KickOff the LiftOff campaign

Help us reach our $5,000 goal!

$2,620 pledged of $5000

13 days left

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Perks

$25 donation:

  • Social Media Shout Out!

$100+ donation:

  • Invitation to a LiftOff Feedback Session of your choosing
  • Social Media Shout Out!

$500+ donation:

  • Copy of “Removed Exposure,” a limited-edition book created by Karen Bernard
  • Invitation to a LiftOff Feedback Session of your choosing
  • Social Media Shout Out!

$1000+ donation:

  • Dinner for 2 with chef Karen Bernard at NDA’s loft and LiftOff Residency Artist
  • Copy of “Removed Exposure,” a limited-edition book created by Karen Bernard
  • Invitation to a LiftOff Feedback Session of your choosing
  • Social Media Shout Out!

What is LiftOff?

LiftOff is New Dance Alliance’s endeavor to support artists in their creative process and provide feedback as they develop original performance work. LiftOff is comprised of two independent programs: a workshop series in the spring and a residency program in the summer. The workshop series has open registration with a participation fee and provides a reduced studio rental rate. The summer residency program is application-based and selected artists receive at least 30 hours of rehearsal space for free as well as feedback as their work develops.

For more information about the LiftOff programs and past artists, see: newdancealliance.org/liftoff

The Project: Expanding LiftOff Creative and Project Development Residency

Up until now, our LiftOff Creative and Project Development Residency has taken place each summer during August and has supported three to five artists at a time. Over the past few years, we have seen our LiftOff residents achieve great success with the work they created during their time in our TriBeCa studio. Past LiftOff artists have shared their works globally, participating in Montreal’s FTA Festival, Portland’s PICA, ImPulsTanz-Vienna International Dance Festival, and have been recognized with coveted honors and awards such as the Silver Lion Award for Innovation in Dance (Venice Biennale), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Award, and the NYC Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award. LiftOff has proven to be a huge success.

This year, we have decided to expand our residency program to give more artists the opportunity to participate in this process-focused performance incubator. We have added two additional residency months, tripling the number of artists benefiting from free studio space, creative feedback sessions, and project development support.

We believe that expanding our LiftOff residency program will better fit the current needs of artists in our community, aligning with our mission to actively promote emerging forms of innovative dance, music, video, and interdisciplinary performance. But for this expansion to be a success, NDA is asking for your help!

Your support

Why a goal of $5,000?

Historically, the operation of the LiftOff Creative and Project Development Residency has been expensive. And, now that we have tripled our program, financially supporting this component of New Dance Alliance is more challenging than ever! Giving free studio time to our resident artists limits the availability for regular studio rentals, greatly decreasing our revenue. Moreover, this program expansion necessitates additional facilitator fees, causes higher utility bills as the studio air conditioning unit will be running, and our administrative and maintenance staff will be working more hours throughout the summer, among many other costs. Our $5,000 goal will ensure the successful function of New Dance Alliance and the LiftOff Creative and Project Development Residency throughout the summer.

Other sources of Funding

In addition to your generous donation, the LiftOff Creative and Project Development Residency is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Mertz Gilmore Foundation and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Our LiftOff Artists

We are excited to introduce our resident artists for this year!

July

August

September

The feedback sessions will be facilitated by award-winning visual and performing artist Jil Guyon.

How to donate

It is our priority to create and improve our programs, which provide necessary support to artists making innovative and cutting-edge performance works, and this is only possible with the generous support from people like you! Please consider making a tax deductible donation through our NYCharities page.