CC Loves NY!


By Michelle Allison

Artistic Director/Instructor

Curtain Call Studio for Performing Arts

Just as the dust settled from the frenzy of Concert Week, another adventure was on the horizon: taking on the Big Apple Curtain Call style! For a full year I worked with a tour company to plan this whirlwind 3-day excursion that included everything both a tourist and a dancer could ever want to do in the great city of New York.

Accompanied by Miss Laurie, Miss Sara and myself, 52 dancers and parents flew in to the city (despite devastatingly long weather delays), visited Chinatown and Little Italy and proceeded to leap, tap, sweat and contract their way through a variety of 14 different classes at the infamous Broadway Dance Center.

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Day two had no shortage of craziness as we began our day with a private master class at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The dancers were instructed by a former member of the company in Horton Technique, and class was accompanied by a live percussionist. Next was a food truck lunch picnic in Central Park, a guided tour of the historic Radio City Music Hall, quick visits to Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, followed by dinner at the infamous Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Our day ended with us attending a highly energized performance of Newsies, and several dancers were able to get autographs from the (handsome!) cast after the show!

Our last day entailed sailing on the ferry to Liberty Island where we took pictures and read up on the history of the Statue of Liberty- a true American landmark. It was at times an emotional day, as we went from learning about the gift of the statue to viewing the 9/11 Memorial and remembering those who were taken from us. The eternity fountain pools, the named etched in black granite, the new Freedom Tower and the Survivor Tree were solemn and powerful images that will stay with us a lifetime.

To wrap up our evening, we ate WAY TOO MUCH food at John’s Pizzeria and saw the quirky and sometimes dark musical, Matilda. (We even got to applaud the nine-year-old lead actress when she snuck out of the side door of the theater!) And who could possibly forget our Megan acting as tour guide to lead us to the Empire State Building that night… “Watch the puddle! Wait 5 seconds! Up against the wall! 5-4-3-2-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!” Despite zero visibility, no one can deny how fun it was to be on the viewing deck of the Empire State Building, blown literally sideways in the wind, screaming with laughter and looking out to white clouds of absolute nothingness!

Now that classes are resuming at Curtain Call, our trip to NYC seems a lifetime ago;  but I know the dancers and faculty are all holding those memories close to their hearts and are ready to build on the inspiration sparked by this trip of a lifetime!

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