NYCDANew York City Dance Alliance
NYCDANew York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (New York, NY)
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NYCDA, a provider of non-degree web and mobile app development courses, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Strayer Education, Inc., and will maintain its current headquarters and management team based in New York City.
While some schools have preexisting partnerships with conventions (like Marymount Manhattan College does with NYCDA), it's best to sit down with your program's director to see if taking on an assistant position is feasible.
At NYCDA, positions are given to dancers who win a specific title, like National Outstanding Dancer.
Caption: NYCDA's assistants, like Jacalyn Tatro, are former competition winners.
Last year's staff included regular NYCDA faculty members, plus guests like Ailey II artistic director Troy Powell, BalletNext artistic director Michele Wiles, Nederlands Dans Theater's Jon Bond and Luis Salgado from On Your Feet!
How the scholarship helped: "It's given me another connection in New York: Last year I was in NYCDA Foundation's Destiny Rising show, I worked at Nationals and I've been in Dance Magazine!"
Major wins: Performing with Academy of Dance Arts in Allen, Texas, Rehrman was the first runner-up Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA Nationals in 2009; L.A.
A first soloist with Houston Ballet, Melissa Hough is in her first year on the faculty of NYCDA. She preps for her classes by thinking about what kept her engaged as a student at the convention.
After years of attending events like Hollywood Connection and NYCDA, she started getting offers of agency representation.
I also met many of my best friends, including Jakob Karr--we met at NYCDA when I was 15 and now we're roommates in NYC."
Joe Lanteri, founder of New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA), says many dance teams arrive with work by both in-house and guest choreographers.
Joe Lanteri, executive director of NYCDA, sees lots of talent each year.