Magazine article Dance Teacher

New York City Dance Alliance

Magazine article Dance Teacher

New York City Dance Alliance

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Heading into its 23rd season, New York City Dance Alliance has become a feeder convention for countless professional companies, and its students receive some of the best opportunities available.

At its Nationals events, students participate in audition workshops for the Radio City Rockettes and Broadway shows, including Hamilton, Cats, An American in Paris and Little Dancer. Students take class with industry leaders, including Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Troy Powell, the artistic director of Ailey II and the former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet artistic director, Alexandra Damiani, who will join NYCDA's guest faculty for its regional "Friday Night Sessions."

Students at regional events also get a top-of-the-line experience. In addition to a full weekend of workshops with NYCDA's faculty (including Chloe Arnold, Martha Nichols, Joey Dowling, Andy Pellick, Suzi Taylor and more), dancers can win scholarships to the NYCDA summer intensive, as well as class cards to studios in NYC: Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center.

Since its inception in 2010, the NYCDA Foundation and its college partners have awarded more than $22 million in college scholarships to NYCDA dancers. Nearly 400 dancers have received financial help for their futures through the foundation.

To do so, NYCDAF produces a number of its own events, including Destiny Rising, at NYC's Joyce Theater, and Bright Lights, Shining Stars, at New York University's Skirball Center. Past honorées of the Ambassador of the Arts Award at Bright Lights, Shining Stars have included such dance luminaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Debbie Allen and Catherine Zeta-Jones. …

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