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The Show Must Go On – Light Up Your Living Room with These Virtual Performances

Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Photo by

Experience the drama and artistry of theater and dance right from your living room with these digital performances and workshops from institutions supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Get ready to move with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is committed to honoring its mission of bringing dance to the people no matter where they may be, even at home. Through Ailey All Access, you can find comfort and joy in the beauty of dance by connecting with Ailey performances, classes, and other special content online.  Viewers can access full-length videos of the company performing on stage for free through a specially made playlist. Offerings are updated every week, so be sure to check back often.

Get inspired to move by watching this video mashup of Ailey dancers performing the company’s iconic ‘Revelations’ in their homes, then hone your own dance moves via a range of live weekend classes that range from tap to hip-hop to West African dance via Ailey Extension.

Think outside the box with BRIC

For over forty years, BRIC has provided Brooklyn with a thriving arts and gathering space. Their work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. Bring this slice of Brooklyn into your home by tuning into their virtual programming on Instagram live via @BRICbrooklyn.

You can also tune into their YouTube channel, BRIC TV or radio station featuring local film makers, artists and creators.

Get the whole family dancing with Sadler’s Wells Theatre 

While live stages are dark, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London will keep you entertained and connected through dance with an expansion of its “Take Part” series. Available via the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel, this program offers full-length dance performances and workshops online that allow audiences to engage from anywhere. Created especially for families with young children, Family Dance Workshops are geared toward children who are currently home from school. Grandparents can get their groove on too thanks to the Company of Elders Workshops, which focus on different dance styles geared toward older adults, from flamenco to contemporary to hip-hop.

Curate your own performing arts calendar with Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center has launched Lincoln Center at Home, a new portal to help families and communities keep the performing arts front and center anywhere. From a Weekly Lunchtime Playlist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to live ballet classes with New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck, you can connect with a wide variety of offerings through a daily schedule published online.

Families should check out the Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom as well for daily livestreams featuring interactive arts activities led by outstanding artists and educators.

We’ll see you next week for more virtual resources from arts and cultural institutions. Remember  to follow Bloomberg Philanthropies on Twitter and Facebook for a daily cultural spotlight.

And catch up on our previous posts in this virtual arts experience series:

Five Ways to Explore Culture This Weekend with Podcasts, Online Courses, Livestream, and Music

Five Ways to Travel the World Virtually This Weekend

Explore the Outdoors While Indoors This Weekend