Harwell is an appointee to New York State’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts and New York City’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and the Department of Education’s Arts Education Committee. He chairs the New York Dance and Performance Awards (the Bessies) and is a member of the Board of New Yorkers for Culture & Arts and leadership committees for the Trust for Governors Island, Hunter College, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Prior to Dance/NYC, he held the senior development role at the arts-wide advocacy organization Alliance for the Arts. A lifelong New Yorker and a product of its creative and social justice sectors, Harwell’s history in the arts also includes training at the School of American Ballet and a performance career with American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. He holds a MBA from Columbia Business School, a MA in Performance Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University. Harwell is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Manager of Operations and Grantmaking
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.
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Director of Programming and Justice Initiatives
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes is an entrepreneur, program developer, activist, theatre artist, and educator. Having worked in productions alongside Austin Pendleton, Kristin Linklater, Melanie Joseph, Joanna Haigood, Lear DeBessonet, Ken Rus Schmoll, and the Columbia University School of the Arts, among others, Alejandra brings her production and stage management, and directing experience to Dance/NYC. A graduate of Columbia University School of General Studies, Alejandra has been teaching children and adults of all ages for 10 years and is the founder and director of Theatre That Transcends, an educational and community theatre organization that teaches local, underserved communities how to express themselves and address community issues through the art of theater.
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
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.
Development and Communications Coordinator
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.
Media and Advertising Specialist
A native of south Florida, April headed north to Massachusetts in 1995 to train at the Boston Ballet School. Five years later, she graduated from Emerson College with a Broadcast Journalism degree. After brief stints at CW56, NESN, and Worcester’s WCTR TV stations, April continued her journey to New York City in 2001 and has remained there ever since. An active supporter and fan of the performing arts, she has been operating her own public relations firm, AMT Public Relations, for the past 12 years, specializing in the promotion of classical and jazz music, opera, and dance. Thanks to her recent MBA degree from NYU Stern School of Business, she regularly augments her PR work with artist management services.
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.
Ash Yergens is a trans dance artist, administrator, and advocate based in Brooklyn, NY. He initiated APAP's first Transgender Arts Professionals Forum at the 2018 APAP|NYC Conference and continues to build a more trans-inclusive dance world by creating and serving on panels throughout NYC. As an administrator, Ash acted as the Project Coordinator for DanceMotion USA, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Most recently, Ash managed membership and fiscal sponsorship at New York Live Arts. Artistically, Ash is building his first evening-length performance Prettygirl264264, which will make its world premiere Nov 1-3, 2018 at Abrons Arts Center.
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.
Sruti Suryanarayanan is a rising senior at the Rhode Island School of Design studying Furniture Design and concentrating in Regional Studies of South and Southeast Asia. She is a critical speculator and maker based in Providence, RI, making work regarding global sociopolitics and higher education policy. Working through the disciplines of furniture and object making, in combination with satirical performance and curricular reform, she examines and reacts to the realities of colonial mindsets in contemporary academia and creative processes. Sruti believes in empowerment and community, viewing both as tools and media for equity.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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.