Interview with Karen Bernard Director of New Dance Alliance and producer of the Performance Mix Festival.
Formed in 1979, New Dance Alliance (NDA) is a non-profit tax exempt arts service organization whose mission is to actively promote emerging forms of innovative dance, video, music, and interdisciplinary performance work. NDA was founded to support an artistic community with limited institutional resources, and to provide this community with increased opportunities to share experimental works with the public. Today NDA remains dedicated to its founding principals and has expanded its programming to include services that enable artists’ career advancement.
NDA was a place to not only show my choreography, but a place to build community. You set up the community to really explore every aspect of their artistic life. Through New Dance, I was able to perform, teach and travel. You made New Dance a safe place to be creative. Being part of the New Dance family allowed me to think beyond the boundaries of a dance studio. Thank you Karen for asking this question. Reminds me of a wonderful time in my life. Here’s to many more!
—Christalyn Wright, casting director/talent producer (New York City)