Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium

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2021 Digital Symposium

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 10:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19, 2021, 10:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Whova Digital Conferencing Platform

**For Registered Attendees Only**

Opening + Closing Keynote

All sessions included ASL interpretation and closed captions. 

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



A selfie of Abou Farman with a cabbage superimposed where his head would be

Abou Farman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, New School

Art Space Sanctuary

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán Headshot

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Multimedia Artist, Editor, Educator, and Activist/Organizer

Aimee Meredith Cox Headshot

Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox, Cultural Anthropologist, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies

Yale University

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

Ali Rosa-Salas Headshot

Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Programming, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement

Ana Fragoso Headshot

Ana Nery Fragoso, Dance Educator and Dance Director for the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects

Anahid Sofian Headshot

Anahid Sofian, Executive Director

Anahid Sofian Studio

Anginese Phillips Headshot

Anginese Phillips, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

Co-Director of Full Force Wellness & Dance Repertory

A black and white photo of Antuan smiling cross-armed in a gray sweater, sitting backwards in a tarnished chair.

Antuan Byers, dancer, model, creative entrepreneur, and arts organizer

A white woman with freckles and long reddish-brown curly hair looks at the camera. She is wearing a cream short sleeve top.

April Biggs, April Biggs, Dance Artist; Disability+ Working Group Member, Creating New Futures

Ashley Denae Hannah Headshot

Ashley Denae Hannah, Financial Literacy Educator & Advocate, Dance Artist

Brittany Williams Headshot

Brittany Williams, Organizer and Artists, Co-founder of WoodShed Dance

Carol Foster, Emergency Preparedness Consultant for Performing Arts and Special Programs Associate for the IABD

Carol Foster, Special Programs Assistant

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)

Carrie Blake Headshot

Carrie Blake, Senior Consultant & Research Director, Webb Mgmt

Catherine Drury headshot

Catherine Drury, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist

Cesar Valentino Headshot

Cesar Valentino, Vogue Dance Icon and Pioneer

Christina Dawkins Headshot

Christina Dawkins, Founder of A4Abolitionist

Claudia Norman Headshot

Claudia Norman, Producer, Celebrate Mexico Now Festival; Co Founder, The Generators

Colette Denali Montoya-Sloan Headshot

Colette Denali Montoya-Sloan, Archivist/Librarian

Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center and CUNY’s Guttman Community College

Davalois Fearon Headshot

Davalois Fearon, Founder/Executive and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance

Deana  Haggag Headshot

Deana Haggag , President and CEO of United States Artists

DeeArah  Wright

DeeArah Wright, Changemaker & Social Entrepreneur

Denise Saunders Thompson Headshot

Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO

The International Association of Blacks in Dance

BRAT is standing in front of an all white background with her hair out in a Fro.

BRAT , Dancer/Choreographer/Movement Director/Creator of Freelance Not Free Dance

Douglas Scott Headshot

Douglas Scott, Artistic and Executive Director, Full Radius Dance

Dustin Gibson Headshot

Dustin Gibson, Founding Member, Harriet Tubman Collective

Emil Kang Headshot

Emil Kang, Program Director for Arts and Culture

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Emily Johnson Headshot

Emily Johnson, Choreographer, Director, Guggenheim Fellow

Esther Nozea Headshot

Esther Nozea, Student, Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Hunter College

Frank Malloy IV Headshot

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

Harambee Dance Company

Germaul Barnes headshot

Germaul Barnes, Choreographer, Director of Viewsic Dance, Curator of Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men

Gregory King Headshot

Gregory King, Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University

Gregory Youdan

Gregory Youdan, Research & Advocacy Coordinator

Iakowi:he'ne' Oakes Headshot

Iakowi:he'ne' Oakes, Executive Director of American Indian Community House

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J. Bouey, Dance Artist, Founder of The Dance Union

Jamie Benson Headshot

Jamie Benson, Artist, Comedian, Dancer, Marketing Consultant

Jane Anderson Headshot

Dr. Jane Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies

New York University

JaQuel  Knight

JaQuel Knight , Director, Creative Director, Choreographer, Image Architect

Jeffrey Guimond Headshot

Jeffrey Guimon, Jeffrey Guimond, Music Administrator, New York City Ballet

Jesse Phillips-Fein Headshot

Jesse Phillips-Fein, Choreographer, Performer, and Dance Educator

Jessica Massart headshot

Jessica Massart , Management and Marketing Consultant

Jonathan González Headshot

Jonathan González, Multidisciplinary Artist and Educator with City University of New York

Joti Singh Headshot

Joti Singh, Artistic Director, Duniya Dance and Drum Company

Julia Iafrate Headshot

Dr. Julia Iafrate, Sports Medicine Specialist

jumatatu m.  poe

jumatatu m. poe, Artist, Educator, Organizer, Voyager, Enchanter

Kerry McCarthy Headshot

Kerry McCarthy, Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives, The New York Community Trust

Kevin Gotkin Headshot

Kevin Gotkin, Co-Founder of the Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force and Visiting Assistant Professor, NYU

Krishna Christine Washburn Headshot

Krishna Christine Washburn, Artistic Director of The Dark Room Ballet

Krista Martins headshot

Krista Martins, Choreographer, Founder of Wukkout!®

Lady Krow Headshot

Lady Krow, Dancer and Visual Artist

Laura Aden Packer Headshot

Laura Aden Packer, Executive Director, The Howard Gilman Foundation

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

Lauren Slone headshot

Lauren Slone, Director of Grants and Research, MAP Fund

Lauren Wingenroth Headshot

Lauren Wingenroth, Editor in Chief, Dance Teacher and Dance Business Weekly, Senior Consulting Editor, Dance Magazine

Leslie Scott Headshot

Leslie Scott , Founder Youth Protection Advocates in Dance

Linda La Headshot

Linda La, Multidisciplinary Performer

Linda Kuo Headshot

Linda Kuo, Director, Dancers Unlimited

Luba Cortes Headshot

Luba Cortés, Immigrant Defense Coordinator

Make the Road

Maiya Redding Headshot

Maiya Redding, Student, Master’s in Fine Arts in Dance at Hunter College

Mariclare Hulbert Headshot

Mariclare Hulbert, Marketing Liaison, Kinetic Light and Founder, Mariclare Hulbert Consulting

Black and white photo of Mario wearing a septum ring, hair in a braid, a white button-up shirt and a black blazer.

Mario I. Espinoza, Social Worker

The Actor's Fund

an Asian femme looks at the camera. black hair is pulled back with bangs hanging to the side.

maura nguyễn donohue, Director, MFA in Dance, Hunter College/CUNY

Marz  Saffore

Marz Saffore, Artist, Organizer and Educator, Decolonize This Place

Melanie George Headshot

Melanie George, Dance Maker, Educator, Dramaturg, Choreographer, Scholar, Founder of Jazz Is… Dance Project

Melissa Riker headshot

Melissa Riker, Choreographer, Kinesis Project dance theatre/Founder and Collective Member, Dance Rising

Michael Manswell Headshot

Michael Manswell, Choreographer & Teaching Artist, Something Positive, Inc.

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Michele Byrd-McPhee, Executive Director

Ladies of Hip-Hop

Nehemoyia  Young

Nehemoyia Young, movement artist + community organizer

Nel Shelby Headshot

Nel Shelby, Founder and Principal of Nel Shelby Productions

Photograph of Nelida Tirado, Photo Credit by Chasi Annexy

Nelida Tirado, Artistic Director & Teacher of Nelida Tirado Flamenco/Arte 718

Nicole Macotsis Headshot

Nicole Macotsis, Cultural Worker and Founder of Traditions in Motion

Nicole Wallace Headshot

Nicole Wallace, Writer and Managing Director, The Poetry Project

Ni'Ja Whitson Headshot

Ni'Ja Whitson, Interdisciplinary Artist

Nijeul Porter Headshot

Nijeul X. Porter, Board Member, artEquity

Olivia Mode-Cater Headshot

Olivia Mode-Cater, Founder and CEO, Dance Ed Tips

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Pavan Thimmaiah, Director of PMT House of Dance

Perel Headshot


Interdisciplinary Artist, Choreographer, & Writer

Dr. Renee Ortega Headshot

Dr. Renee Ortega, Dance Movement Therapist, League Education & Treatment Center

River   Whittle

River Whittle, Lenapehoking

Rodney Lopez Headshot

Rodney Eric Lopez, Principal, Rodney Eric Lopez Enterprises

Romola Lucas Headshot

Romola Lucas, Principal, Law Office of Romola O. Lucas

Picture of Sydnie L. Mosley

Sydnie L. Mosley, Artistic & Executive Director, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances

Sulynn  Hago

Sulynn Hago, Guitarist, Composer, and Improviser and Member, Music Workers Alliance

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director & Choreographer


Ximena Garnica Headshot

Ximena Garnica, Artistic Co-Director, LEIMAY

Yanira is a light-skinned Latine person wearing black thick rimmed glasses and her white hair pulled back. Yellow background.

Yanira Castro, Artist, a canary torsi

Yo-Yo Lin Headshot

Yo-Yo Lin, Interdisciplinary Artist

Picture of Zavé Martohardjono

zavé martohardjono, Multidisciplinary Dance and Performance Artist

SmArt Bar Consultants

Aaron L. McKinney Headshot

Aaron McKinney, General Manager


Brittany Wilson Headshot

Brittany Wilson, Founding Director, B. Wilson Producing Scholars

Cathy Zimmerman, Engagement Opportunity Strategist, Pentacle

Chris Bastardi Headshot

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


Donald Borror Headshot

Donald Borror, Executive Director, Dorrance Dance

Jane Penn Headshot

Jane Penn, Non-Profit Administrator

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

Julian Schubach, VP, ODI Financial

Kimberly Marcotte Headshot

Kimberly Marcotte, Fiscal Associate


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


Sue Latham, Vice President of Development, Citymeals on Wheels


Legal Clinic Consultants

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Adjckwc Browne

Browne Law

Ariana  Sarfarazi

Ariana Sarfarazi, General Counsel, Artists for Economic Transparency (AFECT)

Blond hair, older woman, no makeup in photo

Diane Krausz , The Law Offices of Diane Krausz

Donyale Reavis Headshot

Donyale Reavis, Managing Attorney Advisor, Calyx Advisors

Reavis & Associates

Gale P.  Elston headshot

Gale P. Elston, Art lawyer Gale P. Elston

George Gilbert Headshot

George T. Gilbert

Entertainment and Intellectual Property Attorney

Giselle  Ayala Mateus

Giselle Ayala Mateus, Law Office of Giselle Ayala Mateus

Glinnesa D.  Gailliard

Glinnesa D. Gailliard, Attorney. Travel Advisor. Public Speaker. Content Creator.

Jeremy Manning Headshot

Jeremy Manning, Partner, Manning, Esq.

Josh  Nathan

Josh Nathan, The Law Firm of Joshua C. Nathan, P.C.

Josh Warrum Headshot

Josh Warrum, COO/CLO, Project X Media

Laura J.  Winston

Laura J. Winston, Principal, Offit Kurman

Mariia Khorun, Esq. Headshot

Mariia Khorun, Owner of the Law Office of Mariia Khorun, PLLC

Max Hass Headshot

Max Hass, Counsel at Parlatore Law Group

Headshot of Merlyne Jean-Louis

Merlyne Jean-Louis, Business & Entertainment Lawyer

Jean-Louis Law

Michael wearing a tie, blazer, and glasses.

Michael Burke, Legal

Bloomberg LP

Nathan Sheffield Headshot

Nathan Sheffield, Nathan Sheffield, Co-Founder, Herzog & Sheffield PC

Sarah T. Haddad Headshot

Sarah Haddad, The Law Offices of Sarah T. Haddad, Esq.

Tracy Jong Headshot

Tracy Jong, Tracy Jong, Attorney, Tracy Jong Law Firm



Dance/NYC seeks partners and speakers with a variety of viewpoints for its events with the goal of generating discussion. The inclusion of any partner or speaker does not constitute an endorsement by Dance/NYC of that partner's or speaker's views.


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