Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Summer Classes

If your looking to take some dance classes over the summer, there are tons of places to do it, especially if your in or close to the city! Most of the big studios like Alvin Ailey (http://www.alvinailey.org/), Steps (http://www.stepsnyc.com/) or Peridance (http://peridance.com/), give different classes like ballet, modern, hip-hop, and jazz. For more specified forms of dance, the best thing to do is just "google" it and a studio will come up with information. Taking open classes in the city is a good experience for everyone. Especially for young dancers who are trying to make it into the professional dance world because most of the studios have big names giving master classes and a lot of teachers and company members take open classes when either the company is not in season or they are just looking for something a little different. I have been in a class at StepsNYC, and seen many professional dancers that were taking the same class as me. I was young and to see and watch the professionals dance and how they act during class gave me an idea of professionalism and how it is different from the classes given to middle and high schoolers. My dance teachers before college have also brought me to open classes in the city in order to prepare for an audition. It is a good way to keep up technique over the summer because most dancers take the summer off unless they are in season. And its a fun way to meet other members of the dancing world outside of your studio!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Looking for Something to do?

This summer, New York City Ballet is performing an Architecture of Dance Festival that is getting a lot of attention. Click here!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Watch my Video!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Going for the Gold!

During break, the dance company that I intern for opened their tenth season in New York City. The performances took place at the Alvin Ailey studios on West 55th Street. They had three new world premieres; one of them inspired me to write this post. It was called "Going for the Gold!" and it was a dance choreographed inspired by the Olympics. This fifteen minute(!) piece was a high-energy, comical, three-part dance that went through the Olympic games like swimming, gymnastics, and of course the medal ceremonies. During the first part, dancers pretended as though they were swimming with the arm strokes. And other dancers were carried across the stage so they could actually stroke and kick. It was great. The gymnastics part was exactly how you would expect it to be with exaggerated poses and expressions. The medal ceremony was funny because they all wore gold headbands and were making fun of each other although they all got gold. It was a crazy piece!