Posts Tagged ‘Dance’

n125052_35792472_9649Have you ever wondered what would happen if two awesome dance groups hosted a semi-formal with one of the most kickin’ bands in New York, in one of the biggest dance spaces in New York? Well, we’re going to find out.

Brought to you by CU Swing and CU Ballroom, the magnificent George Gee and his eleven piece band, the Jump, Jive, and Wailers, will be playing in Roone Arledge Auditorium on Friday, March 6th!

Don’t know how to partner dance? No problem! There will be a free, one hour lesson from 8-9 PM in Lerner c555, where we will teach the basics of both swing and ballroom.

Now, how much do you think this would normally cost? 20 dollars? 30 dollars? Well, how about for free? That’s right, this amazing event is free, as long as you RSVP to Francesco Michelassi at fem2104@columbia.edu by Thursday, March 5th.

What happens if you’re not able to RSVP by Thursday? Don’t fret, dance-o-philes, the lesson will still be free, and the dancing itself will only cost 5 dollars!

So brush off your suspenders and swishy skirts, and get ready to dance at the Swingin’ Ballroom Madness!

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If you’re anything like me and dread running on an everlasting treadmill, try a quirky workout to bust out of the winter blahs. Crunch Gym at 38th street offers an innovative way to increase your heart rate through their new Broadway Dance Series. These classes are taught by instructors who are involved with the choreography of Broadway musicals, or the dancers themselves. This Saturday, dancers from the hit show Billy Elliot will be sharing their moves with the class. Do high-kicks, tap dancing and arabesques sound like a good time? Of course they do. If you find yourself without any plans tomorrow evening and with a few dollars in your pocket , head over to Crunch and get ready to work those jazz hands (sorry, I had to).Billy Elliot

Crunch Gym
Phone: 212.869.7788.

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Jump up, jump up and get down! If you’re like me and you attended 40 Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties in the late 90’s, you probably danced to this jam by House of Pain. Some songs just always seem to get you pumped, though I admit “Jump Around” no longer does the trick…

Some days, though, when I can only manage to find 20 minutes to work out, I have an exercise “routine” that always manages to get me to the gym (and to stay there). Instead of convincing myself that such a short workout isn’t worth getting sweaty in the first place, I commit to an intense, impromptu, and improvised combination of strengthening, jump rope, and spastic dancing.

The trick? Creating the perfect 20 minute playlist. The first song must set the tone for the workout, so pick a song that you can’t sit still while listening to. My favorites include Beyonce’s now-overplayed-but-I-still-love-the-oh-oh-oh’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, Ne-Yo’s “Because of You”, Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone”, “Toxic” by Britney Spears, and please don’t laugh, Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” I alternate songs that make me jump around with songs that have a really strong downbeat. Then, I follow the music.

Start with something to get your heart rate up: jump rope, jumping jacks, high knees or running in place, or dancing around like a fool. I do this in the gym all the time, so don’t be embarrassed–the gym is a place where all movement is respected. When the song ends, switch to strengthening exercises: lunges, squats, push ups, bicep curls with 5 lb weights, ab crunches, or some pilates moves. I get bored easily, and since the whole point is to have an intense workout that hits every part of you, I do between 10 and 15 of everything and then move on. When the song changes again, start getting your heart rate up again. Try to mix everything up. We get stuck thinking that one or two routines are the only thing that work, but our body gets stronger when we throw new combinations at it! When the playlist ends, stretch it out and go shower, and enjoy the endorphins from your crazy “routine.”


1. You don’t have to go to a gym to do this. Anywhere with a body-sized floor space suffices.

2. Don’t have an expectation. Do whatever feels good, and if it doesn’t feel good, stop. With only 20 minutes, your worst enemy is getting discouraged and walking out. You’re not going to be accomplishing major training goals with this workout, so think of it as a maintenance workout or a way to get your metabolism going.

3. For even more fun, try it with a friend. My friend Claire makes up aerobics routines a-la-Jane Fonda for us to do together, and the choreography kicks my butt every time.

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Like tasty food and live music? Even if you’re not so hungry, head downtown and check out Salsa night at Gonzalez y Gonzalez. Held every Thursday, the popular Mexican restaurant houses a live band that plays even livelier music from 9:30pm-11:15pm. For those who dare to go beyond merely sitting and listening to the Latin beats, the establishment offers a modest space for dancing as well. Don’t know how to Latin dance? Grab a partner who does and learn how. You’re guaranteed to have a laugh, and possibly make a new friend. Even if you don’t quite get all of the fancy-footwork down pat, any fast-paced dancing is sure to increase your heart-rate and help you burn a few calories (or that bean burrito you ate earlier). If you find yourself free tonight, make sure to pop in and bust a move or two.

Address: 625 Broadway NY, NY 10012 between Houston and Bleecker.
Call (212) 473-8787 for more information.

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CUDM 2002

This weekend, from noon on Saturday until 4PM on Sunday, Columbia University will hold its annual Dance Marathon.  This means that for those 28 hours, over 100 Barnard and Columbia students will be on their feet dancing the day and night and next day away in Roone Arledge Auditorium.  The cause for dancing is the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, a charity that works to end the epidemic of AIDS among children.  “It’s for the kids!” the dancers remind each other, when the going gets tough–which it does indeed.  Frequent eating, constant stretching, water, interperative dancing, and coloring books are all sources of strength for fatigued dancers.  But the greatest morale booster of all is support from the community.  So, be sure to stop by this weekend and dance!  It’s a blast, it’s a workout, and it’s for the kids!

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