People

STAFF

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Acting Co-Executive Director, Programming and Justice Initiatives
aduque@dance.nyc
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes is an 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, Duque Cifuentes taught children and adults of all ages how to express themselves through theater and movement practice in over 100 NYC public schools and through community theatre programs. In 2011 she founded an educational and community theatre organization, Theatre That Transcends, which taught local, underserved communities how to express themselves and address community issues through the art of theater. 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. She is a member of the Children's Museum of Manhattan’s Dance Portal Advisory Board, Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Curatorial Advisory Team at Gibney, and is an advisor for the Latinx Artists Retreat, an annual convening for Latinx cultural producers across all artistic disciplines and fields. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Columbia University School of General Studies.

Milena Luna
Acting Co-Executive Director, Operations and Grantmaking
mluna@dance.nyc
With more than 11 years of operations experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Milena Luna joins the Dance/NYC team and unites her administrative expertise with her passion for service and the arts. In the commercial sector, Milena assisted the VP of Promotions for Verity Records, a record label under Sony Music, and in the nonprofit world, her work involved operations and special projects work for Ekklesia New York Church in Astoria, Queens, where she spearheaded creative projects for the local community. As an entrepreneur, she has built her own performing arts school, Creative Exchange, where she teaches dance to students of all ages, using the arts as an agent for transformation. Additionally, in partnership with Theatre That Transcends and Ekklesia New York Church, she launched Summer 4 the Arts, a summer park program that offers free art workshops to several communities in Queens. Milena holds a BA in Management of Musical Enterprises from Baruch College.

Hannah Joo
Coordinator of Justice, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
hjoo@dance.nyc
Hannah Joo is an artist and activist dedicated to advancing the arts’ capability to build, shape, and resist cultural systems. She is an alumna of the Arts as Cultural Diplomacy Young Leaders Forum with the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, and the Diversity in Arts Leadership program with the Arts and Business Council of New York. As a performing artist, Hannah has collaborated with the Southern California Dance Theater, Courtyard Dancers, and Agora Dance. She has been a teaching assistant for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease under the mentorship of Sharon Friedler as well as Dance for All movement therapy with Hilary Kern. Hannah is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College, where she studied dance and anthropology.

Hanna Stubblefield-Tave
Development and Communications Manager
hstave@dance.nyc
Hanna Stubblefield-Tave is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where she studied classics and anthropology. She grew up dancing in Boston, with a focus in hip-hop under the direction of EnMotion, Inc. and in tap with Sean C. Fielder's The Boston Tap Company, and a love for dance brought her here to New York City. As President of Raw Elementz and founding Vice President of UnTapped, Hanna continued to focus on hip-hop and tap on Columbia's vibrant campus. She has been a part of 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 enthusiastically pursuing a career in arts administration and is thrilled to join the Dance/NYC team.

Peter Elizalde
Communications Assistant
pelizalde@dance.nyc
Peter Elizalde is an artist, choreographer, and writer born and raised in Southern California. He has been living and dancing in New York City since 2014. He trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy for theatre and dance, and is a recent graduate of The New School for Public Engagement, where he studied arts administration and communications. As a performer, he has performed in off broadway and miscellaneous variety shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and most recently with Chocolate Dances, a chocolate making dance company.

Aminata Dansoko
Programs Assistant
adansoko@dance.nyc
Dansoko earned a BA in Environmental Studies and Critical Social Studies from William Smith College. She is an activist, and dance and art enthusiast and hopes to bring dance and art to all communities. Aminata joins the Dance/NYC team after volunteering for the organization for two years. 

Lexie Thrash
Office Manager
lthrash@dance.nyc
Lexie Thrash is a movement and graphic artist, and one half of the collaborative dancing duo JACKS alongside Kelsey Kramer, and makes work with choreographers and visual artists including: Ian Spencer Bell, Debbie Mausner/dmdancecollective, and Eric Gottshall. Alongside her own creating, Lexie is passionate about supporting both established and emerging artists. She is currently a freelance arts administrator working with Ephrat Asherie Dance and Doug Varone and Dancers, and has administrative and graphic design history with artists and institutions including: Jacob's Pillow Dance, The Kitchen, New England Foundation for the Arts, Joanna Kotze Dance Projects, Eiko Otake, Alice Sheppard/Kinetic Light, Movement Research, and L.A. Dance Project. Lexie graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Media Arts & Design. 

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Dance/NYC provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. The policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. It is the policy of Dance/NYC to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dance/NYC does not discriminate against any qualified Employees or job applicants with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability. Dance/NYC makes reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all Employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not require significant difficulty or expense.

 

Trinity Laban Dance Auditions in NYC 2018