7th Annual ‘Destiny Rising’ Benefit

New York City Dance Alliance Foundation performance benefitThe New York City Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF), a forward-thinking charity committed to shaping the future lives and training of young dancers, returns to The Joyce Theater in NYC on Monday, January 30 with Destiny Rising. A yearly fundraising performance benefiting NYCDAF’s college scholarship program, the evening will present 2016’s scholarship beneficiaries and a commission by NYCDA’s Rachel Kreiling. Select recipients of 2017 scholarships will also be named during the program.


In addition to scholarship beneficiaries’ performances, the Destiny Rising evening will also include performances by: Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Ballet; Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell of American Ballet Theatre, dancing a piece choreographed by Darrell Moultrie; Parsons Dance; Rockridge Dance Theatre, led by Sarah Brinson; dancers from NYCDA college partners Pace University and Montclair State University, presenting choreography by Bob Fosse and Earl Mosley; and top fundraising studio KJ Dance, who raised over $15,000 for NYCDAF in 2016.


New York City Dance Alliance Foundation performance benefitDestiny Rising showcases a snapshot of what we offer our youth,” remarks Joe Lanteri, founder and artistic director of NYCDA. “Our 20 scholarship recipients will dance together in a commissioned work and share the stage with professionals from the world’s largest companies, bookended by a whole new crop of dancers being awarded with support for their dance year ahead. It is a look at the trajectory of the career as a dance artist.”


In closing out 2016, the foundation had facilitated over $22 million dollars in scholarships since its inception in 2010, providing top dancers in the nation with opportunities to pursue secondary education.


New York City Dance Alliance Foundation performance benefitAll proceeds from the 7th annual benefit will go towards advocating education and offering scholarships for secondary and college training.


Destiny Rising will take place for one night only at 7:30 pm. Premium Seating/VIP tickets start at $100 and include an after-party reception at Lasagna Restaurant. Orchestra seating is available for $45, and Loge for $25. A post performance talk back with the artists is open to all ticket holders.


All tickets are on sale at http://bit.ly/DestinyRising.


Photos: Destiny Rising in 2016, with Point Park (top), Alex Damiani’s piece (left) and Marymount (right.) Photos by Nina Wurtzel Photography.