2019 DILT Participants

2019 Mentors

Amy Miller

Amy Miller is a NYC-based dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate.  A former dancer with the Ohio Ballet, she was also a founding member and artistic associate of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater.  Now the Senior Director and a performing member of Gibney Dance Company, Miller also focuses on Gibney’s Community Action initiatives through facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, developing healthy relationship workshops for young people and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence prevention. Miller has conducted Gibney Dance Global Community Action Residencies at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), MUDA Africa (Tanzania) and most recently in Gisenyi, Rwanda. In the spring of 2015, Miller was honored to receive an Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.  Miller holds a BFA in Dance and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her choreography.

AnaMaria CorreaAnaMaria Correa is Miami City Ballet’s (MCB) senior director of community engagement. In her role AnaMaria bridges, deepens and fosters relationships between MCB and the arts, culture, education and local communities ensuring that constituencies have access to and claim a place for themselves at MCB. In her role as a “bridge builder” she is also a “conscience raiser” leading efforts of equity and inclusion practices and competencies for the organization. In her previous role as the director of community engagement and inclusion at Avenues: The World School, she spearheaded the practice of community engagement ethics and program partnerships as well as being the founding DEI practitioner establishing cultural competency strategies for an inclusive school community. At Ballet Hispanico she held a dual role as the senior director of community engagement and the director for their accredited school of dance, specializing in dance training for youth pre-K to college in ballet, contemporary, folklore and flamenco for 700 youth and their families. As director of community arts programs she conceptualized and implemented community dance education programs in partnership with communities, classrooms and universities. She is the daughter of Dominican immigrants who made their life in Queens as she grew up and made a career in the streets of the 5 boroughs. She served New York City schools as an arts in education programs integrator for theater, dance, music, visual art, creative writing and architecture focusing always on the arts as a tool for transformation in pedagogy, social development and agency. Organizations that represent important touchstones in her career include Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, the Brooklyn Historical Society, The Point and Dancing Classrooms. AnaMaria was the founding artistic director of Washington State University’s “Las Memorias” Performance as Education program. AnaMaria is doctoral candidate in Urban Education at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is interested in the experiences and stories of the minoritized “other” and their resistance and resiliency. Her scholarship is grounded in Critical Race Theory, Narratives and Performance pedagogies. She has a lifelong commitment to work with families, children and educators in education, arts, culture, community engagement and the power of arts for transformation. She holds a B.A. in secondary education and literature from Hunter College and an M.F.A in acting from Brooklyn College.

Ayisha McMillan Cravotta

Ayisha McMillan Cravotta’s career with Charlotte Ballet traces the path of multiple roles, from company artist through Academy Director, culminating to develop a new generation of classically-trained, artistically versatile ballet dancers. Cravotta joined Houston Ballet as a company artist, under Director Ben Stevenson, in 1996. With Houston Ballet she toured and performed in London, Hong Kong, Toronto, and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Cravotta danced five seasons with Charlotte Ballet directed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and was the first African American woman to play a principal role in the company’s Nutcracker. After retiring from the stage in 2007, Cravotta joined Charlotte Ballet’s marketing department. In 2011, at the invitation of Bonnefoux, she became principal of Charlotte Ballet Academy. In 2015 she was named Academy Director, a role in which she guides programming and administration for over 1,000 dancers age three through adult, and a Pre-Professional Division of dancers. Cravotta was inducted into the prestigious HistoryMakers national archive in 2007 in recognition for her accomplishments as an African American in the Arts, and through the organization volunteers as a speaker at public schools. Cravotta studied at Rice University and at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Heidi LatskyHeidi Latsky (Artistic Director/Choreographer/ Performer)  A native of Montreal, Latsky first received recognition as a principal dancer for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987-1993), after which she formed a duet company with Lawrence Goldhuber until 2000. During this time, she was the head of the Movement Department at the School for Film and Television. In 2001, she founded her own company, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD). In 2006, she began incorporating people with disabilities into her work. Creative Capital Foundation supported GIMP (2009-2012) that garnered praise for its provocative investigation of inclusion: Dance Magazine called GIMP a milestone in contemporary dance and a news feature on the work was nominated for an Emmy. Latsky has performed at TEDxWomen and in 2014, was named the first participant in “Dance for Film On Location at Montclair State University” resulting in her first film Soliloquy that has screened internationally including Festival de Marseille, ReelAbilities Film Festival, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, Boston’s ICA, and Perez Art Museum Miami. HLD has received numerous awards, commissions and residencies, and tours internationally. Latsky has expanded her vision into art and design with ON DISPLAY, her current portfolio of work begun in 2015 when the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities invited her to participate in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ON DISPLAY has been presented at venues like Whitney Museum; High Line; Lincoln Center; Stavros Niarchos in Greece; American Dance Festival; Superfine! Art Fair and at SY Partners for NYCxDesign Week. ON DISPLAY GLOBAL is an annual installation performed on International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the UN and NYU Tisch in NYC and at over 60 cities worldwide. Over 200 installations have been performed over the last three years, the largest at Wesleyan University with 650 participants. In residency at Hurleyville Arts Centre in 2017, underwritten by the Gerald and Janet Carrus Foundation, D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D was created and premiered in NYC March 2018 at Baruch Performing Arts Center. The company is currently collaborating with Google’s Creative Lab on audio augmented reality for this show. Recent performances: National Portrait Gallery (DC), Cooper Hewitt Museum, Newhouse Center of Contemporary Art, Kean University, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Upcoming performances: City College, Dixon Place (where she will premiere Unfinishedcommissioned by Dixon Place) Latsky was awarded a grant from the Craig H. Nielson Foundation to lead a pilot program for people with spinal cord injuries in 2019.  The company also receives support from the DOE, NYSCA, NEA and the Ford Foundation. heidilatskydance.org

Marlana Doyle

Marlana Doyle, Artistic Director, of the Houston METdance Company and Center is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Point Park University in 2001 with a BA in Dance. Marlana has been apart of METdance for the past sixteen years and was a major part of the company’s reorganization in 2003. Under her direction, Marlana’s artistic vision has taken the company to new levels of excellence and growth while holding tightly to the company’s long tradition of diversity and versatility in its dancers, choreographers, collaborators, and content. Through her commitment and drive, the company has performed at venues across the country including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out (2012,2014,2017), Green Box Arts Festival, Ohio Dance Festival, Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in NYC, Dance Chicago, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, the 17th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, CA, in addition to local venues such as the Dallas Dance Festival and Austin Dance Festival. Her strength of vision has brought many sought-after choreographers to METdance and the Houston public including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Kyle Abraham, Larry Keigwin, Rosie Herrera, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Marlana represents METdance as a member of Dance Source Houston, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Dance USA, spending 2009-2012 as an emerging leader at both APAP and Dance USA. She was awarded the Dance USA Leadership Mentee Fellowship for the institute of training in 2012 and she just completed serving as a Dance USA Board of Trustee member and Artistic Director Council Chair for the three years in a row. Marlana has also served on many grant and organizational panels for the Houston Arts Alliance and Dance Source Houston. As a dancer, Marlana has performed works by many of the talented METdance choreographers and continues to delight audiences on stage with the company. Marlana is a regular faculty member at the METdance Center and directs the highly successful MET too and MET ensemble youth companies an intense program focused on preparing young dancers for dance programs at universities and a career in dance performance. Marlana is also a guest teacher and an award-winning choreographer for her students in Houston and throughout the United States. She has choreographed for the City of Houston, Levi’s and Walmart, Mercury Ensemble, Apollo Chamber Players, Houston Chamber Choir, Houston Symphony and for TUTS. She lives in Sugar Land, TX with her husband Ben and her two adorable daughters Olivia and Evie.

METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertoire that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration. Based in Houston, TX, METdance performs throughout the United States presenting works by established choreographers and emerging artists including the artistic visions of Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Camille Brown, Peter Chu, Larry Keigwin, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and instill the company’s work with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality. From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member regardless of their background, age, sex, or experience with dance. In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of content. “The METdance’s gorgeous dancers push the choreography to its fullest and most generous capacity, while sharing the joy and electric verve of their craft with the audience.” Adam Castaneda, Houston Press, June 4th, 2015.

 Stanford Makishi

Stanford Makishi was appointed to his current position of vice president for programming at City Center in 2015, after having been the associate producer of the Fall for Dance Festival since 2011. He danced with Trisha Brown from 1992 to 2006, was assistant director of her production of Winterreise, and has taught and restaged her work internationally. He also served as artistic advisor for the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, executive director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, director of programs at the Asian Cultural Council, and director of creative services at Carnegie Hall. Makishi began his dance training in his native Honolulu and received early performance opportunities while a student at Harvard.

Tammy Bormann

Since 1996, Tammy Bormann and the TLB Collective have researched, designed and facilitated dialogue-based organizational change processes that gather and analyze the insights and experiences of those who work in the organization; provide targeted learning experiences to disseminate knowledge about historic and contemporary systems of inequity and discrimination; build the capacity of leaders and staff at all levels to recognize and analyze how systems of inequity and exclusion show up in their own organizations; and enable organizational visioning and planning to replace inequitable and exclusive policies, practices, behaviors and norms with strategies that increase diversity, embody inclusion and dismantle inequity.

Over 33 years, Tammy has worked with a wide variety of clients nationally and internationally including private foundations, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit companies, arts institutions, museums, healthcare organizations, universities and colleges, faith-based organizations; state and federal agencies, and NGOs. Some of her clients include: New York City Ballet, Loretto Senior Healthcare, The State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bosque Redondo Memorial, Goucher College, PointMade Films, the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Houston Ballet, The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, among many others.

Tammy has chaired the Board of Directors of the dance company Urban Bush Women (UBW) since 2006. In this capacity, she has prepared UBW dancers to employ dialogue processes in their performance work and social justice community engagement programs, as they pursue the UBW vision to use “movement to build a movement.” She has twice served as a mentor with the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training and facilitated a National Voices panel on Race in Dance for the annual Dance/NYC symposium in 2015.

Tammy is one of four women on the Design and Facilitation Team for THE EQUITY PROJECT: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet, a three-year initiative sponsored by Dance Theatre of Harlem, The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), and Dance/USA and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Launched in 2018, THE EQUITY PROJECT seeks to create a learning community that ignites field-wide change among artistic and executive leaders from 21 professional ballet organizations. We provide education, coaching and strategies for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly for Black professionals, across the ballet industry.

Tammy works extensively in the museum field, having served as a member of the design team for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and, since 2008, as a dialogue consultant with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. With the Coalition, she has trained more than 50 national and international museums to design and lead meaningful public dialogue programs around human rights and social justice issues. In 2016-2017, she served as the dialogue consultant for the Coalition’s national initiative, Brown v. Board to Ferguson: Fostering Dialogue on Education, Incarceration and Civil Rights. In 2017, she designed and facilitated a Coalition conference in Entebbe, Uganda to prepare South Sudanese civil society leaders to facilitate communitybased dialogue for transitional justice across South Sudan.

Tammy earned her BA in French and Communication Studies from Muhlenberg College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She chairs the boards of Urban Bush Women and Arts Horizons, an arts-in-education organization, and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College. She is a former chair of the Myhelan Cultural Art Center, a community center dedicated to using the visual and performing arts to build cross-cultural understanding nationally and internationally. Tammy is a member of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and a recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award from the New Jersey Boy Scouts of America.

Thomas Cavanagh

With over 20 years of experience in live production and non-profit management, Thomas Cavanagh’s career scales diverse terrains of production and performance. Working with vertical dance company BANDALOOP since 1998, Cavanagh is skilled in producing, artist management and logistics and brings to BANDALOOP operational, technical and fiscal skills combined with his deeply-rooted belief in and appreciation for the power of Public Art and what it can bring to the audience and communities it reaches. He is a believer in the empowering and affirming collaboration between nature, space, and the human body exemplified in the work of Amelia Rudolph, founder of BANDALOOP, and the art of perspective-changing vertical dance. Combining this love with his extensive experience in technical production, wilderness response, and rigging, Cavanagh nurtures a practical synergy of art and technique, of production and artistry, of expression and purpose. 

In his two-decade collaboration with BANDALOOP, the company has scaled the walls of spaces both natural and man-made, urban and rural, commercial and historic, public and secluded. Past and current collaborators include: P!NK, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, American Express, The US Embassies in India, Mexico, Iceland, Tunisia and China, The European Capital of Culture Festival, Walt Disney Entertainment, Toyota, IBM, The Great Wall of Oakland, Il Suoni delle Dolomiti in Trento, Italy, the National Heritage Board of Singapore, CBS, The National Endowment of the Arts and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 

Vershawn Sanders-Ward

A native of Chicago, Vershawn Sanders-Ward, holds an MFA in Dance from New York University and is the first recipient of BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago (Gates Millennium Scholar). She is the Founding Artistic Director and CEO of Red Clay Dance Company and is currently a candidate for Dunham Technique Certification. Sanders-Ward is a 2019 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Awardee, a 2019 Harvard Business School Club of Chicago Scholar, a 2017 Dance/USA Leadership Fellow, a 2013 3Arts awardee, and a 2009 Choreography Award from Harlem Stage NYC. In 2015 and 2018, NewCity Magazine selected Ward as one of the “Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago.” Her work has been presented in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, The Yard at Martha’s Vinyard, and internationally in Toronto, Dakar, and Kampala. Vershawin has served as an adjunct faculty member and received choreographic commissions from Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, Knox College, City Colleges of Chicago, AS220, and the National Theatre in Uganda. She is a board member of Enrich Chicago and the African American Arts Alliance and was selected to attend the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit for Emerging Global leaders. Sanders-Ward has had the pleasure of gracing the cover of DEMO, Columbia College Chicago’s Alumni Magazine!

2019 Mentees

Ben Levine

Ben Levine brings over a decade of experience to his role as the Producing Director of Extreme Lengths Productions; Director of Production/Technical Director at Dance Place in Washington DC; and Production Manager at the National Performance Network. In addition, he is a freelance lighting, scenic, and projection designer. 

In 2012, Ben was named “Best Up-For-Anything Technical Director” by Washington City Paper. He has served as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards. In 2016 he conceived and produced the Kitchen Sink Fest, a mega-collaborative one-minute dance extravaganza featuring DC’s 22 most daring dance makers. In 2017, Ben created and produced the Momentum Series, nine movement-based installation works, which engaged audiences in a series of dream-like environments. Also in 2017, Ben was awarded a Sister Cities grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) which enabled him to travel to Pretoria, South Africa to collaborate with Usuthu Arts Productions for a performance at the South African State Theater. In 2018, he created and produced Filament, a three-week exhibition featuring live music, installation art, and dance performance. 

Additional recent awards have included the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Arts Fellowship (2018, 2019), DCCAH project grant (2018, 2019), and Anacostia Arts Center Performing Arts Incubator Artist in Residence (2019). Ben holds degrees in Theater Arts and Mathematics from Drew University. 

Chenay Newton

Chenay Newton is an Arts Administrator with a passion for dance and arts education.  Born and raised in Gloucester, Virginia, Chenay went on to earn her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2012.  There she studied American Studies, African American Studies, and Dance.  Upon graduating, Chenay remained in Charlottesville and began her career in the non-profit sector, working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, Piedmont Family YMCA, and Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries.

Chenay moved to Houston, Texas to pursue a career specifically in the arts, beginning with earning her M.A. in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston.  During her time in the graduate program, Chenay worked with Houston Ballet and the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Since completing her master’s degree, Chenay has continued to work with Houston Ballet in Administration and Marketing and Public Relations. In her current role as Education Marketing and PR Coordinator, she focuses primarily on Houston Ballet Academy and Education & Community Engagement programs.  Chenay has also served as a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and is a member of the Houston Ballet Guild.

David Mack

David Mack has a decade of experience serving some of Los Angeles’ most adventurous dance, opera and theatre organizations.  Currently Executive Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre, Mack has served as Strategic Director of Heidi Duckler Dance, General Manager and Managing Director of The Industry, and Managing Director of Watts Village Theater Company.  In addition, he has consulted for many Southern California arts and arts service organizations, including: the City of West Hollywood Arts Division, Center Theatre Group, L.A. Dance Project, DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion, Ate9 Dance Company, the Dance Resource Center, and MULTIPLEX Dance.

As a volunteer, Mack has served as Chairman of the Board of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Empowerment Congress Arts & Culture Committee, on the Boards of the Theatrical Producer’s League of Los Angeles and Dance Resource Center, as a member of Dance/USA’s 2018 annual conference Host Committee in Los Angeles, and on Ate9 Dance Company’s Advisory Council.  Mack is currently on the Black Arts @ WAA Committee for Western Arts Alliance’s 2019 annual conference in Los Angeles.

Genevieve Carson

Genevieve Carson is a director, choreographer, dancer, and educator originally from Juneau, Alaska who now resides in Los Angeles.  She is currently the Artistic Director of LA Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC).  Genevieve’s work has spanned across North America, the Philippines, Argentina, Sweden and New Zealand.   She has worked extensively as a choreographer and director in both the commercial and concert dance worlds.   Her work is often focused on the human condition.  She approaches her dancers as unique individuals in each process, aiming to expose the distinctive vulnerabilities, quirks, and beautiful idiosyncrasies that each performer possesses, while challenging them and pushing them out of their comfort zone. Her work has been commissioned and produced by the US Embassies of Buenos Aires and Auckland, ODC Theater, The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, UC Santa Barbara, the LA Convention Center, Musco Center for the Arts, Coachella Valley Repertory Theater, UC Irvine, the Mall of Asia Arena, Dance Camera West, Laguna Dance Festival, and the Standard Hotel. Her award-winning dance film work has been screened at a multitude of festivals, including Cannes Film Festival and Mexico City Videodance Festival.  Her commercial choreographic collaborations include Foster the People, Earth Harp Collective (for Super Bowl XLIX), Funny or Die, Adult Swim and Comedy Central.  Additional commercial credits include the Emmys, Samsung, BENCH, Cotton On, TEDx, Saks 5th Avenue, Hikvision USA and music videos for Justin Bieber, Active Child, Blood Orange, and French pop artist TESS. As a dancer, she has had the honor of working with LACDC, String Theory Productions, AXIOM, Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide, kDub Dance, The Big Show Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and Pappas and Dancers.  With a strong passion for cultivating a healthy and nurturing environment for the next generation of dance artists, Genevieve dedicates much of her time to teaching and mentoring young dancers and choreographers through training programs and workshops.  This year, she established LA Contemporary Choreography Lab, a program designed to provide aspiring choreographers the opportunity to workshop new material with professional dancers in an intimate environment with one-on-one mentorship.  She has been a guest lecturer and instructor at Chapman University, Cal Arts, Cal State Long Beach, UC Santa Barbara, University of Auckland, University of the Philippines, and Peridance Studios in NYC. Additionally, she has been on faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) since 2012, where she teaches technique and composition classes and directs concerts.  Genevieve graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University.

Hillary Kooistra

Hillary Kooistra is a Brooklyn-based arts administrator committed to finding diverse avenues for infrastructural and communal support for those working in the dance field. She is the General Manager of A.I.M, the dance company under Artistic Direction of Kyle Abraham, where she began working as the Company Manager in 2015. She has toured internationally with the company and manages the New York City office, working closely with the Artistic and Executive Directors to orchestrate A.I.M’s programmatic and strategic initiatives. 

Hillary has managed and consulted on career-building projects with artists and companies such as Ambika Raina; Caleb Teicher & Co; and Grind Arts Company, a non-profit theatrical production company where she currently serves as Managing Director. She has held previous administrative positions with Lucinda Childs Dance, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Eva Dean Dance, University Musical Society, Dance Place, and American Ballet Theatre. 

Trained as a dance and theatre performer, Hillary earned her BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2015, where she received the Suzanne H. Butch Scholarship and graduated with the Earl V. Moore Award for Achievement in Dance. As a dance artist, she has performed works by Richard Alston, Amy Chavasse, Shannon Gillen,

Kai Hazelwood

Kai Hazelwood is a passionate and experienced choreographer, performer, educator, producer and presenter. Her training includes 6 years at the San Francisco Ballet School, summer programs at Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey, and training at the Kirov Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After a contract with the Oakland Ballet Company, Kai relocated to Los Angeles to complete her BFA at UCLA.

She left her 4 year post as faculty and then Dance Outreach Coordinator at AMDA College & Conservatory in January 2016 to refocus on her artistic career, beginning with a guest choreographer post with Martz Contemporary Dance Company in Barcelona Spain. Kai then went on to tour with Axis Dance Company before returning to Los Angeles to continue her own choreographic and performing work.

Back in LA she signed with Go 2 Talent Agency as a dance artist, and became the Resident Choreographer for Theatre Dybbuk. In 2017 Kai was selected as an Arts Omi International Arts Center Choreographic Resident, produced the 2nd evening of her own choreography and showed work in the Black Choreographer’s Festival in San Francisco.

She is a 2018 Artist in Residence for The City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department, was invited to Jacob’s Pillow as part of the National Presenter’s Forum, and is the Artistic Director of Good Trouble Makers and Downtown Dance & Movement, a state of the art dance facility offering classes, rehearsal, and performance space in Downtown Los Angeles. Kai is also co-organizer of AmBi LA an over 3,000 person strong social and support group for bi+ people, on the steering committee for the 2019 Western Arts Alliance Conference, and a scholarship and grant review panelist for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Kai has also been a dedicated dance educator for over 10 years. Aside from specializing in teaching contemporary, ballet, improvisation, composition and dance literacy, Kai is Vice President and Co-Teacher ofThe Hall Method, a unique muscle conditioning program reconfiguring classic pilates reformer exercises to standing exercises utilizing therabands, foam rollers, and balls. The Hall Method has been presented at The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and is supported by members of the US Olympic Medical Team.

Katerina (Katie) Wong

Katerina (Katie) Wong is a choreographer, performing artist, administrator, and arts advocate originally from New Jersey and based in San Francisco, California. Katie’s creative explorations are rooted in her love of culture, communication, and collaboration, a direct reflection of her mixed heritage as a first generation, Chinese-American, Jewish artist. Her works often feature layered sound scores or video installations, which generate complex storytelling experiences that welcome community dialogue and debate.

In September 2018, Katie became the first Associate Artistic Director of RAWdance, a San Francisco-based contemporary dance company, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. She will step into the role of Co-Artistic Director of the company in the summer of 2019. She is excited to expand the company’s vision of its future, as well as continue their work within the community, including their bi-annual pay-what-you-can intimate and acclaimed salon, the CONCEPT series.

Katie attended Princeton University and graduated cum laude with a degree in cultural anthropology and a certificate in Dance and East Asian Studies. As a member of the San Francisco dance community, Katie has had the pleasure of performing with RAWdance, Printz Dance Project, LEVYdance, PUSH Dance Company, Concept o4, and the San Francisco Symphony, among others. Described as an “impressive feat” and “fiercely physicalized” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Katie’s choreography has been presented throughout the Bay Area in venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Z Space, ODC Theater, CounterPulse, Fort Mason, Dance Mission Theater, Piano Fight, The Cutting Ball Theater, and Yerba Buena Gardens. She choreographed two evening-length works with dance theatre company Brickabrack from 2012-2014, was the Resident Choreographer of PUSH Dance Company from 2014-2016, and was the JuMP Commissioned Choreographer for FACT/SF in 2016.

Katie is committed to seeking new ways to make dance engaging and accessible to wider audiences. In 2016, she worked as a movement and industry consultant for a new mobile dance game app called Jounce. From 2017-2018, her work was commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences to be presented at their after-hours event, NightLife. In the fall of 2017, Katie created the first dance work presented by Pop-Up Magazine, a live literary magazine, which toured to 6-cities throughout the nation, culminating in a performance at Lincoln Center. 

Katie’s passion for advancing the field of dance extends beyond her artistry. Her dedication to arts administration and marketing is exemplified by her five-year tenure at Alonzo King LINES Ballet. As the LINES Ballet Training Program Coordinator, she enthusiastically supported the growth and shaping of young pre-professional artists. As Digital Strategist, she re-envisioned the organization’s social media and online presence, emphasizing the importance of accessibility, trust, and storytelling. She continues to support various art institutions throughout the Bay Area in their digital engagement efforts. www.katerinawong.com

Kimberly Pereira

Kimberly Pereira is the Education Coordinator for Charlotte Ballet. She is responsible for the planning and coordination of Sensory Friendly Performances, Middle & High School Dance Festival, Educational Theater Performances, Lecture Demonstrations, Residencies and Behind-the-Scenes Tours.

She supports the Charlotte Ballet Reach program, which is a three-year scholarship dance program that makes beginning level, quality dance training accessible to students who demonstrate a natural talent for movement and the potential to be trained in dance. The program affords children the opportunity to access quality dance training in their neighborhoods.

Kimberly realized her passion for arts administration in college and the impact she could have on communities supporting artists, faculty, students and local organizations. Upon completion of her BFA, she took an internship with Lois Welk and soon after became the Education Coordinator at Jacob’s Pillow. While at Jacob’s Pillow she coordinated The School & Intern application process, five School professional advancement programs and JACOB’S PILLOW CURRICIULUM IN MOTION® program in K-12 classrooms.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY she began her training at Ms. M’s Dance Center. Upon realizing her love for the art, Kimberly continued her training at The Ailey School, Limón, Broadway Dance Center, Garth Fagan Dance and with the late John M. Goring. She has performed the works of Bill Evans, Limón, Sean Curran, Christopher Walker, Rain Sadkane and Clyde Alafiju Morgan. She holds a BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport (SUNY) and was awarded the Rose L. Strasser Service Award for creativity and leadership.

In keeping with her dedication to the community Kimberly has also served the department of the Army as a family liaison in Germany. She is passionate about providing accessible arts education and continues to make strides in the field through her work in arts administration and teaching. For the past year Kimberly has taken part in EMCArts New Pathways for the Arts Program, Incubating Innovation which has focused on discovering ways for nonprofit organizations to place emphasis on innovation with adaptive change.

Omar Ingram

Omar Ingram is an advocate, enthusiast, friend and patron of the arts from Atlanta, Georgia. With his work mostly focused on theater and dance, he is dedicated to championing programming and policies that are authentically diverse and show culture organically. Before assuming the role of Programs Director for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), he worked extensively as the association’s Production Manager of their annual conference and festival. Omar has experience in company management, general management, production management, and stage management for projects and companies of varying sizes. With experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit arts sectors, he has worked for iconic companies (The Public Theater, STOMP/NYC, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company) and living legends (Debbie Allen, George Faison, and Phylicia Rashad). Omar is a graduate of Howard University with a BFA in Musical Theater, and minor in Arts Administration. When he is not working, he enjoys exploring new countries, beaches and cooking.