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.
Kimberleigh Costanzo is a New York-based choreographer, writer, and arts advocate. She graduated from Iona College’s Honors program with degrees in philosophy, dance, and sculpture in May of 2014. Her choreography has been presented at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, Green Space, Triskelion Arts Center, Dixon Place, 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center, and as a part of Work Up 2.0 and Cracks of Light at Gibney. Her writing and research on contemporary art has been presented at colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, and her poetry has been published in the RECLAMATION Anthology.
Kimberleigh is the Grants Manager of the Howard Gilman Foundation, a private funder of nonprofit performing arts organizations in New York City. Additionally, she is an alumna of Philanthropy New York's Young Leaders 2016-17 Cohort, a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and NY Grantmakers in the Arts, and serves on the Steering Committee of Philanthropy New York's Philanthropic Assistants and Coordinators Network.
Rebecca Fitton is from many places. She is an improviser, writer, and citizen. Her arts practices of performance and administration work to advocate for the arts and engage communities in conversation and movement. She currently administrates for Pentacle and Edisa Weeks/DELIRIOUS Dances. She has presented movement experiments in NYC at Gibney, Movement Research, Chez Bushwick, Gallery Idio, and HECK, in addition various galleries and non-traditional spaces in Florida, Wisconsin, and Salzburg, Austria. Fitton holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University.
Danielle Iwata is a Program Associate at Americans for the Arts, where she focuses on partnerships between the private sector and the arts. Prior to that, she was the Development Coordinator and Board Liaison at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. While living and dancing in the Berkshires, she had the opportunity to perform a Limón excerpt on the Inside/Out stage. Before working at the Pillow, she interned at Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and the National Museum of Dance. In addition to dancing, she continues to collaborate with other artists on photography projects. Danielle holds a BA in History from Colgate University and enjoys using the research and analytical skills gained to question/challenge the arts field.
Nadia Khayrallah is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, writer, and general menace. Since graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, she has performed with Trainor Dance, OnSite/NY, the Woolgatherers Theater Group, Gotham Dance Theater, Giada Ferrone, SHIFT Dance Collective, and the Cunningham Trust. Nadia has presented her work for the stage and screen through Jennifer Muller/The Works' HATCH Presenting Series, Gotham Dance Theater's EMERGE Choreographers Showcase, Howl Performance Series, Mark Foehringer Dance Project’s Young Choreographers Mentorship Program, and the music/dance collective Artists by Any Other Name. She has written for The Huffington Post, The Morningside Review, The Columbia Spectator, and Reductress, but most frequently plays with words on her personal blog. www.nadiak.tk
Kelsey Kramer is a Brooklyn-based mover, maker, administrator, and dance advocate. Originally from Virginia, Kelsey holds a B.A. in Dance and Communications from James Madison University. Kelsey developed her passion for dance and social change working at Cora Dance, a pay-what-you-can school and dance company in Red Hook, Brooklyn where she served as Programs and Communications Manager, Giving Associate, and Educator. Currently, she works as Program Associate at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Change at the 92nd Street Y. Kelsey is half of JACKS - a moving, making duo with collaborator Lexie Thrash and is a company member of Cora Dance.
Camille Moten, a New Jersey native, is a freelance performer, choreographer and educator who is passionate about the promotion of dance arts as a form of citizenship and inclusion. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from Temple University while training with the PHILADANCO! Apprentice Company, D/2. As a freelance performer, Camille has had the pleasure of working with Kim Bears-Bailey, Laurie M. Taylor, Ashlé Dawson, Laura Peterson, Kavin Grant, and Sonia James Pennington, among others. Camille also served as the Assistant Choreographer to André DeShields on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Crossroads Theater Company’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2018). Her work was most recently commissioned by CoLab Arts: Motion New Dance Works, and she continues to self-produce throughout the tristate area as freelance choreographer. Camille is currently a teaching artist at Ballet Hispánico, Rutgers University, and Artists in Motion, and is in her final year at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University as a MFA in Dance candidate.
Will Noling, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a performer, educator, and activist. Will graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance. Will is a Community Actionist at Gibney, working with young people to prevent violence and promote healthy relationship knowledge, and teaching movement workshops for survivors of trauma. Will served as Artistic Associate with Gibney Dance Company for their Spring 2018 season, and continues to perform with GDC as a guest artist. Will served as company apprentice for Doug Varone and Dancers’ 2017 BAM season, and has also performed works by Kyle Abraham, Chuck Wilt, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Crystal Pite. Will is a frequent collaborator with Hannah Garner’s 2nd Best Dance Company, serving as performer and rehearsal director, and also works as a Movement Specialist and Assistant Teacher at the Maple Street School in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Ryan Rockmore is a flamenco dancer and researcher in New York. He has studied with master teachers in both Spain and New York, including Carmen Ledesma, Merche Esmeralda, La Choni, Victorio Korjhan, Rafaela Carrasco, and Marco Flores, and his performance experience includes theatrical and traditional flamenco venues throughout New York, London, Madrid, and Sevilla. From 2011-2012, Rockmore conducted research in Spain as a Fulbright grantee and later earned a Master’s with distinction in Dance Anthropology, from Roehampton University; he, also, continues to investigate and publish on the intersections of identity politics, gender performance, and flamenco. Most recently, he has presented a work exploring queerness and memory for Dixon Place's HOT! Festival, served as an inaugural artist-in-residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and studied contemporary flamenco composition, with Juan Carlos Lérida and Leonor Leal, as an awardee of the Jerome Foundation's Travel & Study Grant. Since 2016, his true labor of love has been Al Margen Flamenco Company, co-founded with María de los Angeles, which pushes the boundaries of flamenco, with respect to traditional customs, and explores what exists on the margins of the art form. With the support of Teatro Círculo and José Oliveras, they have presented two full-length works, Adorno and Duende Adentro, as a company-in-residence at Teatro Círculo, and continue to expand traditional boundaries in the form through a contemporary lens.
A New Jersey native, Loren graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Dance and Business Administration. In 2012, Loren participated in the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and volunteering on the Kfar Hasidim Youth Village. Loren spent four summers at the American Dance Festival, first as a student performing works by Nicholas Leichter and Teena Marie Custer, then as the Development and Special Events Intern, and finally as the Development Assistant. Loren currently serves as the Institutional Giving Manager at Gibney, where she manages a portfolio of over 65 institutional partners and is a proud member of the Equity Action Committee.
Shifting towards academia, Loren's work focuses on the intersectionality of contemporary dance, anthropology, conflict and peace studies, and religion. Her work reflects her experiences living in Israel, witnessing the clash of cultures, and the agony of passivity. Loren is also largely influenced by childhood experiences and the evolving nature of the family unit. In October, Loren will be presenting research at the Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World Conference at Arizona State University. Loren’s research explores how the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has affected the development of contemporary dance in Palestine, and how information about Palestinian choreographers can become more accessible.
In the next few years Loren hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Performance Studies, Nonprofit Management, or Social Work, and is interested in exploring curation as well as critical writing and discourse. www.lorensass.com
Lindsey Silvera is a dancer and administrator based in Brooklyn. Originally from New Jersey and attending Rutgers University, she has always dually served the arts community as an administrator and performer. She has an increasing curiosity for roles and communities that exemplify how art can challenge norms that have been accepted in society.
Since moving to Brooklyn, Lindsey currently leads Gibney's internship/fellowship program that serves as a landing pad for young artist to gain administrative, professional and artistic development. She pursues her own journey in the arts while dancing with Silva Dance Company based in Harlem. She hopes to continue to meet the wonderful artists and change makers in New York City and learn how she can best serve them in her role on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee.
Susana Toro is an emerging leader in the arts and culture field with experience in education and management in nonprofit arts organizations. She is currently Program Manager at Flamenco Vivo, an organization that provides flamenco dance instruction throughout New York City public schools, with a focus on engaging with English Language Learners and students with disabilities from low income communities. Prior to joining Flamenco Vivo, she graduated from the Arts and Cultural Management program at Pratt Institute (2017) and led the education programs at the Museum of Modern Art in her native Bogota, Colombia (2014).
Brittany Wilson is a Queens native who began her training at the Edge School of the Arts. She later pursued a double major in Dance and Exercise Science at Lehman College in the Bronx. Upon graduation she was presented with the Modern Dance Choreography award for her senior project entitled “Isn’t It Pretty To Think So”. She has been choreographing original pieces for 11 years which includes producing her first evening length concert in 2011 entitled “Fresh”. Her performance credits include Lehman College, Green Space, Dixon Place, Alchemical Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts, The Secret Theatre and Bridge for Dance. In 2014 she was appointed Artistic Director of Herbert H. Dance Company at Lehman College in which she was an active member since 2010. During this time, Brittany created work inspired by, but not limited to, her journey as a woman. She recently left her position as Artistic Director in February 2018 to pursue her personal goal of creating a non-profit that would benefit emerging choreographers. Her journey as an arts administrator began in 2016 when she applied for Pentacle's "Cultivating Leadership in Dance" internship. The experience led to opportunities such as interning with Dance Films Association, Abraham.In.Motion and as of May 2017 securing an Administrative Coordinator position at Bridging Education & Art Together. Her passion for the arts exceeded the stage when she discovered there were more ways to contribute. She looks forward to many more opportunities to assist the creative process as an administrator. Aside from her administrative duties, Brittany teaches ballet, tap and African to children ages 5-8, and is a company member and company manager of ModArts Dance Collective. All of these opportunities and then some continue to inspire Brittany to give back to the dance community.
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.