Scholarships totaling $2.8 million were awarded to more than 50 promising young dancers at the July 7 closing night of the annual convention of the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation in Manhattan, according to Playbill.com.
The foundation’s executive director, Joe Lanteri, had previously vowed to double the $500,000 given last year and top $1 million at the convention, which ended with the gala night in Manhattan. In making the announcements of the recipients, Lanteri called the evening “a life-changing night for all.” (Read more about Lanteri’s scholarship work with NYCDA in “Investing in Dancers” in the May issue of Dance Studio Life.)
The 17th Annual Closing Night Gala followed a week of workshops with choreographers, teachers, and Broadway performers. It included auditions for such Broadway shows and tours as Billy Elliot, Memphis, Come Fly Away, Annie and Peter Pan, plus the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. There were also the dance competitions for college scholarships.
The gala evening began with an opening number featuring Broadway stars and hundreds of young dancers from across the country, Canada, and Costa Rica. To read the full story, visit http://www.playbill.com/news/article/152620-Something-to-Dance-About-NYC-Dance-Alliance-Bestows-28-Million-in-Scholarships.