Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!”

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What’s red and full of love and perfect for the week of Valentine’s Day? Why – Elmo and Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” – of course!

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Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience where the audience and Sesame Street characters have a dance party in the aisles! The ninety minute show is hosted by two live performers and features all of your favorite Sesame Street characters. But best of all – my kids loved that Elmo, Cookie Monster, Telly, Rosita, and Grover walked up and down the aisles right past them so they could dance with them, not just watch them up on stage.

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As most of you know regardless of the day it’s always about your kids. So when my family and I were given the opportunity to see Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Valentine’s Day we couldn’t resist! Chocolates shmocklates.

Having an avid Sesame Street fan in our two year old son and a six year old team player (who secretly still loves the show) in our daughter, we couldn’t think of a more fun evening activity. Adding in my husband had Monday off and it’s a match made in heaven. We even found street parking. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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If you’ve been following my blog since the Summer you’ll know I’m not only a big fan of Sesame Street but of Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania too. On a cold day in New York it makes me happy to reminisce about our great trip there in June. Remember the sun? So I was excited to visit with our good old friends one more time.

Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool (my Kindergartener loved it!). Adults will appreciate the professional staging, cleverly written script, and recognizable music they can share with their children. With familiar songs like Frank Sinatra’s “I Won’t Dance” lovingly sang by Bert, “Wheels on the Bus” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” the crowd pleasers kept on coming. Culminating with a Michael Jackson-esque like Thriller choreographed number akin to Flashdance’s Maniac and danced by the great Mr. Barishnacookie. What more do you need?

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As much as the four of us enjoyed the show – I love the charitable aspect of the production company as well. For example – in celebration of Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” Elmo and Grover made an appearance at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, January 27. Elmo and Grover danced, took photos and did arts and crafts with some of the patients who were undergoing treatment.

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Photo Credit: Charles Manley

Two weeks later, on February 10th, Elmo and Cookie Monster headed uptown to the Children’s Aid Society in East Harlem and led children (aged 3-4) in a Sesame Street themed dance class alongside Molly Jackson, the show’s performance director.

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Photo credit: Rana Faure/MSG Photos

NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Children’s Aid Society in East Harlem are both partners of The Garden of Dreams Foundation which works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc. to help children facing obstacles such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.

What does all of this mean? Both the kids and you will love the show. Your ticket purchase will go towards helping kids, and everyone will leave happy – even cool six years olds who think they’re just going for their brother. How do I know? Because as we were leaving said six year old exclaimed: “This was awesome! Even for a six year old!” and hasn’t stopped talking about the show since Sunday.

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Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” is in New York until February 21st and then they’re off to tour the rest of the country. See their schedule and ticket availability here. If you have some flexibility on your dates you can take advantage of their current 25% off promotion here or by using promotional code: SAVE25.

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