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    ARE YOU READY TO LOVE YOUR BODY EXACTLY WHERE IT IS?
    Are you ready to GET IN THAT AWESOME BOD AND REALLY START FEELING YOURSELF? Nikki DaVaughn from Fat Bottom Cabaret and Erica Nix, Austin’s “Body Positive Ambassador” have been mashing their brains together to make movement classes MORE INCLUSIVE and MORE FUN! Each will take turns teaching their favorite dance moves and showing modifications throughout the class simultaneously so you don’t miss a beat!

    Nikki has you covered with a lower impact array of songs featuring Beyonce and more booty shakin’. Erica brings more intensity with an 80/90’s song focus. There’s a little something for everyone and we couldn’t be more excited to share them with our community. For many, it takes courage to go to group class or exercise at all, so bring a friend to BFF Aerobics at Castle Hill Fitness for an additional discount!

    Sunday, February 9
    11am-12pm
    in the Studio at Downtown

    min 8, max 30

    $15 per person
    $20 for BFF pair – bring a friend and save!

    All are welcome! Grab your bestie and make sure to snag a dance spot! These two queerdos will make you laugh as much as they make you sweat, so expect your abs to be sore and your soul to leave happy.

      Beginning/ αρχή is ISHIDA Dance Company’s first public performance fundraiser on January 3 & 4, 2020. ISHIDA is a new world-class contemporary dance company in Austin that will premiere multiple creations by Artistic Director, Brett Ishida, former dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montréal.

      The evening begins with complimentary sampling of small bites from Austin’s leading restaurants such La Condesa, Intero, Otoko, Le Politique, Rosedale, Eddie V’s, and Oseyo to name a few. Food selection will be dependent on the evening. After the complimentary social hour, the performance will take place in the intimate Rollins Studio Theatre. There will be introductions for each of the pieces to inform the audience. Tickets start at $64, with VIP options available, and can be bought through The Long Center website. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.ishidadance.org/performances

      The performance will include top dancers from Houston Ballet, LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street, USC Kaufman School of Dance, LA Dance Project, Texas Ballet Theatre and Ballet Austin featured in several short aesthetically engaging pieces that will expose the viewer to the creative vision of ISHIDA Dance Company.

      For more information on what we love about these artists, tune into our podcast.

      Band vs. DJ

      This is totally a preference. Bands will be more expensive but can create a much livelier dance floor. They also typically have DJ capabilities and can still play specific songs you request if it doesn’t fall into their book of songs they know, otherwise there  can be a fee for a new song to be learned. DJs are typically cheaper (unless you go with a big name), and you will have more control as to what they play.

      Another nice touch during the ceremony is a string quartet, violinist and/or soloist! There are a ton of great bands and DJs in the Austin area. Most you can see live around town to really make sure it’s the perfect fit for the big night. 

      Favorite Bands:

      The Nightowls! Born and bred right here in ATX, The Nightowls have long been a staple of the local music scene. In fact, you’ve probably seen them before either at their famous annual NYE Bash or their legendary (over six years running!) Sunday Funday show at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street. From soul to funk, pop to rock, disco to ’80s, they play just about everything and seamlessly weave everyone’s favorite songs into a non-stop, all-out, dance-packed party!  

      With more than eight years industry expertise and plenty of custom band options to offer (dynamic light show, continuous play, specialty bands), you’re able to handcraft the band’s performance to fit your unique event. The Nightowls are our obvious choice for any wedding or event and are simply your one-stop-shop for the greatest party ever.  And don’t worry, if you’re planning a destination event, The Nightowls travel regularly all over the U.S.  

      For a full article on the Nightowls, click here

      They are also the featured music on our Wedding Guide Podcast!

      Love & Happiness – $6K for 4 hours, 8pc band.

      PDA – $6.5K for 4 hours, 9pc band. You can see PDA live every Wednesday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

      Matchmaker – $8K range 4 hours, 10pc band. You can see Matchmaker live every Monday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

      Hot Sauce ATX – $9K for 4 hours, 10pc band.

      Blind Date – $9K – $10K range.

      DJs in Town:

      $1,500-3k

      DJ King Ding – For all the emo kids out there, this is the DJ that performs at Jimmy Eat Wednesdays at Barbarella!

      DJ Gatsby – Frequently spins at The W and Container bar, and has opened for artists such as Questlove, Earth Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and T-Pain.

      DJ Cassandra – Current residencies at Wanderlust Yoga Austin, Fairmont Austin Hotel, #BossBabes ATX, Fabletics, and South Congress Hotel.

      Greenbelt DJ Productions – Also provides photobooth, uplighting and videography services.

      String Quartets:

      Terra Vista Strings – Depending how on how big you want to go, this can range from a solo violinist at $230/60 minutes, all the way to a duo, trio, or quartet with the highest being $675/60 minutes. 

      Grace Plays Violin – Solo violinist, she knows a lot of modern songs and is also adorable! $250/60 minutes.

      Pro Tip: Check out the band’s song list before booking. If you’re specific about the types of songs you want this is a good idea. You don’t want to book them and realize later they don’t know any songs you prefer. It also costs a lot of money to add on songs they don’t know ($250+ per song).

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        AUSTIN SUMMER CARNIVAL
        7 P.M. – 2 A.M.
        SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
        NATIVE HOSTEL

        JOIN US FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL SUMMER CARNAVAL. CELEBRATE WITH THE ENERGY AND SPIRIT OF AFRO-CARIBBEAN, BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS AND DANCE!
        Tickets Available Here: http://clubbantu.eventbrite.com/
        Live performances by
        Emman le Grand, Democratic Republic of Congo
        T-Rock, Trinidadian SOCA Artist
        DJ Ray, Haitian – Carribean music
        Selecta Rah, South Sudan – Afrobeats
        DJ Fernando Marri, Brazilian – Baile Funk music

        Live drum accompaniment by Maracatu Texas and Austin Samba. Dance performances by Samba Saudade, Pon di Bea and Danceversity
        Body painting throughout the night
        .Get your tickets now and get your carnival costume ready!

          They were meant to guide us and keep us on the straight and narrow. But many of the saccharin, Disney-esque stories we know today started as grim reminders of what happens when naiveté meets wickedness, and the balance between good and evil is in question. In this new, full-length work, commissioned by the Butler New Choreography Endowment and funded in part by a gift from Dr. Beverly Dale, Artistic Director Stephen Mills delves into the underbelly of some of your favorite fairytales and shows you the real beauty of the lessons they impart. Inspired by the visual art of Natalie Frank, the world premiere of Grimm Tales will leave you unsettled, unafraid, and undeniably hungry for more.

            ” On a mission to foster creative liberation and the love of fate, Enchantments presents the first Wizards’ Exposé – Ritual Art Showcase & Costume Gala. A sacred container for our community of weird wizards, clown-priests, freak-charmers, queer-bombers, love-bugs, poetic-waxers, and the like, to practice intentional psycho-magic ritual-performance art.


            WHAT TO EXPECT
            – A variety show style showcase of ritual performance art
            – An incredible dance party with DJ Manny
            – Ritual Chaos Magic Workshop with Raby
            – The opportunity to be selected to perform in a psychedelic fashion show
            – VIP perks like performative massage, cocktail service and a balcony view of the show, should you choose the VIP ticket option
            – Ecstatic Dance with Fracassi Firefly
            – Magical vendors, creatures, installation AND MORE!”
            https://www.facebook.com/events/353213985410124/
            https://enchantmentsmagazine.com/market/admission-wizards-expose

              On Saturday, December 15, Red Bull Music teams up with Austin-based collectives Unbounded and Thank You For Sweating to transform a downtown Austin venue into an all-night party. *Red Bull Music Presents: Equal Axis *is a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory experience focused on elevating and celebrating the city’s queer community. Three-dimensional art installations and striking projections provide the backdrop for a robust line-up of DJs and performances by Austin-area dancers, drag queens and aerialists.

              Connecting the crowd through sound are musical performances by Austin-based DJs and producers JEVA, Thank You For Sweating, and Wet Male, alongside San Antonio-based House of Kenzo and British-Japanese DJ/producer Maya Jane Coles who makes her Texas debut.

              Austin-based performance artists include aerialists and contortionists Caty Mae and Sarah Sparkles; dancers and genderqueer personalities Josue Allen Hart and Purple Matter; and drag queens Belladonna, Leia Sakura, Ruby Knight and Tatiana Cholula.

              Local artists and collectives Daigon Digital, the Hyperreal Film Club, Perpetual Design and Suzanne Wyss transform the venue into an immersive environment.

                Your favorite way to celebrate the season returns for its 56th year! Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker never disappoints, with hundreds of dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s delicious score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. From a festive holiday party to an exotic court of sweets, watch as our young heroine, Clara, faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime! Make memories to last a lifetime when you share this special holiday tradition with family and friends!

                  Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre and multimedia artist Yuliya Lanina are premiering new, innovative and multimedia performances of live music, dance, Soundpainting and animatronic sculpture with “Locked-in” and “This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast.” Both performances will run June 21 through June 24 at the Museum of Human Achievement (located behind Canopy Austin on Springdale Road).

                  “Locked-in” explores our relationship to our devices, and how they have changed, advanced and altered our world and our lives. Directed by award-winning choreographer Andrea Ariel, the new performance combines choreographed dance and live compositions of directed improvisations with original music composed by Andy Nolte.

                  The show opens with artist Yuliya Lanina’s premiere of “This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast System,” a 20-minute multimedia performance. Lanina’s animations, sculptures and live movement will be accompanied by original music by Vladimir Rannev, an award-winning Russian avant-garde composer. It explores the mechanized nature of human life and its state of perpetual unrest, all the while poking fun at our fascination with the dark and animalistic parts of the human psyche.

                  8 p.m. on June 21-23. Gallery opens at 6 p.m. on June 21 & 7:30 p.m. on June 22 & 23

                  5 p.m. on June 24. Gallery opens at 4:30 p.m.

                  Free Art Gallery Opening and Performance for “This is a Test…” and discounted $10 tickets for Locked-in on Thursday, June 21 only. Available at the door (cash/credit card).

                    Join Ley Line and local artists on a musical journey around the world! Come prepared to sing, dance, create, learn, listen and play instruments as we explore music, rhythm and movement from Brazil, Latin America, West Africa and the United States!