The globetrotting careers of seasoned dancers Leonard and Chiara Ajkun inspired the twirling twosome to found Ajkun Ballet Theatre in 2000, where they continue to direct classic ballets and choreograph an average of five new programs each year. In the world premiere of Red: The Passion of Tango, the company's masterfully trained dancers set the stage ablaze, singeing eyebrows with fiery dance steps fueled by the energetic nuevo tango tunes of songster Astor Piazzolla, among other composers. Ajkun Ballet Theatre encourages audience members to join the crimson-themed festivities by donning slinky red dresses and sanguine neckties, or simply by binging chili peppers.
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.
With work that has drawn accolades from such notable publications as the New York Times, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has expressed the trials and tribulations of mankind with elegant beauty and fierce honesty since 1954. Dancing doyens mold a full show from a series of short performances, gifting the audience all the variety and brevity of an audio mash-up of the decade's best shampoo commercials.
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: