Where Should I Go See a Broadway Show?

From Wikimedia Commons

From Wikimedia Commons

NYC is a fabulous city, and when you take your trip to the Big Apple, it’s imperative that you go see a Broadway show!

But Broadway theaters are located all over the city.   Which one is closest to your hotel?

Click on my handy map here to show you where to go for several of your favorite Broadway shows!  For all of you dancers, I also included the choreographers of each show, so you can brush up on your behind-the-scenes information before you go!

And for everyone new to NYC, remember you can score great discount tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square!

Happy travels in NYC!

 

*Information for map from Broadway.com

 

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A Whole New…Musical!

Disney’s Aladdin is coming to Broadway! The 1992 classic is my favorite Disney movie ever, so I can’t wait to see it!

Previews for the show start February 26th in NYC. Check out the recently posted “First Look” to see the gorgeous costumes!

Ice Dancing

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Image from Wikimedia Commons

 

For me, it takes an olympic-sized feat just to walk on ice skates, so I’m always very impressed with the ice dancing in the winter olympics.  It has so many parallels to dancing off the ice- the dancers need precise technique, grace, poise, performance quality, and a connection to their partner. 

Are you watching ice dancing right now?  What’s your favorite routine?  Let me know!

5 Reasons Why Center Stage is My Favorite Dance Movie

Pointe shoes

It’s been almost 14 years since Center Stage hit theaters in the year 2000.

The popular movie starred ballet dancer Amanda Schull as Jody Sawyer, a ballerina who is accepted into the prestigious summer intensive of the American Ballet Academy.  She joins a group of other ballerinas, all working anxiously toward a spectacular end-of-the-year performance, where they hope to be noticed and hired by the American Ballet Company.

Things get complicated for Jody when she meets Cooper Nielsen (Ethan Stiefel), an arrogant principal dancer with ABC, who has just returned to the company after facing romantic problems.  Jody finds friendship with several other students, including tough ballerina Eva (Zoe Saldana), the cute and talented Charlie (Sascha Radetsky), fun and confident Erik (Shakiem Evans), and darling diva Maureen (Susan May Pratt).  Together, Jody and her friends try to overcome the harsh ballet world and find their place in the spotlight.

Here are five reasons why Center Stage is still one of my favorite dance movies.

5. The Realities

It’s a tough life for a professional dancer.  One of the reasons I love this movie so much is that it accurately portrays the harsh realities of the ballet world.  Between Emily’s body criticism, Jody’s constant struggle with her technique, and Erik’s traumatic injury, Center Stage shows the reality of a dancer’s life very truthfully.

4. Real Dancers

Ethan Stiefel performed for New York City Ballet , Amanda Schull danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Sascha Radetsky danced with American Ballet Theater.  The audience could see that these hard-working dancers were actually performing, which made for some killer choreography scenes!

3. The leading men

Ethan Stiefel and Sasha Radetsky became everyone’s ballet crush after this movie.  They’re cute, strong, and can execute double tours and switch leaps on the spot.  Who could ask for more?

2. The Jazz Class

As a “jazzerina,” the jazz class in this movie has always been one of my favorite scenes.  I’ve been trying in vain for years to learn that insanely fun combination to “Higher Ground.”  Someday!

1. The Final Performance (Cooper Nielsen’s Ballet)

The final performance in this movie is insane.  It’s action-packed, completely over-the-top, and incredibly awesome!  This piece has everything- two second costume changes, fire-red pointe shoes, a real motorcycle, a love triangle, flawless fouettè turns, and the awesome music of Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, and more.  It’s totally unrealistic for a stage piece, but who cares?  It’s the epic-ness of this final routine that makes Center Stage one of my favorite dance movies ever.

Sources:

IMDB.  Check out the IMDB page for Center Stage here.

 

 

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Want to Know “How to Contemporary Dance?”

Have you ever watched one of the beautiful contemporary routines on So You Think You Can Dance, and wanted to know how to perform the moves yourself? Now you can, with Robert Hoffmann, aka “Contemporary Eric’s” latest video.
In “How to Contemporary Dance,” Hoffmann breaks down the average contemporary dance into 15 hilariously described moves, including “The Elbowless Hug,” “The Bounce,” and the “Zombie with Emotion.” If you want a great laugh, watch this video!

 

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