With the world now emerging from the pandemic, there is so much performing arts and art to take in throughout the New York City area this summer. A bonus for those who love — and miss — Broadway. Dance Cavise offers a Broadway Master Class Workshop for your chance to learn technique and original Broadway choreography directly from Broadway stars.

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

“How do you measure? Measure a year?”

Have you found yourself humming this famous tune from RENT this past year? A whole year, “five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes” come and gone. The snow has finally melted, the trees are budding, and flowers are beginning to awaken from their winter slumber. Such welcome signs, but these physical signs of the changing of the seasonal guard seem to be one of the few ways we were able to “measure” the passage of time this year.

BROADWAY MAY BE STILL DARK…

It is hard to imagine that we are on the threshold of another summer season. In past summers, families from far and near would flock to NYC to see the view from the top of Empire State Building, visit world class museums, gaze at Lady Liberty, or munch on a famous NYC slice, hot pretzel, or bagel. (I, myself have never been to Liberty Island, something I really need to rectify!) Yet for so many, the highlight was often to see that hit show with coveted tickets purchased well in advance. Quite often soundtracks had been purchased and memorized (dare I mention Hamilton?) in anticipation. But Broadway has been dark since March 2020 and expects to remain so until September 2021.

For years, Dance Cavise Summer programs included at least one, if not two, built in field trips to Broadway. Like visiting tourists, those trips were often a summer highlight for Dance Cavise campers as well as our family as our own children attended Dance Cavise summer camp for years.

MANY ART TREASURES TO EXPLORE THIS SUMMER AND PERFORMING ARTS TO EXPERIENCE

While we may not be able to attend live performances anytime soon, there are options for those of us missing the arts. Many companies such as American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet have ventured into virtual seasons. Opera companies and Philharmonics have followed suit. The iconic Shakespeare in the Park presented by the Public Theatre is planning a return this summer. The little jewel right in our backyard, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah NY, just announced a live summer season (with reduced venue capacity).  Another local gem, Katonah Museum of Art, has done a wonderful job of offering fabulous exhibits while being mindful of social distancing. These are just some of the places I like to explore but I’m sure you can find your own additional treasures.

JOIN A BROADWAY MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP

If you are missing the Great White Way, and want more than just a visual tour, why not consider taking a Broadway Master Class at Dance Cavise this summer. Bring performing arts to you…with your chance to participate.

Each Friday in July, the studio will feature a recent Broadway pro to teach a two-hour class packed with technique and original Broadway choreography. Dance and musical theatre enthusiasts will be able to talk to these VIPs.  Each workshop will end with a Q & A session – your chance to learn directly from these star dancers about life on Broadway. Find out what it takes to make it on “the big boards” — the training, the auditions, the endless rejections and yes, the elation of landing the job. The best part is you won’t have to wait by the stage door! Workshops can be taking at the studio (limited space available) or virtually from anywhere on a digital device. Check out our Broadway stars who are teaching our workshops here.

STAY MINDFUL AND ARTFUL

As Mother Earth gives us a sneak peek and comes alive bursting with her vibrant colors of spring, we are reminded to keep the arts alive moving forward this summer. Take a gander through a virtual tour of a museum, let yourself be enveloped in luxurious sounds of a virtuoso concert, or dance side by side with a Broadway star at Dance Cavise. Be it live or virtual, don’t let another “five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes” go by without experiencing the arts! The light is truly at the end of the tunnel…the world of art is here to enjoy!