Dance/NYC, under Executive Director Lane Harwell, has been making strides in and around New York City in a big way. Eduardo Vilaro, executive director of Ballet Hispanico, was the host for Dance/NYC’s recent uptown event. In a “you had to be there” moment, Vilaro proudly introduced “the future of dance” with young dancers from the school who entertained the crowd during the celebration.

Said Harwell, “We are partnering with both Harlem Arts Alliance and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to spotlight the role of Upper Manhattan in the dance landscape and the importance of the art form to its residents.” Speakers in support of dance uptown included Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Director Sandra Garcia-Betancourt and Harlem Arts Alliance Executive Director Linda Walton.

“Our community uptown is a dance community … [and] I am a ‘New Yorker for Dance’ because dance is good for our soul, for our culture and for everybody,” said Garcia-Betancourt.

Walton added, “I am a ‘New Yorker for Dance’ … [because] I have the extraordinary privilege of watching and participating with dancers, choreographers, and arts organizations in Harlem that serve dance.”

This round of the now famous “New Yorkers for Dance” video campaign spotlights local vibrancy in Harlem. A total of 47 Upper Manhattan residents, each providing a personal statement on why dance matters to them and to their community, are featured. Participants include choreographer Nia Love, Yuien Chin of Harlem One Stop, Mikki Shephard of the Apollo Theater, Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation and Yvette L. Campbell of Harlem School of the Arts. Videos are now live on the all-new and YouTube channel. A robust social media campaign is also helping promote dance in Upper Manhattan on Twitter @DanceNYC with the hashtag #newyorkersfordance.