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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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Viktorina Kapitonova in "Swan Lake Bath Ballet" (photo by Ryan Capstick, courtesy Corey Baker Dance)

Please Enjoy the Quarantine Genius of “Swan Lake Bath Ballet”

That old saying about limitations breeding creativity—hat tip to Orson Welles—has never felt more relevant than in these lockdown days. Here's the latest brilliant dance project born (hatched?) of quarantine restrictions: "Swan Lake Bath Ballet," a contemporary take on the classic featuring 27 A-list ballet dancers performing from their own bathtubs.

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Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

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