Magazine article Dance Spirit

Onstage New York

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Onstage New York

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Mark Your Calendar

2015 NATIONAL FINALS

* July 20-24, Hilton Head, SC

If you're training true triple threats, look no further than Onstage New York, the sibling company of New York City Dance Alliance. The competition, which includes dance, vocal and combined song and dance categories, is great for performers who are hoping to develop dance and musical theater skills. And while Onstage New York just celebrated its 10th-anniversary season, the organization continues to expand each year.

"This season we are so excited to hold our very first National Grand Finale at the beach," says managing director Leah Brandon. "We'll be in Hilton Head, South Carolina, for the summer of 2015!"

The competition features both Primary and Advanced divisions, catering to dancers with a wide range of experience. And though the organization is always growing, Onstage New York remains committed to each dancer's artistic growth on a personal level. It's clear the judges and faculty members care deeply about students-in fact, they've all been in their shoes: Most Onstage New York judges come from a competition background themselves, and many have professional performance experience. As executive director Joe Lanteri says, "They're carefully selected, qualified and knowledgeable industry professionals, who offer insightful and valuable critiques." What's more is that they'll get up onstage themselves: While awards are being calculated, many of the judges will perform in spontaneous Spotlight Performances.

It's this blend of professionalism and fun that makes Onstage New York so special and kid-friendly. …

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