Magazine article Dance Teacher

New York City Dance Alliance

Magazine article Dance Teacher

New York City Dance Alliance

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Mark Your Calendar!

2014 NATIONAL FINALS

* June 30-July 7 NYC

Celebrating its 20th anniversary season in 2013-14, New York City Dance Alliance has continued to evolve to offer dancers the best experience possible while maintaining its integrity and high standards.

NYCDA has become a feeder competition for countless professional organizations. At its 2013 Nationals, NYCDA held audition workshops for Broadway shows including Newsies, Wicked, Matilda The Musical and Motown. Additionally, dancers had the opportunity to have workshops with dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and the Radio City Rockettes.

At regional events, dancers have the chance to win scholarships to the Perry-Mansfield Young Artist Intensive, the NYCDA Summer Intensive and classes at NYC's Steps on Broadway, Peridance and Broadway Dance Center, as well as EDGE Performing Arts Center in L.A.

In 2010, the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation began producing a number of its own dance events. This past year, shows included Destiny Rising at The Joyce Theater and Bright Lights, Shining Stars, where Liza Minnelli presented the Ambassador for the Arts award to Mikhail Baryshnikov. The 2013 Bright Lights, Shining Stars event featured Ambassador of the Arts awardee Catherine Zeta-Jones. These shows continue to provide performance opportunities for NYCDA faculty members and dancers, and serve as fundraising events to raise money for college scholarships.

Since its inception, the NYCDAF and its generous college partners have awarded more than $8 million in college scholarships to NYCDA dancers, far exceeding executive director Joe Lanteri's initial goals. …

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