Incorporated in 1989, New Dance Alliance (NDA) is an arts service organization whose mission is to actively promote emerging forms of innovative dance, music, video, and interdisciplinary performance. 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. NDA’s legacy of services to artists and audiences began almost three decades ago, when Karen Bernard opened up her Tribeca loft as a low- cost rehearsal space. From those first moments, its programs have grown organically and in direct response to artists and audiences. Today, NDA’s goals remain deeply rooted in those founding principles and have expanded in response to current artistic challenges and goals. NDA’s programming fosters artists and audiences through annual events, retreats, educational panels and performances. Our programs include Performance Mix Festival, LiftOff Residency and Workshop, NDA Low-Cost Rehearsal Space, and Karen Bernard/Solo.
New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival, Dana Michel, photo by Maxyme Delisle
New Dance Alliance views the function of supporting experimental performance works as carrying forward a distinct heritage of art in America. From Isadora Duncan and her shoeless dances to John Cage and his amplified toasters to Jennifer Monson and her migration projects, American artists have been privileged in their Constitutional right to defy conventions. NDA continues this American legacy by advancing performance works that challenge defined artistic genres and forms. As testimony to its efforts, NDA claims a roster of over 600 artists who have pioneered new methods in artistic creation. These artists have distinct voices within shared genres and have often gone on to become award-winning leaders in the field. Among our artists are post-modernist Douglas Dunn; hip-hop influenced Doug Elkins; the poignant and funny Keely Garfield and David Parker; emotion-driven movement experimenters Aviva Geismar, Molly O’Brien and RoseAnne Spradlin; improvisation mavericks Jennifer Monson, Yvonne Meier and Sally Silvers; collaborative movement/music artists Cherylyn Lavagnino/Andy Teirstein and Nina Winthrop/Jon Gibson; international performance artists Marie Brassard (Montreal) and Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria); culturally influenced artists Merian Soto, Kumiko Kumoto and Yasuko Yakoshi; multimedia dance theater artists Jane Comfort and Troika Ranch; and new generations — Melinda Ring, Rebecca Patek, and Luchiana Achugar; and championed by NDA – Dana Michel touted as best female contemporary choreographer in 2014 in the New York Times.