1. Welcome to Inside 92Y, your all-access pass for everything going on at 92nd and Lex here in New York City. Every episode, we’ll take you behind the scenes of 92Y events, show you things you won’t see on our stages, and introduce you to the people here who make it all happen. Here’s what’s going on this week:

    • We strike a pose for our 140th birthday
    • 5 things we learned about Arianna Huffington and Barbara Walters
    • We put on our tap shoes and learn how to Buffalo
    • Get a peek inside our 140th birthday party

  2. #TuesdayTip: How to “Spring” Into Spring
    From the Harkness Dance Center Staff

    Dancers have five basic ways to spring (jump or elevate the body into the air). One can spring or leap from:

    1. Two feet to two feet
    2. Two feet to one foot
    3. One foot to two feet
    4. One foot to the same foot
    5. One foot to the other foot

    Watch the video above and spring into action! Join 92Y Harkness Dance Center students Deana, Raquelle and Daniel in a dance class this summer!

  3. #TuesdayTip 7 Steps to Choreographing Your Own Danceby John-Mario Sevilla, Director of the Harkness Dance Center How do you choreograph a dance, even a cat dance? It all begins with a creative spark. Here’s how to bottle your imagination before blocking your first steps in the studio. 1. Start with an idea that inspires you.2. Begin to brainstorm by collecting the thoughts and images that come your way. Observe the world around you.3. Let the ideas flow. Consider everything and don’t discriminate; you can always cut down later.4. Share your ideas with a collaborator, but make sure they will contribute to your brainstorm.5. Enjoy the play and wonderment of your imagination; relish your memories.6. Allow all your ideas to flow and connect.7. Take your ideas to the studio and begin your choreography.
To learn more about the creative process, come to the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival, where five eclectic dance companies will show you how they create their work. LA-based duo casebolt and smith kick off the festival Feb 28 with their witty dance, “O(h).”

    #TuesdayTip 7 Steps to Choreographing Your Own Dance
    by John-Mario Sevilla, Director of the Harkness Dance Center

    How do you choreograph a dance, even a cat dance? It all begins with a creative spark. Here’s how to bottle your imagination before blocking your first steps in the studio.

    1. Start with an idea that inspires you.
    2. Begin to brainstorm by collecting the thoughts and images that come your way. Observe the world around you.
    3. Let the ideas flow. Consider everything and don’t discriminate; you can always cut down later.
    4. Share your ideas with a collaborator, but make sure they will contribute to your brainstorm.
    5. Enjoy the play and wonderment of your imagination; relish your memories.
    6. Allow all your ideas to flow and connect.
    7. Take your ideas to the studio and begin your choreography.

    To learn more about the creative process, come to the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival, where five eclectic dance companies will show you how they create their work. LA-based duo casebolt and smith kick off the festival Feb 28 with their witty dance, “O(h).”

  4. Go deep inside the creative process with 92Y’s 2014 Harkness Dance Festival, STRIPPED/DRESSED. Featuring five dance companies as innovative as they are eclectic, this year’s festival has been curated by the inimitably talented artist-in-residence Doug Varone.

    ► Feb 21 - Mar 23. Tickets here.

  5. #TuesdayTip: How To Break Free of ‘Creators’ Block’
You know those irritating moments when you’re stuck on a problem that needs an original solution? In this week’s #TuesdayTip, we give you the power to break free from these obstacles. Below, Doug Varone, Artist-in-Residence at 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center and curator of this year’s Harkness Dance Festival (Feb 21 to Mar 23), shares his five tips for managing this situation. He employs this solution whenever he’s working on new choreography. A new dance will be premiered this spring. Read on and un-block yourself!
Do not bang your head against the wall; protect that beautiful brain for creativity. Step away from the task for a moment to regain clarity.
Perform a chore, refreshing yourself with some creative action.
Take your time and give yourself a chance to breathe.
Do not get stressed out.
When you’re ready, go back to your problem and give it another try.
What do you do to get your creative juices back on track?

    #TuesdayTip: How To Break Free of ‘Creators’ Block’

    You know those irritating moments when you’re stuck on a problem that needs an original solution? In this week’s #TuesdayTip, we give you the power to break free from these obstacles. Below, Doug Varone, Artist-in-Residence at 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center and curator of this year’s Harkness Dance Festival (Feb 21 to Mar 23), shares his five tips for managing this situation. He employs this solution whenever he’s working on new choreography. A new dance will be premiered this spring. Read on and un-block yourself!

    1. Do not bang your head against the wall; protect that beautiful brain for creativity. Step away from the task for a moment to regain clarity.
    2. Perform a chore, refreshing yourself with some creative action.
    3. Take your time and give yourself a chance to breathe.
    4. Do not get stressed out.
    5. When you’re ready, go back to your problem and give it another try.

    What do you do to get your creative juices back on track?

  6. 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center is excited for 2014. Many incredible performances and people are part of our past, the dance center celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010, and we can’t wait for what’s in store this year! Enjoy these highlights from 1994 to 2010.

  7. #TuesdayTip: 6 Easy Steps to the Perfect Ballet Bun by Susan Rosenbaum, Former American Ballet Theater Dancer and Current 92Y Ballet Instructor for Children and Adults
Materials: Covered elastic band Bobby pins (small and large) Barrettes Nylon hairnet matching hair color Non-aerosol hairspray (if needed)
Step-by-Step: [[MORE]]
1. Brush hair into a pony tail high on the back of the head. 2. Twist hair once and secure hair by pushing bobby pin close to the scalp. 3. Repeat as many times as necessary until all hair is tucked into a bun. 4. Place hairnet on bun; twist and cover the bun again with the rest of the hair net. 5. Any extra hair net can be tucked under the bun. Use bobby pins to secure the hair net. 6. Any loose wisps of hair may be secured away from the face with hairspray, barrettes or bobby pins.
Try this and share pictures of your success in the comments below! Get used to making those buns and join Susan for a ballet class this semester.

    #TuesdayTip: 6 Easy Steps to the Perfect Ballet Bun by Susan Rosenbaum, Former American Ballet Theater Dancer and Current 92Y Ballet Instructor for Children and Adults

    Materials:
    Covered elastic band
    Bobby pins (small and large)
    Barrettes
    Nylon hairnet matching hair color
    Non-aerosol hairspray (if needed)

    Step-by-Step:

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  8. Video: “Two Room Apartment,” based on the 1987 dance work by Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal.

    It’s time for the 92Y Harkness Dance Center to say “Shalom Y’all!” Next January, we’re spending two whole weeks geeking out on Israeli dance with the Out of Israel Dance Festival, including this revival of “Two Room Apartment.”

  9. Images of Alison Chase Performance

    This weekend at 92Y, Alison Chase Performance presents a repertory dedicated to developing dramatic forms of physical expression.

  10. Genius! The 2013 MacArthur Fellowships (popularly known as the “Genius Grants”) were announced today, and we’re thrilled to say that three Fellows appear on 92Y’s stages this season!
Kyle Abraham (left), choreographer/dancer: Kyle and his company Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion make their 92Y debut March 14-16 at the 2014 Harkness Dance Festival. They also give a teachers’ workshop on March 22 as part of 92Y’s Dance Education Laboratory.
Vijay Ayer (center), jazz pianist/composer: Vijay makes his 92Y debut with the Brentano String Quartet on March 1 as composer/performer of a new work for piano and strings Watch a video interview with Vijay about the work, and listen to his music on our concert web page.
Jeremy Denk (right), pianist/writer: One of 92Y Concerts’ most popular guests, Jeremy joins his friend cellist Steven Isserlis for a recital on April 24. Jeremy is also world-famous for his blog, Think Denk.
Now’s your chance: Who would you nominate for a MacArthur Fellowship?

    Genius! The 2013 MacArthur Fellowships (popularly known as the “Genius Grants”) were announced today, and we’re thrilled to say that three Fellows appear on 92Y’s stages this season!

    Kyle Abraham (left), choreographer/dancer: Kyle and his company Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion make their 92Y debut March 14-16 at the 2014 Harkness Dance Festival. They also give a teachers’ workshop on March 22 as part of 92Y’s Dance Education Laboratory.

    Vijay Ayer (center), jazz pianist/composer: Vijay makes his 92Y debut with the Brentano String Quartet on March 1 as composer/performer of a new work for piano and strings Watch a video interview with Vijay about the work, and listen to his music on our concert web page.

    Jeremy Denk (right), pianist/writer: One of 92Y Concerts’ most popular guests, Jeremy joins his friend cellist Steven Isserlis for a recital on April 24. Jeremy is also world-famous for his blog, Think Denk.

    Now’s your chance: Who would you nominate for a MacArthur Fellowship?