About

We are a New York-based community of contemporaries working as dance artists, educators and administrators.

INTENTIONS

  • serve as a liaison for our demographic in the wider dance community
  • provide a forum for dialogue among a diversity of perspectives in our field
  • foster professional development in our constituency
  • generate ideas that will serve our common goals and those of Dance/NYC

ACTIONS

  • facilitate communication among and with our peer group
  • raise awareness of available resources and opportunities
  • organize events that address relevant issues
  • consult regularly with Dance/NYC

EFFECTS

  • strengthen and unite a community of professional artists and administrators
  • serve as a catalyst for innovation and invention in our work
  • re-energize our peer group in a challenging field
  • help Dance/NYC better serve our demographic

History

The Dance/NYC Junior Committee (known formerly as the Youth Advisory Committee) was the brainchild of former Dance/NYC Executive Director Michelle Burkhart.  The committee was created in the autumn of 2007 as a counterpart to Dance/NYC’s Advisory Board to advocate specifically for young professionals in dance and to serve as a liaison between Dance/NYC and its younger constituents. Initially representing New York City’s 19-to-25 demographic, in 2007 12 members were selected randomly from a pool of applicants interested in connecting more closely with Dance/NYC.

In our first year, the Junior Committee met at first quarterly—and soon, monthly—with Dance/NYC staff, shaping initiatives that would bring younger constituents to the service organization’s resources and programming. To that end, the Junior Committee first published a quarterly e-newsletter, in February of 2008, which has served over 200 subscribers.

Fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011 have brought a steady increase in interest in the Junior Committee.  In 2010 we widened of the age bracket of members, now 21-30 years of age, to serve a broader demographic of emerging professionals and to foster exchange between members with varying levels of experience in the field.  The group is comprised of performing and teaching artists, choreographers, educators and administrators.

Dance/NYC has encouraged the committee to assume internal leadership and take independent initiative while we continue to work in a close and mutually supportive partnership toward common goals. New members are welcomed annually by application.

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Current and Former Members

2013-2014

Hollis Bartlett, Chair
Alexander Thompson, Vice Chair
Erica Frankel, Secretary
Denae Hannah, Treasurer
Alexandra Pinel, Communications Coordinator
Michele Kumi Baer
Mariana Castaneda Lopez
Virginia Cromwell
Elmes GomezBrighid GreeneCharles GushueJohn HoobyarAlejandra E. IannoneSydnie L. MosleyYasemin OzurmerzifonKaley PruittMercedes SearerRaina SuttonLing TangNehemoyia Young

 

 

Read more about the current committee.

2012-2013
Leeanne G-Bowley, Chair
Hollis Bartlett, Vice Chair
Kaley Pruitt, Secretary
Brighid Greene, Treasurer
Marisa Ballaro
Virginia Cromwell
Erica Frankel
Denae Hannah
John Hoobyar
Alejandra Iannone
Amy Jacobus
Maggie Lockhart
Sydnie Mosley
William Penrose
Gary Schaufeld
Mercedes Searer
Alexandra Pinel
Alexander Thompson

2011-2012
Justina Gaddy, Co-Chair
Bennn Rasmussen, Co-Chair
Lori Byargeon, Vice Chair
Caroline Walthall, Secretary
Hollis Bartlett, Treasurer
Kathleya Afanador
Marisa Ballaro
Eveline Chang
Erica Frankel
Leeanne M. G-Bowley
Brighid Greene
Maria Hanley
Sydnie Mosley
Jessica Nowaski
Kaley Pruitt
Kaylen Ratto
Nicole Savery
Gary Schaufeld
Kate Wilfert
Michele Wilson
Caitlin Yuhas

2010-2011
Irfana Jetha, Chair
Marisa Ballaro, Vice Chair
Michele Wilson, Secretary
Hollis Bartlett, Treasurer
Nicole Savery, JComm Journal Online Editor
Caitlin Yuhas, JComm Journal Online Editor
Yasmeen Allen
Lori Byargeon
Eveline Chang
Erica Frankel
Justina Gaddy
Ximena Garnica
Maria Hanley
Julia Kelly
Benn Rasmussen
Kaylen Ratto
Meredith B. Robbins
Caroline Walthall
Adrienne Westwood

2009-2010
Julia Kelly, Chair
Eileen Farrell, Vice-Chair
Justina Gaddy, YAC Journal Online Editor
Marisa Ballaro
Adrienne Bryant
Lori Byargeon
Colleen Cashman
Eveline Chang
Mollie Fox
Ximena Garnica
Ani Javian
Irfana Jetha
Elizabeth Jones
Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe
David Sadowsky
Lauri Taylor
Adrienne Westwood

2008-2009
Elizabeth Jones, Chair
Marisa Ballaro
Adrienne Bryant
Colleen Cashman
Loren Davidson
Eileen Farrell
Mollie Fox
Justina Gaddy
Ximena Garnica
Ani Javian
Julia Kelly
Michela Marino Lerman
Julie Potter
Christina Rinaldi
David Sadowsky
Adrienne Westwood
Emma Zurer

2007-2008: the pilot year
Jonny Bateman
Michelle Brugal
Rebecca Chaleff
Duke Dang
Eileen Farrell
Mollie Fox
Julia Kelly
Denise Lirano
Betsy Miller
Elizabeth Schulman
Rebecca Warner