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

Brandi Stewart, Secretary
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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

Kathrin Heitmann
Moody's Investors Service

Martha Newton
Fairchance, LLC

Reshma Patel

Alice Sheppard
Kinetic Light

Camille Y. Turner
Haug Partners

Shannon Zhu

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Executive Director

Finance Committee:
Neil Pirie
American Express

Legal Committee:
Michael Cataliotti

Cataliotti Law P.C.

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

Juan Castaño
Co-Founder, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

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

Michelle Dorrance
Artistic Director, Dorrance Dance

Sita Frederick
Areytos Performance Works/Lincoln Center Education

Tamrin Goldberg
Choreographer and Dance Artist

Virginia Johnson
Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

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

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

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

Christine Bruno
Disability Inclusion Consultant

Diane Duggan, Ph.D., ADTR
Dance Therapist, Dance Educator

Sharon Jensen
Former Executive Director of Inclusion in the Arts

Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky Dance

Simi Linton
Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force

Kitty Lunn
Infinity Dance

Zazel-Chavah O’Garra

Elisabeth Salzhauer Axel
Art Beyond Sight

Alice Sheppard
Kinetic Light

Nicholas Viselli
Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Alexandria Wailes
Actor, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Immigrants. Dance. Arts. Task Force

Natalia Aristizabal
Make the Road

Pelenakeke Brown
Artist, Writer, and Performer

Kamala Cesar
Lotus Music & Dance

nora chipaumire
company chipaumire

Abou Farman
Artspace Sanctuary

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

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

Felicity Hogan
New York Foundation for the Arts

Pontus Lidberg

Alberto Lopez
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Maureen Loughran
Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Hussein Smko
Battery Dance

Candace Thompson-Zachery
Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE

Dr. Layla Zami
Pratt Institute, Oxana Chi Dance

Marketing and Communications Task Force

Ellen Bar
New York City Ballet

Christopher Bastardi
Sunshine Sachs

Imran Khan

Ivy Li
Bloomberg Philanthropies & Bloomberg Associates

Symposium Programming Committee

Ana "Rokafella" Garcia
Managing Director, Full Circle Souljahs

Jeffrey Rosenstock
AVP External Relations and Governmental Affairs, Queens College - CUNY Dance Initiative

Juan José Escalante
Executive Director, José Limón Foundation

Julia del Palacio
Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Dr. Layla Zami
Visiting Scholar, Pratt Institute; Artist, Oxana Chi Dance

Leah Krauss
Senior Program Officer for Dance & Special Projects, Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Michelle Mantione
Dance Educator

Niya Nicholson
Director of Development, José Limón Dance Foundation

Silas Farley
Dancer, New York City Ballet

Sita Frederick
Director of Community Engagement Programs at Lincoln Center Education; Artistic Director at Areytos Performance Works

Sydnie L. Mosley
Artistic Director, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances

Zavé Martohardjono

Junior Committee

Lauren Wingenroth, Chair

Camille Moten, Vice Chair

Will Noling, Secretary

Danielle Iwata, Committee Operations Coordinator

Nadia Khayrallah, Communications Coordinator



Dance/NYC values justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity at all levels of its organization, including its Board, committees, task forces, 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 justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity, Dance/NYC seeks participation on its Board, committees, task forces, 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 and immigrant representation. (According to Census data, the New York City population is approximately 77% ALAANA, 10% disabled, and 37% foreign-born. Source: US Census Bureau American FactFinder 2011–2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.) For a full overview of Dance/NYC’s values on justice, equity, and inclusion and the agendas that inform this work, please refer to Dance.NYC/equity/values.

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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