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

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


Marketing and Communications Task Force

Ellen Bar
New York City Ballet

Christopher Bastardi
Sunshine Sachs

Imran Khan

Ivy Li
Bloomberg Philanthropies & Bloomberg Associates


Disability. Dance. Artistry. Task Force

Alexandria Wailes
Actor, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Christine Bruno
Disability Inclusion Consultant

Diane DugganPh.D., ADTR
Dance Therapist, Dance Educator

Elisabeth Salzhauer Axel
Art Beyond Sight

Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky Dance

Kitty Lunn
Infinity Dance

Simi Linton
Disability/Arts Consultancy

Zazel-Chavah O’Garra


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

Andrew Coldwell
Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Eileen Reyes Arias
New York City Mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs

Felicity Hogan
New York Foundation for the Arts

Hussein Smko
Battery Dance

Kamala Cesar
Lotus Music & Dance

Dr. Layla Zami
Pratt Institute, Oxana Chi Dance

Luba Cortés
Make the Road


Symposium Programming Committee

Albert Blackstone
Director, MOMEN Faculty, Broadway Dance Center

Ami Scherson
Member, 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

Ami SchersonCo-Chair
Linda Ryan, Co-Chair
Anna Bjella
Anna McDunn
Brooke Rucker

Danielle Iwata
Jesse Obremski
Joan Bradford
Katherine De La Cruz
Kimberleigh Costanzo
Leila Mire

Maya Simone 
Stephanie Rivas
Veronica Jiao


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.

Advisory Committee Charter

If you are interested in joining Dance/NYC's ad hoc committees, please write Executive Director Alejandra Duque Cifuentes at [email protected]

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