BOARD & COMMITTEES                                                                                 

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
Gibney Dance

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

Gabri Christa
Choreographer and Filmmaker 
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Barnard College of Columbia University, Department of Dance

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
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


Media Task Force

Ellen Bar
New York City Ballet

Christopher Bastardi
Sunshine Sachs

Imran Khan

Ivy Li
Bloomberg Philanthropies

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

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.

If you are interested in joining Dance/NYC's Board or ad hoc committees, please write Milena Luna at