NYCDAF, Rising Gala
The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF) will celebrate its first anniversary with a fundraising performance at The Joyce Theater on Monday evening, January 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm. The gala evening of dance artistry will feature outstanding NYCDA alumni, the choreography of NYCDA faculty and special guest performances from prominent professional dance companies all to benefit the NYCDAF College Scholarship Program. Last August at the closing of their Annual National Convention, Joe Lanteri, Executive Director of NYCDAF distributed an astounding $2.8 million in scholarships to promising young dancers.
The evening directed by Joe Lanteri will feature choreography by Lauren Adams, Camille A. Brown, Thang Dao, Jason Parsons, Garrett Smith and Guest Performers including Camille A. Brown, Melissa Hough & Garrett Smith of Houston Ballet, STEPS Repertory Ensemble, The Marymount Manhattan Dance Company, University of the Arts Dance Ensemble and special guests Foundation Star Supporters and Plumb Performing Arts of Arizona and Susan Jaffe, American Ballet Theatre. A post performance 'talk back' with the artists is open to all ticket holders.
Among the many highlights of the evening will be the performance by NYCDA alumni New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild. As well, Houston Ballet’s Melissa Hough & Garrett Smith are also slated to perform.. Hough is an NYCDA alumnus who grew up in with NYCDA. She is a 3x NYCDA National Outstanding Dancer and has also danced for Boston Ballet. Fellow alumnus Garrett Smith is also a past 2x NYCDA National Outstanding Dancer.