This summer, from June 28th–July 5th at the Sheraton NY just north of Times Square, 1,500 student dancers from across the United States (ages 7-18) will attend the New York City Dance Alliance National Season Finale which last year awarded a grand total of $2.9 million in college scholarships. Several past student participants have gone on to perform on Broadway and be principal dancers at some of the country's most respected dance companies. Past participants have also been winners of the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance and also appear as the pros on Dancing with the Stars.
Each year this major dance event hosts the country's most talented and promising up and coming dancers, offering them the chance to compete for millions in college scholarships, participate in audition workshops with Broadway shows & other top entertainment productions, take dance classes taught by some of the industry's most celebrated dancers and instructors, and perform for leaders of the dance and entertainment communities.
Audition workshops being offered this year may include the Broadway production of Newsies, Cirque du Soleil and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Incorporated in the early fall of 1993, New York City Dance Alliance was founded by Executive Director, Joe Lanteri to create a dance convention with a cutting edge point of view, from the dance capital of the world, New York City.
The first three days of the event (6/28-6/30) include orientations, rehearsals, adjudication sessions and preliminary competitions, and taking place on Sunday, July 1st will be the college scholarship auditions, where the High School junior and senior participants will get the chance to audition for the chance to win millions in scholarships. Participating colleges and universities this year may include Marymount Manhattan, The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercyhurst University (Eerie, PA) and Dean College (Franklin, MA).