dancing

Landrum School of Dance: Dancing to build confidence
Landrum School of Dance: Dancing to build confidence
Business Sana Karim-Noori 8/26/2012 at 8:16AM

Frances Landrum, one of the original 36 Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, decided to take her talent in performing and combine it with the art of teaching. Thus the Landrum School of Dance was born in 1948. It is among the first few original businesses that started in Whitestone, drawing students from all five boroughs. [...]

Look cooler in any hip hop class
News Queens Courier Staff 8/25/2012 at 4:37AM

BY SHAWN BYFIELD If you are thinking about taking a plunge into the world of hip hop dance there are some things you should know. Hip hop class is a great outlet to release the everyday stress of life and learn a bit of history.  The class is a great physical activity and excellent exercise [...]

Learning to dance makes you a better lover
News Queens Courier Staff 8/25/2012 at 3:36AM

BY SHAWN BYFIELD Learning to dance actually improves your love life. “If you’re looking to spice up your love life, learning to dance is a sure-fire way to attract the opposite sex” says Shawn Byfield, a leading expert in dance instruction for adults. Besides the obvious ability to show off your new dance moves, learning [...]

Core groups of belly dance movements
News Queens Courier Staff 8/25/2012 at 1:28AM

BY KETI SHARIF www.ketisharif.com Belly dancing originated in the Middle East and parts of Africa. Therefore, specific moves are culturally intrinsic to various countries. For example, Egyptian baladi is very earthy and the important base movement is the downward hip drop. Turkish dance uses a lot of hip lifts. There have been many cultural and [...]

Audition mistakes and how to avoid them
News Queens Courier Staff 8/25/2012 at 12:26AM

BY SHAWN BYFIELD For many performers in the dance industry, the word audition can bring feelings of excitement, clarity and a world of opportunity. For others, it can bring feelings of anxiousness, confusion and unnecessary tension. Like it or not, dance auditions are a way of life as a performer. But unfortunately, many dancers are [...]

Cleaner Pickups – the techniques to learn
News Queens Courier Staff 8/25/2012 at 12:05AM

BY SHAWN BYFIELD For most of us, a Pickup (also known as pull backs) is a light, hopping step that has two sounds, done on the ball of the foot. For standard pickups, both feet take off with a brush back. Then you land on the balls of your feet at the same time. With [...]

Hey mister DJ: Queens’ Elijah Strauss keeps people dancing
Hey mister DJ: Queens’ Elijah Strauss keeps people dancing
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 3/28/2012 at 4:37PM

Elijah Strauss hovered over piles of equipment stacked behind the DJ booth in the lightless back room of the UC Lounge, a nondescript bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Pressing his headphones to one ear, Strauss twisted a shiny, silver knob, bringing Rihanna’s voice slowly into focus. The crowd is minimal — a group of [...]