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Sweet Surprises | Company XIV

Yes, I admit it. For those of you who know me well and to those who may not know me at all:

I’m a bit of a smarty-pants.

I’m completely aware of my ailment and I really do take steps to improve on this know-it-all attitude. So when I’m proven wrong – I mean, like terribly wrong – I am happy to admit my mistake and rejoice that I am overcoming my condition.  In this case I’m referring to my experience at Company XIV’s show called “Rococo Rouge” (and since I’ve studied, worked, performed in various dance forms my whole life, I’m a particularly hard critic and smart-ass when it comes to dance-based performances).

My tango student and theatre buddy Edward insisted that I go see this show, describing it as a great variety show that includes dance, burlesque, trapeze, circus, singing, live music… he gets so excited telling me about it that I’m cringing on the inside, “ugh, I don’t like variety shows, it always means that they try to stick too many things together and the overall product ends up mediocre.”  Besides, this is someone I go to see Macbeth, Pina Bausch and Alan Cumming with… not variety shows.  So ok, here we go, are you ready Edward?  I was wrong !

This is truly a well crafted show of very talented (I should say multi-talented) dancers, singers and one gifted director/choreographer Austin McCormick. I am not a theatre critic, but imagine a show that opens with a high caliber baroque opera scene and slides into a rendition of Iggy’s ‘Fancy’ like it’s the natural and sensical progression of the show. This melding of time periods and styles happens throughout the evening and it’s never jarring… you just think, “yes of course you would do a french version of ‘Royals’ and then Britney Spears and then “Drunken Love.”  Obviously…

It does help that the singers are impressive and the fact they are also very strong technical dancers and the choreography challenging and elaborate… well: the 10,000 hours theory to becoming an expert at just one skill be damned. There’s a ballerina on pointe who also does the Lyra, an actress|dancer who performs on the Cyr wheel, a pole dancer… you get the idea.  It is actually a REAL variety show, as was intended.

A few of my favorites: the costumes are fantastically divine and deserve mention. Clearly custom-made and a lot of thought and care went into their development. The crooning voice of Katrina Cunningham will make you find new appreciation for the overplayed “Drunken Love” and las but not least, I love that they finished the show with a cancan. Not an overly choreographed cancan like many would be tempted to do today, but one where legs are flying and it’s a frolicking wild good time. So much so that a dancer fell on her bumm, got up laughed it off and kept running with the group. I just saw a real cancan for the first time. I don’t even know if it’s historically accurate and I don’t even care, because this company made me believe it was the real thing.

Well played, players.  Looking forward to your Nutcracker.

If you’re in the city by mid-November, you should get tickets to this show, enjoy great drinks and have a merry intro to your holiday season:  http://companyxiv.com/

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 30th – July 6th

Limon Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park

Limon Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park

Monday, June 30th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

  • FREE HBO Summer Film Festival @ Bryant Park…Bring your picnic by 5pm / Movie starts at sundown!

A Soldier’s Story will be playing at sundown…

  • FREE Outdoor Strength fitness class hosted by Brooklyn Strength @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Promenade 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, July 1st

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

  • FREE Opera @ Crotona Park Bronx 7pm

Mary-Jane Lee, soprano
Ginger Costa-Jackson, mezzo-soprano
Yunpeng Wang, baritone
Dan Saunders, pianist

Wednesday, July 2nd

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • FREE Sunset Pilates hosted by Body In Balance Studio @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Get your core to this intermediate class with your mat right before sunset!

Thursday, July 3rd

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm
  • FREE Opera @ Clove Lakes Park Staten Island 7pm

Mary-Jane Lee, soprano
Ginger Costa-Jackson, mezzo-soprano
Yunpeng Wang, baritone
Dan Saunders, pianist

Friday, July 4th

  • FREE Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh @ Bryant Park 2pm – 4pm

A showcase prior to the dance festival at The Fringe in Edinburgh featuring eight dynamic dance companies from across the US, plus a special guest company from Martinique.

Saturday, July 5th

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

Sunday, July 6th

  • FREE Zumba @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Zumba with the Dodge YMCA fuses Latin and world music with aerobic interval training to sculpt the body and invigorate the soul! Fitness instructor Alma Bonilla’s classes are so much fun you’ll forget that you’re burning calories.

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 23rd – 29th

Monday, June 23rd

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

  • FREE HBO Summer Film Festival @ Bryant Park…Bring your picnic by 5pm / Movie starts at sundown!

The Mark of Zorro will be playing at sundown…

  • FREE Outdoor Strength fitness class hosted by Brooklyn Strength @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Promenade 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 24th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

Wednesday, June 25th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • FREE Sunset Pilates hosted by Body In Balance Studio @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Get your core to this intermediate class with your mat right before sunset!
  • Webinar: Mainstream Money for Underground Artists: The Best Practices for Establishing Your Work in the Digital World

This webinar is for artists of all levels who want to address and overcome the challenges around supporting themselves as a career based creative. By the end of the session you’ll have more clarity and confidence around what it means to charge for your creations as well as practical information about how you can make a living doing what you love. Check it out for tickets: http://www.synchcast.net/#!mainstream-money-for-underground-artists/c1u4x

Thursday, June 26th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm

Friday, June 27th

  • FREE Modern Dance Performance @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7:30pm

Modern dance companies performing on this day: TAKE Dance | Steps Repertory Ensemble | BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

Saturday, June 28th

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

Sunday, June 29th

  • Athleta Sweat Series : Physique 57 with Alicia Weihl

WHAT TO EXPECT: This class is first come, first served, and holds approximately 20 attendees. Doors open at 9:00 a.m., class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m.

Address: Athleta Upper West Side, 216 Columbus Avenue at W. 70th Street

WHAT TO BRING: Mats and exercise balls will be provided. Bring a bottle of water. Grippy-bottom, no-slip socks socks and a small towel are recommended.

AFTER THE WORKOUT: We’ll linger to rehydrate together while the store’s closed for our private shopping pleasure until 11:00 a.m. And one lucky attendee will win a $100 Athleta gift card!

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 16th – 22nd

Monday, June 16th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

  • FREE HBO Summer Film Festival @ Bryant Park…Bring your picnic by 5pm / Movie starts at sundown!

Saturday Night Fever will be starting the season off!

  • FREE Outdoor Strength fitness class hosted by Brooklyn Strength @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Promenade 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 17th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

  • FREE Knitting @ Bryant Park 1:30pm – 3pm Yarn and needles provided!

Wednesday, June 18th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • Sunset Pilates hosted by Body In Balance Studio @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Get your core to this intermediate class with your mat right before sunset!

Thursday, June 19th

  • The Ohio Players @ Metrotech Commons, Brooklyn 12pm

FREE event! Funk legends and R&B Hall of Famers The Ohio Players return to MetroTech to deliver their irresistible, white-hot grooves. Since making a splash in the 1970s with chart-topping hits like “Love Rollercoaster” and “Fire,” the ultra-tight veteran ensemble has helped define the classic funk sound, built on their driving rhythms, deep, slinky bass lines, and bright horn blasts.

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm
  • FREE BAMcinemaFest 3 movies by Les Blank @ Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Harbor View Lawn. Event starts at 7pm

BAMcinemaFest pays tribute to Les Blank’s legacy with this outdoor screening featuring Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980), The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1970), and Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980). The event will also feature food vendors curated by Smorgasburg starting at 7pm and live music beginning at 8pm.

Friday, June 20th

  • FREE Modern Dance Performance @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7:30pm

Modern dance companies performing on this day: Stephen Petronio Company | NØA Dance | UnderOneDances | The Dash Ensemble

Saturday, June 21st

  • Summer Solstice! Longest day of the year!
  • Make Music New York. Enjoy FREE concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City! Excellent way to start Summer off if you ask me…

From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions — from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock — perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. Find what’s playing in your neighborhood here: makemusicny.org

  • Mermaid Parade @ Coney Island 1pm

For all info. http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 9th – 15th

Limon Modern Dance Class

Limon Modern Dance Class

Monday, June 9th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

Tuesday, June 10th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

Wednesday, June 11th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • FREE Motown Class @ Bryant Park 6pm – 8:30pm

Thursday, June 12th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm

Friday, June 13th

  • FREE Modern Dance Performance @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7:30pm

Modern dance companies performing on this day: Elisa Monte Dance | Buglisi Dance Theatre | Jennifer Muller/The Works

Saturday, June 14th

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

  • Knitting in Public Day @ Bryant Park 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Join fellow knitters and crocheters in celebration of Worldwide Knitting in Public Day. The Big Apple Knitting Guild, NYC Crochet Guild, and The Harlem Needlearts will attend and offer free beginner lessons.

  • Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

This trip through time begins on a breezy ferry, gliding past Lady Liberty en route to NYC’s local treasure, Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture. Basically – a 1920’s themed all day outdoor partAy!

For more info. and tickets: http://www.jazzagelawnparty.com/tickets.html

Sunday, June 15th

  • Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

This trip through time begins on a breezy ferry, gliding past Lady Liberty en route to NYC’s local treasure, Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture. Basically – a 1920’s themed all day outdoor partAy!

For more info. and tickets: http://www.jazzagelawnparty.com/tickets.html

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 2nd – 8th

In this new weekly series we’ll be rounding up fun events that will be going on in the city. Check them out every Sunday and plan out your fun-filled week with us!

Monday, June 2nd

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

  • FREE 3rd Annual Musical Chairs @ Bryant Park 7:30pm

Tuesday, June 3rd

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

Wednesday, June 4th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • FREE Bachata Class @ Bryant Park 6pm – 8:30pm
  • FREE Janelle Monae at Prospect Park Bandshell 8pm – 10pm

Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off its 36th season in intergalactic style with a free concert for the ages by soul / R&B / funk sensation Janelle Monae!

Thursday, June 5th

  • World Environment Day!
  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm

Saturday, June 7th

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

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