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New York City Dance Alliance

New York City Dance Alliance was founded in 1993 by executive director Joe Lanteri, who wanted to create a dance convention with a cutting-edge point of view based in the dance capital of the world, New York City. His goal was to reinvent the dance convention with a new focus on education and the dancers’ experience, as well as high-level production values. NYCDA has remained at the forefront of the dance convention industry ever since. Today, the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation and its College Scholarship Program invest in the future of the NYCDA family, helping young dancers take the next step in their lives.

The PULSE on Tour

The PULSE, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, offers a unique educational experience for dancers of all levels thanks to its faculty of working dance professionals. PULSE instructors can be seen on television (on shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The X Factor,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Glee”), directing music videos (for stars including Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Pink, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj), dancing on tours for leading recording artists, and choreographing for movies, commercials, Broadway productions, and distinguished dance companies. PULSE faculty and staff are dedicated to building genuine relationships through personal interaction with all attendees—dancers, parents and teachers.

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How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

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Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


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