New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is once again celebrating the marriage of visual art and dance with the 2nd season of “Dance Under the Influence.”

MAD explores the point at which craftsmanship, art and design intersect in the visual arts today.  Now, “Dance Under the Influence” is highlighting the artistry behind movement.

“MAD is a very hands-on museum. One reason why it wanted to do this series is because I would be presenting real live dancers and choreographers, who would be able to explain their process after the performance,” explains Valerie Gladstone, guest-curator of the series.

This season’s audiences can expect a diverse program including flamenco, tap, ballet, Indian classical dance, and postmodern contemporary dance—each with post-performance discussions.

Get your tickets early: this season’s first installment sold out both nights.  The next “Dance Under the Influence” performance on March 30 and 31 at 7:30pm will feature Ailey II, Jonah Bokaer, Holley Farmer, Jared Grimes and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, among others. Tickets are $20 ($12 for MAD members and students).

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(Image courtesy of Stephen Petronio, photographed by Sarah Silver)

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