Art Saves Lives Foundation Cross Cultural exchange NYC trip was by far an enriching experience for both students and parents attending. JetBlue Airlines was the official airline of the Award trips. Students had the opportunity to explore, sight-see and take classes in prestigious schools fully funded by the organization (ASL). The first class the students attended was taught by Anne-Marie Duchene founder of Art of Alignment where professional artists from all over the world came to speak to the students about living as a working professional artist in New York City. The class covered the tools needed to survive in the city as a performer. The students also attended classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, The Alvin Ailey School, The Dance Theater of Harlem School and Cumbé Dance and Drum Center. The students also had the privilege of attending the Broadway Musical Motown which was arranged by the choreographer Warren Adams (who also thought at ASL 2014) and at the end of the show had the opportunity of a lifetime of having a private talk back with the entire cast.

Our sightseeing included The Hop on Hop off Tour, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Art Saves Lives Foundation Sunday fun day activity involved spending the entire day at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park. We believe there should always be a balance and the students had a great time.

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Here’s a complete list of the schools visited in 2014.

Steps on Broadway, founded in 1979, is more than just a dance studio. It is an internationally recognized community of artists, committed to the cultivation of individuality and talent, to the joy, the work, the focus, and the abandon of dance. Classes are offered seven days a week at all levels in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, theater dance, hip hop, ethnic, and body conditioning.

Since 1984, Broadway Dance Center has earned a reputation in the global dance community as a beacon of excellence in dance education. BDC is renowned for its unparalleled Faculty and for offering a diverse array of dance disciplines under one roof. Our continued dedication to the international dance community, state-of-the-art studios, and our location in the heart of the Broadway theater district in New York City make us the ultimate destination for dancers around the globe.

In 1969, Alvin Ailey founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York with an initial enrollment of 125 students. Guided by the belief that dance instruction should be made available to everyone, Mr. Ailey joined forces with Pearl Lang in 1970 to establish the American Dance Center in Manhattan. In 1982, The Ailey School and its programs received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance and continue to flourish under the co-direction of Tracy Inman and Melanie Person. A prestigious faculty of dance professionals trains over 3,500 students annually in our full-time Professional Division and Junior Division Programs for aspiring dance students, and Ailey Extension classes for the general public.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem School is a multicultural, professional studio school providing exceptional training in classical ballet and allied disciplines. It offers students a safe haven to explore and express themselves both emotionally and physically while preparing them for success both on and off the stage. Cumbe is the new home for African and diaspora dance in Brooklyn, bringing together – under one roof – classes and cultural education for dances from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.

At Cumbe, young people, adults and families alike will immerse themselves in the joy and vitality of music and dance from Africa, the Americas and Caribbean. Through a rich array of classes and dynamic teachers, students from novice to the experienced will learn the rhythms and movements of Senegal, Guinea, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti and a broad range of other cultures. Performances, talks, and dance parties will encourage a deeper understanding of the origins, meaning and evolution of these many dances, as well as connections between them. Marking life moments big and small, joyous and fierce, dances from Africa and countries nourished and inspired by African traditions bring tremendous spirit to our modern lives. Through dance and music, Cumbe will create a community that celebrates exuberance, sensuality, power and laughter!