In September of 2019, I assumed the Directorship of the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y, NY. The opportunity to lead a program which has a such rich history of innovative and groundbreaking incubation for dance has been extremely meaningful.
As the Dance Center Director, my position oversees all aspects of dance at 92NY, working to provide overarching vision, partnership, and support for the School of Dance and the Dance Education Laboratory while also leading all curatorial performance opportunities, workshops, and artist residencies. Under my curation and directorship, in the fall of 2021 the 92NY launched the Harkness Mainstage Series, bringing a year-long dance series to the Kaufmann Concert Hall stage--where Alvin Ailey premiered Revelations in 1960--for the first time in over 50 years. Before working to revitalize 92NY's in-person dance platforms, in the spring of 2021, I created a mid-pandemic online opportunity, connecting emerging choreographers with established industry leaders and company directors: Future Dance Festival. The festival has now grown to include live New York City performance opportunities and since its inception has introduced the work of over 80 choreographers to the Directors of Ballet Hispanico, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, RUBBERBAND, AIM by Kyle Abraham, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Limón Dance Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey School and the Executive Director of Works & Process.
Before Directing the Harkness Dance Center, I served on the Artistic leadership team of the Juilliard Dance Division for three years: as Associate Director in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 academic years, and as the Acting Artistic Director in 2017-18. I had the opportunity to program the main stage performances at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater for both seasons with four new creations during the fall and a triple bill in the spring which included Martha Graham’s Rite of Spring and Bill T. Jones D-Man in the Waters. As education is one of my passions, I deeply treasured teaching on the faculty of the Juilliard School and as a lecturer for the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase between 2014 -2019. Over the past two decades, I have additionally worked as a guest teacher with Abraham in Motion, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Gibney Company and as a regularly company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during their home season in New York.
Between 2008 and 2013, I directed Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago. During my tenure as Director of HS2, I was responsible for programming and staffing the HSDC summer intensives and curating HSDC’s National Choreographic Competition. In this capacity, I truly realized my passion for teaching and mentoring young and emerging artists. Hubbard Street 2 created its first full-length children’s program Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure under my directorship. Harold premiered at the Kennedy Center to a sold-out house in October of 2010. The production went onto performances at the Joan B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the American Dance Festival in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, the Cleveland Playhouse, at the Aspen Santa-Fe Dance Festival and at the Detroit Opera House. The success of this children's program remains an enormous source of pride—a labor of love inspired by the birth of my first child, Donovan.
As a performer, I was fortunate to travel extensively over a twelve-year career with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. As a creator, I have composed a number of site-specific installations, most notably in collaborative partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Invested in the belief that access to dance should be universal and inclusive, I continue to reach out to connect to other art forms using improvisation and choreographic tools. In 2019, I taught both a movement workshop for a group of emerging opera singers for their weeklong immersive SongStudio experience led by Renee Fleming and I led movement explorations for the 222 young musicians at the NYO summer programs both under the umbrella of Carnegie Hall. My greatest passion is nourishing artists - seeking to inspire individuals to reach beyond themselves. In this capacity, I currently serve as an Artistic Advisory Council of MOVE[NYC] and on the Advisory Council of the Misty Copeland Foundation, organizations whose missions serve to provide greater access and opportunity and diversify our dance field; I also serve on the Advisory Board for Back to Healing, which provides positive empowerment and community for individuals living with scoliosis.
Photo by Todd Rosenberg