Since Robert Joffrey and Robert Arpino called the first class to order in 1953, the Joffrey Ballet School has made its slippered footprint in the dance world. Once the domain of legendary instructors including Rudolph Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, and Carmen De Lavallade, the school now houses faculty members ready to train the next generation of America’s great dancers. With teachers ranging from a veteran of the National Ballet Company of Guatemala to the ghost of Gene Kelly, the school continues to blend multiple dance styles into its balletic training, building well-rounded dancers versed in jazz, contemporary, character, and hip-hop. All of the training tends to pay off; graduates of the Joffrey Ballet School frequently go on to shine in companies including the Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.
Captivating viewers on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Live! With Regis and Kelly, Gazillion Bubble Show entrances live audiences with a buoyant circus of bubble aerobics and effervescent tricks illuminated by a stunning laser-light show. The family-friendly foam festival keeps kids and adults entertained with the soapy stunts of 16-time Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang and his family of fellow soaponauts as they create bubbly wonders previously only imaginable to dishwasher denizens. During this 85-minute show, audiences will enjoy an interactive experience as huge bubbles take over the stage, thousands of small bubbles spin and intertwine throughout the auditorium, and seemingly healthy people encase themselves inside giant spheres of iridescent protection. See the schedule for a complete list of show times, as well as sneak peaks at the air-filled artistry.
Set to a soundtrack that spans from thumping club tunes to calm new-world music, Fuerza Bruta: Look Up features eclectic dancing on a unique stage. Performers splish, splash, and trade financial advice on a clear mylar tarp covered in water that dangles inches above the standing audience members' heads. Colorful, flashing lights illuminate the waterlogged body movers, and other scenes feature twirling, harness-held acrobatics, and a man bolting through a wall only to discover he should be in the next theater over. This deal is good for four showtimes a week—Wednesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 10 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m.—giving viewers plenty of chances to catch a performance and dancers the opportunity to dry off and de-prune.
With more than 60 years of tiptoe-twirling history, the New York City Ballet boasts a seasoned, dedicated dance company that thrills audiences and ballet shoes at every performance. With each Friday- or Saturday-evening ticket purchase through June 12, Groupon users snag a companion ticket for free, allowing members, and whichever of their cultured friends has the brownest nose, to gorge eyes on the company's famously lush and lithe ballet performances. Dance lovers also score admission for two to up to four working rehearsals during the repertory season, along with two spots at New York City Ballet's curiosity-satisfying 90-minute seminars, where the company and special guests reveal the creative clockwork behind their sumptuous productions. Members also get a 15% discount at New York City Ballet's gift shop, a subscription to the company newsletter, advance notice of ticket sales, and the ability to reach, en pointe, the top cabinet where their roommate hides the cookies.
Choreographing the much-beloved tango scene in Scent of a Woman is a shining point on anyone's resumé. For Paul Pellicoro, it is one of many distinctions awarded to him and his staff of professional dance instructors at DanceSport, the go-to studio for Latin and ballroom dance. Their choreography and performance work has graced the diverse sound and theater stages of The Today Show, A River Runs Through It, and the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival, among many others. Their lessons have benefited Chris Cuomo and Good Morning America anchors Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.
Rousing group classes take place across nine air-conditioned studios, each one outfitted with a wood-sprung floor carved from an oak tree wearing a tutu. Whether leading these sessions, helping couples prepare their wedding dance, or contributing to charitable causes such as Gilda's Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or Night For Niños, DanceSport's sure-footed staff flourishes with skill, patience, and compassion.
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.