National Dance Institute gives students free dance classes. Why? Because arts education matters.
Would I ever have ventured to see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers remade on a New York stage? Doubtful. All that death-defying Michael Kidd choreography cannot be replicated away from the camera, I would have thought. But outdoors in London in August? Why not?
As the house lights slowly dim over the audience, the stage begins to glow with an electric pulse. No it is not the thousand watts of spotlights that illuminate the theatre causing the glow, but the smiles of hundreds of children taking the stage at the National Dance Institute performance of "This Land Is Our Land."
Tanaquil LeClercq was a lithe, angular beauty, a dancer who graced ballet until polio struck, paralyzing her and ending her
If you ever had any doubts about the incredible young talent in America today, just check out the next generation of visual, literary and performing artists who have been recognized by YoungArts, the national organization devoted to mentoring and supporting emerging artists.
As artists and people dedicated to the arts, it is our responsibility to spearhead arts education -- and help integrate it into our education systems.
Szot and O'Hara will perform a concert version of songs from five Lerner and Loewe musicals, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, Brigadoon and My Fair Lady.