Lane Harwell is a nonprofit executive, advocate, educator, and former artist working to advance mission-driven causes. He is an appointee to New York State's Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts and New York City’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and the Department of Education’s Arts Education Committee. Lane chairs the New York Dance and Performance Awards and is a member of leadership committees for Trust for Governors Island, Hunter College, New York Public Library, New York City Arts Coalition, and One Percent for Culture. Prior to Dance/NYC, he held the senior development role at the arts-wide advocacy organization Alliance for the Arts. A lifelong New Yorker and a product of its creative and social justice sectors, Lane's history in the arts also includes training at the School of American Ballet and a performance career with American Ballet Theatre. He holds a MBA from Columbia Business School, a MA in Performance Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University. Lane is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and writes on policy and management issues for the Huffington Post.
Manager of Operations and Grantmaking
With more than 11 years of operations experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Milena Luna joins the Dance/NYC team and unites her administrative expertise with her passion for service and the arts. In the commercial sector, Milena assisted the VP of Promotions for Verity Records, a record label under Sony Music and in the nonprofit world, her work involved operations and special projects work for Ekklesia New York Church in Astoria, Queens, where she spearheaded creative projects for the local community. As an entrepreneur, she has built her own performing arts school, Creative Exchange, where she teaches dance to students of all ages, using the arts as an agent for transformation. Additionally, in partnership with Theatre That Transcends and Ekklesia New York Church, she launched Summer 4 the Arts, a summer park program that offers free art workshops to several communities in Queens. Milena holds a BA in Management of Musical Enterprises from Baruch College.
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes is an entrepreneur, program developer, activist, theatre artist, and educator. Having worked in productions alongside Austin Pendleton, Kristin Linklater, Melanie Joseph, Joanna Haigood, Lear DeBessonet, Ken Rus Schmoll, and the Columbia University School of the Arts, among others. Alejandra brings her production and stage management, and directing experience to Dance/NYC. A graduate of Columbia University School of General Studies, Alejandra has been teaching children and adults of all ages for 10 years and is the founder and director of Theatre That Transcends, an educational and community theatre organization that teaches local, underserved communities how to express themselves and address community issues through the art of theater.
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
Hannah’s passion for arts advocacy began at Swarthmore College, where she graduated with a BA in dance and anthropology, fields that greatly informed her interest in the arts’ ability to build, shape, and resist cultural systems. At Swarthmore, she directed Rhythm ‘N Motion, a dance company dedicated to sharing and performing underrepresented dance forms in response to the lack of diversity in the schools’ dance curriculum. Hannah has previously worked in Philadelphia's dance community as a development assistant at Kun Yang-Lin/Dancers and a contributing author for the city's Dance Journal. Hannah is an alumna of the Arts as Cultural Diplomacy Young Leaders Forum with the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, and the Diversity in Arts Leadership program with the Arts and Business Council of New York. As a performing artist, she has collaborated with the Southern California Dance Theater, Courtyard Dancers, and Agora Dance. She continues to share her love of dance by volunteering with Dance for All Movement Therapy and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease with the Mark Morris Dance Group.
A native of south Florida, April headed north to Massachusetts in 1995 to train at the Boston Ballet School. Five years later, she graduated from Emerson College with a Broadcast Journalism degree. After brief stints at CW56, NESN, and Worcester’s WCTR TV stations, April continued her journey to New York City in 2001 and has remained there ever since. An active supporter and fan of the performing arts, she has been operating her own public relations firm, AMT Public Relations, for the past 12 years, specializing in the promotion of classical and jazz music, opera, and dance. Thanks to her recent MBA degree from NYU Stern School of Business, she regularly augments her PR work with artist management services.
Leisa DeCarlo is a summa cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in Journalism. During her time at Ohio State, Leisa was selected as one of four B.F.A. candidates to serve as a cross-cultural dance ambassador, for which she performed a wide repertoire of work throughout China and conducted artistic research later exhibited at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. A native of Ohio, Leisa moved to New York City shortly after college in pursuit of her passion for dance. Upon first arriving to the city, Leisa joined ZviDance as an apprentice and was later hired to the administration of Dances For A Variable Population, a multigenerational dance company and educational organization that promotes creative movement among all people with a special focus on older adults. In addition to her position with Dance/NYC, Leisa is currently the Development Associate at Gallim Dance and serves as the Accreditation Associate at Peridance Capezio Center.
Hanna Stubblefield-Tave is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where she studied classics and anthropology. She grew up dancing in Boston, with a focus in hip-hop under the direction of EnMotion, Inc. and in tap with Sean C. Fielder's The Boston Tap Company, and a love for dance brought her here to New York City. As President of Raw Elementz and founding Vice President of UnTapped, Hanna continued to focus on hip-hop and tap on Columbia's vibrant campus. She has been a part of Boston University's REACH Summer Outreach/Teen Apprenticeship Program for several years, most recently as Co-Assistant Director, through which she developed a passion for arts education and outreach. Hanna is enthusiastically pursuing a career in arts administration and is thrilled to join the Dance/NYC team.
Special Projects Coordinator
J. Soto is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and community arts organizer with a focus on project-specific collaborations in performance. He has curated and performed work for The National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco) and Links Hall (Chicago), as well as Vox Populi (Philadelphia) among others nationally. His collaborative writing project, "Ya Presente Ayer" can be found in Support Networks, Chicago Social Practice History Series (University of Chicago Press). Most recently, Soto cofounded the Latinx Artist Visibility Award (LAVA) for Ox-Bow School of Art in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. LAVA financially supports up to two Latinx artists to attend summer courses at Ox-Bow each year. Additionally, Soto is a founder of the forthcoming Latinx Artist Retreat (LXAR), which will create opportunities to connect and further access in the arts for Latinx artists nationwide via regional chapters. Soto has experience working in the nonprofit sector for Eyebeam, as Programs Associate, as well as The Dia Art Foundation. His writing has most recently appeared in Apogee Journal: Queer History, Queer Now Folio. He received an MFA in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Dance/NYC provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. The policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. It is the policy of Dance/NYC to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dance/NYC does not discriminate against any qualified Employees or job applicants with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability. Dance/NYC makes reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all Employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not require significant difficulty or expense.