The NYCDA team is working remotely for the foreseeable future. The best way to contact us is via email. We will get back with you as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and stay safe!

April 3, 2020

Regional Tour Update:

As of today, the remaining 3 regional tour cities have been postponed and emails have gone out to all registered studios and their owners/directors with full information. This includes:

Atlanta April 17 -19

Dallas April 24 -26

Phoenix May 1 – 3

Stay tuned for replacement date information very soon! Most importantly, do everything you can to stay safe and WELL!


April 1, 2020

Did this really begin for us all less than three short weeks ago? This is definitely not an April Fool’s joke. First and foremost, know that we miss our NYCDA family around the country very much. We sincerely hope that you continue to make taking care of YOU at the very top of the list right now – so important that we all proceed with an abundance of caution in these challenging times. We have a few updates for you regarding the upcoming weeks and summer:

REGIONAL TOUR

- ALL NYCDA Regional Conventions March 13 thru April 5 have been postponed. All Studio Owners have been notified and we will continue to communicate with studio owners on all updates- we’re asking parents to please check with your studio with any questions or for additional information.

- NYCDA Regional Conventions scheduled for April 17 thru May 3 are still currently scheduled, but we do anticipate this could likely change.

- Stay tuned for makeup dates for postponed cities in late May / June, co-hosted with our sister company Onstage NY.

Summer NATIONALS NYC

- Our host venue, Sheraton NY Times Square, says that we are still ON for this summer! We continue to be hopeful and will stay in touch with any updates on this page.

- National Finals Competition - No qualification necessary! All entries may compete without pre-qualifying. Other regular competition guidelines will apply.

- Outstanding Dancer Qualification- more info coming soon with announcement on re-scheduled cities and audition opportunities!

- Online Registration will be available mid-April.

- Also check out Nationals with our sister company, Onstage NY! July 12-16, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. More info at: onstagenewyork.com. All entries will be qualified for the Onstage NY Nationals, as well.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION

- Still currently scheduled for July 2, 2020

- Applications will be available on/after April 17 via Getacceptd.com/nycdance

SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVES

- We are awaiting new information from our host venue, PACE University, who is currently also working remotely. At this time, we are currently still ON.

Check back for updates!


3-17-2020

Dear NYCDA family,

We want you to know that we have been continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and listen to all policies and suggestions regarding maintaining a safe and healthy environment for dancers and families coming to our events. Additionally, we are communicating and working with our event venues. In light of the rapidly changing landscape and compelling new information, we have made the responsible decision to postpone/cancel the NYCDA convention in Philadelphia on March 27-29 as well as in Greenville on April 3-5. As many of you may have seen, Pennsylvania’s Governor has closed all non-essential businesses for the next two weeks (minimum), North Carolina’s Governor has closed all schools and put a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people for two weeks (minimum), the CDC now encourages no gatherings of larger than 50 for the upcoming weeks, and there have been massive cancellations of schools, universities, concerts, rallies, sports events - and for the first time ever, all of Broadway has closed. This COVID-19 pandemic is evolving by the hour and of course, and while none of us has the full scope of information, we do know that it isn’t currently responsible for NYCDA and Onstage NY to choose to bring people together in a large group setting within the upcoming weeks.

What this means for you and your dancers:

We want you to know that we already have a team researching venues and dates for bonus “replacement” events around the country by mid-May/June. BREAKING NEWS: The Greenville Convention Center has June 12 – 14 on hold for NYCDA. SAVE THE DATE! We are listening and know that many studios and dancers are concerned about missing the NYCDA experience, in particular qualifying for Nationals or having the opportunity to audition for Outstanding Dancer. Know that all National competition registrations will be considered QUALIFIED! We will be in touch about all of this VERY SOON! Look out for an exciting email from NYCDA!

We hope you will read the posts below (3-11-2020), some of which contain our safety protocols that were put into place at the beginning of the crisis, and that will remain with us moving forward, at the point of continuation of events. We are here to answer questions or concerns. Because we are turning around this decision as you read this and we are asking for your patience and understanding while we get back with you with any answers you made need. Please know that we are truly disappointed about this decision, but at this time, know that the right decision is to focus on the health and safety of our people….YOU and our team, and we would never make a decision that would jeopardize that.

Lastly, we want to encourage you to continue to come back here, the COVID-19 Update section of our website. We will be updating as any new information develops and all of the precautionary protocols there will remain in place for all future events we will hold.

ONE LAST (FUN) THING….because your dancers and our NYCDA family could all use a little JOY and FUN in our lives right now. You and your dancers may be following us on social media and seeing our POP-UP combos in the last few days. They are being hosted on our Live Stream in real time and notices are going up on Instagram (@nycda) for each one.

http://live.nycdance.com/

If you missed the live combo, find it on the NYCDA Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNEVTHmdYjA Dana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0kYtv0wcJo Joey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdlR8N3veDY&t=17s Grace

Melinda Sullivan is up next with a tap combo….and MORE TO COME!

In the meantime, know that we’re sending you all our best – stay safe and healthy!

Joe, Leah and the entire NYCDA team


3-13-2020

Dear NYCDA family,

We want you to know that we have been continuing the closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and listen to all policies and suggestions regarding maintaining a safe and healthy environment for dancers and families coming to our events. In light of the rapidly changing landscape and compelling new information, especially within the last 48 hours, we have made the difficult decision to postpone/cancel our events next weekend, March 20-22. As many of you may have seen, New York State has put into place a ban regarding gatherings of over 500 people, and there have been massive cancellations of schools, universities, concerts, rallies - and yesterday, all of Broadway has closed for one month. This COVID-19 pandemic is evolving by the hour and of course, and while none of us has the full scope of information, we do know that it isn’t currently responsible for NYCDA and Onstage NY to choose to bring people together in a large group setting next weekend. We are currently evaluating each weekend separately, moving forward and communicating as efficiently as possible given our collective circumstances.

We want you to know that we already have a team researching venues and dates for bonus “replacement” events around the country within the upcoming 12 weeks. We are listening and know that many studios and dancers are concerned about missing the NYCDA experience, in particular qualifying for Nationals or having the opportunity to audition for Outstanding Dancer. We will be in touch about these events at our earliest chance!

We are here to answer questions or concerns. Because we are turning around this decision as you read this, we are asking for your patience and understanding while we get back with you with any answers you made need. Please know that we are truly disappointed about this decision, but at this time, know that the right decision is to focus on the health and safety of our people….YOU and our team, and we don’t want to make any decisions that would jeopardize that.

Lastly, we want to encourage you to continue to come back here, the COVID-19 Update section of our website. We will be updating as any new information as it develops and all of the precautionary protocols will remain in place for all future events we will hold.

3-12-2020

Dear NYCDA family,

We want you to know that we have been continuing the closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and listen to all policies and suggestions regarding maintaining a safe and healthy environment for dancers and families coming to our events. In light of the rapidly changing landscape and compelling new information, especially within the last 24 hours, we have made the difficult decision to postpone/cancel our events this weekend, March 13-15. There have been many governmental bans put into place regarding gatherings of people, and massive cancellations of schools, universities, concerts, rallies - even the rest of the NBA season. This COVID-19 pandemic is evolving by the hour and of course, and while none of us have the full scope of information, we do feel that it isn’t currently responsible for NYCDA and Onstage NY to choose to bring people together in a large group setting this weekend. We will be making a clear decision about the March 20-22 events by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, March 13 and will be in touch with the dance studios directly.

We want you to know that we already have a team researching venues and dates for bonus “replacement” events around the country within the upcoming 12 weeks. We are listening and know that many studios and dancers are concerned about missing the NYCDA experience, in particular qualifying for Nationals or having the opportunity to audition for Outstanding Dancer. We will be in touch about these events at our earliest chance!

We are here to answer questions or concerns. Because we are turning around this decision as you are likely reading this, we are asking for your patience and understanding while we get back with you with any answers you made need. Please know that we are truly disappointed about this decision, but at this time, know that the right decision is to focus on the health and safety of our people….YOU and our team, and we don’t want to make any decisions that would jeopardize that.

Lastly, we want to encourage you to continue to come back here, the COVID-19 Update section of our website. We will be updating as any new information develops and all of the precautionary protocols there will remain in place for all future events we will hold.


3-11-2020

Dear NYCDA family,

We would like to take this opportunity to update and expand on our message regarding the COVID-19 virus and our continued monitoring of the situation. The health and well-being of the dancers, their families, and our employees are of highest importance to NYCDA. Dance studios registered for March have received a previous version of this message, but we hope you’ll take the time to fully read this update. We encourage you to share this with your dancers and families coming to NYCDA in the upcoming weeks.

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) increasing its presence in the U.S., we want to confirm the steps we are taking at our NYCDA events. Please be assured that our top priority is to maintain a safe and healthy environment for the dancers and their families. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closely and as new or additional directions are issued, we are adjusting protocols as directed by U.S. and state health departments. Because we are traveling to different states, note that we are paying close attention to each state’s individual guidelines.

NYCDA is being proactive about taking the preventative measures that have been suggested by the CDC and State health departments. The medical community is clear that our best defense against contagious illnesses is using best hygiene practices and awareness. We utilized the following plans last week and had great events. Our team on the road will continue to utilize the following plans:

  • NYCDA is providing antibacterial hand sanitizer and wipes at each ballroom entrance. Additionally, we will be reminding dancers and their families to wash their hands regularly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Verbal and written reminders will be utilized in all dance spaces.
  • NYCDA is increasing our regular cleaning protocol of surfaces and the marley dance floor onstage and will be using alcohol-based cleaner in these doubled efforts.
  • We are making our events a “hug and handshake free zone” – as hard as that is, it is important to lower the risk of spreading infection. We will make those announcements regularly and have signs that remind us all.
  • We are evaluating and changing all our largest group sessions in our weekend event. Examples: Award ceremonies, Welcome Rally and Convention Finale will all be modified based on the attendance. We strongly encourage senior family members or dancers and family members that have a compromised immune system to choose to not participate in the weekend dance convention event. NOTE: NYCDA is committed to our current live stream of competition and to the expansion of that opportunity with the award ceremonies and convention finale. We encourage family members to join us virtually via live streaming of the events.
  • We are firmly asking all dancers or family members who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus within the past two weeks, to not attend large group events during the known incubation period of 14 days. This especially includes any studios that have dance family members that have traveled to the critically affected countries (level 3 via the CDC).
  • We encourage parents to talk with their studio owners about what their options are for registration changes in the case that they have a dancer that has been sick or exposed to COVID-19 in some way. All registration changes should be through the dance studio. NYCDA will offer a full credit in the STUDIO account for any changed/cancelled registrations. These credits will be good for use at any regional or national convention for two years from the date of missed convention.

COVID‐19 is associated with such symptoms as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC recommends these proven steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

We fully understand the concern that we are all feeling about the possible spread of COVID-19 and want to assure our NYCDA family that we are taking all suggested precautions to maintain safe events for our dancers and families. We are committed to monitoring all developments and will certainly keep you all informed of any new and relevant information that could impact the health and safety of our dancers, teachers, families and our employees.

All our very best,

Joe and the entire NYCDA team

*Studio Directors/Managers should email leah@nycdance.com with all questions and diane@nycdance.com with registration specific changes.