UN Elevator

July 29, 2016

The Traveling Ballet Master-

The Elevators to the World-

Staying at the Wellington Hotel on 7th avenue at 55th street has been great. But one of the unexpected surprises to this has been meeting fellow guests in the elevators. Since the first day I would inquire “So where are you all from?”

Now of course there are many tourist from all over the USA and for the most part from these brief conversations I could tell their state of origin based on their US accents.

But what has been really fun has been the over 20 foreign languages represented in my elevator rides.

Here in the order in which I encountered them are the countries represented…

Finland, Ukraine, Pakistan, Mexico, Israel, Wales, Spain, India, Chile, Portugal, Brazil, France, Nicaragua, Estonia, Ireland, Guatemala, New Zealand, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Colombia,Greece, China, Argentina, Australia, Lithuania.

So after asking “So where are you all from?” I would usually take a guess, but man it was not easy. But boy it was fun.

More to come…



July 28, 2016

The Traveling Ballet Master-

A night out with O’Henry.

It’s Wednesday of the 2nd week of teaching at STEPS. I’ve just finished class and my fiancé is there to meet me. Tonight we heading down to Gramercy Park to meet up with her friend at a landmark restaurant called “Pete’s Tavern”.

Pete’s Tavern is the oldest continuously operating restaurant and bar in New York City. It’s a beautiful old fashion wooden and brass bar and the restaurant is filled with hundreds of photos of decades of famous patrons up on the walls. The food was great and very reasonably priced.

One surprise about Pete’s Tavern was that it was a favorite hangout for one of our great American writers, William Sydney Porter, also known as O’Henry.

His most famous story, “The Gift of the Magi” was penned from his favorite boothin Pete’s Tavern. Which is across the street from where he lived in beautiful Gramercy Park.

More to come…

Food in the City

July 27, 2016

The Traveling Ballet Master-

It’s was suggested to me that while I was in New York and obviously needing to eat, that I speak a bit on that subject.

New York has hundreds of wonderful restaurants both large and small, expensive and not. And of course the variety is almost unlimited. You name it and you can more likely than not find it.

In my case I’m on a budget and most of my choices have been limited to a 25 block (55th to 80th Streets} radius on the west side. But in a city like New York that still leaves a huge selection. And don’t forget about the food trucks.

So here are a few suggestions…

  • Whole Foods at Columbus Circle.- Take the escalator down into Whole Foods and you will find inside the store the Genji Sushi Bar. The Selection is great and includes non maki items, including large delicious salads.
  • Santa Fe on 71st off of Columbus Ave. Great Tex-Mex food as well as voted Best Margarita by New York Magazine.
  • Papaya King– 72st and Bway. Grab the two Hotdog and papaya drink special anytime day or night.
  • Carnegie Deli– 55th and 7th . Amazing sandwiches! Try the corn beef on rye bread. Share it with a friend, the sandwiches are huge.

 Pier One Café- At 70th and Riverside Park South. An outdoor café with great food and drink on the river, Also complete with dramatic and beautiful sunsets.

Another fun thing to do is bring some take out for a lovely lunch at the pond in Central Park that is across from the Plaza Hotel.






Teaching NYC

July 27, 2016

Monday/Teaching in NYC   (Back in the saddle again)

So it’s Monday morning and I’m headed over to “Steps on Broadway” my Adv/Int class is not until 4:30 in the afternoon, but I thought I would check out the morning Adv/Int class.

Sidebar- A little bit about “Steps on Broadway” (Just called “STEPS”) by dancers and teachers alike.

This is from their website, I paraphrased a bit. Founded in 1979, STEPS is the true epicenter of NYC professional dance community. It is home to many of the best and most world-renowned teachers and a training ground for generations of aspiring and professional dancers.

On any given day, one may take class alongside today’s performers and seasoned veterans from companies such as

NYCB, ABT, Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera and Alvin Ailey to name a few. As well as the Broadway and Commercial dance world.

So, I got to the studios and the first people I run into are two dancers from my old company in Philly. It was definitely a good sign to see some familiar faces.

(4:30 Class) Later that day my class went great.

The students and professional dancers enjoyed the class and the pianist was excellent.




Day 1

July 27, 2016

Day 1 – New York City (Sunday)

Checked in to my mid-town hotel (More about that later…)

With my beautiful fiancé. Great room, good location we were set.

We went downstairs and started walking all over town.

It’s July in NYC and the abundance of tourists is amazing, both foreign and domestic. Listen closely and you’ll hear so many different languages it will make your head swim.

Also remember if you want to enjoy a good walking tour of NYC bring a good pair of sneakers. You’ll also be surprised at how clean the city streets are, so do your part.

That night we dinned at a favorite Mexican restaurant on the upper Westside. It was a place that I used to go to back when I was a dancer living and working here.

More tomorrow, my frozen margarita just arrived.

The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master July 17, 2016 The Reboot-

July 27, 2016

The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master

July 17, 2016

The Reboot-

So after being away from my own blog forever, on Sunday July 17, 2016 I begin again, in more ways than one.

Today I traveled from Philadelphia to NYC on my old stagecoach, the China Town Bus, much easier than driving and a whole lot cheaper. If you want to get somewhere quickly, cheaply and easily leave it to the Chinese.

The bus made great time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and took the Holland Tunnel into the city.

It’s funny going thru the tunnel; there is suddenly nothing really to see, then suddenly, like being shot out of a cannon you explode into Manhattan.

Having been born and raised here, it was defiantly a great way to come home!




Summertime Updates

July 31, 2015

Hope everyone has been having an enjoyable summer and staying cool in this Philly heat! If you’re looking to take ballet class throughout August, there are classes at BalletFleming at: 10am M-F, 11am on Saturdays, and 1pm on Sundays taught by either Christopher Fleming or Alexei Charov. Also, save the date for BalletFleming’s first show of the 15/16 season. As part of the Philly Fringe Festival, the company will be doing a combined show with Dancefusion (Dir: Gwendolyn Bye) at the Performance Garage. Sept 18th at 6pm & 9pm and Sept 19th at 3pm & 6pm.

Until then, enjoy some photos from the last show of the 14/15 season by the wonderful photographer, Frank Bicking.

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