Sections

Wanna step outside?: Take a Broadway dance class in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Move to the music: James Martinelli, in red, will lead a weekly Broadway dance class in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer, starting on May 21.
Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Take a bow after this workout!

A Broadway dancer will lead a weekly series of heart-pumping jazz dance classes along the East River this summer, stepping to the sounds of the Great White Way. The “Broadway Dance” classes, starting on May 21 at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier Two, will help to boost your flexibility as you learn some classic moves from Broadway’s Golden Age, said James Martinelli of Dodge YMCA, who will teach the classes.

“I’m 54 and I come from an era, it’s a dying breed, the jazz that I was taught back in the day,” said Martinelli, who lives in Brooklyn Heights. “The jazz that I studied no longer exists, so I teach a type of dance that I think is fabulous, very stylized, choreographed fun.”

Martinelli, who has performed on big stages both on and off Broadway, says that he is a sucker for old New York theater and its razzle-dazzle choreography, including the steps in “West Side Story” and “Chicago.” He would never turn down a chance to listen to the famed “Hamilton” soundtrack, but students should not expect that show’s hip-hop inspired steps, he said.

“I have to be honest with you, if I was given my choice I usually go for the very slick shows and old shows,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, I can do the new ones — but maybe because of my age I gravitate more to the old ones.”

His “Broadway Dance” class — which also goes by the name Cardio Dance and Range of Movement — features a 10-minute warmup, 45 minutes of stepping and grooving to the music, and a five-minute cool-down period. It is such a good time that participants do not even realize, or care, that they are burning calories, said Martinelli, who also leads a “Retro Dance” class on Fridays.

“Everyone has a ball,” he said. “We have a good time. That’s really what it’s about — having people come out of their houses to do something physical and do some jazz.”

“Broadway Dance with Dodge YMCA” at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 2 at Furman Street, www.brooklynbridgepark.org). Mondays, May 21–Sept. 3 at 10 am; no class May 28. Free.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:44 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter:

Optional: