Magazine article Dance Spirit

Onstage New York

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Onstage New York

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Mark Your Calendar!

2016 NATIONAL FINALS

* July 13-17, Orlando, FL

If you're training true triple threats, look no further than Onstage New York, the sibling company of New York City Dance Alliance. Heading into its 12th season, the organization continues to expand each year. The competition includes dance, vocal and combined song-and-dance categories. So while it's perfect for all dancers, it's especially great for performers who hope to hone their musical theater skills.

"This year we're heading back to Disney World for our 2016 Nationals," says managing director Leah Brandon. "It's always an Onstage New York family favorite."

The competition features both Primary and Advanced divisions, catering to dancers with a wide range of technical and artistic 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. They know what it takes to make it. As executive director Joe Lanteri says, "We carefully select 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 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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