People

Dance/NYC STAFF

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Executive Director
aduque@dance.nyc
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes is an immigrant activist, artist, producer, and educator. With more than 10 years of production and stage management experience in theatre and dance, she has toured nationally and internationally with Zaccho Dance Theatre, Bandaloop, Dancing in The Streets, The Foundry Theatre, and Columbia University School of the Arts, among others. As a teaching artist, Ms. Duque Cifuentes taught children and adults of all ages how to express themselves through theatre and movement practice in over 100 New York City public schools and through community theatre programs. In 2011 she founded Theatre That Transcends, which taught local, underserved communities how to express themselves and address community issues through the art of theatre. As an activist, she plays an integral part in advancing a more equitable arts and cultural ecology by working on measures to increase access, justice, equity, and inclusion within dance for disabled artists, immigrant artists, and artists of color in the five boroughs of New York City. Ms. Duque Cifuentes is a member of the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, Women of Color in the Arts, the Children Museum of Manhattan’s Dance Portal Advisory Board, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Curatorial Advisory Team at Gibney, and she is an advisor for the Latinx Artists Retreat, an annual convening for Latinx cultural producers across all artistic disciplines and fields. She was born in Medellín, Colombia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Columbia University School of General Studies.

 

Bri Ng Schwartz
Research and Advocacy Coordinator
bnschwartz@dance.nyc
Bri Ng Schwartz is a mixed race, Asian America woman. She is an arts advocate, facilitator, ensemble theatre maker, writer and community event planner.  In her former life as a Chicago transplant, she received her BFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism and her BA in Women's and Gender Studies from DePaul University. She has served in various capacaties in community engagement and facilitation at Free Street Theatre - the forefront of the movement to create affordable, inclusive, and innovative theater in communities across Chicago. She has also served as a Rockefeller Database Assistant Analyst at Victory Gardens Theatre and as a Storybooth Intern at StoryCorps Chicago. She is the founder and head producer of Club 2350 // Sex Positivity Showcase and Celebration, a multi-media arts event to benefit Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago. Bri is also a freelance culture and arts writer with work featured in publications including The Howlround Commons.  Having served as Dramaturg on various college productions, she is thrilled to continue developing her growing edge in research through her role at Dance/NYC as well as continuing to ask the question "why now?" through her work in advocacy. 

Christopher Núñez
Manager of Justice, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
cnunez@dance.nyc
Christopher Núñez is a Costa Rican born, New York-based Choreographer, Dance Curator, Dance Educator and Arts Administrator with a BFA in Science of Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica.  Núñez is a 2019 Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art Fellow, a 2018 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Alumnus and a 2018 Core Member for Movement Research's Artists of Color Council. As a choreographer, his work has been featured and reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, TimeOut New York, Dance Enthusiast, and The Brooklyn Rail.  In New York, his work has been presented at The Kitchen, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project, The Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dixon Place, NY City Center Studios, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and at Satellite Art Show during Miami Art Week.

Hanna Stubblefield-Tave
Manager of Development and Grantmaking
hstave@dance.nyc
Hanna Stubblefield-Tave first joined Dance/NYC as an intern in 2016. After working in different part-time and full-time roles at the organization, she became the Manager of Development and Grantmaking in 2019. Hanna grew up dancing in the Boston area, focusing on hip-hop with EnMotion, Inc. and tap with The Boston Tap Company, under the direction of Sean C. Fielder.  She moved to New York City to study at Columbia University, where she concentrated in classics and anthropology and served as President of Raw Elementz, Columbia's oldest hip-hop crew, and founding Vice President of UnTapped: Columbia University's Tap Club.  She participated in Boston University's REACH Summer Outreach/Teen Apprenticeship Program for several years, most recently as Co-Assistant Director, through which she developed a passion for arts education and outreach. Hanna is grateful that she can continue dancing while pursuing a career in arts administration.

Kadiatou Balde
DIAL Summer Intern
intern@dance.nyc
Kadiatou Balde is a proud Guinean-American from the Bronx.  She graduated in May 2019 as a Statue University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award recipient and a Presidential Research Scholar double majoring in Speech Communication and Biology, with a minor in Arabic Studies from SUNY Potsdam.  Kadiatou served as the Student Government President, a Bias Incident Team member, a two-term president and co-founder of the Muslim Student Association during her time at SUNY Potsdam.  She is an Erasmus Virtual Exchange Facilitator, a program that provides online cross-cultural education to students from several countries around the world to promote dialogue and understanding of different socio-political perspectives.  Moreover, the majority of her undergraduate work revolved around community building; be it globally or within her college.  She has strived to build connections and uplift the voices of the global majority.  She is extremely excited to venture into the non-profit field at Dance/NYC where she can give back to local communities in the most creative way and with an amazing team of social justice advocates.

Kirsten Reynolds
Communications Assistant
kreynolds@dance.nyc
Kirsten Reynolds is passionate about the arts and advancing the field of dance. As a dance artist, Kirsten has worked with several companies including: Rachel Thorne Germond Performance Collage, Ninja Ballet, 7 Midnights Physical Research, Golden Hour Dance and Nuo Spiritual Art Foundation. Kirsten has also had the pleasure of working as an arts administrator with Stephen Petronio Company where she cultivated the organization's archives and worked closely with the Development Associate. Kirsten is a recent graduate of Texas Christian University where she earned BFA degrees in Ballet and Modern Dance and is very excited to be working with Dance/NYC.

Powell Mayas
Communications Consultants
Communications@dance.nyc

Powell Mayas is a New York City-based communications consultancy focused on generating engagement and media exposure through experiential marketing, programming, content development, fundraising, and strategic partnerships. Its services focus on creating visibility and other opportunities for designers, lifestyle brands, non-profits, and for-profit enterprises that are making significant contributions to urban communities and society. Partners and clients have included established and emerging artists and designers, individual entrepreneurs, design firms, cultural institutions, governmental agencies, business improvement + community development organizations, and media companies. 

Ludovic Leroy, Partner
Ludovic has more than two decades of experience in fundraising, partnerships, marketing, and sales for non-profits and institutions of higher education including Pratt Institute and the New York University School of Law. He has worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups on partnerships and business development. As head of strategic partnerships for Pratt, Ludovic managed corporate, foundation, government, and community relationships and secured millions of dollars in financial support for various initiatives. He is an alumnus of the University of Scranton and the University of Paris at the Sorbonne. 

Mara McGinnis, Partner
Mara has 20 years of experience handling publicity as well as editorial and brand development at different organizations including Columbia University, the University at Buffalo, and Pratt Institute. For 12 years, Mara led communications and brand marketing for Pratt and built its in-house marketing and creative studio, which included award-winning teams in digital and print design,  media relations, social media, and public programs. An alumna of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Mara received her undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo. 

Sarah Billings Wheeler
Operations Manager
sbwheeler@dance.nyc
Sarah Billings Wheeler worked as a month-of event volunteer for Dance/NYC's 2018 Symposium as part of her transition out of a twelve-year career as a Dance Educator in the New York City public schools.  Sarah brings accumulated experience working in a variety of industries to the role of Operations Manager and is excited to be moving onto a new career path that joins her love of dance with her administrative skills.  Trained in ballet and modern dance, she worked for many years in the DanceSport industry teaching, performing and competing around the Tri-state area and abroad.  Sarah recently completed her MFA in Dance-Creative Practice at Saint Mary's College of California and holds an MA in Dance Education from NYU.  She has created two site-specific works for Guerrilla Dance Collective and hopes to further develop her own artistic practice by creatively exploring the dancing body in non-traditional performing spaces.  

Yijing Sally Hong
Programs Assistant
yhong@dance.nyc
Yijing Sally Hong is a New York-based arts administrator, cultural worker, and immigrant activist. Originally from Shanghai, China, Yijing is a person with a voacious curiosity and keen adaptablility, who firmly believes in the transformative power of art as a mechanism to better our society. Prior to joining Dance/NYC, Yijing worked at the ArtBridge Projects Inc., Queens Council on the Arts, and the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Museum of Asian Art. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and BAs in Art History and Communications from the University of Southern California. Yijing is very excited to be working with Dance/NYC, providing professional development resources to emerging dancers and choreographers in New York. In her spare time, Yijing enjoys Zumba, playing with her cat, and visiting museums. 

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