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Join me for Sergio’s performance showcase / party

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Sergio’s next performance is April 22nd 

Come and join me as I cheer on Sergio at his dance performance showcase on Saturday, April 22nd in Arlington. He has been learning hip hop dancing at Boston Mobile Dance Studio through the winter and later this month he will be taking to the stage to show off his moves.

Performances have been choreographed by talented teachers including  Carl Alleyne and Chanel Miss 5678 who Sergio has been working with since the fall.

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Choreographers Carl Alleyne and Chanel Miss 5678 with Sergio Mazon

Tickets to the performance will go from $15 to $20 the day before the showcase so if you’d like to join me in cheering on Sergio get your tickets today. I’ve included a link below for you to purchase tickets.

Yes! I want to buy tickets to see Sergio dance with BMDS

Saturday, April 22, 2017 || 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Arlington Center For the Arts
41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA 02474

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Boston Ballet presents Kylián/Wings of Wax

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Boston Ballet in Alexander Ekman’s, Cacti || Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

Following Boston Ballet’s amazing production Artifact 2017 their inspiring spring season continues on Thursday night with Kylián/Wings of Wax, a trio of ballets by three choreographic masters.

Kylián/Wings of Wax
March 23 – April 1
Purchase Tickets Here

Kylián/Wings of Wax opens with George Balanchine’s charming and spirited Donizetti Variations set to excerpts from the composer’s final opera Don Sebastian, followed by Jiří Kylián’s hauntingly beautiful Wings of Wax with a score of musical selections. Alexander Ekman’s delightful and witty Cacti closes the program accompanied by a collage of orchestral music performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra and a string quartet

A few tickets may actually still be available for opening night tomorrow, Thursday, March 23rd. If you will be there let me know and we will join you for a glass of Champagne either before the ballet or between acts.

Kylián/Wings of Wax Performance Schedule
Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm*
Saturday, March 25 at 1 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 26 at 1 pm
Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 2 at 1 pm

Tickets to any of the above performances start at just $35. You can purchase a pair from the Boston Ballet website here.

Sergio’s 1st dance performance, Friday, March 24

Late last year Sergio made a personal commitment to return to dance after a 34 year hiatus. Over the past few months he has been taking classes at the Urbanity Dance Studio and later this week on Friday, March 24 he will be performing a hip hop routine choreographed by Jessie Alegria (shown above with Sergio) and a contemporary routine choreographed by Brenna Robinson at the Blackstone Community Center.  I’ll be there cheering him on, and I wanted to give his dance crew a shout out on my blog as well.

His performance starts at 8PM and a $10 donation is suggested at the door. The proceeds will be donated to Urbanity Dance’s Equal Opportunity And Access Fund, which allows Urbanity to provide scholarship to youth dancers who would not be able to afford classes.

What: Come watch Sergio dance
When: Friday, March 24th (starting at 8PM)
Where: Blackstone Community Center, 50 West Brookline St.

Boston Ballet Artifact 2017

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Source: Boston Ballet William Forsythe Artifact2017 Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

It is rare for me to have people (aside from my closest circle of friends) ask my opinion about a show I recently attended so I was surprised by the handful of emails and direct messages on Twitter asking me about Boston Ballet’s Artifact 2017, which is currently at The Boston Opera House through March 5.

I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the ballet. While dance and ballet in particular makes me appreciate the athleticism and grace required, this is the first ballet I’ve ever seen that made me feel anxious. Artifact 2017 has challenged my perception of what ballet is and what it is capable of evoking in me.  Roslyn Sulcas who writes for The  NY Times had a great article about the Boston Ballet – Forsythe relationship and the importance of Artifact. She writes:

“Artifact” was a manifesto of Mr. Forsythe’s intent to investigate and extend the boundaries of ballet technique and conventions, and it is still an urtext in his oeuvre…

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Source: BostonBallet William Forsythe Artifact2017 Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

You can also read the glowing Boston Globe review of Artifact 2017 here. Tickets remain available for most shows, but the production closes on March 5th so don’t delay and make plans to see this production. It is the kind of work people will be referencing long after the curtain drops after the final performance.

Boston Ballet Artifact 2017

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift: A night with The Boston Ballet

William Forsythe, danceLater this month Artifact, opens at the Boston Opera House.  The ballet is the result of a fortunate five year relationship between The Boston Ballet and choreographer, William Forsythe.  For those unfamiliar with William Forsythe, he has been compared to Balanchine and Graham and is recognized for the way he integrates ballet and visual arts.

In this ballet from Forsythe more than 30 dancers will dance in large groups to pas de deux, transforming classical forms of ballet into post-modern structures. Forsythe has also designed the sets, costumes and lighting, ensuring that the four-act ballet will be something very special to see. Get tickets before it sells out.

Boston Opera House
February 23 – March 5
Learn more – Purchase tickets

For those of you still trying to think of a memorable Valentine’s Day gift, I suggest skipping the flowers and candy this year and plan a special date night with the Boston Ballet at the gorgeous Boston Opera House.

The Fitness Marshall

dance exerciseAre you familiar with The Fitness Marshall on YouTube? With more than 670,000 subscribers this guy is no joke and his videos which are entertaining to watch are also an incredible dance workout if you have the patience and coordination to learn the steps.

Check out this video from March this year, which has 6.9 million views.

You can watch more videos from The Fitness Marshall here.

Boston Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Boston Ballet NutcrackerNext Friday The Boston Ballet is opening night for The Nutcracker. Each year I like to give this classic ballet a plug, because the entire experience from walking into the beautifully decorated Boston Opera House to watching the Boston Ballet’s production puts me in such a wonderful mood. It is something I wish everyone would experience.

Boston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

Consider picking up tickets for a show and making an evening of going to the ballet with friends or someone special. It makes for an excellent date night. Boston Ballet The Nutcracker at the Opera House

Bodybuilders try ballet for the first time

Opening night for Boston Ballet’s, Mirrors


Ricardo Santos in Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew, courtesy of Boston Ballet

Tonight is opening night for The Boston Ballet’s final program of the season. Mirrors is a diverse selection of thought-provoking works that reflect the many facets of contemporary ballet. Adding to the evening’s program, the Company performs two world premieres: Smoke and Mirrors, the first major work commissioned by the Company for the Opera House stage by former Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Yury Yanowsky, followed by Karole Armitage’s Bitches Brew, a psychedelic display of athleticism set to Miles Davis’ famous jazz track.

Mirrors will run May 6–28, 2016, at the Boston Opera House.

Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake opens Friday, April 29

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Ashley Ellis and Eris Nezha in Nikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake; Photo by: Rosalie O’Connor Courtesy of Boston Ballet

Next week the Boston Ballet’s spring season kicks off with Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, which was last performed in October 2014 and was described by Robert Greskovic of The Wall Street Journal as “artful” and “luminous”.  Boston Ballet will welcome Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancer with New York City Ballet (NYCB), as a guest artist, performing Prince Siegfried on April 29 and 30.

Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake runs April 29–May 26 at The Boston Opera House. Due to the high-ticket demand, an additional performance has been added on May 25 at 7:30 pm, but don’t delay. Get your tickets which are on sale now.

Boston Ballet Swan Lake

Performance Schedule
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Britney Spears “Get Naked” performed on Italian TV

This is exactly how I like my Britney Spears


This is exactly how I like my Britney Spears 

Ballet dancer Gabriele Esposito stunned Italian TV viewers who tuned in to watch the popular talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi last weekend with his racy routine to ‘Get Naked’ by Britney Spears.

Leave it to the Italians to up the sexy quotient to steamy in no time at all. Check out the group dance routine and enjoy this take on Britney.

Why I love the ballet

male ballet dancer AI’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy going to the ballet, because the athleticism and grace on display is amazing.  The fact that the Boston Ballet performs at the Boston Opera House, which is a beautiful, historic theater that was lovingly restored and is a favorite venue of mine only adds to the experience.

Unfortunately, many think the ballet is not for them and they base their feelings on a one-time experience or more often, preconceived notions. Recognizing that my readership is overwhelmingly male, and men react positively to visual stimuli, I thought I’d use these images to make my case for you to give the ballet a second look. Not every ballet is for everyone. For example, The Boston Ballet will be presenting Swan Lake (Apr 29 – May 26). This is a classic ballet that you may recognize from the popular movie Black Swan.  Some will love the more traditional ballets like Swan Lake while some will prefer the more modern ballets. The trick is knowing what you like and checking out that production.male ballet dancer iimale ballet dancermale ballet dancer iii

A couple weeks ago I featured a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet as a Temptation Tuesday. You can check out Paulo here.

Feeling inspired to check out a ballet? If you live in the Boston area check out the Boston Ballet online at bostonballet.org.

Opening night for Boston Ballet’s Kaleidoscope


Misa Kuranaga in William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Photo by Gene Schiavone, courtesy of Boston Ballet 
Costume design by Stephen Galloway

Boston Ballet presents Kaleidoscope at the Boston Opera House
March 17 – 26, 2016

The Boston Ballet is back with a 10-day run of Kaleidoscope, a colorful fusion of works by 20th century masters that offers you a stunningly visual juxtaposition of four distinct pieces that runs for two hours and twenty minutes and has two intermissions. See you there.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

Controversy: Reggae night upstairs at Machine

Controversy, Boston, LGBT, Ramrod, MachineLooking for something different to do tonight? Head over to Machine in the Fenway and check out Controversy: Reggae Night.  You can imagine you are on a warm Caribbean island while dancing the night away upstairs at Machine.

Controversy: Reggae Night at 1254 Boylston Street 10PM – 2AM

For more information check out the Controversy Facebook Page.

Dance class doubleheader at South End Swet Studio

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TWC & Swet Studio Special: one class for $20 or two for $30
Swet Studio dance class doubleheader in the South End
Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 PM

Part I Fabulous Ballroom: The first lesson is full of energy as you learn the waltz, foxtrot, and swing dancing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner—the idea is to meet new friends, get fit, and have fun.

Part II Latin Mania: After a short break, the second lesson will begin; a mixture of techniques and rhythms. Learn Salsa and Bachata. Socialize and meet new people. Come with a partner or leave with one!

Classes run for 45 minutes each and start at 6:30 PM in the South End at Swet Studio located at 480 Tremont Street (between Appleton and Berkeley Streets).