Yesterday marked the two-month anniversary of my move to the Big Apple. So, needless to say, I still have a long way to go toward becoming a real-life New Yorker. (Although, I'm totally OK with keeping some small-town girl in me.) I've learned the subway system. I'm (semi-)fluent in "the grid." I've even grown to love my itty-bitty apartment. But one thing I'm still learning: how to take full advantage of the abundance of dance in this city. I'd say it's a pretty awesome problem to have.
One thing I've learned is that any time you have an opportunity to see a performance featuring works from multiple choreographers, GO. Collective performances are an awesome way to get exposed to lots of different artists. Chances are, there will be some you love, some you're just meh about and others that make you a little mad. Or not...maybe you'll love all of them! Either way, you'll be getting a sense of what you like and what you don't like (which is so important in NYC where it's impossible to see every dance company and freelancer).
That's why I'm really excited for The Gratitude Project, a collective performance by New York based choreographers, including Wes Veldink, Al Blackstone, Tracie Stanfield and Jessica Hendricks. The theme is expressions of gratitude (perfect for this time of year, eh?), and all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign through the American Cancer Society.
The performance is November 17th at 7pm at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance. Click here for tickets, and check out this promotional video:
My momma always said, "Collective performances are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
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