Dance/NYC is currently accepting applications for several positions.
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
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.
Alexeya EM is a performing artist and thought-leader dedicated to raising the collective consciousness through her life and artistry. Alexeya was born and raised in Queens, New York. She holds a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on research in Leadership Studies. Upon graduation, Alexeya joined Gibney Dance Company as a full time dancer, performing internationally and conducting movement based workshops in DV shelters. Alexeya has presented concert dance and commercial choreography throughout NYC and Philadelphia while building a repertoire as a creative director, choreographer and performance coach for music artists such as Columbia Records artist Léon, Cailee Rae, Dim Mak Records artist Noise Cans, and more. In 2016, Alexeya began directing LEAD: Leadership for Emerging Artist Development, a immersive leadership training program geared towards developing strong leadership awareness in NYC’s young dancers. Recognizing the current cultural rise and demand of the multifaceted artist, LEAD is designed to give emerging artists the tools to enter every space with a commanding and inclusive leadership presence to further the advancement of art making in the world. Alexeya has conducted leadership seminars for NYU School of Professional Studies, Move(NYC), and Gibney Dance Center. In 2017, Alexeya released her debut EP entitled ‘Dancing with the Devil’ and has since been building her repertoire as an independent recording artist. She resides in New York City.
Brinda Guha is a born administrator, artist and leader. With an extensive background in choreography, teaching, performing, arts administration and event planning, she is excited to bring her knowledge of the arts to the job as Symposium Coordinator at Dance/NYC. She is trained in North Indian Classical Kathak dance, and has experience in Manipuri, Flamenco, Contemporary and street styles of movement. She was Dixon Place's 2018 Artist-In-Residence, who commissioned Brinda's company Kalamandir to produce urbanJATRA, a full-length Contemporary Indian production, for three weeks. Most recently, Brinda dances with a percussive dance trio featuring Flamenco (Arielle Rosales), Tap (Amanda Castro), and Kathak called Soles of Duende. Soles was just picked up for the New Spotlight Residency Series at Gibney for 2020. Her company Kalamandir has performed at Gowanus Arts Center, BDC, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Knockdown Center, Dixon Place, Secret Theater, Brooklyn Dance Festival, NYCDA Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Highline Ballroom, Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom, and much more. After six years at Broadway Dance Center as the organization's full-time training Programs Coordinator and International Student Visa Program's Designated School Officer, Brinda founded her own independent endeavor of bringing together the international dance community and activism work. She is the curator of WISE FRUIT NYC, a seasonal live arts showcase benefiting Planned Parenthood of NYC. In this phase of her career, she feels this time of leadership and growth is a means to learn more about herself as a person, performer, and eternal student of the arts.
Manager of Justice, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, now local to Brooklyn, NY, operates between the spheres of dance, cultural production and fitness and wellness, with a focus on the Contemporary Caribbean. She has had an established career as a performer, choreographer, fitness professional, cultural producer, teaching artist, community facilitator and Caribbean dance specialist. In addition to her work in these areas, she leads ContempoCaribe, an ongoing choreography and performance project and is the founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, an organisational platform for Caribbean dance in the diaspora that spearheads the New Traditions Festival in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Adelphi University's BFA program for Dance, and has presented, performed and taught at major venues including: Queen's Hall (T&T), John F. Kennedy Center, New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Museum, and The Ohio State University. She was an inaugural member of the Dancing While Black Fellowship Cohort 2015/2016, was an awardee of Adelphi University's 2017 - 10 Under 10 program, and a Dixon Place Artist-in-Residence for fall 2017. As a cultural producer and strategist, Candace has worked with many organisations and artists bringing their works and visions to life. These include the Dance and Performance Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, WIADCA (NY), Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Renegade Performance Group, most recently assisting Claire Tancons, a curator for the Sharjah Biennial 2019, on her performance series within the platform ‘Look For Me All Around You’. Ms. Thompson-Zachery is currently a candidate in the M.A. in Performance Curation program at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University and recently completed the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy at University of Pennsylvania with National Arts Strategies. Of tantamount importance to her is the vital role dance plays in our communities and she is eager to see dance artists of various styles, practices and traditions thrive in New York City.
Having begun her professional dance career at the age of 6, Heather toured and performed with ballet companies throughout her childhood and adolescence, most notably with the Hartford Ballet and in the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of The Pharaoh’s Daughter at the Metropolitan Opera House. Today primarily a stage and screen actor, she has performed at theaters across the US and in Europe, and has been seen in films screened at Sundance, TIFF, NYMF and more. As a choreographer, Heather has twice been Visiting Guest Artist at Berry College in Georgia and has served as a teaching artist for various public and private schools throughout New York City. She holds a master’s degree in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Dance/NYC team, she worked as a program coordinator for Lincoln Center Education, where she served as Acting Head of Higher Educational Partnerships. Outside of her regular endeavors, Heather is a Victory Belle singer of the National WWII Museum, traveling the country to perform for veterans and at special events. Proud AEA member.
Heather is the Managing Director of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies. She is Founder and Artistic Director of Alma Dance Company. A Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer, she has worked with many artists including Yvonne Rainer, Sidra Bell, Pavel ZusI?tiak, Nathan Trice, DANCENOISE, AndreI? M. Zachery, Buglisi Dance Theater, Fredrick Earl Mosley, and currently Suzzanne Ponomarenko Dance. She is on the board of Renegade Performance Group, Brooklyn Dance Festival, and a member of Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Curatorial Advisory Team at Gibney. Heather is also a dance educator, teaching artist, producer, founder of the blog Community of Motion, advocate for mental health in the dance field, and a certified birth doula at her company, Our Birth Doula.
Jessica brings over 15 years of project management experience in the creative, arts, and marketing fields. Her interest in management was inspired early on from working in the private sector as a Marketing Account Manager. But it’s the Arts and Culture sector where she found her professional home. Her connection to the arts stems from her training and background in dance; Jessica spent the early stages of her career as an independent/ freelance dancer, choreographer and instructor, stateside and internationally. Prior to joining Dance/NYC, she showcased her management talents with Americans for the Arts, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and New York International Children’s Film Festival. In 2018, Jessica received a certificate in Executive Arts and Culture Strategy from University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies. In 2019, she received an M.S. in Organization Change Management at The New School, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Studies.
Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned freelance project manager and director of operations. She is also a certified wellness coach and clinical herbalist. With over 7 years of experience in business consulting and strategy, project management & team building. She has managed the launch of 2 startups, worked as interim Chief-of-Staff & COO & managed product launches for herself and high-profile clients. Her consulting projects include partnerships with Corporations like Facebook, BRAVA Investments, Coca-Cola, Chase & non-profits like The Adelante Movement and Take The Lead Women. As an Executive at EMI Music, Jovanka managed a team of 19 and was responsible for generating over $20 million dollars/year in revenue. She became one of the youngest VP's in a company of over 2,000 employees worldwide and worked in projects with brands like Hallmark, Hasbro, Kodak and Mattel.
Development and Grantmaking Assistant
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.
Kyle is of German and Puerto Rican descent. A stage actor by trade, he has been working in a multi-disciplinary arts environment as an administrator for over a decade. Kyle graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Business Management and moved shortly afterwards to Upstate NY where he spent time working for institutions such as the Glimmerglass Festival and Bard College SummerScape Festival. During university and residency in Upstate, Kyle managed financials and operations for Purely Pets, a worldwide holistic animal supplement wholesaler. Upon moving to NYC, he continued a musical career at New York City Opera, then transitioned to manage operations at the Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York - thus sparking a new zeal for dance! On stage, Kyle has most recently been seen in a Chekov production of Platonov at the Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance on Roosevelt Island and will be seen there in the Bald Sapranos this winter. His active role in theatrical improvisation and film production has deepened his knowlege as an artist. Aside from the arts, Kyle is strongly passionate about travel and food.
Research and Advocacy Coordinator
“We rise by lifting others.” That is the mantra that allows Maleni Palacios to bring forth her leadership together with her eclectic background. She believes team synergy and community support is the key to genuine success. At the age of 16, Maleni began interning at Georgia-Pacific (2014- 2016) through the Summer Economics Institute of Westminster, and later the Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative. Alongside GP, Maleni also worked with the non-profit Youth Entrepreneurs of Georgia (YEG) where she worked on their Alumni Program and Summer Entrepreneurship Incubator. In 2014, Maleni joined the Junior League of Atlanta program: La Amistad Estrellitas, which aims towards academic and social success for Latinas across Atlanta. In 2015, Maleni joined the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HoPe) organization, and founded the first chapter in Atlanta. As HoPe Chapter President, Maleni and the founding team, increased the graduation rate of Hispanic students at her high school. From 2016- 2017 she worked with BRAVA Investments, a holding company that invests in high-growth, scalable businesses that positively impact the financial health of women. In addition, Maleni has held internships at Georgia Power and Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development agency. Maleni is currently earning her B.A. in Economics at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is a candidate for Barnard College’s Athena Leadership Scholars Program.
Noa (they/them) is a dance maker, cultural critic, and unlicensed archivist. Noa has worked with the Trisha Brown Company Archive and the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and has also written for Culturebot and The Brooklyn Rail. They are a member of the Barnard Class of 2021. On campus, they serve on the board of CoLab, an interdisciplinary performing arts group. In their time at Barnard, Noa has performed works by Doug Varone, David Dorfman, chameckilerner, Lucinda Childs, and Adrienne Truscott, among many others. They are thrilled to be interning at Dance/NYC through the Diversity in Arts Leadership NYC 2020 program.
Peter is a non-binary dancer, performance artist, and social media expert based in New York City. Peter is a graduate of the New School for Public Engagement. As a dancer, they have appeared on stages and music videos for artists including Honey Davenport, Kay Day and Friends, Ang Low, and Danni Perez. Peter is in ongoing collaboration with VMA nominated choreographer, Ljuba Castot for upcoming choreographic and artistic endeavors.
Peter has managed social media for nonprofit groups such as Dance/NYC and the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as corporate entities such as Boxers NYC - America's Gay Sports Bar. Peter is proud to blend their passions for nightlife, dance, and social justice into all of their endeavors.
Grant Writing Consultant
Rosemary earned her B.A.'s in both International Studies and Communications from Loyola University Chicago (summa cum laude), her MSc in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics (merit), and her M.A. in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai, China where she also worked as a columnist for the Shanghai Daily. She worked as Manager of Global Initiatives at The Juilliard School in New York, spearheading international satellite programs in Mexico City, Northern China, and Brazil. She then honed her writing practice as Managing Editor and Development Manager at the contemporary art publication, Pelican Bomb, in New Orleans. Upon her return to her native New York City, Reyes led the Building Community Capacity Initiative in Southeast Queens in partnership with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and the Department of Cultural Affairs of NYC. Reyes currently works in New York City as an independent consultant specializing in grant writing, qualitative research, communications, justice, equity, and inclusion best practices, and community engagement. She worked as the Qualitative Analyst for the NYC Mayoral Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers and was the In-House Writer and Press Consultant for Performa 17. Her past clients also include: Randall’s Island Park Alliance, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Vera Institute, Queens Council of the Arts, A Blade of Grass, Ascendant Neighborhood Development, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and Xavier University. In addition to being an institutional consultant, Reyes is a certified reiki practitioner, shamanic practitioner, visual artist, and DJ. She is Co-Founder of SoulShifting Retreats, an eco-spiritual global community of conscious evolutionaries working with cross-cultural indigenous technologies in service to a shared vision of a peacefully evolving Earth, clean waters, healthy land, and liberated souls.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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