They started as a dance school, but in 2010, the American Dance Institute transformed. The shift resulted from the gaps they saw in the world of American contemporary dance. Simply put, the art form had gotten too safe. So the ADI reemerged as not only a presenter of groundbreaking performances, but an incubator for the great work of the future. Since then, they've hosted some of the country's most celebrated artists through their performance series, from the rigorous, aggressive tap of Dorrance Dance to Urban Bush Women, who bring stories of the disenfranchised to light through their evocative choreography. Adventurous troupes such as these have earned the ADI plenty of praise, with the Washington Post, heralding the non-profit as "the region’s leading edge of edge."
Taking over the RFK Stadium/DC Armory this October, Scream City Washington DC features two haunted houses designed by the fright experts at Steelhead Productions. Completely indoor and custom-designed, these dual attractions provide terrifying fun for visitors:
Exorcism Estate: Attendees lurch through an unkempt Victorian mansion that was once home to a wealthy politician and his family that disappeared after the birth of their daughter.
Slaughter Factory: A slaughterhouse run by an insane owner who used his employees as products was once taken over by the SWAT team, but even they couldn't handle it.
The fright experts at Steelhead Productions don't limit their scream-inducing talents to the Halloween season. The team works as the professional builder, designer, or general contractor for set and stage design projects throughout the region. Their repertoire includes both local and national haunted attractions, as well as slightly-less-scary corporate events, parties, and private events.
The American Pops Orchestra has an awfully lofty goal: to develop and inspire a new audience through its music. Fortunately, it's smart enough to bring a few friends along to help. The orchestra and its rising-star conductor, Luke Frazier, regularly reach out to some of the music world's most influential artists to create one-of-a-kind programs. Previous and future collaborators include music-theatre legends Christine Ebersole, Elaine Paige, and Chita Rivera; indie-music icon Rufus Wainwright; and Tony Award–winner (and star of The Good Wife) Alan Cumming.
People usually go to the Great Wall of China to marvel at its expanse. The Alexandria Harmonizers went there to sing. And that's just one of the many impressive destinations where the men's a cappella group has performed. In its nearly 70-year history, the ensemble has shared signature four-part harmonies at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and Cologne Cathedral. But you don't need to be a president or employee of the month to hear the choir sing—its members will gladly regale listeners at private parties and events.
For top-notch performances of historical and contemporary plays, there's no better place in Washington than Groove Steady Entertainment.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Columbia Heights Metro (Green, Yellow) and Georgia Ave Petworth (Green, Yellow).
As their motto goes, "It's all about the music." Eschewing props, costumes, and staging for a focus on the sounds of voices and instruments, the Washington Concert Opera seeks to thrill audiences with performances by some of the profession's leading lights. Their stripped-down approach allows the company to focus on rarely produced works, from little-known Rossinis to classic Puccini B-sides.