Uptown Dance Academy to hold gala benefit at the Apollo
Linda Armstrong | 4/12/2011, 4:35 p.m.
The school rates are very reasonable and are also subsidized. "There is a $52 per month fee per class. However, that fee is reduced to $44 if you pre-pay with checks and/or credit/debit cards. Over 50 percent of our students receive scholarships due to the generous support of our funders--Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Inez Dickens, Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, State Sen. Bill Perkins, the NYS Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Migdol Foundation. Additionally, some of the older students exchange instruction for internships with UDA," Williams recalled.
In addition to enjoying the 14th anniversary production of "The Black Nutcracker" with guest artist Misty Copeland, UDA will also be honoring three women from New York City--Mercedes Ellington, Debi Jackson, radio personality and producer of Hal Jackson Talented Teens International Scholarship Competition, and Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, the Manhattan deputy borough president.
Williams is hoping that the public will come out and support UDA and remarked about the importance of arts programs in our communities. "First and foremost, families should support arts programs in general because they tend to be few and far between. Too often when budgetary concerns arise, these are the programs that are cut. Arts programs often provide an invaluable outlet for children to express themselves and also develop and refine their artistic, interpersonal and leadership skills," Williams said.