrobatics on the ceiling, gulp swords, and spit fire. Dancers also venture out to parties to reveal the secrets to their art, and in-studio classes teach students how to shimmy and shake like a pro. The class ends after students make their first set of pasties, then incinerate them so foreign agents never learn how to duplicate our burlesque technology.
407 W 42nd St
New York,
NY
US
It's hard to tell what's going on behind the metal grillwork covering the windows of the building that still bears the name Union Square Savings Bank carved into its stone. That's because of the blackout drapes—the vintage 1840 Greek Revival monolith with 40-foot ceilings has been a theater since 1996, when Daryl Roth took it over and got rid of all the dusty old money inside. The theater producer, who has staged seven Pulitzer-winning plays, has since opened up the unobstructed space to an array of other spectacles.
101 E 15th St.
New York,
NY
US
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