Dance/NYC Symposium

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2022 Digital Symposium

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18, 2022, 9:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 9:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


UPDATE: As of Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the Dance/NYC 2022 Symposium will be held entirely on a virtual platform.

experience the 2022 symposium

The 2022 Symposium is a virtual event, convening on Whova, an all-in-one digital conference platform that features video live-streaming, speaker and audience engagement, a community bulletin board, and sponsor placement. The three-day event also includes virtual panel discussions and interactive workshops, a virtual service fair, and broadcasted keynote conversations. 


Sessions will include ASL interpretation and closed captions.
For the full description of accessibility services, please visit the venue page.
For more information about accessibility or to request reasonable accommodations contact Brinda Guha at

Please note that this is a three-day event. Registration covers all sessions and events over the course of three days. Tickets are not sold for individual sessions or days and are non-refundable. 

Participants are listed in alphabetical order by first name.
Click on their names to access their bios.

Session Speakers and Moderators

In a black and white image, Aaron Mattocks, a bald, bearded, white cis male in his early 40s, sits on a stool facing the camera

Aaron Mattocks, Director of Programming

Joyce Theater

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Adham Hafez, Founder and Artistic Director, HaRaKa Platform and Wizara Ecosystems

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Adia Whitaker, Founder & Artistic Director

Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective

Alejandra is standing in front of a wooden wall. She is a fair-skin with short brown hair, a big smile, and a yellow blazer.

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Dance/NYC Strategy and Research Consultant + Founder & Principal, ADC Consulting

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Alexandra Beller, Artistic Director

Alexandra Beller/Dances

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Alexandria Wailes, Freelance Artist

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Alice Sheppard

Kinetic Light

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Alison Kopit, Disability. Dance. Artistry. Resident


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Amy A. Lehman, Director of Legal Services

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

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Amy Smith, Dance Artist, Educator, Facilitator

Ana Nery, a white woman with long black hair looking straight at the camera. She is in front of a grey background.

Ana Nery Fragoso, Acting Director

Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, Hunter College

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Ananya Chatterjea, Artistic Director, Ananya Dance Theatre & Coordinator

Shawngrām Institute for Performance & Social Justice

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Andre Bouchard, Executive Creative Producer

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andrea haenggi, Interdisciplinary Dance Artist and Ethnochoreobotanographer

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Anna Campbell, Senior Program Officer

Howard Gilman Foundation

Anna Gichan a young white woman with high cheek bones, medium length brown hair and bright eyes smiles casually at the camera.

Anna Gichan, Disability. Dance. Artistry. Resident


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Anne Huang, Executive Director

World Arts West

Annie-B, a woman in glasses with her hand on her chin.

Annie-B Parson, Artistic Director

Big Dance Theater

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Ashley N. Cloud, Founder & Managing Attorney

The Cloud Law Firm, PLLC

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Benedict Nguyễn, Freelance Dancer, Writer, and Creative Producer

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Beverly Lopez, Artistic Director, REDi Dance Company, Dancer, Choreographer, Teaching Artist

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Dr. Carl Paris, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Africana Studies at John,

Independent Scholar in Dance and Cultural Studies

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Carmen Caceres, Dance Artist, Choreographer, and Educator

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Chris Walker, Director, Division of the Arts; Professor

Dance Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Clarinda Mac Low, Executive Director

Artist and Arts Worker, Executive Director of Culture Push, Inc.

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Corbett OToole, Disabled Dance Advocate

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Craig T. Peterson, Executive Artistic Director

Abrons Arts Center

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Cricket Colter, Cricket, of the Step Fenz, Crazy-Natives dance crews; Artistic Director of Concept Kinetics

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Daniel Park, Training and Consulting Manager

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

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Darian Marcel Parker, PhD, Guest Professor of West African Dance

The Juilliard School

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David Thomson, Artist, Advocate, Mentor, Educator

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devynn emory, multi-modal dancer/choreographer, director of devynnemory/beastproductions + sage

Diane wearing her Osage traditional blanket-dark blue wool broadcloth with silk ribbonwork Sunrise pattern

Diane Fraher, Founder & Director

American Indian Artists Inc, (AMERINDA)

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Elena Sundick, Mellon Public Humanities Research Fellow, JKO School Intern, and Dance Educator

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Ellie Kusner, Freelance Dance Educator, Teacher, and Advocate; Faculty at Juilliard Dance and Mark Morris Adult

Co-Host of DanceWell Podcast

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Frank Malloy IV, aka DJ OLOBÈ, Musician, Composer, and DJ

Harambee Dance Company

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Hallie Chametzky, Archiving Specialist


Hope Mohr is white with long, dark hair pulled in a bun on top of her head. She stands in front of a cliff.

Hope Mohr, Attorney and Co-Director

The Bridge Project

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Hussein Smko, Founder/Director

Project TAG Dance Theater Company

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Imogen Smith, Director of Archiving and Preservation


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Janet Rollé, CEO & Executive Director

American Ballet Theatre

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Jason Styres, Casting Director and Creative Director

The Casing Collaborative

Jeremy is a Black man with shoulder length dreadlocks swopped to one side of his confidently focused facial expression.

Jeremy McQueen, Director & Choreographer

The Black Iris Project

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Jill Sigman, Artistic Director

jill sigman/thinkdance

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Kamal Sinclair, Regenerative Leadership Member

Guild of Future Architects

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Karen Finley, Arts Professor, Art and Public Policy

Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Kellee, a non-disabled butterscotch skinned woman with long dark brown hair, is slightly smiling with her arms folded.

Kellee Edusei, Executive Director, Dance/USA

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Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

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Kristopher W. McDowell, Founder of Rhizome Consulting and KMP Artists

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Kyle Dacuyan, Executive Director

The Poetry Project

Laurel, a white woman with creamy skin, cropped silvery hair, and hazel eyes, looks thoughtfully to one side.

Laurel Lawson, Choreographer, Kinetic Light; Artist-Engineer, Rose Tree Productions

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Lauren Cox, Assistant Professor of Jazz Dance

UMass Amherst

Lavesh posing in a "Chaal" posture wearing a traditional Bhangra outfit.

Lavesh Pritmani, Founder

Learn Bhangra

Lehuanani is dressed in a sleeveless grey dress. She has a lot of wavy brown hair that is worn down. She looks at the camera

Lehuanani DeFranco, Organizer

Uprooted & Rising

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Lucy Sexton, Executive Director, New Yorkers For Culture & Arts

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Makeda Thomas

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Maria Bauman, Artistic Director of MBDance; Co-founder of ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity)

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Marianna Koytsan

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Matt Feinstein, Co-op Clinic Program Manager

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

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Maxine Montilus, Dance Artist, Artistic Director of MV Dance Project

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Maya Simone Z., Interdisciplinary Artist & Advocate

Dance/NYC Junior Committee

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mayfield brooks, Artist/Choreographer

Megan Metcalf is wearing a green bandanna and a copper jacket and a short haircut and looking out of the window.

Dr. Megan Metcalf, Senior Fellow

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Mia Morris, Independent Artist + Executive Director

Dance for All Bodies

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Michele Byrd-McPhee, Executive Director

Ladies of Hip-Hop

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Michelle Bae, Program Officer

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

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Mike Esperanza, Artistic Director

BARE Dance Company

Mike stands in a dressing room, surrounded by the bright bulbs of makeup mirrors. His t-shirt is black with purple flowers.

Mike Megliola, Director of Information Strategy and Inclusion

Parsons Dance

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Moira Brennan, Executive Director

The MAP Fund, Inc.

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Muna Tseng, Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher, Muna Tseng Dance Projects Inc.

Creative Director, Estate Archive of Tseng Kwong Chi, New York

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Reverend Nafisa Sharriff, Founder & CEO

Entering the Holy of Holies

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nia love, Choreographer, Artist

Assistant Professor Adjunct at Queens College

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Nicky Paraiso, Director of Programming, The Club at La MaMa

Festival Curator, La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival

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Nina Berman, Associate Director of Communications and Content

Fractured Atlas

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Nina Goldman

Hunter College

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Ogemdi Ude, Artist and Educator

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Onye Ozuzu, Dean, College of the Arts, University of Florida,

Artistic Director, Ozuzudances

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Orlando Zane Hunter Jr., Ohio Master Urban Farmer, Founder & Artistic Director, Brother(hood) Dance!

Paloma, a light skinned Black woman, stands on the bank of the Harlem River, looking upstream as the wind blows through her hair

Paloma McGregor, Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Angela's Pulse

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Patricia Schwadron, Career Counselor Supervisor

The Actors Fund Career Center

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Paul Dennis, Professor and Chair

Hunter College Dance Department

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Paula Sánchez-Kucukozer, Manager and Founding Member

Son Pecadores

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Randi Berry, Executive Director

The Indie Theater Fund and IndieSpace

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Ravi Reddi, Associate Director of Advocacy and Policy

Asian American Federation

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Rebecca Fitton, Independent Artist Manager

Reyna Núñez is captured in a black top, with long brown braids, crossed arms and a slight smile to the camera.

Reyna Núñez, Movement Artist, & Administrative Assistant

Ladies of Hip Hop (LOHH)

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Risa Shoup, Interim Executive Director

the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York

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River Whittle, Lenapehoking

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Ronald K. Alexander, Self-Employed Freelance Dance Artist, Teacher, Choreographer, Administrator

Sachiyo Ito In costume of Kimono and Hair style of Genroku Period(late 17th Century Japan)

Sachiyo Ito, Artistic Director

Sachiyo Ito and Company

Sahasra in a sari and bindi with braided hair.

Sahasra Sambamoorthi, CEO


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Sarah Calderon, Executive Director

Creatives Rebuild New York

Sarah Cecilia Bukowski

Sarah Cecilia Bukowski, Research and Advocacy Coordinator

Sarah leans against a brick wall, her tightly cropped curly hair is brown and her freckled skin is wet with sweat and rain.

Sarah Chien, Independent Dance Artist

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Sarah Marcus, Director of Education and Community Engagement

Mark Morris Dance Group

An Anglophone/white/light-skinned, cis-gendered female with shoulder length brown hair smiles widely at the camera.

Sarah Wilbur, Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Studies

Duke University Dance Program

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Sewaa Codrington, Cofounder/Director

KowTeff School of African Dance

African American Female with short cropped afro,sterling silver hoop earrings and black tank top

Sheila Barker, Educator, Broadway Dance Center; Adjunct Professor, Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College

Sophia is wearing a Korean woman with long dark brown hair. She is wearing a tan winter coat and a black scarf.

Sophia Park, Associate Director, Community

Fractured Atlas

Stacie looks directly at the camera against a steel garage door. She has flowing blonde hair, gold hoop earrings, body jewelry.

Stacie Webster, Teacher & Choreographer

Broadway Dance Center

Sydnie, a brown-skin Black women with dark brown locs, stands smiling with her arms crossed. She wears a tan colored top with 3/

Sydnie Liggett-Dennis, Executive Director

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director & Choreographer


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Timothy Edwards, Performer

Camille A Brown and Dancers

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Violeta Galagarza, Executive Artistic Director

Keep Rising To The Top (KR3Ts)

x, a mixed raced, light-skinned Black agender person, is wearing dark gray coveralls.

x sennyuen rance, Transdiciplinary Artist

Equity Workshop Facilitators

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Abou Farman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, New School

Art Space Sanctuary

Alia is looking directly at the camera and smiling. She has long, dark curly hair and is wearing a grey shirt against white

Alia Lahlou, Social Transformation Facilitator

Laurel, a white woman with creamy skin, cropped silvery hair, and hazel eyes, looks thoughtfully to one side.

Laurel Lawson, Choreographer, Kinetic Light; Artist-Engineer, Rose Tree Productions

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Milton X. Trujillo, Community Worker and Coordinator

Centro Corona

SmART Bar Consultants

Alex is a white man wearing a black collared shirt with brown hair and a smile

Alex Goleman, Director of Fiscal Services


Brittany is seated against a mustard yellow background, her hair pulled up into a tall bun. She rests her elbow in her lap

Brittany Couch, Marketing Manager


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Chris Bastardi

BARO Strategies

Clarissa is a petite latina woman with medium length wavy black hair, a black blazer and white shirt with a white background

Clarissa Soto-Josephs, Executive Director


Hollis is a white male, with a mustache, beard, gray hair and glasses

Hollis Headrick, President

Arts and Cultural Strategies, Inc.

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Jenny Thompson, Managing Director of Strategy


Male with short brown hair, grey suit, white shirt, charcoal tie with a grey background.

Julian Schubach, VP, ODI Financial

A woman in her 30s with short brown hair, blue eyes, wearing a pink button-down shirt against a swirling painting.

Nathalie Matychak, Assistant Director of Producing & Residency

Georgia Tech

Brown-skinned Black woman with short curly dark brown hair shown from the chest up and wearing a v-neck satin black long sleeve

Niya Nicholson, Managing Director


Sandy Garcia is wearing a white blouse with black trim. She is smiling at the camera, has medium-light complexion, brown hair

Sandy Garcia, Director of Booking


Legal Clinic Consultants

Adjckwc Browne Headshot

Adjckwc Browne

Browne Law

Carol Steinberg in her office library against favorite books including the wonderful Art Law treatise by Judith Bresler

Carol J. Steinberg, Attorney Law Firm of Carol J. Steinberg and Professor at the School of Visual Arts

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Cheryl Davis, General Counsel

Authors Guild

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Deborah Robinson, Esq.

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Diane Krausz , The Law Offices of Diane Krausz

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Elissa D. Hecker, Esq., Chair

Law Office of Elissa D. Hecker Esq.

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Ethan Bordman, Attorney and Chair of Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law

New York State Bar Association

Innes Smolansky, dark haired female

Innes Smolansky

Office of Innes Smolansky

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Merlyne Jean-Louis, Business & Entertainment Lawyer

Jean-Louis Law

Michael wearing a tie, blazer, and glasses.

Michael Burke, Legal

Bloomberg LP

Philip Gottfried headshot

Philip H. Gottfried, Counsel

Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein

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Rosemarie Tully, Attorney

Dance Break Leaders

Headshot of Angel Kaba

Angel Kaba, International Artistic Director, Choreographer

Founder of Afro'Dance New York

Black female with brown complexion. Bald/shaven hair, mild makeup, bold eyes.

Olu Alatise, Miss Lulu Creates, Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer based in London UK

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