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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.

Sara Esty as Maggie in "A Chorus Line" (courtesy Esty)

Sara Esty's ethereal grace and sophisticated charm have won over ballet and Broadway audiences alike. The bunhead-turned-Broadway-baby began training near her hometown in Gorham, ME, at the Maine State Ballet's School for the Performing Arts (with her equally fabulous twin sister, Leigh-Ann). She enrolled full-time at the Miami City Ballet School in 2004, and joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2005. In 2006, Esty won the Princess Grace Award, and she was promoted to soloist at MCB in 2011. After leaving MCB in 2014, she made her Broadway debut in An American in Paris as the understudy for Lise, and went on to share the role of Lise with her sister on the show's national tour. Most recently, she was seen in 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Marie, Dancing Still in Seattle, WA. —Courtney Bowers

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