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.

Pilar Rioja's Final Season in New York December 3-18

Repertorio Español is pleased to announce Pilar Rioja's Winter Engagement. The two-week limited engagement will mark her 39th and final season in New York. Performances will be held at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theater and will begin Saturday, December 3 and continue through Sunday, December 18. Pilar Rioja first debuted at Repertorio in 1973 and has since delighted tens of thousands with her vibrant, dramatic and fiery Flamenco and Spanish dance programs. As part of the program, Rioja will premiere a new flamenco dance titled "Carretero" performed to a type of song sung by oxcarters. "Carretero" highlights the influence of African and American rhythms on Spanish dance set to music by Cuban composer Guillermo Portabales. The program will also include some of Ms. Rioja's most popular dances including "Bulerías," "Jaleo," "Farruca," Boccherini's "Fandango," and "Habanera."

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, visit online at www.repertorio.org/pilar or call 212-225-9999.  Read more >>

Feature Article: "Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway"

An Indigenous Australian didgeridoo player and a maracas shaking ensemble dancer sharing a Broadway stage with the gold lame wearing song and danceman movie star: it's "Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway." Travel through the life and loves of Hugh Jackman over a thoroughly entertaining and engrossing 2 hours and 20 minutes as he shares with the audience his favorite musical numbers in song (and tap dance) from movies he loved as a child (or starred in), pays tribute to his wife and his father through childhood and family stories, and honors the Aboriginal heritage of his beloved Australia. "Luck Be a Lady," "Singing in the Rain," "I Go to Rio," "Mack the Knife," and "I Got Rhythm," are just a few of the numbers that had us snapping our fingers (at his request) and clapping along. He told tales from his work in movies as Wolverine in the X-Men series, Kate & Leopold, and Happy Feet musicals The Boy from Oz  and Carousel. As he described his experiences living in the Outback during the filming of Baz Luhrmann's  Australia, down the aisle and onto the stage come Clifton Bieundurry a vocalist and foundation artist for Nomad Two Worlds who performs in his traditional Walmajarri language;  two didgeridoo payers, Paul Boon,  from Western Australia who also owns and curates a gallery specializing in sales of Indigenous Australian art, and Nathan Mundraby a descendant of the Yidinji rainforest people and Lama Lama tribe of Thaypan Country in Queensland;  and Olive Knight, a  vocalist who Hugh Jackman introduced as an Aboriginal Treasure. It was she, he said, who was invited by the Prime Minister of Australia to attend the "Apology" in 2008 for 200 years of mistreatment of the Aboriginal peoples by the Australian government. Tickets (performances now through Jan 1, 2012) and info at http://www.hughjackmanonbroadway.com. by Lisa Skriloff   Read more >>

I’m Following: Hunter Hayes. Last Seen at Attilio’s Tavern in Dover, NJ

Hunter Hayes, a blues-y, Frank-y, East and West Coast Swing style singer is our newest favorite artist to follow around. We heard him at Attilio’s Tavern in Dover, NJ, a restaurant we frequent for dining and dancing and his was the best group we’ve seen there.  Attilio’s is not a dive-bar, bar-food type “tavern” but a red-checkered tablecloth-type, full traditional Italian-menu restaurant with an actual dance floor between the tables and the tiny stage. Whether they actually have red checkered tablecloths or not I really can’t recall but they do have the chicken parmigiana and chicken scapriello that we always order when we find ourselves at one of those classic family Italian restaurants of Billy Joel fame.   Read more >>

Glen Miller Orchestra to Keep the Beat for Crystal Cruises’ Transatlantic Voyage

Dance to your heart’s content aboard Crystal Cruises’ “Big Band and Ballroom Dance” themed cruise on its transatlantic voyage between Lisbon and Miami Dec. 8- 21, 2011 and Mar. 19-29, 2012. With the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra headlining, guests can waltz their way across the southern Atlantic, accompanied by the classic and retro sounds of a 20-piece live orchestra – or just enjoy the moves and music from the sidelines. Crystal’s complimentary program includes: extra Ambassador Hosts to lead women without dance partners, double the usual number of dance instructors, dance lessons ranging from swing to salsa, daily live performances of Big Band music, afternoon and evening dancing until the wee hours, themed lectures about artists such as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington by Columbia jazz professor Robert O’Meally and an exciting dance competition. The recently redesigned Crystal Serenity serves as the stage for this 13-day dance party-at-sea departing December 8th. Ports include Casablanca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) and St. Maartin/ Philipsburg. In 2012 the Miami to Lisbon cruise calls at Madeira Funchal, Portugal during its 10 day transatlantic cruise. For more information and Crystal Reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit www.crystalcruises.com.   Read more >>

Feature Article: The Silver Starlite Orchestra at Pavinci Italian Grill, Hopatcong, NJ. - A Review and Appreciation

If you know to respond with “How about you?” when the singer pauses after “I Like New York in June,” then you’ll enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing to the Silver Starlite Orchestra appearing the third Tuesday of the month at Pavinci Italian Grill in Hopatcong, NJ. The 20-piece big band, featuring vocalists Jimmy Mastrull and Shelli Latorre, provides a wonderful evening whenever they appear, with their themed shows including “Swing, Swing, Swing,” “Songs of Our Favorite Girl Singers,” “Sentimental Journey,” and “Cool Swing.”   Read more >>

Event: Hudson Swing Affair, Sept 2 - 4, Jersey City, NJ

The Hudson Swing Affair 2011 edition, taking place September 2 - 4 in Jersey City, NJ, will feature DJs and instructors John Lindo, Jeanette Holmes, Ramiro Gonzalez, Jessica Cox, Stephanie McHenry Batista, Sharlot Blott, Mark Sheuffelle, Blake Hobby, and Andrea Deaton, bringing together an eclectic group of today’s swing stars – all very accomplished in their own way.   Read more >>

Event: On Stage at Kingsborough Presents: The Birdland Big Band

On Stage at Kingsborough, on the oceanfront campus of Kingsborough Community College, announces its final concert of the July 2011 series of free outdoor concerts Saturday, July 23, at 8:00 p.m. The Birdland Big Band will bring the global sounds of Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and America with special guest, Venezuelan violin sensation Ali Bello. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call: 718-368-5596 or visit www.OnStageAtKingborough.org.   Read more >>

Event: Lincoln Center Announces Midsummer Night Swing June 27 - July 16, 2011

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Feature Article: The Mohonk Mountain House Ballroom Dance Weekend December 2010

If you’ve packed your bag for the weekend with ballroom dance shoes, a tuxedo, a ball gown, and a blaze orange hunter’s safety vest, you’re probably on your way to Mohonk Mountain House’s Ballroom Dance Weekend, held every December.  I’ve been wanting to go for years and finally this past December John and I were able to get there for their 21st annual dance weekend.  Read more >>

News: Brady Bunch Florence Henderson and Friends to Ballroom Dance on Cruise

Crown Cruise Vacations Offers Chance to Dance With Stars at Sea
 
PRINCETON, N.J. (Jan. 20, 2011) – Crown Cruise Vacations offers fans of The Brady Bunch’s Florence Henderson, dance and cruise lovers the ultimate experience on the Celebrity Eclipse Jan. 7-14, 2012. Florence Henderson of The Brady Bunch fame and ‘Friends’ will headline this ballroom dance cruise. The Ballroom Dance Celebration at Sea 2012 by Cruise Gourmet Voyages will take place aboard the gorgeous new Eclipse and will feature Celebrity Dance Pro-Star Corky Ballas and, from Broadway’s hit show “Tango Argentino,” dance star Nelson Avila with dance partner Madalyn.  Read more >>