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Moving Youth Dance Company selected to perform in New York on Broadway at the Arts for Autism Concert to benefit Autism Speaks


Moving Youth Dance Company will pack their bags and head to the Big Apple to participate in the second annual Arts for Autism benefit concert. After auditioning, MYDC was one of seven student groups from North America chosen to perform alongside Broadway performers during the concert.  Arts for Autism will take place on June 19th at the Gershwin Theatre, home to the popular show, Wicked, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Concert producer and artistic director, Jacque Carnahan, says, “We are thrilled to have Moving Youth Dance Company’s talented performers participate in the event."

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Tony Award Winner, Kelli O’Hara, will host the show and will be joined on stage by many Broadway performers. The concert is being produced by Believe NYC and Educational Travel Adventures, organizations that educate and enrich the lives of young people.

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Check out the current all-star Broadway lineup with more joining the cast every day!  

  • Tony Award® winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I)

  • Tony Award® nominee Christopher Jackson (Hamilton)

  • Tony Award® nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos)

  • Libby Servais (Wicked)

  • Jennifer Laura Thompson (Dear Evan Hansen)

  • Betsy Struxness (Hamilton)

  • Abby Mueller (Beautiful)

  • Kelvin Moon Loh (The King and I)

  • John Michael Dias (Beautiful)

  • Teal Wicks (Finding Neverland)

The one-night-only concert will include songs from some of Broadway’s most famous shows chosen to inspire feelings of understanding, acceptance, kindness and compassion.  Broadway Choreographer and Tony Award winner, Chris Gattelli says, “What an incredible opportunity for such an incredible cause. It’s this amazing win-win that you have performers from all over the country at that age getting to perform on a Broadway stage, which is so many people’s dream. It’s important on all levels.”

100% of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; being a catalyst for research breakthroughs; increasing early-childhood screening and intervention; improving the transition to adulthood; and ensuring access to reliable information and services throughout the life span.

About Educational Travel Adventures and Believe NYC:
Educational Travel Adventures ( and Believe NYC ( enrich the lives of young people through arts workshops, master classes, professional performances and travel opportunities. Their goal is to provide aspiring young leaders and artists experiences that promote growth and self-discovery through hands-on experiential learning opportunities. There is no tool more powerful than seeing a classroom come to life, which is why they strive to provide unique learning opportunities to meet specific educational goals throughout every program.

About Moving Youth Dance Company:

Moving Youth Dance Company is a unique training program for children 8-18 years of age. Students are taught by industry professionals from the fields of Classical Ballet, Broadway, Contemporary Companies, and more. We believe that providing dancers exposure to faculty with varied backgrounds, along with numerous genres of dance, makes them versatile and highly prepared for wherever their passion for dance takes them. Dancers receive superior training in a positive and nurturing environment.  MYDC is a supplemental program.  You can participate while still attending your home studio.  

Next up for MYDC are summer programs throughout July.  Faculty from Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  The Metropolitan Opera, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Julliard, and more!

If you are interested in joining us for summer, fall, or for more information, please contact or call 908-276-9100.                           


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