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High School Student Wins First Ever Adele Astaire Scholarship

Albany High School Student Wins First Ever Adele Astaire Scholarship

A Broadway Veteran at 17, Corey Snide Will Attend Juilliard This Fall

At the 29th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, the only awards to recognize excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film, actor, dancer & singer Corey Snide, a senior at Colonie Central High School in Albany, New York, danced his way into the Awards Committee’s hearts and walked away with the first ever Adele Astaire Scholarship presented by the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation at the 29th Fred & Adele Astaire Awards  But not before dazzling the audience of theater and film stars with a piece titled “Didn’t He Ramble” choreographed by Anthony Morigerato.

The young man who has been dancing since he was just 3 years old will fulfill one of his many dreams by attending Juilliard this fall. He began his dance training at Eleanor's School of Dance 14 years ago continuing to expand his skills at  STEPS on Broadway, Royal Ballet (UK) 07-08, McDonald College (AU) 08,

Already a seasoned performer, Corey starred in the lead role of the international musical hit “Billy Elliot” on London’s West End and in Sydney, Australia. On Broadway he once again had the lead role in the short lived musical comedy “13”.

Famed dancer, choreographer and instructor, Joe Lanteri Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation, introduced the talented teen stating,” “As Ava Astaire mentioned earlier, together we’ve established a new scholarship, an award that bears the name of ‘Adele Astaire’….that will be given for the first time ever tonight… to a young man I first met when he was nine years old and training in a local studio in Albany. He has grown up through the NYC Dance Alliance. He’s now 17 and was just accepted to the Juilliard School for the fall of 2011.  This is someone we will all be keeping an eye on, for years to come”. Snide than whipped into a tap solo, “Didn’t He Ramble” choreographed by Anthony Morigerato after which another famous tapper Maurice Hines presented him with the scholarship.

Snide has a long and distinguished relationship with the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation which is dedicated to empowering the next generation of professional dancers by advocating education and offering scholarships for secondary and college training.

He has been an active participant in the New York City Dance Alliance National Conventions in New York.  NYCDA offers training by top dance professionals and the opportunities to compete for scholarship, to some 1,500 young dancers from all over the United States, Canada and as far away as Brazil and Costa Rica. Snide has won the Teen Outstanding Dancer (NYCDA) 2010, Junior Outstanding Dancer (NYCDA) 2006, First Mini Outstanding Dancer (NYCDA) 2004.  Additionally, he received the Gold Medal for Tap (Team USA) in Reisa, Germany for International Dance Organization 2004 and the Gold Medal for Show Dance (Team USA) also in Reisa.

Now in its 17th year, the NYCDA National Dance Convention slated for July 4- 7, continues to be the most unique dance event anywhere. For the past 16 years, the NYCDA has lead the industry in offering professional weekend conventions exposing young dancers to the best of the New York City dance world in a supportive, positive and fun environment and helping them take their first steps into the professional world.  

Under the auspices of Executive Director Joe Lanteri a renowned choreographer, instructor and dancer, the NYCDA National Dance Convention, the culmination of scores of local gatherings held throughout the year, has become the single most important scouting opportunity for college and university recruiters and their scholarship committees. No surprise as NYCDA alumni number among the ranks of such dance companies as Alvin Ailey, Cedar Lake Ballet; scarcely a Broadway musical is without a dancer from NYCDA and the world famed Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular recruits most of it young talents via NYCDA. This year the NYCDA expects to see some $1 million in scholarships awarded at the Closing Gala.

For further information about NYCDA please visit www.nycdance.com