Time: December 6, 2019 at 6am to December 19, 2019 at 7pm
Location: The Kaye Playhouse
Street: 695 Park Ave.
City/Town: New York, NY 10065
Website or Map: https://ci.ovationtix.com/349…
Phone: (212) 926-4100
Event Type: press, release
Organized By: Aubrey Lynch
Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2019
The Harlem School of the Arts dance director, Aubrey Lynch, today announced that the world-famous Radio City Rockettes will help to prepare the young precision dance ensemble, The Harlemettes, for their December 19th, 7:00 pm appearance at the Kaye Playhouse, located at 695 Park Avenue, NYC 10065.
To this end, he has been able to build alliances with Dance Theater of Harlem, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, and now with the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, which served as inspiration for the creation of The Harlemettes.
Under Aubrey Lynch’s direction and with the help of the very talented and gifted Leyland Simmons at his side, the HSA Dance department has become a dance education destination. Dance students are able to explore a variety of dance genres including tap, hip hop, modern, African, Latin, Jazz and ballet, as well as choreography. HSA is proud to be one of six official affiliate schools in the world offering the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) National Training Curriculum. In addition to introductory classes, HSA Dance provides a rigorous training curriculum for pre-professional students that focus on a set curriculum of ballet and modern dance. No matter their level of training, students are encouraged to participate in all in-house and off-site performances.
Over this past summer, the Radio City Rockettes, including assistant choreographer and dance captain Danelle Morgan, participated in HSA’s Summer Dance Intensive, offering a select group of dance students, a unique opportunity to experience first-hand, a bit of what it takes to be a Rockette. The HSA dancers were put through a rigorous and intricate class where they learned some of the Rockettes more intricate choreography, including eye-high kicks and precision dance routines.
“I’m honored to have had the opportunity to work with the talented Harlemettes,” said Danelle Morgan, Radio City Rockettes assistant choreographer and dance captain. “The Rockettes share HSA’s mission of increasing inclusivity and representation within the dance community and we’re proud to support an organization that creates opportunities for dancers of color in New York City.”
Mr. Lynch believes these opportunities are meaningful on numerous levels: giving students a peek at what a professional dance career entails, challenging them to reach for excellence, and providing a positive influence that teaches them the value of commitment, teamwork and practice.
The Harlemettes’ appearance at the Kaye Playhouse will be the highlight of the 2018-2019 calendar year that was packed with important appearances and growth, including the ensemble’s performance at the 25th Annual Harlem Holiday Lights event; headlining the sold-out HSA Holiday Show, scripted, directed and choreographed by Aubrey Lynch, and titled “A Harlemettes Holiday”; as well, the numerous other appearances as ambassadors of HSA’s stated mission and as examples of the excellent training that the organization fosters.
Taking the stage at the Kaye Playhouse will be made far less nerve-racking knowing that they have been coached by the formidable, world-famous Radio City Rockettes, who will be represented on the day of the performance by Morgan, and former Rockette Jennifer Jones, the first African American Radio City Rockette.
For more information on the Harlem School of the Arts, HSA Dance, and the Harlemettes appearance at The Kaye Playhouse visit, www.hsanyc.org. To purchase tickets to the performance visit OvationTix.