New York Cool: In this Issue
submit listings
New York Cool:




March 2, 2021

New York Cool Tip:

Brooklyn's Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation
to Launch
"It Was All A Dream" - 20th Anniversary Virtual Special
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7pm

The venerable Brooklyn-based non-profit, Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, whose core tenets are to Enrich, Educate, Entertain African history art forms and history through its programs for children to adults, has announced its "It Was All A Dream," 20th Anniversary. They are kicking off their year-long celebration with a "It's All A Dream" Virtual Special on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 7-7:30pm ET. Viewers can watch the special on Instagram,, and Facebook,

The 30-minute Special will feature performances by the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, Asase Yaa Youth Ensemble, and vocalist Amma Whatt. It will also include guest speakers, Kofi Osei/Executive Director, Inez Williams/Director of Operations, Yao Ababio/Founder &Artistic Director, African American Dance Theater, Zakiya Harris/Artistic Director, School of the Arts, Jawana Johnson/Board Member, and a special 20th Anniversary Retrospective Video. The Special is produced by the Asase Cultural Arts Foundation Productions, and filmed and edited by Mickella Solutions, Inc.


March 1, 2021

New York Cool Tip:

The Bridge
Virtual Dance Institute
of boundary-breaking dance experiences
Free One-Hour Company Class on Zoom
Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level
March 1-5, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge. The Institute's aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's website:

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world renowned as well as up and coming dancers and choreographer to come to guest teach the class. Advanced/Intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers who are looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and looking for new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core program is based on Nai-Ni Chen's Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates the Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

Week of 3/1/2021
The Bridge Class schedule:

Monday Yuka Notsuka (Kinetic Spiral)
Tuesday Rei Akazawa-Smith (Modern (Taylor Inspired) at 11am
Wednesday Nai-Ni Chen (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Thursday Greta Campo (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Friday Amalia Suryani (West Sumatra Indonesian Dance) at 11am


February 24, 2021

New York Cool Tip:

Ballet Hispánico's
B Unidos Facebook Watch Party Series
Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Archival Performance Treasures Take Center Stage
Winter Watch Parties Continue with
Caravanserai on February 24, 2021 at 7:30pm
Followed by Conversation with Eduardo Vilaro and Special Guests

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's renowned Latinx dance organization recognized this year as one of America's Cultural Treasures, kicked off 2021 with a glimpse into the company's past. The 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with a series of entertaining archival repertory pieces, inviting audiences to look back at vibrant performances from the 80s and 90s with the Ballet Hispánico Watch Party Series on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, available at, and on YouTube and Facebook.

Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by a live Q&A session with Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and special guests. In recognition of Black History Month, these February Watch Parties continue to highlight the contributions of Black choreographers throughout the field of dance and, specifically, within Ballet Hispánico's 50-year history.

February 24, 2021 at 7:30pm
Caravanserai by Talley Beatty, followed by a conversation with Eduardo Vilaro and special guests Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Linda Celeste Sims, former Ballet Hispánico Company & Ailey dancer; Glenn Allen Sims, former Ailey dancer; and
Danni Gee, Dance Curator & Music Programming Associate, City Parks Foundation/SummerStage.

In Caravanserai, choreographer Talley Beatty uses the music of Carlos Santana in this free-floating and enigmatic reflection on time and space. Exploring the cycle of life from birth to death, this rapturous work captures the driving movement of the forces of nature.

Choreography by Talley Beatty; Restaging by Merle Holloman; Music by Carlos Santana; Costume Design by Anita Yavich; Lighting Design by Roger Morgan; Dancers: Irene Hogarth-Cimino, Natalia Alonso, Candice Monét McCall, Angelica Burgos, Jessica Batten, Min-Tzu Li, Rodney Hamilton, Waldemar Quiñones-Villanueva, Nicholas Villenueve, Jeffery Hover.

January 12, 2021

New York Cool Tip:

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Presents Paris on Film
Jan. 12–March 1

A new Virtual CinéSalon series curated by Richard Peña

This January and February, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents a cinematic escape to the City of Light with the CinéSalon series, Paris on Film. Curated by Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies professor at Columbia University and the former program director of Film Society of Lincoln Center, it looks at the French capital through nearly 100 years of cinema, from Louis Feuillade’s groundbreaking Fantômas (1913) to Djinn Carrénard’s intimate Donoma (2010).
Peña stated: “Quite possibly, alongside Hollywood, no place more conjures up the majesty and mystery of the cinema more than Paris, which has ignited the artistic imaginations of generations of filmmakers. To celebrate what’s bound to be a much better new year, this wide-ranging sample of films characterizes Paris as not only a background, or a subject, but in a provocative way the co-auteur of these distinctive works.”

Since the first public projection of the Lumière cinématographe—December 28, 1895, at the Grand Café—Paris has been a capital of film culture. Not only is it home for influential institutions such as la Cinémathèque Française and magazines such as Cahiers du Cinéma and Positif, but also boasts the highest rate of movie theaters per person in the world.

For this series, Peña, in collaboration with FIAF film curator Delphine Selles-Alvarez, shows how filmmakers eagerly exploited Paris’s ability to alter our senses of space and time. At times its luxurious boulevards are wide-open and inviting, while at others its darkened alleyways and shadows hide darker and treacherous secrets.

Peña and Selles-Alvarez will discuss the series in a special live virtual talk on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30pm.

Through these films the city becomes a mirror responding to political events such as World War II in La Traversée de Paris and The Last Metro; aesthetic movements encapsulated by New Wave icons Agnès Varda in Cléo from 9 to 5 and Jacques Rivette in Paris Belongs to Us; as well as societal and demographic shifts that are at the core of Mathieu Kassovitz’s explosive La Haine and Carrénard’s Donoma.

Log on for schedule and fees


January 4, 2021

New York Cool Tip:

4th Annual Three Kings Day (Virtual) Celebration
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

11am (Families + Schools) & 6pm (All Ages) | FREE

Streamed on El Museo's Facebook, YouTube, and Website

El Museo del Barrio is delighted to present the 44th Annual Three Kings Day (Virtual) Celebration on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, titled Fuerza Colectiva: Celebrating our Roots and Diversity. The upcoming celebration honors and embraces our community's collective strength in response to the pandemic and injustice, and the cultural contributions of the African diaspora. The Museum's first-ever virtual celebration, hosted and directed by TV personality and Producer, Rhina Valentin, will include musical performances, festive skits, cameos by our famous giant puppets, and saludos from this year's honorees.

El Museo del Barrio's Three Kings Day (Virtual) Celebration is made possible thanks to the support of MetLife Foundation and ConEdison.
11:00 - 11:45am | Families + Schools | RSVP Today >
We kick off our Three Kings Day (Virtual) Celebration with a fun-filled educational session with Teatro SEA and Los Pleneros de la 21. Be sure to bring your crowns and instruments to join the parranda!

6:00 - 7:00pm | All ages | RSVP Today >
Everyone is invited to the evening edition of our Celebration, featuring Victor Cruz's animated character TITA, Grupo La Recompensa, saludos from this year's honorees, and more!

El Museo del Barrio | 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 1002

January 2, 2021

Happy New Year from New York Cool is an arts based website so we have been forced into dormancy along with everyone else in the arts world. We have not suffered financially like so many of the amazing arts organizations in New York City simply because we live in the ether world where the rent is minuscule. We have missed the wonderful vibrant art culture of New York City and can't wait until we are all vaccinated and start tap dancing again. And, one, two, threee.........
Here we go - A Chorus Line


December 11, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Theater Resources Unlimited
TRU Community Gatherings via Zoom
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) hosts weekly Community Gatherings every Friday at 4:30pm via Zoom, to explore the creation of art and theater in the time of COVID-19. Ask questions, bring answers, be part of a community - it's an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about keeping theater alive during these challenging times. To reserve a spot and receive the Zoom invitation, email with "Zoom Me" in the subject line.

From Bob Ost, executive director of TRU: "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TRU live events are being reformatted for virtual participation. We created the weekly Community Gatherings to both minimize isolation and share information within the community. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"

TRU continues their weekly series of TRU Community Gatherings into November, with others to be announced. Check the upcoming schedule at

Real Services and Support for Your Virtual Performance: Platform, Editing, More.
Friday December 11 at 4:30pm
In the room: Daniel Abrahamson of Stream Stage, which offers a free platform suitable for a mix of live and recorded content, as well as help designing and implementing your broadcast; and Iben Cenholt, audio and video editor at
RuneFilms, a full service production and editing resource. Conversation will include virtual collaboration tools that offer low latency for effective musical presentation, plus video capture/editing options, audio editing and more.

Videos of past Community Gatherings can also be viewed on TRU's YouTube channel:

December 5, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

"Murder at the Top of the Stairs, A Caleigh O'Neill story, was just published on

"Murder at the Top of the Stairs: A Caleigh O'Neill Story," by Wendy R Williams, is the first book in the Caleigh O'Neill series. "Murder" tells the story of a four-car-pileup between the insulated worlds of New York society, Texas royalty, a Bulgarian crime family, and various law enforcement agencies with differing levels of competency.

When "things" become too heated in a downtown nightclub bathroom, Caleigh O'Neill flees the club with no cabs in sight. She grabs a Citibike and rides up First Avenue on the way to her Upper Eastside apartment. Pedaling past the UN, she stops to take a moonlit photo of two men standing at the top of the stairs leading to Ralph Bunche Park, when she sees one man stab the other, and a body falls over the railing, through the trees, and into the park.

Unfortunately for Caleigh, the body that fell into the park belonged to the son of the United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and the murderer is the son of the head of a Bulgarian crime family. She is now the "witness" and beamed into a world where being an innocent bystander is not an option.

In Book Two of the series, Caleigh is in Barcelona, Spain, in a world of minor Spanish royalty, sex clubs, and human trafficking (as advertised in the travel brochures). Book Two will be published on Amazon in February of 2021.

Click on my author page to see a list of my other books published on Amazon.

November 30, 2020

New York Cool Tip:
Choreographer Kyle Abraham
and NYCB's Taylor Stanley
join forces for a powerful collaboration

Please find below the link to a beautiful short film, co-produced by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts:

"Ces noms que nous portons" is a world premiere solo choreographed by Kyle Abraham for NYCB Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley. The film was shot on June 30 on the Josie Robertson Plaza, lit in celebration of Pride. Kyle and Taylor have written the following statement about their collaboration on Ces noms que nous portons, and encourage viewers to learn more about and consider supporting Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, and The Okra Project.

A message from Kyle Abraham and Taylor Stanley
When we first worked together on "The Runaway" for NYCB in 2018, an instant bond was created. There was a synergy of shared experiences and shared narratives. And although our pathways and audiences may differ, we share a united sense of a weighted experience that holds our history and our art form alike.

This collaboration aims to celebrate our queerness and our color in a way that hopefully stresses its importance, its fragility, and its strength. We dance, and create dances for those who have yet to see themselves on a stage. We dance, and create dances for our community and beyond. We dance, and create dances to nourish our souls. We make dances to reflect, to ask, to heal.

We want to honor the lives of those who we have lost due to the color of their skin or their identity. May they remain close to our hearts and at the forefront of our actions as we continue to create, reflect, and dance. For the both of us, we commemorate our PRIDE.


November 16, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Le Petit Gala
LIVE Cultural Program
Monday, November 16 at 7pm ET
Streamed LIVE from Florence Gould Hall

Le Petit Gala, an exceptional Soirée Outside the Box, is a celebration of FIAF's artistic voice. The evening will feature three trailblazing artists who have been inspired by French and Francophone traditions and fearlessly reimagined them for contemporary audiences. Through their visionary work, they transcend border, genre, and language.

Softer Distances
Tunisian-American artist and choreographer Jonah Bokaer and his collaborators present the live world premiere of a work for four dancers. Created under the conditions of social distancing, they find liberation within these new limitations, inventing new ways of performing together, and exploring the idea of “softer distances” in physical space.

Gliding: From Brooklyn to Paris
A specialist in Gliding style of FlexN dance, Cal Hunt has toured the world and was a featured dancer in the Opéra de Paris’s acclaimed production of Les Indes Galantes. He reflects on his time in Paris here, translating his personal experience into movement.

France en chansons
Acclaimed opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo surveys three centuries of French song, examining its profound connections to poetry, early foundations in opera, and evolution into the popular variété française.

November 12, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Rooftop Films

Filmmaker Lawrence Michael Levine hand picked David Lynch’s Lost Highway to accompany the New York premiere of his latest film, Black Bear (which stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, and Sarah Gadon).


QUEENS DRIVE-IN | New York Hall of Science | Flushing Meadows Corona Park |
47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

Rooftop Films

Every day for decades, Walter Mercado — the iconic, gender non-conforming astrologer — mesmerized 120 million Latino viewers with his extravagance and positivity. Then he vanished from the public eye. Award-winning documentarians Cristina Costantini (Science Fair) and Kareem Tabsch (The Last Resort) direct Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, produced by Alex Fumero (I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson).

Free With RSVP

QUEENS DRIVE-IN | New York Hall of Science | Flushing Meadows Corona Park |
47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

November 2, 2020

New York Cool Tips:

Rooftop Films

Miss Americana is a raw and emotionally revealing look at Taylor Swift, one of the most iconic artists of our time, during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.

7:00 PM: Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins | 8:00 PM: Film Begins | 9:30 PM: Q&A with director Lana Wilson

Free with RSVP

QUEENS DRIVE-IN | New York Hall of Science | Flushing Meadows Corona Park |
47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

Rooftop Films

Two iconic musical movie experiences from 1984: Prince’s Purple Rain and Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads concert Stop Making Sense.


QUEENS DRIVE-IN | New York Hall of Science | Flushing Meadows Corona Park |
47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

Rooftop Films

Miss Americana is a raw and emotionally revealing look at Taylor Swift, one of the most iconic artists of our time, during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.

7:00 PM: Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins | 8:00 PM: Film Begins | 9:30 PM: Q&A with director Lana Wilson

Free with RSVP

QUEENS DRIVE-IN | New York Hall of Science | Flushing Meadows Corona Park |
47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

October 27, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Dutch Kills Theater
Wolf 359’s TEMPING
Tuesday, October 27 @ 3, 4:30, 7:30pm & 9pm
Wednesday, October 28 @ 3, 4:30, 6 & 7:30pm
Thursday, October 29 @ 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30pm & 9pm (opening)
Friday, October 30 @ 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30pm & 9pm
Saturday, October 31 @ noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, & 7:30pm
Sunday, March 1 @ noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, & 7:30pm
Monday, March 2 @ 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, & 7:30pm
The Wild Project Gallery

Dutch Kills Theater (In Quietness, The Sister, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies) invites you to Wolf 359’s TEMPING, an interactive, immersive and site-specific solo theatrical experience. Performances run October 23 – November 22 at The Wild Project Gallery (195 E. 3rd Street between Aves A & B).

Somewhere in a filing cabinet in Delaware or Indiana, there is a table that shows how long we’re expected to live. Most of us will never see it. But what if your job was to update these tables, to record the beginnings and ends of thousands of lives? What if you found the formula to predict your own lifespan?

Sarah Jane Tully, a 53-year-old actuary, is taking her first vacation in years, and you’ve been hired to cover for her. TEMPING, the strange and comic tale of an employee’s inner life, is performed for an audience of one by a Windows PC, a corporate phone, a laser printer, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Filling in at Sarah Jane's cubicle, you’ll update client records, send emails, and eavesdrop on intra-office romance. Each performance is unique, depending on which tasks you accomplish and which of your co-workers you decide to trust. Congratulations, you’re the new temp! Get ready to work. -

NOTE: Given the limited availability, please choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of dates/times.

TEMPING is written by Michael Yates Crowley (The Rape of the Sabine Women, The Ted Haggard Monologues) and directed by Michael Rau with production design by Asa Wember (Seagullmachine) and set by Sara C Walsh (Queen of the Night, A Beautiful Day in November on the…Great Lakes).

With no live performers, the piece interacts with the single audience member and challenges them with themes of human interaction through technology, isolation, and death. Contrasting the anonymity of an Excel spreadsheet with furtive moments of human intimacy, TEMPING brings you deep into the heart of corporate America.

Each audience member will be required to wear a face mask throughout the experience. Hand sanitizer is available and all surfaces will be disinfected between patrons.


The Wild Project Gallery | 195 E. 3rd Street
Between Aves A & B).


October 19, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

D.C.'s Chamber Dance Project Announces
Virtual Open Rehearsal of
a new duet by Christian Denice
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5pm

Chamber Dance Project, Washington's premier contemporary ballet company, welcomes the public to view a virtual open rehearsal of a new duet by Christian Denice - a part of his larger work, Dwellings - on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 5pm, over Zoom.

Denice will create the duet on dancers Grace-Anne Powers and Austin Powers in preparation for Chamber Dance Project's 2020/21 season. This is an intimate evening with the artists who shape the Project's distinctive profile and will provide a preview of upcoming works and a conversation with audience members - wine and cheese optional!

Tickets for the open rehearsal are $10 and are available for purchase at

There is also a members-only virtual open rehearsal on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5pm that is free to members, reservations available at Additionally, members can join Chamber Dance Project for their newest virtual series, Great Works. Over the next four months, Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning will be hosting a members-only ballet film club featuring the most influential ballets in the last hundred years. Participating members will be given a video link in the beginning of the month, along with some historical background to watch and review. Then on the third Thursday of the month, members will come together with Bruning to discuss the ballet and its impact.

For more information and to become a member, visit


October 1, 2020

New York Cool Tip:


France, Hungary, Canada, Denmark, Canada and the US

New York’s Festival of Music from around the World with

Juan Carmona (France)
Bohemian Betyars (Hungary)
Blisk (Balkans/Canada)
Mames Babegenush (Denmark)
Ismail Lumanovski (Macedonia) & Ruslan Agababayev (Azerbaijan)
NY Gypsy All-Stars
Sarma Brass Band
Taraf of New York

Stream for free on on October 1st

The free-spirited festival of Gypsy Music returns in October for another round of rousing, culturally-diverse music from New York and beyond. Since the first edition in 2005, the NY Gypsy Festival has presented hundreds of local and international performers in over a dozen venues in New York. Like many other festivals, due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, NYGF is transitioning from being a local event to opening up to worldwide audiences online for its 15th edition.

On Thursday, October 1st, 2020, fans will be able to stream six hours of raucous, fun gypsy soul from North America and Europe all for free! Recorded over a period of three months in 2020 at Drom, these never-published-before performances will feature the likes of flamenco maestro Juan Carmona, Canadian multi-kulti vocal band Blisk, Hungarian gypsy-punk/rock warriors Bohemian Betyars, Danish klezmer darlings Mames Babegenush and many more. Join us for the party and journey online!

The 15th Annual NY Gypsy Festival
Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Online Schedule

7pm - Blisk
7:15pm - Sarma Brass Band
8:15pm - The Taraf of NY
8:45pm - Ismail Lumanovski & Ruslan Agababayev
9:45pm - Mames Babegenush
10:30pm - NY Gypsy All-Stars
11:30pm - Juan Carmona
11:45pm - Bohemian Betyars
1am - Curfew

September 17, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
20th Anniversary Season
Celebrating 20 Years in 20 Weeks
Continues with WE WALK: Streets for Connection
As Performers Activate the Streets
Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 2-6pm
West End Avenue Open Street

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (TLD) is thrilled to partner with The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter (ASLA/NY), Streetopia UWS, and Manhattan Community Board 7 to present WE WALK: Streets For Connection, a demonstration of community and culture in action on the Open Street on West End Avenue between 88th and 93rd Streets. The occasion is PARK(ing) Day, an annual international event where artists, residents, and activists temporarily transform curbside parking spots into public spaces. For the past two years, TLD has produced "Spot for Dance" festivals in curbside parking spaces.

This year, the company and a diverse group of partners transform not only the parking spaces, but several blocks of West End Avenue for socially-distant activations including dance and music performances, a temporary parklet, chalk-art, tai chi lessons, mask-making, streetscape visioning projects, and civic engagements.

For the occasion, TLD presents excerpts of Plastic Harvest, a new dance work choreographed by Jody Sperling and themed around plastic pollution on West End Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets. In costumes fashioned from plastic bags, each of the dancers inhabits a world of her own creation. One dancer takes a bath in a hundred plastic bags filling a large cardboard tub. Another, glides in a plastic-bag kimono enacting a transformative ritual. The dancers also take turns scootering around the avenue, serving up fantastical plastic antics. Cellist N. Scott Johnson accompanies. Dancers are Anika Hunter, Maki Kitahara, Andrea Pugliese-Trager, and Jody Sperling. Plastic Harvest will culminate in a dance film to be released later this fall.

WE Walk, further provides the opportunity for a new collaboration between TLD's dancers and musicians from The Metropolitan Orchestra. A string quartet will play folk dance-inspired repertory as the dancers improvise to activate the streetscape.

Other WE Walk events include an improvisation from jill sigman/thinkdance about reclaiming outdoor space and socially-distanced Tai Chi EasyTM /Qigong lessons provided by Good Energy Wellness & Movement. Activities and stations will be dispersed to allow for safe physical distancing but will be connected with a common goal of celebrating streets for people and communities. WE Walk aims to collectively envision new ways to adapt our street infrastructure and public spaces to promote health, vibrancy, and equity.

Public health and safety is central to the mission of WE Walk. As such, mask-wearing and social-distancing will be required in order to participate.

September 7, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center
Present a Reimagined
Table of Silence Project 9/11
Featuring Live and Virtual Performance Elements
Livestream on Lincoln Center at Home
Friday, September 11, 2020 at 7:55am EDT

Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, present a reimagining of the Table of Silence Project 9/11, an annual free public performance ritual for peace conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre.

Reimagined for our current moment, Ms. Buglisi's collaborators on the 2020 edition include Composer/Music Director Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Buglisi Dance Theatre Co-Founder/Principal Dancer Terese Capucilli.

The site-specific work had its first presentation on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. Since the inaugural performance, more than 1200 professional dancers, musicians, and singers representing the voices of the NYC arts community in all its diversity have performed to viewership reaching close to one million people across all 50 states and in 129 countries via livestream.

A multi-cultural performance ritual for global unity and peace featuring dancers from all corners of the world, the Table of Silence Project 9/11 typically features more than 150 dancers who slowly ascend onto Josie Robertson Plaza from multiple directions with the sound of a conch shell's call to action for peace. Moving to the minimal, plaintive strains of the flute, the "heartbeat" of bass drums, trumpet, bells, and the cries of a chorus, the dancers form three concentric circles around the iconic Revson Fountain, while repeating twelve symbolic ritualistic gestures to manifest an ancient Peace Labyrinth.

This year, Ms. Buglisi is creating a new Prologue in which 24 dancers from Buglisi Dance Theatre, Ailey II, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Ballet Hispánico's BHdos, The Juilliard School, Limón Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company and professional dancers from the NYC community will perform live, encircling Lincoln Center's Revson Fountain. With featured Guest Artists electric violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

The socially-distanced performance will be live streamed from Lincoln Center beginning at 7:55am on Friday, September 11, 2020 and conclude at 8:46am, the time the first tower was hit on 9/11/01, followed by welcome remarks from industry leaders, a new world premiere film featuring dancers from around the world, and the full 2019
Table of Silence Project 9/11. Part of Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome), the offering will be streamed at and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page. The video will also be available on-demand on and Buglisi Dance Theatre's YouTube channel following the premiere.

The stream will include:
• A Prologue, performed live from Lincoln Center;
• welcome remarks from industry leaders;
• an excerpt from Ms. Buglisi's Requiem, choreographed in 2001 as an immediate response to the events of 9/11;
• the World Premiere of Études, a new three-minute film by Nel Shelby Productions that features more than 100 dancers from around the world who have been inspired by the Table of Silence Project 9/11 to create and submit small scale works recorded during the month of August; and
• the full presentation of the 2019 Table of Silence Project 9/11, a public tribute to the events of 9/11 and a call to action for peace in this world during this 10th anniversary of the work's creation.

Lincoln Center at Home is dedicated to maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings also include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, #ConcertsForKids, Memorial for Us All, as well as array of archival and livestream performances available for free and on demand at and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page.

Photos, bios, and production credits are available here.

For digital offerings from Lincoln Center's resident organizations, please visit or individual websites.

Buglisi Leadership Support provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Arnhold Foundation
Howard Gilman Foundation, Heinz Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Twitter: @LincolnCenter
Instagram: @LincolnCenter

Twitter: @buglisidance
Instagram: @buglisidance

August 17, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Battery Dance
The 39th Annual
Battery Dance Festival
In Virtual Form
August 14-22, 2020

Battery Dance announces the 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival with FREE virtual performances from August 14-22, 2020, available online nightly 7pm - 8pm via YouTube. For more information, visit Films will remain only through August 31, 2020.

Themed evenings will include World and U.S. Premieres on film, with works from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, and pieces that celebrate the resiliency of New York City and the Festival itself. A special India program will be presented on August 15th, India's Independence Day.

Established in 1982, the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) has been celebrated as New York City's longest-running free public dance festival as well as one of its most wide-ranging. Audiences are traditionally drawn to Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City from the large downtown working population, residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people in person. The audience will be multiplied many times over with the ability to attract viewers from the entire world this year.

"Constricted by the pandemic and uncertainties over how to safeguard both performers and audience members, we've decided to go virtual in our 39th year. In doing so, our curators have discovered a wealth of beautiful material on film, most of which has never been seen before by our audience. So let's celebrate silver linings and look forward to eight nights of rare and inspiring dance across many genres," said Battery Dance founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander. "We would like to extend a special thank you to Battery Park City Authority, The Fund for the City of New York, Goldman Sachs and others who are standing beside us in this virtual iteration."

Annually, the Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that New York City offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Robert Battle, Michelle Dorrance and Jacqulyn Buglisi have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.


August 13, 2020

New York Cool Tip:


Rooftop Films, in partnership with Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), today announced upcoming programming for August as part of their summer drive-in festival at the Queens Drive-In location in New York City. As Rooftop Films continues to shift programming to the drive-in experience in light of the pandemic, they are proud to be able to continue providing jobs to the Queens and Brooklyn communities, while also providing entertainment and a safe gathering place for as many New Yorkers as possible.

The Queens Drive-In will kick off August 13th with a screening of IFC Films’ Tesla, directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Ethan Hawke; the documentary thriller The Last Out, directed by Sami Khan; the classic family favorite The Muppet Movie; the New York premiere of Summer White (Blanco de Verano), directed by Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson; the Academy Award-winning feature film Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller; David Osit’s documentary feature Mayor; and Stanley Kubrick’s enduring and visionary sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Free film screenings presented by Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will be held at the Queens Drive-In beginning in mid-August. The full schedule of Borough President Lee’s free screenings, and other details, will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets are now on sale for select upcoming screenings at the Queens and Brooklyn Drive-Ins on the Rooftop Films website. Tickets will be priced starting at $35 per car (up to 5 passengers per car). Members of the presenting organizations will receive a 15% discount. Doors will open each night around 7:30pm, events will begin at 8:30pm and end by 11:00pm.

Queens Drive-In, on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science; 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368
Brooklyn Drive-In, on the pier of The Brooklyn Army Terminal; 80 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220

August 1, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
WPA Virtual Commissions August Premieres

"While it may be some time before we can once again see performances like these in real time and space, this year's Works & Process affirms that even when circumstances are constrained, creativity can still take flight and soar."
- The Wall Street Journal

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce August premieres for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. New commissions are posted on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 pm.

August 2 Ashley Laracey and Troy Schumacher
August 3 Gabrielle Lamb
August 9 Michael Novak and Josh Prince
August 10 Malcolm Jason Low and Jodi Melnick
August 16 Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joseph Gordon and HIPS
August 17 Alejandro Cerrudo and Ana Lopez
August 23 Silas Farley
August 24 Andrea Miller
August 30 Courtney Cochran
August 31 Carson Murphy and Nicholas Van Young

Since April, in direct response to the pandemic and to financially support artists and nurture their creative processes during these challenging times, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has presented Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Through the generosity of our board and donors, over $150,000 in commissioning funds is being granted to over 100 artists to produce new video works while social distancing. Each under five minutes long, these virtual performances spotlight leading creators who have participated in past Works & Process programs.


(Participating artists as of July 23)
Stella Abrera * Evita Arce * Ephrat Asherie * BalletX * Brandon Stirling Baker * LaTasha Barnes * Reid Bartelme * Lisa Bielawa * Stefanie Batten Bland * Joshua Bergasse * Hope Boykin * Brian Brooks *
Camille A. Brown * Nora Brown * Tony Buck * Nathan Bugh * Rena Butler * Donald Byrd * Chris Celiz * Alejandro Cerrudo * Courtney Cochran * Gaby Cook * Anthony Roth Costanzo * Dylan Crossman * Adrian Danchig-Waring * Machine Dazzle * Viva DeConcini * Simone Dinnerstein * Michelle Dorrance * Silas Farley * Jack Ferver * Tom Gold * Joseph Gordon * Amy Hall Garner * Anthony Hawley * Maxfield Haynes * Dance Heginbotham * HIPS * Adam Charlap Hyman * Dick Hyman * Michael R. Jackson * Jeremy Jacob * Colin Jacobsen * Michael Jagger * John Jarboe * Harriet Jung * Larry Keigwin * Gabrielle Lamb * Ashley Laracey * Pontus Lidberg * Ana Lopez * Malcolm Jason Low * Dave Malloy * Missy Mazzoli * Ryan McNamara * Sara Mearns * Jodi Melnick * Andrea Miller * Isaac Mizrahi * Nico Muhly * Carson Murphy * Gillian Murphy * Michael Novak * Josh Prince * Caili Quan * Sascha Radetsky * Jamar Roberts * Anthony Rodriguez * Leonardo Sandoval * Kamala Sankaram * Zoe Sarnak * Penny Saunders* Claudia Schreier * Troy Schumacher * Margo Seibert * Dan Siegler * Dawn Sinkowski * Victoria Sin * Gus Solomons Jr. * Ethan Stiefel * Karma Stylz * Macy Sullivan * Pam Tanowitz * Adam Tendler * Conrad Tao * Caleb Teicher * Richard Thomas * Charles Turner * Nicholas Van Young * Preeti Vasudevan * Eyal Vilner* David Watson * Omari Wiles * Zack Winokur * Nicole Wolcott

July 28, 2020

New York Cool Tip:



Rooftop Films is proud to present the Brooklyn Drive-In, on the pier of The Brooklyn Army Terminal, in partnership with NYCEDC and with the support of our presenting sponsor SundanceTV.

Join us this Thursday, July 30th, for Amy Seimetz's brilliant psychological horror film, She Dies Tomorrow, starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Chris Messina, Tunde Adebimpe, and Michelle Rodriguez!

After waking up convinced that she is going to die tomorrow, Amy’s carefully mended life begins to unravel. As her delusions of certain death become contagious to those around her, Amy and her friends’ lives spiral out of control in a tantalizing descent into madness. Courtesy of NEON.

7:30 PM: Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins | 8:30 PM: Film Begins | 10:00 PM: Q&A


When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, and each other. Courtesy of NEON and Hulu.

In a timely story about not taking the world outside for granted, Charles (Brian Tyree Henry) is forced to re-evaluate the choices he’s made when he sees his life in parallel with the people around him. From the recently widowed neighbor next door, to the curious swingers upstairs, to the piano prodigy hiding out on the roof, Charles moves from one neck-snapping tableau to the next, disrupting and being disrupted in the process.


Don’t have a car and can’t make it to the Brooklyn Drive-In? Need something to watch from home? Click the button below to check out an extensive list of rentable and/or streamable works, including films that’ve played the Drive-In (like John Lewis: Good Trouble and Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets), are making their VOD premieres, are alumni works from Summer Series past, or are previous Film Fund grantees!

July 25, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Saturday July 25, August 1st, 8th,
and 15th at 7pm EST

Liquidus; a series of solo dance performances conceived during New York City's COVID-19 shelter in place. Tabula Rasa Dance Theater will livestream this series on YouTube; Saturday July 25, August 1st, 8th, and 15th at 7pm EST. Four dancers from different communities with distinct experiences navigating COVID-19, two who have tested positive and two who have tested negative, will perform live from their respective homes. These performers have subsisted without support, unemployment benefits, or relief during lockdown.

Jonatan Lujan, Positive COVID-19, Argentinian
Noriko Naraoka, Positive COVID-19, Japanese
Winnie Asawakanjanakit, Negative COVID-19, Thai
Felipe Escalante, Founder and Artistic Director of Tabula Rasa Dance Theater, Negative COVID-19, Mexican
All living in New York City

The dancers fear their mortality. Afraid of contracting the virus, they won’t enter hospitals. Some feel powerless to help their families and loved ones in other countries. During this time the dancers suffer from feelings of hopelessness, solitude, depression, and anger. The many months in lockdown have affected their bodies and minds, including the abilities to be social beings. There is hope we'll emerge a better species after the pandemic ends but historically, plagues and pestilence have never fundamentally changed human nature.

Music by Felix Huerta. Costumes, coordinated by Executive Director Amy Fine Collins, designed by Geoffrey Beene, Noriko Naraoka and Sergio Perez.
If you cannot watch the Livestream, there will be a showing of the recording at 2pm and 7pm the following day (for each performance).

There is a donation requested of $3.63

Liquidus has been developed through the generous support of the Ford Foundation.
More information:


July 21, 2020

New YOrk Cool Tip:

Ballet Hispánico
B Unidos Instagram Video Series
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration
July/August 2020 Watch Party Schedule

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its video series, with Watch Parties in July and August 2020, available at,, or

Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by live Q&A sessions with Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, choreographers and Company dancers:

Wed July 22 at 7pm: Homebound/Alaala
Wed August 5 at 7pm: Cada Noche...Tango
Wed August 19 at 7pm: Danzón

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico.

Homebound/Alaala (2019)
Choreography by Bennyroyce Royon
Music by Perfecto De Castro, Pilita Corrales, Nora Aunor, Grace Nono, Pinikpikan
Scenic Design by Amanda Gladu, Bennyroyce Royon
Costume Design by Amanda Gladu
Lighting Design by Joe Doran
Homebound/Alaala explores the intersection of Latino and Asian cultures through ideas including the spirit of communal unity (
bayanihan), the resilience of women, overcoming hardship, and the quest for home.
World Premiere: March 26, 2019 at The Joyce Theater

Cada Noche...Tango (1988)
Choreography by Graciela Daniele
Music by Astor Piazzolla
Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt
Cada Noche...Tango
takes a look at the underground nightlife of Buenos Aires in the 1920s and 30s. An endless cycle of violence and conflicting passions ensues as men and women come together to dance late at night - every night.

World Premiere: October 18, 1988 at The Joyce Theater

Danzón (2009)
Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
Music: "You've Changed" by Carey/Fischer, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
"Danzón" by Paquito D'Rivera, arr. by M. Summer
"A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie/F. Paparelli, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
Reorchestrated by Alex Brown
Costume Design by Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston

Initially evolved from Haitian contradance, the Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary language to construct a joyous celebration of music and movement.

The creation of Danzón was made possible through generous support from the Chicago Community Trust. Additional support was provided by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.

Ballet Hispánico Premiere: December 1, 2012 at the Apollo Theater

# B Unidos
The Instagram series features videos created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at

July 17, 2020

New York Cool Tip:

Saturday July 25, August 1st, 8th,
and 15th at 7pm EST

Liquidus; a series of solo dance performances conceived during New York City's COVID-19 shelter in place. Tabula Rasa Dance Theater will livestream this series on YouTube; Saturday July 25, August 1st, 8th, and 15th at 7pm EST. Four dancers from different communities with distinct experiences navigating COVID-19, two who have tested positive and two who have tested negative, will perform live from their respective homes. These performers have subsisted without support, unemployment benefits, or relief during lockdown.

Jonatan Lujan, Positive COVID-19, Argentinian
Noriko Naraoka, Positive COVID-19, Japanese
Winnie Asawakanjanakit, Negative COVID-19, Thai
Felipe Escalante, Founder and Artistic Director of Tabula Rasa Dance Theater, Negative COVID-19, Mexican
All living in New York City

The dancers fear their mortality. Afraid of contracting the virus, they won’t enter hospitals. Some feel powerless to help their families and loved ones in other countries. During this time the dancers suffer from feelings of hopelessness, solitude, depression, and anger. The many months in lockdown have affected their bodies and minds, including the abilities to be social beings. There is hope we'll emerge a better species after the pandemic ends but historically, plagues and pestilence have never fundamentally changed human nature.

Music by Felix Huerta. Costumes, coordinated by Executive Director Amy Fine Collins, designed by Geoffrey Beene, Noriko Naraoka and Sergio Perez.
If you cannot watch the Livestream, there will be a showing of the recording at 2pm and 7pm the following day (for each performance).

There is a donation requested of $3.63

Liquidus has been developed through the generous support of the Ford Foundation.
More information:


July 11, 2020

New York Cool Tips:

FIAF's 25th annual Bastille Day celebration!
Saturday, July 11–Tuesday, July 14
LIVE on Zoom and Facebook
Free & Open to All

FIAF's fabulous four-day fête will feature virtual Rosé and Champagne tastings, a brioche baking class, kids dance party, beauty talk, film screenings, our popular prize drawing, new Bleu Blanc Rouge celebration boxes, and much more.

This year, FIAF is proud to partner with the Consulate General of France in New York as part of #United4BastilleDay. Additional events including live music events will be announced by the Consulate next week.

Free Virtual Tasting
Summer Rosé Tasting:
Wines from Bordeaux, Occitanie, and Provence
Led by Hortense Bernard,
Mathilde Bernard, and Alex Diard
Saturday, July 11 at 6:30pm ET

Sample exceptional wines from France’s best-known rosé producing regions: Rosé de Chevalier from Bordeaux, Rosé L'Ostal from Occitanie, and Whispering Angel Rosé from Provence. Order the wines and charcuterie in advance to enjoy the full tasting experience!

Free Virtual Masterclass
Baking Sweet Corn Brioche with Apollonia Poilâne
Hosted by Sudeep Rangi
Sunday, July 12 at 11am ET

Let them eat cake! In French, Marie-Antoinette was actually referring to brioche. Celebrate the Bastille Day holiday by making the buttery “viennoiserie” with Apollonia Poilâne, CEO of the famed Poilâne Bakeries in Paris. Poilâne will be joined by food enthusiast & bioethicist Sudeep Rangi.

Free Virtual Dance Party
Kids Afropeps Ball
Led by Jean-Paul Mehansio
US Premiere
Monday, July 13 at 12pm ET
All Ages

Join us for an exuberant virtual dance party celebrating the songs and steps of West Africa. Break out your best moves! Kids are invited to dress up in their favorite party clothes.

Free Virtual Talk
Summer Beauty
with Frédéric Fekkai
Moderated by Melissa Ceria
Tuesday, July 14 at 5pm ET

Beauty innovator, entrepreneur, and sustainability advocate Frédéric Fekkai will talk about how he reinvented the salon experience. He will share summer self-care tips and simple hair routines that you can do at home.

Free Virtual Tasting
Champagne & Caviar Tasting: Historic Houses
of Bollinger, Ayala, and Petrossian
Led by Rafaella Fontes
and Serguei Aver
Tuesday, July 14 at 6pm ET

Taste distinguished Champagnes from Bollinger and Ayala paired with decadent Petrossian caviar, and discover the story of the three historic maisons. Order the Champagne and caviar in advance to enjoy the full tasting experience!

Virtual CinéSalon & Shorts
Stream this trio of film programs featuring notable recent works from French filmmakers.

Burning Ghost
Directed by Stéphane Batut
Tuesday, July 7–Monday, July 13

The Bare Necessity
Directed by Erwan Le Duc
US Premiere
Tuesday, July 14–Monday July 20

New French Shorts 2020
Available till Monday, August 3

Bastille Day
Celebration Boxes
Limited-Edition Collection
Available till Friday, July 31

FIAF and French Wink have collaborated to create unique celebration boxes in the spirit of liberté, égalité, and fraternité!

Adopt a French attitude with a C’est la Fête t-shirt, an exclusive FIAF tote, a marinière-design Twizz Mug, a gourmet selection of French foods, and more!

Bastille Day
Prize Drawing
Grand Prize—Luxury Two-Night Stay for Two at the Sofitel New York

Plus enjoy a 007-inspired Secret Agent Experience with Champagne Bollinger, take home an Atari Asteroids Arcade Cabinet, and much much more!

Prize drawing will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 5pm. Winners will be announced online. All proceeds go to support FIAF programs.

Test Your Knowlege of France

Virtual Trivia Night!
Tuesday, July 7 at 7pm ET
In English on Zoom
Free for FIAF Members
$10 for Non-Members

As we get ready to celebrate Bastille Day, France's fête nationale, let’s find out how well you know French culture! Join us for a special virtual Rendez-Vous Trivia Night and test your knowledge of France over three fun rounds. The trivia champion will take home the three-rosé wine kit that will be featured at our Rosé Tasting on July 11.

Battery Dance TV
Dance Diplomacy with Jonathan
With Junious Brickhouse and Philip Breeden
July 12 and 19, 2020

Battery Dance launched Battery Dance TV on March 27, 2020 at to provide free live dance classes and programming for the general public by Battery Dance and affiliated local and international artists through a regularly scheduled program. Faced with the cancellation of its New York City public school dance classes and the postponement of its State Department Nigeria tour, and with its popular dance studios closed, its staff members went into high gear (from living rooms and kitchens), creating online content. In its first 8 weeks, Battery Dance TV has had nearly 200,000 views from people in 133 countries.

Sundays feature a mixed schedule beginning with an interview program at 9am and noon hosted by Battery Dance's Founder Jonathan Hollander, Dance Diplomacy with Jonathan. He has brought together dancers, culture leaders and diplomats from the U.S. with their counterparts from North and South America, South Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific Regions, examining how the pandemic is impacting them and sharing inspiration along with challenges. International guest artist classes and solo performances are presented later in the day at 2pm and 4pm respectively.

July 12 - Interview with Junious Brickhouse, a leader in the field of hip-hop diplomacy, who founded and directs Urban Artistry and is director of Next Level.

July 19 - Interview with Philip Breeden, Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, currently serving as Vice President of Administration at Institute for American Universities (IAU) and American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France with a branch in Barcelona, Spain.

Battery Dance has announced the extension of its Mindful Movement sessions for frontline healthcare workers through July and possibly beyond. These 15-minute sessions, instituted in May, are offered eight times per week. Improvisation and musical theater dance classes and special afternoon classes for kids are also extended as part of Battery Dance TV's regularly scheduled offerings which include:

• morning warmup/stretching/conditioning exercises to start your day off right
• mid-day classes in contemporary dance with afro, ballet and jazz fusion elements
• evening classes in varied ballroom styles
• a daily 4pm short video by dancers performing in their living rooms or immediate neighborhoods

Battery Dance also plans to expand its distance learning and programming by including online classes in lighting and production design, and classes in arts administration and cultural diplomacy. In the future, the Company plans to add short performances by youth around the world who will create short dances based on a specific weekly theme suggested by the Company.

Morning Classes & Instructors
Flow - Vivake Khamsingsavath
Stretch & Strength - Mira Cook
Conditioning - Sean Scantlebury

Afternoon Contemporary Classes & Instructors
Jazz Fusion - Jill Linkowski
Ballet Fusion, Improv, and Musical Theatre - Bethany Mitchell
Storytelling & Repertoire - Hussein Smko
Afro Fusion - Sean Scantlebury

Evening Ballroom Classes & Instructor
Cha Cha, Salsa, Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Rumba, Swing - Razvan Stoian

Mindful Movement Sessions
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8pm - Mira Cook and Vivake Khamsingsavath
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:15am - Ashley Fargnoli
Tuesday, Thursday at 12:15pm - Bethany Mitchell and Razvan Stoian
Registration necessary:

July 26, 2020

Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions

Works & Process Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (@worksandprocess)
The 10 newly commissioned video performances will highlight the creative expressions by LGBTQ+ artists. Examining our evolving world, these inspiring and unique pieces, created while social distancing and less than 5 minutes long, are part of Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, an initiative founded at the onset of the pandemic to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times.

June 20 Ryan McNamara
June 21 Pontus Lidberg
June 22 John Jarboe
June 23 Victoria Sin
June 24 Jack Ferver and Jeremy Jacob
June 25 Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
June 26 Viva DeConcini
June 27 Machine Dazzle
June 28 Simone Dinnerstein, Isaac Mizrahi, Pam Tanowitz
June 29 Tom Gold

Inside the Beat with Les Ballet Afrik
A rhythmical exchange of style and conversation of cultural diversity through classes, demonstrations, and a live DJ set to set the tone.
June 20 - 29, 6:30 pm EDT
Works & Process Instagram Live (@worksandprocess)
Vogue Ballroom Legend and Founding Father of The Royal House of Oricci, Omari Wiles, proudly presents Les Ballet Afrik dance company and Oricci family members as they highlight their individual roots and how they collectively fuse theses styles into a distinctly unique family and company way of life and expression. Lessons will take place every day at 6:30 pm on Works & Process Instagram Live (@worksandprocess).

Les Ballet Afrik was to premiere their Works & Process commissioned work New York Is Burning by Omari Wiles, an homage to the 30th Anniversary of the iconic documentary Paris Is Burning this past March. The premiere will now take place in 2021.

June 20: Intro to Afrik Fusion with Omari Wiles
Founder and Choreographer for Les Ballet Afrik

June 21: Vogue Essentials with Karma Stylz Oricci
Pop, Dip, and Spin/Old Way Vogue

June 22: "On the 212" - Femme and Street Jazz with Craig Washington
Washington will discuss how his street jazz style fuses with Les Ballet Afrik

June 23: Welcome to My House with Eva Bust-A-Move
Basic house-groove break down, house groove demo, and how to find your groove

June 24: Hip-Hop Femme Fatale with Alora Martinez
How to femme hip-hop steps

June 25: Wind Up with Milerka Rodriguez
Afro-Caribbean-Dominican technique, focusing on hip isolations, rotations and how it relates to vogue

June 26: Rhythms of Afrik with DJ UFOH
DJ UFOH highlights music components that fuze traditional sounds with new-age underground club music

June 27: Vogue Fusion with Kameron N. Saunders
Vogue femme class with hints of African, jazz, and modern dance styles

June 28: Yuki Sukezane and Yuhee Yang
Posing from a distance with a performance showing how they fuse their Asian backgrounds with Afrik Fusion

June 29: TBA

For more information, email

Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, a direct response to the pandemic, was launched to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is granting more than $150,000 in commissioning funds to artists who have been or were supposed to be featured at Works & Process. Artists from a wide variety of genres have been commissioned to create new works, less than 5 minutes long, while social distancing, that will premiere on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30pm and can be viewed anytime after.

WPA Virtual Commissions Playlist

In 2020, Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions was created to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during the pandemic.





















© New York Cool 2004-2024