Mission & Launch

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. 



 Sarah Pippin 2016   Sydney Tormey 2016   Cooper Everson 2016 

Sarah Pippin (NC)


Dance Magazine 

College Scholarship 

Sydney Tormey (UT)
College Scholarship
Cooper Everson (CT)
Adele Astaire
College Scholarship



Dear Dance Family,


I am proud to introduce you to the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. – an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity. The Foundation (NYCDAF) is dedicated to empowering the next generation of professional dancers by advocating education and offering scholarships for secondary and college training. Nothing of this magnitude exists – sending a strong message of education, investing in teenagers with thousands of dollars, and supporting the arts – a winning combination!


I am grateful for the unwavering support we receive from the professional dance world. Thanks to the visionary generosity of these industry leaders: Dance Magazine, Capezio and The Henry Bull Foundation (Astaire), well over $2,300,000 in college scholarships have been awarded directly from the NYCDA Foundation.  We  are also proud to include Jo + Jax to our list of corporate sponsors.


I am also encouraged by the enthusiastic grass roots support from the more than 200 local dance studios across the United States that participate in our fundraising programs. This is a nationwide effort. The potential of what can be accomplished is incredible! Now, I need YOUR help to take the next step.   If everyone that reads this letter offered even some minimal support, imagine the college scholarships we could endow! Will you help make a difference in the lives of some talented dancers...PLUS help send the message of ‘college education’ to all of our young teenagers?!?


Since our inception, we have  already awarded over $29 million dollars in scholarships to 500+ talented teenagers…in collaboration with our College Partners. It would not have happened without your help.  Just imagine what the future can bring!!


As you are reviewing your 2018 charitable giving, I hope that you will consider making a tax deductible donation to the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation.




Joe Lanteri
Foundar/Executive Director

P.S. PLEASE be generous...receive your tax deduction...and help make a difference!!


Standing Ovation at Nationals 




@ 2012 New York City Dance Alliance