Alexeya Eyma-Manderson, Grantmaking Coordinator
Alexeya EM is an interdisciplinary performing artist and energy worker dedicated to raising the collective consciousness through her life and artistry. Her art exists at the intersection of music, choreography, leadership development, performance/event curation, mysticism, and energy work/healing arts. Through the themes of multidimensional expression, divinity, sacred sensuality, black liberation, and the divine feminine, Alexeya creates space for art and experiences that propel communal contemplation and transcendance.
She received a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on research in Leadership Studies. After which, she danced professionally for Gibney Dance Company and worked as a freelance choreographer, creative director and performance coach in both commercial and concert dance. In 2016, Alexeya founded LEAD: Leadership for Emerging Artist Development, an immersive training program providing emerging artists with tools to cultivate an inclusive leadership presence. She has conducted leadership seminars for NYU School of Professional Studies, MOVE|NYC|, and Gibney Dance Center, amongst others.
Alexeya has been releasing music as an independent recording artist since 2017. Her recent EP ‘ISIS’ explores the themes of cultivating the supreme divine feminine essence through embodied practice. She resides in New York City.
Ariel Herrera, Research and Advocacy Manager
Ariel Herrera is an activist with two decades of experience in international human rights advocacy, including 8 years at Amnesty International USA, where he helped build the organization's thematic program initiative on LGBT human rights. As a consultant, he has worked on capacity building initiatives for grassroots activists and organizations in Asia, as well as developed grantmaking strategies to advance LGBT rights in Asia. Prior to his work in international human rights advocacy, Ariel spent over a decade as a dancer and choreographer, creating his own work and appearing in the works of David Wood, Sarah Skaggs, Jeff Weiss, and Reza Abdoh. In 1989, The New York Times named him as "One of the newer names to watch among modern dance choreographers."
Brinda Guha, Symposium Coordinator
Brinda Guha identifies as a non-disabled, caste-privileged, cisgender and queer South-Asian American, and is a trained Indian Classical Kathak dancer for over 20 years and has traveled throughout USA and to India, England, and Spain to perform. During training and performing for years in the Kathak (Malabika Guha) & Manipuri (Kalavati Devi) dance disciplines, as well as Flamenco (Carmen de las Cuevas; Dionisia Garcia) and Contemporary Fusion vocabularies, she co-founded Kalamandir Dance Company in 2010 based in the vocabulary of #ContemporaryIndian. This name is currently under review. Through Kalamandir, Brinda choreographed for many national stages, the North American Bengali Conference at Madison Square Garden, and self-produced and choreographed original feature-length dance productions which earned her artist residencies at Dixon Place (2018) and Dancewave (2019) to continue to develop work. Now, she is represented by CESD Talent Agency and is pursuing artistic direction, performance and arts education. She continues to train in Kathak, Manipuri, YorchhA? (est. Ananya Chatterjee), and Contemporary. Brinda also dances with dynamic percussive trio Soles of Duende, featuring Flamenco (Arielle Rosales), Tap (Amanda Castro), and Kathak. Her dream of having art meet activism was realized when she created WISE FRUIT NYC, a seasonal live arts installment (est 2017) dedicated to the feminine divine and honoring select women-led organizations. Between live installments, Wise Fruit NYC functions as a community-led space for beginner tools in social justice. For her day job, she works as the Symposium Coordinator for dance service organization based in the values of justice, equity & inclusion: Dance/NYC.
Candace Thompson-Zachery, Director of Programming and Justice 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 the Dance and Performance Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, WIADCA (NY), Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Renegade Performance Group, and curator Claire Tancons, for the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. Ms. Thompson-Zachery holds an M.A. in Performance Curation from the ICCP program at Wesleyan University and a certificate from the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy at UPenn. 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.
Hastings Hill, Communications Manager
Originally from Memphis, TN, now based in Harlem, Hastings discovered her love of dance at the age of three. As a dancer, she has trained and performed in a variety of disciplines—a highlight being performing in the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony.
In college, she shifted her focus to arts administration and has since worked with a number of companies and organizations including Broadway Dance Center, New Ballet Ensemble & School, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy, found movement group, and The PULSE on Tour.
Prior to joining Dance/NYC, she served as the Communications & Membership Manager of St. George's Society of New York where she oversaw communications, fundraising and development strategies for the 252-year-old nonprofit.
Hastings holds a M.A. in Cultural and Creative Industries from King's College London and a B.A. in Human Development in the Arts from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Outside of work, she enjoys travel, food, DIY-ing and a newfound love of anime.
Madalyn Rupprecht, Communications Coordinator
Madalyn Rupprecht (she/they) is a movement-based artist and arts administrator born in Baltimore and now based in Brooklyn. They identify as a nondisabled, queer, white, gender-nonconforming person. Madalyn is interested in the intersection of somatics and the study of queer ecology, desire, and, ultimately, utopia, researching such themes via the Institute for Postnatural Studies’ and the Institute of Queer Ecology’s Mutability & Mutualism program.
Working with artists such as Fredrick Earl Mosley, Kathleen Kelley, and Abby Zbikowski, Madalyn has performed at the 92nd Street Y; Jacob's Pillow; and The Joyce Theater, and has been selected to present her own choreographic work at NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Montclair State University; Bridge for Dance's Uptown Rising Performance Series; the Post/Future Performance Festival; and Bailar al Sol International Dance Festival in Puerto Rico. As an administrator & marketer, Madalyn has worked with Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Michelle Tabnick PR, Proteo Media + Performance, Eryc Taylor Dance, and Sarah Rose Nordgren. In addition to her work with Dance/NYC, she is currently the Company Manager of Kyle Marshall Choreography. Madalyn graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Journalism.
Milena Luna, Interim Executive Director
Milena Luna is a Nonprofit Consultant and Life Coach, with 15 years of non-profit management experience, leading and collaborating in the areas of: operations, human resources, event planning, community building, facilities management, and accounting. As interim Co-Executive Director at Dance/NYC, Leadership team member at Ekklesia New York, and founder of her own coaching and consulting business, Milena Luna has established success in building and mentoring individuals, teams, and organizations to maximize business value through bold conscious leadership, creativity, and collaboration. She thrives on helping people connect to their purpose and values, own their unique gifts and talents, and take courageous action to impact their own lives and their direct communities. Milena Luna is a Latina of Colombian heritage, a resilient New Yorker, a heart-centered creative, and an explorer of world culture. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and has a bachelor's degree in Management of Musical Enterprises from Baruch College.
Sara Roer, Director of Operations and Finance
Sara Roer (she/her/hers) hails from Waccamaw land colonially known as Wilmington, North Carolina and transplanted to Lenapehoking aka NYC in 2005 after asking to be left there on visits to grandparents for at least a decade. She currently identifies as an extroverted, non-disabled, cisgender, white queer femme.
Her "slash life" mosaic of activity has been driven by curiosity and a sense of adventure, with dance performance and arts administration as deeply rooted constants. In both the dance and administrative realms, Sara insists on collaboration for building sustainable, impactful, long term work. In this vein, she has stayed the course with Emily Berry/b3w Performance Group for over 20 years and Keith A Thompson/danceTactics Performance Group for over 16 years (earning a New York Times mention, "eloquent," in her inaugural season). She co-founded This Body collective with longtime friend and co-conspirator Diane Tomasi over 6 years ago. She has been training in and practicing traditional Thai Bodywork for over 16 years, starting with mentor Al Turner II. She was at artistic and administrative home BAX|Brooklyn Arts Exchange in various roles for over 14 years before stepping into this Director role with DanceNYC and looks forward to cultivating roots here for years to come.
Vicki Capote, Director of Development
Vicki Capote is a multidisciplinary artist and fundraiser committed to building a more accessible, equitable, and inclusive arts ecosystem. She was born and raised in New York City and has more than 15 years of experience as a singer, actor, and stage manager in the performing arts field. Vicki is passionate about utilizing art as a vehicle for social change, civic engagement, and self-actualization. Prior to joining Dance/NYC, she worked as the Development Manager at A Blade of Grass, where she advocated and secured resources for socially engaged artists nationwide. Vicki has also worked as the Director of Development & Communications at ARTs East New York, where she co-created initiatives for community-centered placemaking and emerging socially engaged artists.
She holds a B.A. in Arts Management and Applied Performance from Hampshire College and is an alum of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institutes' Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship. Outside of work, Vicki enjoys hiking, crafting, and drawing.
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Strategy and Research Consultant (Former Executive Director)
Alejandra Duque Cifuentes is a nonprofit leader and advocate working to advance a more just, equitable, and inclusive arts and cultural ecology by developing measures that ensure dance workers, businesses, and organizations can thrive in the five boroughs of New York City. With more than 10 years of production and stage management experience in theater and dance, prior to joining Dance/NYC, she 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, Alejandra taught children and adults of all ages how to express themselves through theater and movement practice in over 100 New York City public schools and through community theater 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 theater. Her professional and educational background encompasses business, creative, and civic realms, including a BA from Columbia University School of General Studies in theater directing and an early career as a theater artist, stage manager, and arts educator. Through her work on cultural policy, Alejandra has earned appointments to Mayor-Elect Eric Adams’ Transition Committee on Parks, Arts & Culture and A Better Contract for New York’s Joint Task Force. She sits on the boards of Nonprofit New York and New Yorkers for Culture and Arts, and is a member of the leadership council of Creatives Rebuild New York.
Alejandra is a proud Queens resident and identifies as a white, nondisabled, immigrant, latina woman, and New Yorker. She believes healthy communities need a strong arts and culture sector and is committed to anti-racist practices that ensure artists can thrive in New York City.
Carrie Blake, Senior Consultant & Research Director
Carrie Blake is a management consultant, researcher, project manager and administrator dedicated to the cultural sector. Since 2006, she has been a senior member of the Webb Mgmt team. In that role, she has directed research and analysis on more than 250 studies and plans. Her recent research with Dance/NYC focused on New York City’s vast fiscally sponsored arts landscape and informed the City’s first ever cultural plan.
Before joining the firm, Carrie was the Associate Producer for the Office of Arts & Cultural Programming at Montclair State University (NJ) where she played a pivotal role in the establishment of Peak Performances, an ambitious new presenting, producing and commissioning program. Collaborating with innovative experimental artists from across the nation and around the world, Carrie coordinated regional, national and world premieres while establishing identity, presence, structure and policy for MSU’s new venture.
Prior to MSU, Carrie developed and managed fundraising events and campaigns for both The Drama League, a New York City-based nonprofit committed to developing artists and audiences for the American theatre, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison, WI). She also worked in marketing for the Madison Civic Center as management prepared for expansion to what is now the Overture Center.
Carrie is a proud alumna of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business where she completed several consulting projects, including business planning and market research for arts organizations. Her graduate research focused on the university arts presenters’ multifarious existence within university and community contexts.
James H. Monroe, Designer/Strategist Consultant
Monroe&Co is a New York City-based strategy and design studio that creates branding, websites, and print publications for non-profits, arts organizations, and growing businesses. Principal James Monroe has 15 years of experience designing and leading design projects. He is passionate about helping others learn and grow while remaining mindful of society and the environment. He believes it is important that even organizations with limited resources have access to effective communication design.
Jovanka Ciares, Executive Consultant
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.
Kirsten Reynolds, Grantmaking Consultant
Kirsten Reynolds is passionate about the arts and advancing the field of dance. As a dance artist and choreographer, Kirsten has worked with several companies including: Rachel Thorne Germond Performance Collage, Ninja Ballet, insert dance company title here, Regina Opera Company, Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater, 7 Midnights Physical Research, Golden Hour Dance and Nuo Spiritual Art Foundation. She is also a teacher and studio manager with Petite Performers Williamsburg. As an arts administrator, Kirsten cultivated the archives of the Stephen Petronio Company and supports the programming of 7 Midnights Physical Research and insert dance company title here. Kirsten is a graduate of Texas Christian University where she earned BFA degrees in Ballet and Modern Dance and is proud to be working with Dance/NYC as an organization that centers values of justice, equity and inclusion.
Michelle Tabnick, Public Relations Consultant
Michelle Tabnick PR is a full-service public relations firm specializing in the arts. The company creates PR strategies with the goals of promoting the client's brand image, building ticket sales, and reaching target audiences, with specific focus on integrated marketing campaigns. Photo credit: Christopher Duggan
NPOC Services , Bookkeeping Consultant
Non-Profit Operations and Consulting (NPOC) Services is based just outside of Boston, MA and serves nonprofit organizations across the nation. We provide operations support and project management exclusively to non-profit organizations. NPOC provides a concierge based, “one-stop-shop” operations support service that is cost-effective because it affords the Non-Profit Client access to staffing support and nonprofit expertise without having to commit to the costs of staff recruitment and retention. NPOC provides both short-term support services for interim periods as well
as long-term support services in all areas of non-profit operations: bookkeeping & audit support, administrative support, central receptionist and mail handling, technology
systems management and development, infrastructure and policy development, CRM management, donor gift entry management, benefits and HR administration, and communications support.
Rila Group , Data Analytics Consultant
Rila Group is committed to providing exceptional research and analytics services to businesses and non-profit organizations. Our skills and experience help us deliver insight and impact for clients through a wide range of flexible support models, providing ad hoc and ongoing analytics solutions. In partnership with our clients we can identify and capture the most value and meaningful insights from data and turn it into competitive advantages. As a fully technology agnostic firm we are able to work with our clients' preferred technologies and platforms. We strive to be the first choice for any company interested in gathering and utilizing data related to their operations.
Stephanie Acosta, Engagement Coordinator
Stephanie Acosta is an artist and organizer living in the occupied land of the Lenape and Canarsee people (Brooklyn, NY) who places the questioning of meaning-making and manufactured limitations at the center of their practices. Acosta is a founding member of the emerging Arts Union and participates across the city supporting tenants rights, hyper local mutual aid and examining the artist’s role in the struggle for equity. Curatorial experiments include 6 seasons of Sunday Service, a live gathering, co-created with Alexis Wilkinson at Knockdown Center, previously co-curating the Dance/NYC Symposium with Remi Harris in 2018, and curating the Discourse and Reading series for American Realness in 2017. As an artist Acosta recently wrapped a residency at Triangle gallery after opening the solo exhibit Good Day God Damn at the Chocolate Factory Theatre which was accompanied by a mini-series talk show Apocalypse Talks, speaking with artists on themes of multi-crisis making and radical hope found in art practices. Acosta has collaborated with artist Miguel Gutierrez, on multiple projects including Cela nous concerne tous (This concerns all of us) commissioned for the Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, France, and This Bridge Called My Ass premiered 2019 American Realness with a dynamic cast of Latinx performers. And has presented their works with and for Museum of Art and Design, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Chocolate Factory Theatre, Knockdown Center, the Current Sessions, Miami Performance International Festival, IN>Time Symposium, Abrons Arts Center, the Chicago Park District, the Performance Philosophy conference, AUNTS, Read/Write Library, MANA Contemporary Chicago, No Media, and Radius.
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.
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