JUNIOR COMMITTEE 2012 – 2013
A summa cum laude graduate of SUNY College at Brockport, Marisa f. Ballaro is an arts educator, choreographer, performer, and certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM.) While on faculty at the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) in August 2011, she designed and implemented a dance conditioning program; she promoted this program and research at the NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference in January 2012. Marisa is on the design, management, and engagement teams for the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) and a member of ADLI’s teaching and performing ensemble, Dancing Legacy. Currently she is working with ADLI to generate new Repertory Etudes as part of the new Campaign. She has staged her repertory at Bak Middle School of the Arts (FL), NYSSSA (NY), Nova Dance Company (DE), and has led residencies at Alfred University, Brown University, Carthage College, Montclair State University, and performing arts high schools and dance festivals across the country. Marisa will join the dance faculty at The Brearley School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in fall 2012. She is a lector at Saint Francis De Sales Church, on the Board of Directors for the Brockport Alumni Association, and she is currently pursuing certification as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist with NASM. Check out her blog atgrabyoursneakers.blogspot.com!
Dancer, Doug Varone and Dancers
Hollis was born in Barrington, IL and began dancing at a young age. His love of performing stuck with him as his family moved to Cape Cod, MA before he began high school. In May 2010 Hollis graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Since graduation he has had the pleasure of working with Doug Varone and Dancers, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Adam Barruch, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to performing, he writes for several dance blogs, including ‘The State of Dance in the Union(http://danceintheunion.wordpress.com/) and danceINTUIT
Virginia is a dancer, advocate and public relations professional in New York City. Originally from Maryland, Virginia graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with a double major in Dance and Economics. She completed her honors thesis in dance – writing on dance in popular film as well as producing and directing a site-specific performance. Also while in college, she led Impact Dance Troupe, a student-run group on campus, as well as co-directed and choreographed the annual Dance Department concert series in her senior year. Since graduating, Virginia has worked in the Corporate Practice at Burson-Marsteller, a global Public Relations agency in Manhattan. She has worked for clients across a range of sectors and industries, specializing in corporate reputation and media relations. Previously, she interned at the American Dance Festival in Marketing and Communications.
Erica is a dancer and performer. Training includes the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as a B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. Erica has performed with Meredith Monk, expandance, Ilana Webber Dance, SINecdoche Dance, MELD/Danceworks, Vabang! Dance Company, Layard Thompson, Dance Theatre Etc., Philip Montana, and more. She is a bit of an NYU junkie: Erica volunteers with the NYU Tisch Dance Alumni Association, works as the Senior Associate for Arts and Culture at the NYU Bronfman Center (where she awards grants through the Emerging Jewish Artist Fellowship), and she is currently an M.A. candidate at NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study, where she was the recipient of a Jewish Studies grant to study contemporary dance in Israel. More at www.ericafrankel.com. Tweets to @ericafrankel.
Artistic Director and Choreographer In-Sight Dance Company
Brighid, a native to the golden state, ventured east to pursue a BFA in Dance and a double major in Religious Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated as a recipient of the J.S. Seidman Award and performed original works by Patricia Hoffbauer and Lucinda Childs. Currently, she dances for The Anata Project and Ardent August, with Katie Rose McLaughlin, and dances and choreographs for the RedCurrant Collective. She has performed in the Wave Rising Series, Performa 11, Szene Salzburg in Austria, Movement Research and Judson Church and has presented work at DanceNOW[NYC] RAW Festival and the La Mama Moves! Dance Festival. Brighid works in the dance film genre as Communications Associate at Dance Films Association and simultaneously works as a dancer and choreographer on various film projects.
Denae Hannah, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is a performance artist, social entrepreneur, and founder & CEO of Denae Movement Theatre. Denae Movement Theatre seeks to spark conversations on culture through the development of performance pieces that employ satire and the physical collision of pop culture with high art. She received her B.A. in Drama from Stanford University and M.F.A. in Performance & Choreography from Florida State University. Ms. Hannah is the former Associate Director of Programs & Development of Urban Bush Women and currently teaches Simonson dance technique at Dance New Amsterdam. She is a member of the DanceNYC Junior Committee and also serves on the board of Sweet Enuff, a youth outreach organization committed to diabetes and obesity prevention through dancing and health coaching. Ms. Hannah is a 2012 EMERGENYC artist with New York University’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics and a 2012-2013 Commissioned Artist at Stanford University.
John Hoobyar is a dancer/performing artist and arts administrator in New York. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, John spent his childhood hiking mountains, rafting rivers, and studying ballet. After graduating from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD with a degree in French Literature, John moved to New York to pursue a career in dance. Currently a fiscal administrator and dance film screening coordinator at Pentacle, John oversees the organization’s fiscal sponsorship programs and helps produce media services for dance artists. As a dancer and performer, John has studied with Doug Varone and Dancers, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and David Dorfman Dance, and performed at Goucher in works by Larry Keigwin, Jennifer Archibald, and Paul Taylor, among others. He is also an active member of NYC’s contact improvisation community, is a studio manager at 100 Grand Dance, and is on the theater management staff at BAM.
Artist. Philosopher. Educator.
Alejandra is a cum laude graduate of the Fordham University/Ailey School B.F.A. program in New York City, NY. Since receiving her B.F.A., she has had the honor of dancing works by various choreographers, including Take Ueyama, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Neil Ieremia, and Donna Salgado. In May 2012, Alejandra received her M.A. in Philosophy from Temple University, where she did work in the areas of Analytic Aesthetics, Philosophy of Dance, and Philosophy of Mind. She is primarily interested in research on embodied knowledge. Alejandra has taught undergraduate courses in the Philosophy of Art, Political Philosophy, Critical Thinking, and the Philosophy of Human Nature. She is currently on faculty at The Alvin Ailey School—Junior Division, where she teaches creative movement and ballet.
Amy is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and communications professional. Amy currently works as an independent consultant with Bergen Street Strategy, Christopher Duggan Photography and Nel Shelby Productions. In the past year, she has written for, strategized, publicized, marketed and managed projects for Alexandra Beller/Dances, Brooklyn Ballet, Dance New Amsterdam, Gravity Sleeps, authors Suki John, Rebekah Kowal, Rebecca Shelby. She is also a member of A.O. Pro(+ductions), a freelancing collective offering affordable services for emerging artists. Professional experience in New York includes work with Ellen Jacobs Associates and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. She originally developed a taste for arts administration during a PR/Editorial internship at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and she studied dance and journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa. Amy most recently premiered her dance work, 20nothings, in a series of self-produced concerts at The End in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She has shown choreography at DNA’s Works in Progress and Brooklyn Ballet’s Mixed Movement, and she co-created and performed an improvisational duet at FIGMENT on Governor’s Island. Amy Jacobus Dance Projects (www.amyjacobusdance.com) was established in 2011 as a hub for her choreographic projects—past, present and future, in NYC and beyond.
Administrative Assistant, Steps on Broadway
Maggie is a dancer, educator and arts administrator originally from the Baltimore, Maryland area. Maggie wore many hats before relocation to NYC- receiving her BA in dance and elementary education while on scholarship at Goucher College, dancing in the corps de ballet of The National Ballet, out reach teaching for Clancyworks Dance Company, and writing curriculum for the Montgomery County Public School system. In addition to being a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, she was also the recipient of the CCA-ECC New Teacher Scholarship. Since moving to the big apple in 2008 she has happily taught for numerous organizations including New Dance Group, The Hudson Guild, Children’s Aid Society and The School at Steps. Administratively, Maggie has worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, DANY Studios|The Joyce Theater Foundation and Steps On Broadway. She also served as the Development and Marketing Manager for SilCo Dance Theatre. As a freelance dancer, Maggie has performed and/or collaborated with SilCo Dance Theatre, Cheshire Productions, Kerplunk Dance, Built4Collapse Productions, and Lynn Barr Dance Theatre, among others. She regularly returns to good ol’ Maryland to guest teach.
Sydnie is a New York City-based dancer and choreographer. She presents her choreography with her Harlem-based company Sydnie L. Mosley Dances with works that seek to actively engage the audience’s physical and emotional senses with dance performance in addition to involving audiences in the artistic process. Her work has notably been presented in the Chen Dance Center newsteps, the FIGMENT Festival on Governor’s Island, RoofTop Dance, as a part of the NYFA Boot Camp Arts Festival at Surreal Estate and Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and The Actor’s Fund Arts Center. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Sydnie was the inaugural Alumnae Fellow with the Barnard Center for Research on Women, a position that allowed her to deepen her artistic work with the resources of the academy. Sydnie currently performs with INSPIRIT, an all female collaborative dance company; and works as a teaching artist for the Grosvenor House YMCA and the DreamYard Preparatory School. Sydnie is also a free-lance writer and blogger. Her most recent feature was an interview in the June 2011 issue of Dance Magazine, “Teacher’s Wisdom: Djoniba Mouflet.” She earned her MFA in Dance with an emphasis on Choreography from the University of Iowa (2009). She is also an alumna of Barnard College at Columbia University (2007), where she earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies.
Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Will is an advocate for providing direct support to artists of all disciplines. He joined Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)—where he manages its core residency programs—in 2010. His background includes working at the Scottsdale Cultural Council for both Scottsdale Public Art and theScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Upon relocating to New York, Will was the registrar at Sundaram Tagore Gallery based in Chelsea and with locations in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. In addition to his current work at LMCC, Will does research on living artists. As the Project Coordinator at the Research Center for Arts and Culture, he managed and was a contributing author to Still Kicking: Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas, a research project that documented the artistic lives and social needs of performing artists aged 62 and older in New York City and Los Angeles. Will holds an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University, as well as a BS in Economics and a BFA in Drawing from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. Also of note, Will was a competitive ballroom dancer for four years and still enjoys a good cha-cha or salsa.
Kaley Pruitt, Secretary
Kaley is a choreographer, modern dancer, and arts administrator. She holds her BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Originally from Ketchum, Idaho, she moved to New York City in 2011. Her choreographic work investigates the human experience with sensitivity and explores the kinetic architecture and intrinsic communication between bodies in space. Her pieces have been presented at The Boston Conservatory, Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre at Florida State University, Niagara Bar in the Lower East Side, at Movement Research’s Open Showings, and most recently at Dixon Place in the Under Exposed Series. As a performer, she currently works for Joshua Reaver, Angelo Dance Project and Natalia Duong. She has also worked with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, CheckIt Dance, Shelley Bourgeois, and Jackie O’Toole while in New York. She currently holds the position of Administrative Assistant at Elisa Monte Dance and is on faculty at Steffi Nossen School of Dance. She enjoys immersing herself in the dance community in all aspects of her work. Kaley views art as a constant, vibrant dialogue. She uses dance, choreography, and film as means of expressing her ideas as well as presenting an environment for other people’s ideas to join, converse, and influence each other. She is ecstatic about continuing as a member of DanceNYC’s Junior Committee for the 2nd year and wants you to join in on the dialogue! kaleypruitt.wordpress.com
Dancer, Keigwin + Company
Gary is a native New Yorker. He holds a BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upon his graduation, Gary apprenticed with Gibney Dance and ZviDance. Since then, he has performed with James Martin Music/Dance, Patricia Noworol Dance, skybetter and associates, Sean Curran Company, and Johannes Wieland. He has spent the last two years performing and creating as a company member of Keigwin + Company (@KeigwinandCo) with Larry Keigwin (@Larry_Keigwin). Through his time with Keigwin + Company, Gary has had the opportunity to perform, teach master classes, choreograph, and set work at some of the nations most prestigious theaters, college/university dance programs, and performing arts high schools. Gary has been recognized as one of the 2011 Young Choreographers of the Year by YCF. His choreography has been presented at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, NYU’s Skirball Center, Symphony Space, and the streets of Manhattan in a flashmob through a collaboration between the New Museum, the Festival of Ideas for the New City, and Gary’s own ‘Pop Modern Dance’ (@PopModernDance).
Mercedes is a Brooklyn based dancer/choreographer. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College and her BA in modern dance from The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park College. Since arriving in New York in 2009 Mercedes has had the pleasure of dancing for Elizabeth Streb, Lucinda Childs, Deganit Shemy and Twyla Tharp. She currently dances for Peter Kyle Dance and Catherine Galasso. Mercedes’ choreography has been performed at the Andy Warhol Museum, The Children’s Museum, and Bellefield Hall, all in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has also been featured in New York City at the Solar One Dance Series and Green Space’s Taking Root Series. In 2011, Mercedes worked as the Special Events Coordinator for STREB Extreme Action, and has more recently worked with Twyla Tharp filming and editing Twyla’s rehearsal process. Currently Mercedes is the Technical Director for White Mountain Dance Festival. While in Pittsburgh, Mercedes founded and ran the modern dance module in Propel Charter Schools. As a result, Mercedes was awarded the Charles Gray Award which recognizes commitment to quality arts education for all students. Originating from her teaching experiences, Mercedes is interested in working with dancers of varied technical ability and development, believing that powerful performance can be achieved regardless of technical ability.
Administrative Associate, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries | Dancer & Choreographer
Alexandra is a choreographer, dancer and arts administrator from Paris, France. After graduating from the George Washington University, in DC, with a BA in Dance and Art History with honors, she moved to New York to work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as their Group Sales Coordinator and is now an Office Associate at the Harkness Center For Dance Injuries at the NYU Langone Hospital For Joint Diseases. Alexandra is also a member of Movement of the People Dance Company with which she has performed at the Flea, in Figment Project on Governor’s Island and as part of the Check Us Out Festival celebrating Female Choreographers in Central Park. She has also performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, within the Velocity DC Dance Festival, at the Dorothy Betts Theater in DC and at Bushwick Open Studios in pieces by Willy Dorner, Iquail Shaheed, Michael Thomas Leon and Lucianna Achugar. Alexandra has showcased her own work in Washington, DC, Santiago, Chile as well as in New York as part of the Dance Film Association screenings and at the House of Scandinavia. She has most recently choreographed a music video for Chinese punk band Re-TROS and was a recipient of the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Award for Innovation in Dance as well as a Luther Rice research fellow to study dance in Berlin, Germany. You can find her on weekends teaching modern dance classes for all ages and levels at the Living Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Associate Artist Program Manager, New York Live Arts | Dancer
Alexander is a dancer, choreographer, musician, administrator, and recent transplant to New York City by way of his hometown in Kansas City, Missouri. Trained as a musician, he stumbled upon the movement arts at Bard College in upstate New York where he began his dance training under the tutelage of such dance educators as Leslie Arlette Boyce, Peggy Florin, Maria Simpson, Jean Churchill, Aileen Passloff, Lenore Latimer, and Amii LeGendre. Under the department’s partnership with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company he benefited from the insight and mentorship of Leah Cox, and studied with current and former members of the BTJ/AZ Company. He earned a B.A. in Music Composition and Dance in 2010, and went on to study at Bates Dance Festival as well as with members of Doug Varone and Dancers at their Winter and Summer workshops. He has performed in works by Amii LeGendre, Alex Springer and Xan Burley’s the Median Movement, and Olase Freeman, and has written the occasional piece of dance criticism. He currently works as the Associate Artist Program Manager at New York Live Arts striving to find ways to provide much needed services to dance artists in New York City.