Alana Marie Urda, director of education
Alana Urda is a multifaceted artist, choreographer and dance educator with an extensive background in directing, developing and coordinating arts programming for all ages. With a primary focus in contemporaryand modern dance techniques, Alana has worked as a professional choreographer and teaching artist in NYC for over 15 years working in a variety of programs including New York City Center, The Trinity School, The West Side YMCA and Bridge for Dance Studios. Most recent, she served as the Dance Company Coordinator and Professor of Dance at Sacred Heart University.
As Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Amalgamate, Inc. she has envisioned and produced a range of distinguished dance events, charity projects, and educational workshops including Breakout: a summer intensive in Italy, and Commercials for Humanity: a collection of online films. Commissioned for numerous projects, she has set choreography nationally and internationally and presented work at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series, Boston University, BBKings, Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy, The Times Center, Ailey Citigroup, and Merce Cunningham Studio. Her extensive freelance highlights include choreographing for Lily Chiam’s debut album concert in Brunei, Asia and Off-Broadway productions, Angels, the Musical / Duke Theatre, Dear Mr. Rosan / 777 Theatres, and Into the Woods Jr./ The Marjorie S.Deane Little Theater. She has worked with artists such as Francesca Harper, Sidra Bell, Jacqueline Buglisi, Ronnie Demarco, Suzanne Farrell, Dan Wagoner, and Jawole Zollar. Alana holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University and is a mother of two energetic boys. She is thrilled to join Notes In Motion / Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and share her love of mentoring teaching artists, developing programs that provide transformative educational experiences, and activating a culture of inclusion through the arts.