Niya Nicholson, Co- Chair
Strategist | Arts Administrator | Advocate
Niya Nicholson, a Harlem, NY native, is dedicated to intersectional racial and social justice work within the arts field and beyond. As a budding arts leader and creative entrepreneur, her work centers long-range, equity-based strategic planning and arts advocacy as it pertains to underserved and under-resourced cultural communities and organizations.
Her fervor for the arts has been supported by former dance training at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and her B.A. from Vassar College with concentrations in Psychology, Africana Studies and Educational Studies coupled with educational, legal, and performance research in Chicago, Cuba, and South Africa.
She serves Gibney Dance – Development Manager and Steering Committee Member of the Equity Action Committee; MOVE(NYC) – Chief of Staff, and the 2017-18 Dance/NYC Junior Committee – Co-Chair. While in the gestational phase of developing transcontinental arts and education centers, Niya looks forward to continued arts advocacy, communal building, and connections to ancestry and space.
Kim Savarino, Co- Chair
Performer, Third Rail Projects | Communications Associate, MAP Fund
Kim Savarino is a Brooklyn-based dancer, currently performing in Third Rail Projects' award-winning immersive theater production "Then She Fell" as Alice and the Doctor. In addition to performing, she works as the Program Associate at the MAP Fund, advocates for dance as co-chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, and is a City Rocks Mentor with the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation. Kim has worked with The Foundry / Alex Ketley, Lauren Slone, and Harper Addison and studied under Gerri Houlihan, Jawole Zollar, and Summer Lee Rhatigan. She trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and graduated with a BFA in dance summa cum laude with honors from Florida State University. Kim was born in California and raised in West Virginia.
Margaret Tudor, Secretary
Margaret Tudor is a dance maker, performer, administrator, and writer currently based in Brooklyn. Originally from Houston, Texas, Margaret graduated from Northwestern University in 2013, where she double majored in Dance and English. Other roles she filled while at Northwestern include research assistant, choreographer, and producer.
Since moving to New York she has worked with The Playground NYC, Dance/NYC, Pentacle, The Tank, and Gibney Dance. She currently serves as Producer at Gibney Dance working on Residencies, Artist Services, and Presented Artist programming. Like so many artists in the city, she continues to experiment with ways of being an artist, making a living, and maintaining one's sanity.
Tina Hsiao-Tung Huang, Committee Operations
Dancer | Writer | Advocate
Tina is Company Manager at The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to maintaining the legacy of American dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. Through the Foundation, she administers a Duncan affiliate school headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Additionally, Tina has worked at The Asian American Arts Alliance and The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and performed professionally with “Modernes-Uni Tanztheater” based in Regensburg, Germany and for Steven Paxton as part of The Museum of Modern Art’s Performance Program.
Tina holds a B.A. in Dance and Government from Wesleyan University and a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Nadia Khayrallah, Co- Communications Coordinator
Performer | Choreographer | Writer
Nadia Khayrallah is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer who recently graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology. Her dance training includes the Barnard College Dance Department, Cary Ballet Conservatory, and the Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts. She has had the opportunity to perform original work by choreographers including Kevin Wynn, David Thomson, Pam Tanowitz, Caitlin Trainor, Diane Coburn-Bruning, and Sidra Bell, as well repertory by Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Jose Limón, and Ohad Naharin. Nadia has presented her own work for the stage and screen through Jennifer Muller/The Works' HATCH Presenting Series, Gotham Dance Theater’s Big Gay Dance Show, Mark Foehringer Dance Project’s Young Choreographers Mentorship Program, and Columbia’s CoLab Performing Arts Collective. Her writing on a variety of topics--including dance, politics, identity, mental health, and jokes--can be found in The Huffington Post, The Morningside Review, and The Columbia Spectator, as well as her personal blog. For more of Nadia’s work, visit www.NadiaK.tk.
Collin Ranf, Co- Communications Coordinator
Dance Artist | 500 RYT | Administrator
Collin is committed to redefining the practice of ritual and self care in the face of indoctrinated, mediocre, and conditional thinking and being. Born and raised in Montana, he spent his childhood basking in the wonders of the Rocky Mountains. Collin began training in dance at the age of thirteen after dropping out of middle school to un-school and ‘get a real life and education’. He went on to train at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division. After attaining a B.F.A. from The University of Montana, he relocated to New York City. Shortly after he began working with B.S. Movement and Raja Feather Kelly’s company the feath3r theory. His choreography is engaged with reclaiming authenticity in how we use language to talk about the social, political, ideological framework of the American experience. He loves to cook and watch David Lynch films. www.collinranf.com.
Nora Alami is a Moroccan-American performance artist based in Brooklyn. Her current artistic work explores a phenomenological approach to the colonized body and is enmeshed in personal identity politics as they relate to performance and the larger socio-political climate. With a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Colorado College, she integrates her background in critical theory with performance. She has presented research on dehumanization, race, and gender at the Western Psychological Conference and Midstates Consortium Biomedical Sciences and Psychology; and has acted as the representative for the Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy. Her commitment to arts as advocacy was deeply informed by her work as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence and by her time as the director of Relations, an annual social justice theater project promoting a dialogue on emotional and sexual experiences on campus.
She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and has shared her work at Gibney Dance, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research at Judson Church, and in kitchens, living rooms, and other venues across New York City. Currently working as the Associate Producer at Gibney Dance, she manages public facing artist engagement programs and works-in-process feedback forums, and currently serves on the steering committee for the Equity Action Committee.
Administrator | Advocate
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Lillian Altreuter received a B.A. in Dance from Smith College in 2015. Their studies focused on musculoskeletal anatomy and accessibility in the performing arts. Lillian also directed, choreographed, produced, and performed in six musical theater productions with the Smith College Leading Ladies.
Since moving to NYC, Lillian has worked with a variety of dance organizations, including BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Dancewave, and Ballez. Lillian is a development professional and is completing ADA certification. Because they are moving away from arts administration to fundraise for social service nonprofits, Lillian is looking forward to engaging with the dance community via Dance/NYC's Junior Committee.
Assistant Curator and Archive Manager at The Kitchen | General Manager, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener | Writer
Katy Dammers is the Assistant Curator and Archive Manager at The Kitchen. She has co-curated numerous projects at The Kitchen including the exhibition “From Minimalism into Algorithm” and performances with Paulina Olowska, Katy Pyle, Douglas Crimp, Joan Jonas, Steve Paxton + Robert Ashley, Glenn Branca, and Emily Sundblad among others. She also oversees The Kitchen Archive, notably preparing The Kitchen's collection from 1971-1999 for acquisition by The Getty. Dammers also works as the General Manager for Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, overseeing administrative and company business including touring, producing new works, marketing, development, and finance. She is also an active presence in rehearsal processes, and regularly jumps in to assist with other aspects of the creative process and performance including musical accompaniment, video documentation, stage management, and costume preparation. Dammers is a contributing editor at Movement Research Performance Journal and her writing has also appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Correspondence, Culturebot, and The Performance Club. Previously she has also worked independently with a number of choreographers including Jennifer Monson, Rebecca Lazier, Donna Uchizono, and Tere O’Connor.
Performer: Toasterlab, Wolf 359 | Teaching Artist
Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs is a Brooklyn-based performer, artist, and educator. She currently performs for transmission, an multimedia science, design and dance theater collaboration, and holds a voiceover role with the Award-winning Scifi podcast Wolf 359. She has developed the audience outreach program for Crawl and the People Movers and is a teaching artist with children's theater program Zara Aina. She occasionally takes on freelance visual art commissions, writing, and design projects. As a freelance performer, Cecilia has worked with Andrew Schneider, Kate Ladenheim, Jamie Poskin, Liz Thaler, Zoe Beloff, and Vanessa Walters. She holds a BA in Theater from Wesleyan University.
Freelance Performer | Early Childhood Educator
Will Noling, a Brooklyn native, is a freelance dancer and early-childhood educator. Will graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance, having spent a term on exchange at London Contemporary Dance School. Will is a frequent collaborator and rehearsal director for Hannah Garner’s 2nd Best Dance Company, and served as company apprentice for Doug Varone and Dancers’ 2017 BAM season. Will has also performed works by Kyle Abraham, Chuck Wilt, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Crystal Pite, in venues such as New York Live Arts, Sadler's Wells, and New York City Center. In addition, Will works as a Movement Specialist and Assistant Teacher at the Maple Street School in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Artist | Educator | Innovator
Sherylynn Sealy was born in Boston, Massachusetts and discovered her passion for the arts at a young age. She is an artist, educator, strategist, and innovator known for her versatile background. Sherylynn creates solo and group artistic works that depict a positive message of encouragement. She is the founder and dance instructor for an eight-member dance group at her church in Brooklyn, NY, Greater Glory Nazarene Ministries. The former ballet instructor at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, CT, has had her work performed at various churches and schools across New England and New York including at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT. The current freelance artist, has also performed original solo choreography at various churches across New England and New York, and at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. When she is not dancing, Sherylynn enjoys singing and has performed vocal solos at Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell at Charles River Esplanade of Boston, and open-mic events in Manhattan. She also currently serves as the worship leader at her church. Sherylynn is a Teach for America alumna who enjoys conducting qualitative research, and strategic planning. Her goal is to spread joy in all that she does. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from New York University in May 2017 upon completion of a fellowship with The New York Community Trust. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 2012.
Writer | Editor
A native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lauren is a New York-based writer, editor and dance advocate. She is currently an assistant editor at Dance Magazine. During her dancing days, she performed works by Annie B Parson, Mark Dendy, Reggie Wilson and Karla Wolfangle, and danced with with e r a dance collective and TREES. Her choreography has been presented in Paris and New York City, as well as in several original musicals on Columbia University stages. She holds a BA in Dance and English from Barnard College, and has presented research at the Women in Dance Leadership Conference.