President's Message Fall 2017

Happy Fall! I am sure we are all glad to see those 100 degree days are behind us and we can get out and enjoy the many activities throughout the state – particularly the fabulous opportunities to enjoy the arts in so many genres.

NSAL had its Opening event on Friday, October 14, at Dorrance Theatre in Ballet Arizona where we saw a rehearsal of sections of “La Bayadere” with comments by Artistic Director, Ib Anderson and Ballet Master,Joseph Cavanaugh – followed by a private reception in the Dancer’s Lounge.  These are the behind the scenes events we want to bring to you throughout the year. 

National Competition is in Dance – Classical Ballet – and our competition will take place on March 11, 2017 at Ballet Arizona starting at 9AM,  Our winner will go on to compete in the National competition in Boca Raton, Florida from May 29 to June 3, 1017. 

We will continue to hold our Modern Dance Competition in February at Dance Theatre West Studios where high school dancers will compete for $1,000 in prize money,  

NSAL has competition in music, musical theater, voice – including a new competition funded by our very own past National President, Dorothy Lincoln Smith,  for classical signers from 23-31; art, and a new program in literature, a poetry competition for high school students which is currently being developed and led by Board Member, Stephen Crosby.

There will be many opportunities throughout the year to support these young promising artists and view the talents of former winners who have gone on to success.

Mark your calendars for our Holiday event on December 4th to celebrate the season and honor our Music Theatre winners in a program showcasing their wonderful talents.  Please visit our calendar section to see all our events and how you can participate. 

NSAL is an all volunteer organization, and we would welcome your time and efforts to promote  our competitions and our Annual Awards Dinner where we honor our Medallion Winner and an organization and individual who are recognized arts advocates who have made a difference in Arizona.

Please feel free to call or email me with any ideas, concerns, and suggestions or just to say hello!   You can email me at, or call or text me at the NSAL number – 602-881-8741.  We look forward to your participation in our many programs.

Anne C. White, Ph.D., CFRE

NSALAZ President