Black Lives Matter

New Dance Alliance stands in support of the Black community. NDA’s initial aims were to support an artistic community which has limited institutional resources and to provide that community with increased opportunities to share experimental works with the public.

We recognize our change is necessary and late. We promise to fight back against systemic racism in our own organization and help hold other arts organizations accountable. We will deepen the work of bringing forward the voices of black artists.

As you know, June is typically the time of year when most non-profit arts organizations embark on fiscal year-end campaigns. In light of recent events, we are postponing our campaign, and instead asking you to donate to the following organizations. A comprehensive list of places to donate can be found here. Thank you to Joy-Marie Thompson for putting this together.

These are our first steps in working towards anti-racism. We will be instituting other initiatives in the near future.


Karen Bernard, Director & Artist
Fernando Maneca, Board President
Staff: Julia Antinozzi, Olivia Palacios, Emily Goucher
Board: Maja Lorkovic, David Shapiro, Lisa Parra
Advisory Board: Tara Bernstein, Robert Knowles, Thea Little, Linda Meaney, Angie Pittman, Diane Vivona

COVID-19 Response

Our programs are adapting to the guidelines of the City of New York.

Donate to support NDA during this transition.

Performance Mix Festival

Click to view all artist pages from May!Performance Mix Festival “The most elaborate festival of the unpredictable,” (The New York Times), is a jam-packed program of local, national, and international artists with new perspectives on how we experience dance. While the live, weeklong festival of experimental dance and performance has been canceled, we will honor the artists during a month-long digital initiative – Performance Mix Festival #34: Remotely Yours – a reimagined stay-at-home festival.  Learn more >


Ongoing Workshop and Residency Program

LiftOff is an NDA program offering residencies and workshops in which performing artists develop the creative and business aspects of their work. The LiftOff Creative and Project Development Residencies and Workshops are facilitated by Karen Bernard, Artist and Director of New Dance Alliance and invited guests. Learn more >

Karen Bernard

Upcoming Performances & Residencies

Karen Bernard has a history of creating solo dances that challenge audiences to engage in a specific reality of everyday life issues contextualized into heightened performative experience. Learn more >

Studio Space

Affordable Studio Space Rental in NDA’s Tribeca Loft

New Dance Alliance provides subsidized rehearsal space at 182 Duane Street. NDA’s private loft space holds 40 years of inspiration and is conveniently located in the heart of Tribeca. Learn more >