When life simply isn't dramatic enough, New York's stage shows at The Cell Theather are for you.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this museum promises the perfect dish for you.
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Founded in 2002, Brooklyn Ballet's mission is to create ballets flush with artistic excellence and innovation that delight audience members. With this goal in mind, the not-for-profit professional dance company works with writers, visual artists, and even hackers to design pieces that are reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities. Before dancers hit the stage, they can get their reps in at the downtown state-of-the-art studio, which features a column-free dance space, wood-sprung floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
And for those who just want to hone their skills without brining them on stage, the instructors lead recreational classes for adults and kids.
Roshelle “Rocky” Wilder, NYC Dance Arts’ founding director, began dancing and choreographing dance pieces when she was still in high school. She has performed with underground hip-hop artists such as Denzil Porter, Deena Jones, and The Future, and her students at NYC Dance Arts have performed on Broadway, earning mention from ExpertsColumn.com.. With a team of teachers, Wilder guides students through the steps of contemporary hip-hop, classical ballet, heart-healthy Zumba, and other dance-centric classes.
Ballet classes boost students’ balance, concentration, and coordination while strengthening core muscles. Modern/contemporary dance rebels against the traditional aesthetic of classical ballet with abstract, emotive movements—or by cutting class, sneaking out, and taking the works of Jean-Paul Sartre very seriously. Break dance 101 introduces students to urban street dance, focusing on inspiration and creativity. Yoga fitness classes combine a cardio workout with deep-breathing exercises and yoga poses. In addition to regular classes, NYC Dance Arts offers special workshops with visiting choreographers and professional dancers, and organizes dance flash mobs—groups of dancers who meet in a public place to perform a dance routine.
Enchanting. Intelligent. Utterly elusive. Holly Golightly has indelibly remained all of these things, though more than half a century has passed since she first bewitched America in Truman Capote’s seminal novella. As much a masterful manipulator as she is a naïve ingénue, Holly navigates society by pulling on the heartstrings of powerful men, but can’t quite bring herself to give up on true love. Enter “Fred,” a poor young writer whom Holly playfully saddles with a new name rather than risk attachment by learning what his mother in the bayou calls him. But even though Fred can’t give her the life of diamond-studded croissants she dreams of, Holly finds herself more attracted to the good-natured young man than she does to any Rockefeller. Unfortunately, their newfound friendship may lose some of its luster when specters from Holly’s past return to claim a connection to her as well.
Onstage in a new adaptation, this classic story’s charming dance is enacted by faces familiar and new. Emilia Clarke—best known as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones —stars as Holly Golightly, and Cory Michael Smith makes his Broadway debut in the role of Fred. George Wendt (Norm on Cheers) steps in as the big-hearted bartender Joe Bell, and a devilishly handsome orange tabby plays Holly’s feline roommate, Cat.
Katie Leemhuis began honing her craft as a child. Lucky for her parents, she was naturally drawn to music rather than blacksmithing or motorcycle jumping. During those early years, Katie sang in choirs when she wasn’t taking private piano, clarinet, and vocal lessons. Her persistence led her to the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and later to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she acquired her Master of Music Degree.
During lessons, Katie works to instill confidence and stage presence while also guiding students towards fulfilling their own goals and developing healthy vocal techniques. These range from proper breathing to strong posture to how to yodel with a mouthful of Flintstone vitamins. Most importantly, she practices what she preaches by staying active in the world of opera, musical theater, and jazz. Opera News praised her “vocal beauty and musical sophistication” when portraying Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and the Chicago Tribune noted how she “let fly some exciting singing as the pharaoh’s consort, Amaltea,” in Rossini’s Mose In Egitto.
Though they hail from all over the world, the instructors at Bellyqueen are united by their passion for belly dance. Their dedication to the Middle Eastern art—and their eagerness to educate others about the empowering, often misunderstood dance form—led co-founder Kaeshi Chai to established their own bellydancing company and school in the East Village. Kaeshi's enthusiasm has caught on—since opening in 1998, Bellyqueen has gained acclaim for its unconventional workouts welcoming participants of all sizes and skill levels.
Today, the bustling studio continues to teach traditional bellydancing techniques while incorporating world-fusion styles. Experienced instructors guide guests through the sensual movements, encouraging them as they practice footwork, breath, and presentation. When they aren’t fine-tuning their routines to eyeball-enticing perfection, students can watch Bellyqueen’s professional dancers perform at weekly Djam NYC shows at Jebon and special events.