New York City for theatrical people!

Let’s get one thing straight NYC is perfect for theatre people. If there’s one thing for sure it’s that the streets are crawling with dancers, singers, comedians, actors, performers and other such like professions. The theatrical side of life runs perfectly against the shimmering lights of Time Square. I remember one of my first shows I ever performed was FAME (I mean, wasn’t everyone’s) I was about 11 years old and in love with the idea of becoming a dancer. Blissfully unaware of the future.

I loved that show though, I loved the story (for the most part, and what I understood at that age) I loved the songs, everything! I remember thinking…I’ll go to New York one day! My whole outlook on New York was what I had watched and performed as a child.
When I turned 24 I actually went to New York. Bam. There I am smack bang in the middle of this world that I had dreamt about so many times as a child. I visited all the places I’d ever wanted to Radio City, The Rockerfella, Broadway dance centre, the American ballet theatre. I saw them all!

Only thing is, when you’re 24 and you’re in NY admiring all these places it’s hard not to feel hard on yourself because inside these theatres are people your age DOING IT!
You do see the streets lined with dancers singers and actors but the harsh truth is that most of them are unemployed or working at what was the most tragic part of our trip, Ellen’s stardust diner. We arrived pretty late and struggling artists half heartedly yet beautifully belted out show tunes to drunk people indulging in late night fried cheese. I couldn’t help but say how much more i wanted for these amazing artists.Clearly these people were over qualified for serving me blue coloured cocktails with several bendy straws at 1am.

One thing that fascinated me in NY was the comedy scene! It’s huge. Now it could be just as big in LDN but I often avoided or because i got plain sick of the people filtering their events in my face in Leicester Square. That being said in NY when some joker tempted the idea of seeing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in my direction I snapped up that ticket.

To neither yours nor my surprise.
I did not see Tina or Amy that night.

I did however see, Judah Friedlander at Stand Up NY and he was as funny as I imagined. The intimate crowd were buzzing as I took the last seat available. Right at the edge of the stage, the spot that literally said ‘pick on me’ for the comedians, before I’d even sat down the MC was calling me out about my ‘sexy outfit’ and asked me ‘ohhh girl- you out there looking for a man, damn girl you got dressed up’ With my awkward laugh i looked back over at Naomi who was sat further to the back and said ‘im not no!’ ‘good, send them my way then’ she laughed and on with the show. I was already ready for it. I was placed in the perfect position. Perhaps my highlight of being called on was when on the comedians came on, sat down, browsed the crowd and looked at me. I knew it was time, he had a joke ready. ‘ How old are you?’ he asked. I laughed. ‘Should she be drinking? Did anyone check her id?’ he shouted as i drank me beer. I’m 22 i laughed. He dryly bit back ‘ you look 12’
I agreed. and e continue with the act. I loved this, the whole interaction with the crowd. It made me so happy.
So imagine my delight when we were queing up for AssssCat 300 at UCB. Home of such talent like; Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and recreation, Sisters) Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) Kate Mckinnon (Snl, Ghostbusters) Bobbi Moynihan (SNL) Matt Walsh (Veep) and many more! It’s such an incredible experience.

The whole show was based on audience interaction. You shout out a word and a monologist will create the foundation for a story to be completely improvised by the comedians. AND THEY CREATE AMAZING WORK. It’s so bloody funny. I was overwhelmed by the talent i saw. Heads up – que for the 9:30pm tickets and the show is FREE!

Aside from the comedy scene, as you can imagine NYC is bursting at the scenes with the chance to see a show. Broadway is forever pumping new shows out and with 5-7 shows a week you are guaranteed to find something that will create a lifetime of memories. If that be dance, drama or the favourite musical you’ve been wanting to see. It’s often that NYC has that show waiting for you. One thing i will say about this is, it isn’t going to be cheap. Tickets can cost from $59 to $199 on average. Check out the off broadway shows if you are looking for something to be possibly more money friendly. They are just as good quality shows most of the time!

If that is still out of your budget i recommend taking tours of the theatres. We looked around Radio City Music Hall, New York City Ballet, Rockefella Centre and Carnegie hall. Just go look around, go admire the stages, the seats, the feel of the building, the costumes, the rehearsal spaces. The foundations of the theatre are all there waiting for you to walk around.

One of the shows i have always dreamt about seeing is the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the theatre when i visited last time and it made me want to go back at christmas more than ever and watch the spectacular…one day.

Have you ever been to NYC and seen a show? Let me know in the comments before what you saw and how your trip was !

Danielle Jade.

 

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What’s top of the playlist this month?

Hello everyone, It’s back, it’s been quite a while now since i last did this kind of post because admittedly i’ve been listening to more podcasts than Spotify but i thought i’d give you a quick update of what’s on my latest playlist.

1. SIA.
Again, like every other playlist post i do, i will start with Sia.
Taken from her This is Acting album is my new favourite; Cheap Thrills.
Favourite Lyric; ‘baby i don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight’
I just love this song. It’s guranteed to make you dance, as with all Sia songs i instantly fell in love with the lyrics, her voice, EVERYTHING. Sia never fails to make incredible music i’m always obsessed with at least one/two/three songs on her new albums and this time, it’s Cheap Thrills.

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2.DIE ANTWOORD.
I’m here again obsessed with the weird and wonderful sounds from Die Antwoord.
in particular; I Fink U Freeky / Baby’s on Fire.
Favourite Lyric:I fink u freeky and I like you a lot /Don’t worry ’bout it, just blow a kiss to me. I like danger, romance and mystery. I’m a lucky ducky, get mad shit for free. I rock more bling than Mr. T.
There is something about these two songs that make me want to go to the nearest party available and dance. It’s the kind of music you can release your inner bitch out of, get weird and let go.

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3.ELLIE GOULDING.
Ok so quite the opposite to my other choices this one is
Devotion – Acoustic Version.
Favourite Lyric:Cause this is devotion, I am lost, You’re the only one I see, Our bodies in motion, I am caught, Floating in your gravity
I recently saw Ellie Goulding in concert and was blown away by the acoustic version of this that she performed. It’s incredibly beautiful and 1000%better than the version released on her Delirium album. Such an honest raw and emotional song with beautiful lyrics.

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4.ARIANA GRANDE
Ariana is back and this is a killer song.
Dangerous Woman.
Favourite Lyric: Somethin’ ’bout you makes me feel like a dangerous woman.
Somethin’ ’bout, somethin’ ’bout, somethin’ ’bout you.
Ariana i love this song. Now correct me if i’m wrong but doesn’t it make you feel empowered when you listen to this. Ready to conquer the world? It definitely does for me. It has the same vibe as what Bad Blood gives off, only with Ariana’s insane vocals. That girl can saaaaaaaang.

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5.ZARA LARSSON.
This may just be my new getting ready song, it’s so damn catchy.
Lush Life.
Favourite lyric:Yeah Imma dance my heart out ’til the dawn, But I won’t be done when morning comes, Doin’ it all night, all summer, Gonna spend it like no other
Ok so it’s not the most genius of songs, but it’s got the perfect summer vibe to it, it’s so catchy and i just love this girls voice. It makes me want to grab a bag and pop off on holiday. Yes Please.

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6. BEYONCÉ / LEMONADE.

Now let’s be real there is no way this album wasn’t going to be on here! It’s beyond incredible. I don’t think I can pick just one favourite song never mind one line of lyrics.
Also a video…A VIDEO. SLAY BEYONCE SLAYYYYYYYYY.

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What’s on your latest playlist?
Let me know in the comments.
Thanks, Danielle Jade
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Things you can relate to if you grew up going to dance class.

You could never go to weekend birthday parties because you had ballet.

You took every opportunity to choreograph new dances for assembly.

You had more hair grips on your bedroom floor than anything else.

 

You had a box full of  stage make up your friends used to come round to play with.

You always got the lead in the primary school nativities because you were ‘an outgoing child’

 

For days after a competition you still sparkled like a star from the spray on glitter you covered yourself in for your modern.

 

You could never quite explain what a National dance was to anyone who didn’t do competitions.

You would NEVER be seen on your own at a festival, where are my girls at?!

 

You family and friends were very lucky to sit through your made up plays/routines.

You wanted a karaoke machine for xmas.

You secretly loved High School Musical

You plastered on eyeshadow like it was going out of fashion.

 

You got excited when split sole tap shoes were a thing.

You always loved the overpowering smell of hairspray at a festival

You kept your trophies on the same shelf in your house and your family were always super proud of them.

  

You practiced wherever and whenever you could.

You wore Pineapple logo’d everything! Shoes, bag, crop top. You name it, if Pineapple dance studio’s had it. You were wearing it.

You have photo’s like these

  

and so do your siblings.

You met some of your best friends in the world at these competitions.

You don’t say 1-2-3-4 you say a 5-6-7-8 before starting an activity.

Using props were essential to improve any dance, the bigger the better! 

 

You learnt more french at dance than you did in your GCSE french classes.

You willingly wore weights on your ankles to help you stretch

You body ached pretty much all your teenage life, but you could do the splits so it’s fine.

You became competitive at a super early age because of your competitions.


You always had that one group dance you hated. (For me this was anything hip hop.)

 

You went to class, got put on the back row of the new routine and instantly wished you had gone out that night.   

You can’t wear red lipstick now without wanting to grin like a Cheshire Cat

You at least once, clapped and stood there completely unaware as you won your section only to have the adjudicator have to repeat herself. Yes you number 12.

Coming joint 4th in a section of 5 was always hilarious

You can get ready for any social event in 15 minutes given the right comb and space for a quick change.

You have more memories that make you smile from your dancing days and you would never change them.



Thanks for reading!

Danielle Jade X