By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Any suggestions on cultural things one can do while in New York City. We will be there next month.

A: You can plan your visit and check out arts and entertainment activities when you visit the official tourism web site for New York City, There is a convenient online tool “plan your personalized experience” you can click on which will offer a series of tabs: Hotel, dining, shopping, cultural, nightlife and events. When you click on the cultural tab for instance, you will be surprised by a list of events and performances.

For dance aficionados, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a full day of free activities scheduled August 9th. Aptly called “Ailey Day” its home turf at the New York City Center located on West 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) will open its doors 10am-6pm for dance, music, children’s activities, prizes and more. It promises to be highly interactive as free dance and drumming classes will be offered by some of the school’s best teachers. Here’s a schedule of some of the dance classes being offered: 11:00-11:45am – West African Dance; 12:45-1:30pm – Horton Dance; 2:15-3:00pm – Hip Hop Dance; 4:15-5:00pm – West African Dance.

For more details on the day’s events visit or If planning a return visit, this dance company considered by many as ‘America’s Cultural Ambassador to the World’ for bringing African-American cultural expression to the world’s stages in more than 71 countries is planning a must-see season in conjunction with its 50th anniversary.

Major new productions will feature performances by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, opening remarks by Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities are set as part of this special five week anniversary celebration scheduled December 3rd 2008 - January 4th, 2009.


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