Newsweek's Laura Shapiro once offered a succinct history of American modern dance: "In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the face of an art form and discovered a new world. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who stripped away the externals and showed us the heart of movement. And then there was Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in." The last living member of this homegrown pantheon, Taylor has not finished innovating yet, adding new pieces each year to a prolific catalog of 140 dances. Romantic, iconoclastic, dauntingly athletic, and sometimes hilarious, his works heft weighty topics such as war, spirituality, sexuality, and mortality onto their shoulders, then alchemize them into weighty dances that seem to exist for the sheer pleasure of their beauty.
Among his countless accolades, the champion choreographer has received a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts, and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius award.” Such a rich and prolific body of work makes it easy for the Paul Taylor Dance Company to harvest a unique program for each performance, which they have done in 520 cities throughout 62 countries.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Auditioning for a musical theatre or any acting program always was, is and will be a big deal. We’re a group of professionals who met in college studying music, theater, and acting. We walked the path - the journey that you're about to begin. We even made a webseries out of it www.1and16.com
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Bring us the monologue of the 16 Bars cut that you plan to audition with and we'll take it from there!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We are a group of friends who met in college studying music, theater, and acting. Some of us have MFAs now, we job-juggle, we work the improv circuit, we coach students, we keep taking classes, we work on TV, theatre and films - and the attribute for all these things is a sharp audition piece.
What do you love most about your job?
Empowering the kids we were! Is that simple.
As part of the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, located at the historic Chelsea Piers, the Golf Club perches over the same port that once welcomed ships into New York City. Now, golfers tee up in the driving range's 52 heated and weather-protected stalls, which overlook the glinting waters of the Hudson River. Automatic tee-up systems position balls for launch across the 200-yard, net-enclosed fairway. A putting green allows patrons to improve their short game, and two Full Swing simulators encourage them to take hacks in virtual environs, transporting them to famous courses across the country or fifth-grade birthday parties where they missed the piñata.
Children and adults alike can enlist in Golf Club at Chelsea Piers' classes, which stratify students by experience level. The coaching staff includes PGA and LPGA professionals, and sessions take place in a 2,000-square-foot teaching academy.
At The Ball NY Dance Studios, a team of dance instructors strives to motivate dancers of all skill levels to achieve flawless motion and timing on the dance floor. Up to 150 people per class gather throughout three separate ballrooms, each of which is fully mirrored, features professional Dura Dance sprung floors, and is free of obstructive columns attempting to cut in with your partner. The studio’s variety of classes range from traditional ballroom- and Latin-dance classes to wedding-dance lessons and dance-fitness sessions. The studio also houses a boutique with dance wear and costumes, in addition to a café with a private business center, where students can check their email, make calls, or send Morse-code messages via tap dance.
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Everything's coming up roses at New York's best theater, Lower East Side Dance Academy.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This theater also has a fabulous restaurant.
At this theater, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Want to become a better dancer? Step up your game when you enroll in a class at Lower East Side Dance Academy.
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