This week, travelers to NYC’s Grand Central Terminal will have more than just the typical pedestrian traffic to contend with. The bustling station’s Vanderbilt Hall is currently occupied by 30 imposing raffia grass horses by sculptor Nick Cave. And twice a day, they come to life.
Thanks to a crew of dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, visitors can catch Cave’s swishing “soundsuits” in motion twice a day, prancing through the hall to musical accompaniment. Two performers occupy each horse, and they communicate inside the suit by touches and taps when they will change their equestrian gait or herding direction. Click here to watch dancers suiting up and practicing their trots and gallops.
The Heard NY installation continues through this Sunday, March 31, with daily performances at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin
Four incredible educators: Joanne Chapman, Claudio Muñoz, Pamela VanGilder and Kathleen Isaac foster their students' love of dance, whether instilling artistry, offering rigorous training or giving special needs students an outlet through movement.
When Jennie Somogyi retired from New York City Ballet, she found herself in high demand as a teacher. Parents called, texted and persisted. "I don't even know how some of them got my contact information," she says with a laugh. But Somogyi, who departed from NYCB in 2015 after a 22-year career, hadn't made any definitive plans for the next stage of her life. "I just like to see how things move me," she says. She discovered, though, that she enjoyed the process of giving private lessons and seeing the rapid progress students could make. Over time, she realized that teaching was something she wanted rather than needed.
Does your studio slow down when the weather warms up? If you don't offer a summer session, June through August can be a cash-flow challenge. One popular—and easy—strategy is to offer weeklong camps instead. We spoke to three professionals to learn how they make summer camp work.
This week Ballet Hispánico launched its first ChoreoLaB workshop, a summer intensive intended to better prepare aspiring professional dancers—with more than just excellent technique. Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro wanted to create a program that bridges the school and the company, to help dancers transitioning into the professional world and better hone their skills.
The language of Mind Body Dancer is dynamic. "Action words stimulate change in your students," says yoga teacher TaraMarie Perri. "Try 'pour,' 'push' and 'experience' –not 'feel' or 'do or don't' Those words don't mean anything." Here, Perri and dancer Maggie Ronan use the active MBD language to demonstrate yoga poses used as a warm-up in many dance classes. While practicing, be sure to inhale and exhale in steady cycles.