Dance/NYC Board

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

Camille Y. Turner, Vice Chair
Haug Partners

Jina Paik, Treasurer
Nonprofit Finance Fund

Brandi Stewart, Secretary
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Deborah G. Adelman
Dance Patron

Edward A. Brill
Proskauer Rose

Juan José Escalante
José Limón Dance Foundation

Gina Gibney

Kathrin Heitmann
Moody's Investors Service

Martha Newton
Fairchance, LLC

Susan Gluck Pappajohn

Reshma Patel
Four Rivers

Christopher Pennington
Jerome Robbins Foundation and Trust

Alice Sheppard
Kinetic Light

Eduardo Vilaro
Ballet Hispánico

Shannon Zhu
Equinox Holdings Inc.

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

Ayodele Casel
Tap Dance Artist

Juan Castaño
Co-Founder, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

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

Linda Murray
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Elisa Monte Dance

Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Jeffrey Rosenstock
Queens College, CUNY Dance Initiative

Carlota Santana
Flamenco Vivo

Elizabeth Streb
Artistic Director and Founder, STREB EXTREME ACTION

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

Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky Dance

Simi Linton
Disability/Arts Consultancy

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

Albert Blackstone
Director, MOMEN
Faculty, Broadway Dance Center

Ami Scherson
Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate, Americans for the Arts
Co-Chair, Dance/NYC Junior Committee

Ana "Rokafella" Garcia
Managing Director, Full Circle Souljahs

Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Senior Director of Artist Development & Curation; Editorial Director, Gibney

Juan José Escalante
Executive Director, José Limón Foundation

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

Laurel Lawson
Choreographer, Kinetic Light
Artist-Engineer, Rose Tree Productions

Nelida Tirado
Artistic Director & Teacher of Nelida Tirado Flamenco

Niya Nicholson
Managing Director, MOVE|NYC| Foundation, Inc.

Parijat Desai
Artistic Director, Parijata Dance Company

Remi Harris
Programs Manager, Center for Performance Research

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

Zavé Martohardjono

Junior Committee

Kimberleigh Costanzo, Co-Chair

Danielle Iwata, Co-Chair

Rebecca Fitton, Secretary

Kelsey Kramer, Committee Coordinator

Loren Sass, Communications: Social Media & Email

Brittany Wilson, Communications: Blog & Site



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.

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