Think of the moments in life where being an excellent dancer could open doors for you. If you had the skills taught at The Ailey Extension, home of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, you could show them off in a variety of social contexts to your great benefit:
For nearly four decades, the intellectual incubators at Playwrights Horizons have hatched award-winning productions of thought-provoking, emotion-evoking plays, nurturing new generations of writers and theatrical performers. The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World makes its New York debut in a joint effort with the crafty thespians at the New York Theatre Workshop, who themselves have fostered more than 100 dramatic new works over the past 27 years, including Jonathan Larson’s RENT and Doug Wright’s Quills. Together, these two show-stopping institutions weave a tale of rock-and-roll ambition cast against against the backdrop of the 1960s, a time when music was raw and Oprah’s guidance was nowhere to be found. Audiences will sit on the edge of their seats as the characters from this brand-new musical grapple with the dark side of parental obligation and the limits of talent––all based on a true story.
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.
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.