Lane Harwell is a nonprofit executive, advocate, educator, and former artist working to advance mission-driven causes. He 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. Lane chairs the New York Dance and Performance Awards and is a member of leadership committees for Trust for Governors Island, Hunter College, New York Public Library, New York City Arts Coalition, and One Percent for Culture. 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, Lane's history in the arts also includes training at the School of American Ballet and a performance career with American Ballet Theatre. 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. Lane is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and writes on policy and management issues for the Huffington Post.
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
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.
Tiffany Geigel is a disabled dancer, model, actress and stage manager. She started her dance training at the age of three and is a dance company member for Heidi Latsky Dance. Tiffany worked for The City University of New york (CUNY) for 10 years, where she grew and developed her administrative expertise. She has pursued a career in modeling and acting. Her first acting appearance was in the web series "Don't Shoot the Messenger" which granted her SAG-Aftra eligibility. Tiffany also did a documentary series on the TLC cable channel titled "Two In A Million; Tiniest Torso" in 2016 amongst many other media appearances. Tiffany is currently working on an upcoming modeling book project titled "The Beauty Of Tiffany" by Asael Dror to be released in 2018. She has become a disability advocate and enjoys educating society on disability and disabled performing artists. She is thrilled to join the DanceNYC team.
Mikaila Ware is a movement artist originally from Ellenwood, Georgia. Recently, she graduated from Florida State University where she obtained her B.F.A in Dance with emphasis on performance, choreography, and dance theory. She has studied and performed works by master teachers and choreographers such as Alex Ketley, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Gerri Houlihan, Ilana Goldman, Darrell Jones, Pearl Ubungen, just to name a few. In addition, Mikaila has performed at festivals like The American College Dance National Festival at the Kennedy Center and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival at Boston University. Mikaila is an alumni of the Diversity in Arts Leadership program with the Arts and Business Council of New York.
Columbia Arts Experience Internship Program, Development and Communications Intern
Fernanda Hong, originally from Costa Rica, moved to New York for her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She previously worked as Biologist and continues to be involved in various conservation and animal welfare projects. Her past experience includes an internship in FSE, a company specializing in promoting social events in New York City and various freelance projects.
Columbia Arts Experience Internship Program, Programs Intern
Alena Zhang is a native of Syracuse, NY, where she grew up studying ballet, modern, and jazz dance. She is an undergraduate at Columbia University, where she is pursuing her love of dance, along with creative writing and sustainable development. Alena is currently the programs intern at Dance/NYC.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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