Dance Travel News

News, reviews, features and announcements for people who like to dance and also like to travel. Here you'll find out where to go out dancing around the US and abroad. In Dance Travel News you'll find feature articles, news blurbs, reviews and announcements of upcoming dance events, dance weekends, supper clubs with dancing to live bands, dance cruises, dances benefiting charities, outdoor dancing, dance festivals, and dance performances. Check here regularly, and become a fan on our Facebook page, Dance Travel News, for reviews and news items about where to enjoy ballroom dancing, swing dancing, west coast swing, foxtrot, rumba, mambo, waltz, cha cha, salsa, tango, hustle, country 2-step and more, plus ballet, modern dance and jazz. Submit dance related news to editor Lisa Skriloff at lisa@multicultural, 212-242-3351.

Univision Canada and Mariposa Cruises present The Salsa in Toronto Festival Cruise Nights July 2-9

A popular fixture in Toronto's harbour, Mariposa Cruises kicks off this year's Salsa in Toronto Festival Week with three vivacious nights of salsa in an unparalleled waterfront setting. In partnership with Canada's hottest Latin-themed festivalSalsa in Toronto Cruise Nights offer guests the opportunity to take salsa lessons from and enjoy performances by the prestigious Los Salsomanos, all while savouring Latino street-style cuisine and sailing by Toronto's gorgeous skyline at sunset. One of Toronto's original salsa dance companies, Los Salsomanos will teach guests the basics or help them brush up on their moves. Music will be provided by DJ Jimmy Sauve (Thursday nights) and DJ Gio (Wednesday night), setting the mood with exclusively Latin tunes. The Salsa in Toronto Festival is a week-long celebration of Latin music, dance, food and culture! The biggest fiesta north of the border, the festival takes place from July 2-9, 2015. The festivities feature events throughout the city including a series of Latin dance and art exhibitions, Salsa in Toronto Cruise Nights, and sizzling dance parties all capped off with the main event, the 11th Annual Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival. For more information, visit: www.salsaintoronto.com or www.mariposacruises.com  Read more >>

Lincoln Center Announces Midsummer Night Swing 2015, June 23-July 11

The 27th season of New York’s greatest outdoor dance party – Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing – takes over the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam) from Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, July 11.  Midsummer Night Swing will bring together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds for 15 evenings of social dance.  Dance genres presented this summer include swing, mambo, tango, hustle, salsa, disco, blues, Lindy hop, waacking (similar to vogue-ing), and jitterbug. The bands come from across the country and around the world to play for the most demanding and appreciative audiences they’ll ever play for – New Yorkers. “For the fifth year in a row, Macy’s is proud to serve as a sponsor of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing,” says Patti Lee, District Vice President and General Manager for Macy's Herald Square.  “Each year thousands of locals and tourists fill the park just to dance under the stars, against the New York City skyline.  Midsummer Night Swing is an anticipated New York tradition and it would not be summer without it.” For more information, visit http://midsummernightswing.org/.  Read more >>

A Quick. Quick. Slow. Slow. Long Weekend in Nashville

Quick. Quick. Slow. Slow. That’s the counting pattern for the country 2-step dance. And also the pace of our Nashville long weekend this past April.  Read more >>

Dance Themed Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26, 2015

This year Dance Themed Films include: 

  • A Ballerina's Tale - directed and written by Nelson George. (USA) The world premiere screening of Nelson George’s much-anticipated, behind-the-curtain documentary about the daily routine of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre® in two decades.

  • On The Town - directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. As part of the salute to Frank Sinatra on his centennial, the 1949 film, On The Town, will be screened. New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town – especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights...and those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.

  • Toto and His Sisters (Toto Si Surorile Lui) - directed and written by Alexander Nanau. (Romania) Shot over a period of 15 months, this hands-off documentary follows siblings living in a Bucharest slum. With their mother in jail, Toto and his two sisters, Ana and Andreea, live in what appears to be a communal drug den. As Ana drifts away with frequent drug use, Toto and Andreea must stick together in an orphanage, awaiting their mother’s return. In Romanian with subtitles.

By Lisa Skriloff, @dancetravelnews


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Virgin Mountain Movie Review at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

A movie that takes place in Iceland and involves dance lessons, could there be a more perfect storyline for a dancetravelnews.com review? With high expectations of being transported to another land, while watching a story familiar to many a dance student in the U.S., and apparently Iceland too, Virgin Mountain delivers on the theme and delivers a movie sure to be the audience favorite for Best Feature Narrative. By familiar story, I am referring to dance lessons leading to an improved social life, not the story line of bullying, manic depression and living at home at age 43 with mom and her boyfriend. By improved social life I mean simply your life after dance lessons is never the same, not necessarily boy meets girl and keeps her. A sweet and moving film, Virgin Mountain follows Fusi, (Gunnar Jonsson) an airport baggage handler who is shy, socially awkward and has the hobbies and breakfast of an 11-year old boy. After he receives a birthday gift certificate for line dance lessons and eventually shows up to a class he meets Sjofn (Ilmur Kristjansdottir), and they eventually eventually end up in bed. Is there a dance studio in America that doesn’t sell this promise, though never explicitly? True, most of the movie transpires before that takes place and a beautiful and touching journey it is. Writer-director Dagur Kári, said, at a post screening Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, he wanted to make a love story that’s not a love story, that the couple doesn’t end up together but their lives are richer for it. I asked him, How did he come to choose dance lessons to be part of this story? He said it could have been anything, he was just trying to think of something that Fusi wouldn’t want to do. Many a transformed person will tell you it’s the dance lessons that make our lives richer. Virgin Mountain would belong on an Oscar list for Best Foreign Language Film. 

By Lisa Skriloff, @dancetravelnews



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The Edison Ballroom - 2015 Annual "Spring Swing" Event - Joe Battaglia and the NYBB



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Dancing Classrooms to Honor International Champion of Social and Emotional Learning

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Dancing Classrooms

Annual Gala Evening

DANCING CLASSROOMS & THE GALA STEERING COMMITTEE PRESENT:

THE ANNUAL GALA

“NO FEET LEFT BEHIND”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

       The Pierre Hotel          

 

 

THE 2015 GALA

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Dancing Classrooms (DC) will celebrate its annual Gala evening at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.  This event celebrates the work of Dancing Classrooms.  The Humanitarian Honoree is Jephtha Tausig, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist licensed in New York and Massachusetts, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. The Social, Emotional and Learning Champion Honoree is Roger P. Weissberg, Ph.D., NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago Chief Knowledge Officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.   

On behalf of Dancing Classrooms and the 2015 Gala Steering committee, we would like to invite you to support the work of Dancing Classrooms by participating in the 2015 Gala Evening through a purchase of advertisement space in our journal. 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR GALA

Celebrating its 21st year in 2015, Dancing Classrooms has continuously celebrated its donors and sponsors at this annual gala event.  Approximately 2000 invitations are mailed to recipients in the New York metropolitan area and more than 300 guests attend the black-tie event. The evening features a cocktail reception, live auction, performances by school children and the Youth Dance Company, and includes  a seated dinner, presentations, and dancing.

Proceeds from our annual Dinner Dance Gala allow us to bring Dancing Classrooms to 200 schools in the New York area and serve 25,000 children.

The 2014 Gala raised nearly $500,000 to support Dancing Classrooms in-school, the Dancing Classrooms Weekend Academy and the Youth Dance Company.

OUR MISSION AND VISION

Our mission is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance. Our vision is to meaningfully participate in the development of schools and communities where every child is connected, respected, and provided a safe environment in which to thrive.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

Your support, in the form of purchasing an advertisement in the Gala Journal, is integral to our success.  Options for advertising are listed in the box below:

*All files, text and payment must be received by February 13, 2015 to be published in the 2015 Gala Journal.

You can purchase your ad online by going to www.dancingclassrooms.org and follow the link for 2015 Journal Ads.

Please provide vector artwork with a resolution of 300dpi or higher at 100% of the ad size. If you wish to provide text only we are pleased to set it for you.

Files need to be in tiff, eps or PDF format. If a jpeg file, it must meet the resolution requirements.

For questions about advertising specifications, please call Yvonne Marceau at 212.244.9442 or email ymarceau@dancingclassrooms.org

 

Stardust April 2015 Ballroom Dance Event

Latin Dancing in Philadelphia - Dancers Can Master Their Moves At Clubs & Classes All Around Town

VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, invites its visitors to try Latin dancing at the city’s clubs and classes. In Brasil’s Nightclub and Restaurant in Old City, every Wednesday, the visitors can learn salsa moves taught by the pros from La Luna Dance Studio. On Fridays, beginners can work on basic moves and on Saturday evenings dancers of all levels can hit the floor for a dance party. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is like stepping into 1950s Havana, especially during the weekend dance parties when the restaurant transforms into a dance club every Friday and Saturday night, with special themed events and DJs spinning Latin fuzion, salsa, merengue and bachata. On the weekends, El Centro de Oro’s Isla Verde turns into a hip nightspot with Friday night’s action hosted by a DJ spinning dance tunes and a live house band pounds out the sounds of the Cuban guaguanco and mosambique or salsa on Saturday evenings. Lucha Cartel has Tuesday night salsa parties for the dancers and Nacional 56 has live bands and Djs. Weekends are the time to hit the dance floor at Tierra Colombiana, a North Philadelphia favorite. For those who want to start the week off in style, the Latin dance party at Vango Sky Bar & Lounge is the way to go. In Philadelphia Argentine Tango School the staff and internationally renowned guest instructors can transform confused beginners into sought-after partners, and with weekly practices and special events at this Fishtown dance studio, dancers of all levels can mix, mingle and dance with confidence. The Society Hill Dance Academy offers cha-cha, tango, salsa and other group and private lessons. For more information, visit visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com.


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Brand-New New York Spring Spectacular Starring the Legendary Rockettes Will Debut in March

For the first time ever at Radio City Music Hall, MSG Entertainment and Weinstein Live Entertainment jointly produce a brand-new New York Spring Spectacular starring the legendary Rockettes. Debuting in March, the New York Spring Spectacular was created by an unprecedented Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning team for Radio City Music Hall. The show, which has been boldly re-imagined from the originally conceived Heart and Lights, features one of a kind puppetry, state-of-the-art technology and dynamic dance numbers performed by the legendary Rockettes. This all-new show at Radio City Music Hall takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New York City while telling an inspiring and hopeful narrative about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Bursting with invigorating new Rockettes dance numbers, incredible 3D special effects and an exciting soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits, the Spectacular features Oscar and Tony Award-Winner Whoopi Goldberg as the voice of the Statue of Liberty and Nashville star and Tony Award-winning actress, Laura Benanti as the lead female character, Jenna. Mia Michaels, celebrated choreographer well-known for her work on the Fox Television Show, SoYouThink You Can Dance,will be choreographing the Rockettes in the dynamic opening number.The limited seven-week engagement begins previews March 12, opens on March 26 and runs through May 3. For more information visit www.rockettes.com/spring.


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