search cityguideny

Things to do this week in NYC Dec 5-Dec 12: Cultural Arts

December 5, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
Print Article Email Article
Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.

Usdan Center - Open Houses - Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
December 06, 2009 -

Usdan Center For the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts day camp named a "Best Of for 2009" by TimeOutNY/Kids, NY Metro Parent and Long Island Press, will hold a free Open House on Sunday December 6, from 11 am to 2 PM. This will give interested students and families a chance to tour the magnificent 200-acre woodland campus and obtain information on the more than 40 programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess. No audition needed for most courses. Students from throughout the Tri-State area are transported to the Center in season by air-conditioned buses. Usdan is now entering its 43rd season. Visit

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
December 07, 2009 -

Join the Intepid for their Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony with special guest speakers and a wreath laying tribute. 11am.

Flamenco Workshops w/ Juan Siddi - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 08, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino and American Bolero Dance Company present Juan Siddi in a series of flamenco workshops this December for both beginners and intermediate dancers. Dec 5-8 ONLY at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th St., 4th fl. Saturday 12/5: 2-3 pm for Intermediate/Advanced 3-4 pm for Beginners Sunday 12/6: 3-4 pm for Intermediate/Advanced 4-5 pm for Beginners Monday 12/7: 7:30-8:30 pm for Intermediate/Advanced 8:30-9:30 pm for Beginners Tuesday 12/8: 7:30-8:30 pm for Intermediate/Advanced 8:30-9:30 pm for Beginners Single class: $25 4-Pack $90 (unused credit non-transferable). Credit/debit cards accepted. Call 212-399-8519 for questions or to reserve. More info: Recognized as a young, powerful and passionate flamenco dancer, Juan Siddi has toured internationally for the past 11 years with companies such as: Compania Flamenca Alhama & Noches de Amor Productions, Music Ensemble of Benares, Rafael Cortes, Maria Benitez "Teatro Flamenco", La Tania and Theatre Flamenco San Francisco. In 2007, he was the principal male dancer and co-choreographer for Maria Benitez' production "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,"under the direction of Merrill Brockway (Director of PBS’ Dance in America). That same year, Juan started and directed his own dance company - Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. The company has already spread their wings with tours throughout Germany, the US and the Middle East. Juan has danced on stages around the world such as: Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt; Tranenpalast, Berlin; Metropol Theater, Vienna; Moods, Zurich; Ordway Center, St. Paul, MN; Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA; Joyce Theater, New York City, NY; Brava Theater and Cowell Theater, San Francisco, CA. In International Festivals such as: Festival Flamenco in Krakow, Poland; Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo, Genoa, Italy; Bienal de Arte Flamenco, Sevilla, Spain; Carnavale di Venezia, San Marco Plaza, Venice, Italy and with his Flamenco Theatre Company at the 7th Annual Cultural Festival, Doha, Qatar and on the Arabian Television Network Al-Jazeera. The Company recently presented their 2008 summer season, run of 27 shows, in Santa Fe, NM with much success and more to come.

Mortal Engine - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through December 12, 2009 -

Working from the premise that the body has no limits, Mortal Engine uses a spectacular mix of space-slashing choreography and hyper technology to deconstruct the boundaries between the self and other. Conceived by the dynamic Australian troupe Chunky Move (which made its US debut at the 2001 Next Wave Festival), Mortal Engine portrays a shimmering, ever-shifting world as the human figure metamorphoses into light, image, and sound, and back again. Every action incites a reaction: a lone dancer's gesture stirs a passage of music, another's washes the stage in shadow. Sparks fly. Acid green lasers perforate the darkness, transforming the space into a cosmic force field. As the dancers -- performing on a tilted platform at once exhilarating and disorienting -- create music and light, Mortal Engine reveals the energy that moves us, never predictable and always changing.

Ballet Hispanico - The Joyce Theater
Through December 13, 2009 -

Ballet Hispanico explores the essence of Latino cultures with a season of new voices and bold dance. Under the new artistic leadership of Eduardo Vilaro, the program reflects the dynamic range of Ballet Hispanico’s repertoire with exciting premiers by Andrea Miller, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and a live music collaboration featuring Oscar Hernandez. Those pieces, alongside works by dance masters Ramon Oller and Vicente Nebrada, create an engaging evening of Latino-infused dance! For more information, visit

Cajon (flamenco drum) Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino presents Jose el Chino in a series of cajon (flamenco drum) workshops for both beginners and advanced percussionists. Advanced classes are for experienced musicians with percussion background such as drums, congas or cajon. November 30-December 19 at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th St., 4th fl. NY,NY 10019 Mondays: 5:30-6:30 pm for Advanced 6:30-7:30 pm for Beginners Tuesdays: 5:30-6:30 pm Advanced Wednesdays: 6-7 pm for Beginners Saturdays: 4-5 pm for Advanced 5-6 pm for Beginners Single class: $35 $70 3-pack (once a week) $135 6-pack (twice a week), $195 9-pack (3 times a week) Unused credit non-transferable. Credit/debit cards accepted. Call 212-399-8519 for questions or to reserve. More info: Jose El Chino is a great cajón player from Barcelona. He has worked and toured with Las Chuches, La Hungara, Las Peligro Musical, Miguel el Toleo, "Velada de Santa Ana Triana" with Compania Manolo Marin, La Compania Andaluza (choreographed by Javier La Torre and Cristina Hoyos), Jose Andres Cortes, Triana Pura, Guadiana, Farru, Juan Ramirez, Juan de Juan, Lucky Losada, Ramon Porrina, Jesus de Rosario, and Ramon Jimenez. He works regularly at Los Tarantos, Jazzsi and Sala Apolo in Barcelona.

Fraulein Maria - Dance Theater Workshop
Through December 19, 2009 -

Doug Elkins was inspired to create Fraulein Maria after countless viewings of the timeless movie classic The Sound of Music with his young children Liam and Gigi. Returning after many successful sold-out performances at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Fraulein Maria will be presented in repertory with The Bang Group's NUT/CRACKED as a holiday extravaganza at Dance Theater Workshop, New York City, December 2009. A love letter to his young son Liam and daughter Gigi, Doug Elkins' FRAULEIN MARIA has wowed audiences since its 2006 premiere. This delightful take on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music includes ballet, hip-hop, voguing, stepping, stomping and more. Directed by Barbara Karger and Michael Preston, this New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award winning piece is a holiday treat not to be missed. Tickets at

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges(mixed students) Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Afro-Caribbean Dance Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Come explore dance with fun and vibrant rhythms from the Caribbean... Beginners and Advanced beginners. $12.00/class OR 5-pack for $50 prepaid in full. Credit/debit cards accepted. Class Description: Combination of ballet, modern and jazz integrated with the flare of African-Caribbean movements. Excellent for actors and singers. Milteri teaches Salsa at Steps Studios, NYC. Her specialty is Afro-Caribbean, Bomba/Plena. She is also proficient at tap, ballet and other forms. She performs with Danza Fiesta Baile y Teatro Puerto Riquena and portrayed Jenny la Chula, the bomba dancing hairdresser, in Thalia Spanish Theatre’s original musical "Amor Latino." Milteri has a BA in Performing Arts and Arts Education from Hunter College.

Weekly Classes at Flamenco Latino - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino offers flamenco classes in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Begin./Adv. Begin. Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Milteri, Mon. 6:30-7:30 pm Basic Beginner Flamenco, Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm Group Cante Class with Basilio and Aurora, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm Children's Flamenco/Salsa, Aurora, Tues. 4:30-5:30 pm Adv. Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl), Aurora, Tues. 6:30-8 pm Begin./Adv. Begin. Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Milteri, Wed. 6:30-7:30 pm Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Level I with Basilio, Wed. 7-8:30 pm Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Level II with Basilio, Wed. 8:30-10 pm Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9 pm Children's Flamenco/Salsa, Aurora, Sat. 1-2 pm Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco, Aurora, Sat. 4:00-5:15 pm Sevillanas, Aurora, Sat. 5:15-6:30 pm Email or call now to reserve! 212-399-8519

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl)! - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.) Single class $20, 4-pack $70 (ONLY $17.50/class) Technique and choreography for dances that use... -- castanets and Sombrero Cordoves. For example, Tanguillos de Cadiz, and Garrotin (hat only) dances. --Abanico (fan) as in such dances as Guajiras (fan + castanets) and Caracoles (fan only). -- manton (shawl) used in Solea and Seguiriya. We plan to rotate palos. We have extra fans, mantons, hats and castanets at the studio in case you forget yours! Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights! - El Meson Asturias
Through December 22, 2009 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM El Meson Asturias 40-12 83rd St., Elmhurst, NY 11373 #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th) For reservations: 718-446-9154, NO COVER.

Children's Dance Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Open House and trial classes week of September 14, 2009: Monday Sept.14, Thursday Sept. 17 and Saturday Sept. 19. Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. Enrollment for Fall Semester begins week of September 21, 2009 Mondays-Thursdays 4:00-5:00 and 5:00-6:00, Saturdays 12:00-2:00pm Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm Flamenco/Salsa, ages 5-9 5:00-6:00 pm Singing/Percussion/Music Ensemble, ages 10-15 Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Ballet/Modern, ages 5-9 5:00-6:00 pm Jazz/Musical Theater, ages 10-15 Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Singing/Percussion/Music Ensemble, ages 10-15 5:00-6:00 pm Flamenco/Salsa, ages 10-15 Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm Ballet/Modern, ages 10-15 5:00-6:00 pm Jazz/Musical Theater, ages 5-9 Saturday 12:00-1:00 Flamenco/Salsa, ages ages 6-10 1:00-2:00 Flamenco salsa, ages 10-15 All classes Beginner level. Enrollment levels will determine exact program schedule. Music ensemble only for older aged students who already play an instrument. Participants may purchase single clases, $20, 4-packs, $35, 12-packs $85, and soon 24-packs and 36-packs will be available. Pre-paid packages require weekly attendance. Flamenco shoes and castanets are available through subsidy. Students will also have performance opportunities. Call 212-399-8519 to reserve a trial class or visit Flamenco Latino’s website for further details:

Flamenco Classes w/ Jose Moreno in Midtown - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Jose Moreno offers two levels of flamenco dance at Flamenco Latino Studio. Sundays 2-3 PM, Beginners Flamenco Sundays, 3-4 PM, Intermediate Technique at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th St., 4th fl. (between Broadway & 8th Ave.) 212-399-8519 Study with a true master! JOSE MORENO, dancer/percussionist/singer, is the son of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena and Pepe de Malaga. Mr. Moreno began studying flamenco dance with his mother at age 6. He later studied with Manolete, Andres Marin, and Farruquito. He learned percussion – especially cajon – under the tutellage of Manuel Soler. Performing professionally since he was 14, Mr. Moreno has appeared with dancers Manolete, La Tania, Pastora Galvan, Antonio Granjero, Joaquin Ruiz; singers Jesus Montoya, Joni Cortes; guitarists Pedro Cortes, Basilio Garcia, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Roberto Castellon, Jose Cortes (Pansequito); and in concert with Isabel Pantoja. He has performed with the companies Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Duende Ballet Espanol, Bailes Ferrer Flamenco Music and Dance, and Jesus and Suaya Montoya Company. He has also performed in the New World Symphony's concert series with singer Carmen Linares; Flamenco in the Sun; and on tour with La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance, Boston Flamenco Ballet, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company.

The Intrepid Holiday Salute - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through December 22, 2009 -

Guests to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will be able to send some holiday cheer to the men and women of the military throughout our country and overseas. Visitors will be able to share their support for the troops by signing giant holiday cards which will be sent to facilities around the world. In addition to the holiday cards, Intrepid will also be accepting donations of various, much needed, items which Intrepid will then ship to our Marines serving in Afghanistan. Donations will be sent to help meet the needs of our soldiers and remind them that they are in our hearts and minds during this holiday season. Visitors to the Museum also will be able to donate frequent flier miles through the Hero Miles program and learn more about the Intrepid Family of Organizations.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2009 New York City Center Season - New York City Center
Through January 03, 2010 -

Celebrating Judith Jamison with Series of Special Programs & Performances Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congress as a vital American "Cultural Ambassador to the World," returns to the stage of New York City Center from December 2, 2009 through January 3, 2010 for a five-week season celebrating 2009 TIME 100 Honoree Judith Jamison as she embarks on her 20th year as Artistic Director. In addition to a one-night-only opening benefit performance, hosted by Pauletta and Denzel Washington, the series of special programs and performances include: -Ronald K. Brown's world premiere tribute to Jamison called Dancing Spirit, -live onstage appearances by Anna Deavere Smith in Judith Jamison’s Emmy Award-winning Hymn, -a Best of 20 Years program featuring works commissioned or revived during Jamison's tenure. -Judith Jamison's new ballet with original jazz compositions by musical iconoclast Eric Lewis -Company member Matthew Rushing's homage to the Harlem Renaissance in Uptown, -the Company premiere of Robert Battle's gripping solo In/Side. Throughout the December season, which has become a joyous holiday tradition, Ailey’s extraordinary artists will move audiences with over 40 ballets by 20 choreographers, including favorites such as Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece Revelations, a must-see for all people. For a detailed schedule and information on tickets, which start at $25, visit For group sales information, call 212-405-9082.

Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition - Discovery - Times Square Exposition
Through February 28, 2010 -

Relive Titanic's fateful 1912 maiden voyage and take on the identity of a Titanic passenger as you explore magnificent reconstructions of the Ship's interior. Discover how the "unsinkable" Ship met its fate and connect with the passengers and crew as you view haunting personal artifacts recovered from the wreck. Largest collection of Titanic artifacts, many on display for the first time after being recovered from the ocean floor including jewels, china, documents, clothing and much more. Experience a recreation of the Ship's illustrious Grand Staircase. Open 7 days, 10am-10pm.

Free Trial Class in Flamenco Dance - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through November 01, 2010 -

Discover flamenco by taking a FREE trial class at Flamenco Latino in midtown Manhattan! The first Monday of every month, first time students at Flamenco Latino may take a flamenco class free of charge. This special offer starts November 1st at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (bet. B-way and 8th Ave.) Adults: Monday 7:00-8:30 PM- Basic Beginner Flamenco w/ Aurora Reyes Children: Monday 4:30-5:30 PM- Flamenco/Salsa w/ Aurora Reyes, Ages 5 and Up Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes with a hard sole. For ladies, pumps are preferred. Call with questions and to reserve: 212-399-8519,

Looking for Free Group Planning Services?

Get free advice on planning your group's trip to New York.

Where is Your Group Coming From?
Type of Group:
Date of Trip:
Areas of Interest: Sightseeing Dining Theater Culture

Shopping Transportation

Group Size:

Enter the code: 6175



Serendipity 3 Photos

Serendipity 3

The home of decadent desserts like the famous Frrrozen Hot C...


The Phantom of the Opera Photos

The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux's famous period thriller is now one of Broadwa...


Annex Markets Photos

Annex Markets

Heaven for designers, artists, and antiques lovers....


The SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride Photos

The SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride

From May through the summer months, Circle Line Downtown off...


This Week in NYC

(10/18-10/25) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. Read on for our picks for the best of this week in New York City. click here

search cityguideny