HW Radio: Walter Rutledge behind-the-scenes at Thelma Hill (today)

Walter Rutledge, senior arts and culture editor of HW’s Walters World will host a series of behind-the-scenes conversation about The 35th Commemorative Year of The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center. The annual Souls Of Our Feet People of Color Dance Festival is a five-day dance celebration has been aptly named Thirty5-in-5 and will present thirty-five…

Walter’s World: Sylvia Waters

By Walter Rutledge For the past thirty-eight years Ailey II has provided opportunities of aspiring young artists to hone their craft. The company usually will enlist the services of a dancer for two years, and then the artist, for lack of a better word, “graduates” into the professional world of entertainment. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms.…

Walter’s World: Dallas Black Dance Theatre- New York Season

By Walter Rutledge The Dallas Black Dance Theatre returned to New York for a three-day four-performance season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. This is the third consecutive year that the company has performed in New York and the eleven-member ensemble, under the direction of founder and artistic director Ann M. Williams, presented six works by…

Walter’s World: Paul Taylor Dance Company Returns To Lincoln Center

By Walter Rutledge The Paul Taylor Dance Company begins their New York season today at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The season marks the 60th anniversary of the company and the third consecutive season at Lincoln Center. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible…

Walter’s World: Weekend Picks- Dance Around the Town

By Walter Rutledge This weekend we have dance in all its glorious forms across the city. In Brooklyn and Manhattan there are dancers talking about the art form, Midtown has a children’s classic on display, PBS celebrates dance and music on television, and hip hop rules in “da boogie down Bronx”. Here are a few…

Walter’s World: Weekend Picks February 20, 2014 (with video)

By Walter Rutledge As the weather may be warming up, but the arts scene is downright hot! We have a revue of Harlem’s heyday at the Apollo Theater, gospel diva’s uptown, a reggae musical in Times Square and a workshop on the Eastside. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of…

Walter’s World: Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy Announces Major Move

By Walter Rutledge On Wednesday January 29 Brooklyn-based Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy held a special press conference at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall following the recent win of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Award from the White House. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible images that we’ve…

Walter’s World: Weekend Picks February 1, 2014 (video)

By Walter Rutledge This weekend there is high-flying dance all over the city. In chelsea Hip-Hop rules! And on the west side dance defies gravity and showcases the new and emerging. While free art classes and museum tours for young people take place in Harlem. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.”…

Walter’s World: Parsons Dance at the Joyce

By Walter Rutledge Parsons Dance concluded their two-week season at the Joyce Theatre on Sunday January 26. The season commemorated the company’s 30th anniversary with a very audience friendly program of varied works spanning 32 years of Parsons choreographic achievements. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible…

Walter’s World: Remembering Lee

By Walter Rutledge On August 19th actor Lee Thompson Young took his life in his Los Angeles apartment, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound; Young was twenty-nine years old. Most people remember him as a former child television personality who had successfully transitioned into a working adult actor. To me Lee was one of those…