COVID-19 Response

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

Donate to support NDA during this transition.

Black Lives Matter

New Dance Alliance stands in support of the Black community. NDA’s initial aims were to support an artistic community that has limited institutional resources and to provides 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 of 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, Executive 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

Performance Mix Festival

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. Stay tuned for details about Performance Mix Festival #36, to be held at Abrons Arts Center Underground Theater on June 9-12, 2022. Applications for Performance Mix Festival #36 are now open through Monday, November 22nd at 11:59PM! Learn more >

Black Artists Space to Create

The Black Artists Space to Create Residency is a pilot project offering three Black artists a residency at Modern Accord Depot in Accord, NY. The recipients are Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Leslie Cuyjet, and Angie Pittman. Each received a two-week residency with unlimited access to a dance studio and full living space. Learn more >

NDA Studio Program

NDA Studio Program offers free rehearsal space through three residencies: Black Artists Space to Create, LiftOff, and Satellite with the opportunity to participate in Work Sessions. 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 a heightened performative experience. Learn more >