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joe lanteri executive director


Joe_Lanteri_Headshot.jpgJoe graduated from the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theater under the chairmanship of John Houseman. He successfully juggles the roles of Director, Choreographer, Producer, Teacher, and Entrepreneur. He is an established force in the NYC dance world. As the Executive Director and Choreographer for NYC THEATRICAL EVENTS, Joe has packaged countless live corporate shows and special events. His choreography has been featured everywhere from soap operas to MTV, Off-Broadway to stages around the world – Thailand, South Africa, Japan, Turkey and more.

Joe is most passionate about his work as the Executive Director of the NYC DANCE ALLIANCE. He enjoys traveling the country, nurturing future generations of dancers and discovering new talent. He is always cultivating new projects, often utilizing the talents of his NYCDA dancers. In 2010, Joe founded the NYC DANCE ALLIANCE FOUNDATION, further investing in young talent by awarding millions in college scholarships each year. In 2014, Dance Studio Life magazine recognized Joe’s efforts by presenting him with their first ever “Generous Heart Award”. Joe has served on the faculty of many international arts centers - Mexico, Japan, Italy and Denmark. Each year, Joe directs “The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards”… the only annual awards that exclusively recognizes dance excellence on Broadway and film. In May 2015, Joe served as the Honorary Gala Chair for the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Division. He continues to teach JAZZ in NYC at STEPS ON BROADWAY and has served on the prestigious faculty of THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL since 1992.




leah brandon managing director


LeahBrandon.jpg Leah brings a unique combination of artistic and administrative talents to her position as Managing Director of NYC Dance Alliance and NYC Theatrical Events. Her years as a professional dancer in NYC musical theatre included the Lincoln Center production of Anything Goes, in which she served as dance captain and was the associate in the restaging of the Tony-award winning choreography for London’s West End. She additionally performed in many other productions, including Gypsy, 42nd St and Singin’ in the Rain.

Prior to starting NYCDA with Joe, Leah was a principal manager at Steps on Broadway in NYC where she directed the Young People’s Dance Program as well as the Scholarship Program for pre-professional dance students. Leah is a cum laude with honors graduate of Butler University and has two beautiful daughters, Cassidy and Austen.