Dance/NYC Board

Elissa D. Hecker, Esq., Chair
Law Office of Elissa D. Hecker Esq.

Susan Gluck Pappajohn, Vice Chair

Christopher Pennington, Vice Chair
Jerome Robbins Foundation and Trust

Jina Paik, Treasurer
Nonprofit Finance Fund

Marianne Love, Secretary
AQR Capital Management

Deborah G. Adelman
Dance Patron

Edward A. Brill

Melinda D. Cloobeck
Financial Advisor

Brian Colton
Brooklyn Equity

Juan José Escalante
José Limón Dance Foundation

Juny E. François
J. François & Associates

Gina Gibney

Martha Newton
Fairchance, LLC

Reshma Patel

Linda Shelton
The Joyce Theater Foundation

Alice Sheppard
Kinetic Light

Brandi Stewart
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Lane Harwell, Executive Director

Finance Committee:
Alireza Esmaeilzadeh
Forest City Ratner Companies

Neil Pirie
American Express

General Counsel:
Cory Greenberg

Dance/NYC Advisory Committee

Jody Gottfried Arnhold
Dance Educator and Advocate

Karesia Batan
Queensboro Dance Festival | The Physical Plant

Camille A. Brown
Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Diana Byer
Artistic Director, New York Theatre Ballet

Juan Castaño
Co-Founder, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Jacqueline Z. Davis
Executive Director, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Beverly D’Anne
Dance Advocate/Consultant

Michelle Dorrance
Artistic Director, Dorrance Dance

Silas Farley
New York City Ballet

Sita Frederick
Areytos Performance Works/Lincoln Center Education

Tamrin Goldberg
Choreographer and Dance Artist

David Hallberg
American Ballet Theatre/Bolshoi Ballet

Virginia Johnson
Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Julia Kelly
Third Rail Projects

Leah Krauss
Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Andrea Miller
Artistic Director & Choreographer, Gallim Dance

Sydnie L. Mosley
Sydnie L. Mosley Dances

Ariel Osterweis
Faculty, CalArts
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance

Ravi Rajan
President, CalArts

Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Elisa Monte Dance

Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Jeffrey Rosenstock
Queens College, CUNY Dance Initiative

Carlota Santana
Flamenco Vivo

John-Mario Sevilla
92Y Harkness Center for Dance

Gus Solomons Jr.

Elizabeth Streb
Artistic Director and Founder, STREB EXTREME ACTION

Eduardo Vilaro
Ballet Hispánico

Michele Wilson
Bay Street Theater

Janet Wong
Associate Artistic Director, New York Live Arts

Robert Yesselman, in memoriam


Disability. Dance. Artistry. Task Force

Elisabeth Salzhauer Axel
Art Beyond Sight

Christine Bruno
Disability Advocate, Actor, Teaching Artist

Diane Duggan
Dance Therapist, Dance Educator

Sharon Jensen
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky Dance

Simi Linton
Disability/Arts Consultancy

Kitty Lunn
Infinity Dance Theater

Zazel-Chavah O’Garra
Performing Artist, Model, Motivational Speaker, Social Worker

Alice Sheppard
Artistic Lead and Founder, Kinetic Light

Nicholas Viselli
Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Alexandria Wailes
Actor, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Immigrants. Dance. Arts. Task Force

Abou Farman
Artspace Sanctuary

Alberto Lopez
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Ana Nery Fragoso
New York City Department of Education, Office of Arts and Special Projects

Candace Thompson
Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE

Felicity Hogan
New York Foundation for the Arts

Hussein Smko
Battery Dance

Kamala Cesar
Lotus Music & Dance

Dr. Layla Zami
Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren

Maureen Loughran
Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Natalia Aristizabal
Make the Road

nora chipaumire
company chipaumire

Pelenakeke Brown
Artist, Writer, and Performer

Pontus Lidberg

Sabrina Fong
New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Marketing and Communications Task Force

Ellen Bar
New York City Ballet

Christopher Bastardi
Sunshine Sachs

Imran Khan

Ivy Li
Bloomberg Philanthropies & Bloomberg Associates

Junior Committee

Niya Nicholson, Co-Chair

Kim Savarino, Co-Chair

Margaret Tudor, Secretary

Tina Hsiao-Tung Huang, Committee Operations

Nadia Khayrallah, Co-Communications Coordinator

Collin Ranf, Co-Communications Coordinator



Dance/NYC values diversity, inclusion, and equity at all levels of its organization, including its Board, committees, and staff. Diversity in this context refers to groups and individuals identified by, for instance, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, status, religion, national origin, marital or partnership status, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. To foster the values of equity and inclusion, Dance/NYC seeks participation on its Board, committees, and staff from individuals who share and hold these values and reflect the diversity of the metropolitan New York City area, with a focus on majority African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) participation and disability representation.

Board of Directors Job Description
Advisory Committee Charter

If you are interested in joining Dance/NYC's Board or ad hoc committees, please write Hanna Stubblefield-Tave at

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