NYCDAF Celebrates First Anniversary With Destiny Rising Gala Dance Performance


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 TheatreA 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.

Also eagerly anticipated is the new work set for Steps on Broadway by 2011 Astaire Award Nominee Benoit Swan Pouffer (nominated for the film Adjustment Bureau), currently Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity, committed to broadening performing arts awareness while advocating education and high standards of excellence in dance.  NYCDAF is dedicated to investing in the next generation of professional performers by offering scholarships for secondary and college education.

VIP tickets for Destiny Rising are $125 & include VIP seating for performance & after party with the cast. General seating tickets for the performance only are $40. For more information, visit

The Joyce Theater is located 175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th StreetNew YorkNY 10011.