NYSDEA 2019 Winter Conference
Presenters Biographies & Class descriptions
February 2-3, 2019
CUNY Hunter College
930 Lexington Avenue
Thomas Hunter Hall
New York, NY 10021
Saturday February 2, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 - Registration
9:00 – 10:00 – Warm-up – Deborah Damast
10:10 – 11:25 – Jazz: The Elusive Frontier - Carlos Jones
11:35 – 1:05 – A Way In - Heidi Latsky
1:10 – 3:00 – Lunch/Visit Service Organizations/Annual Meeting
3:00 – 4:00 - NY State Standards – Kerrianne Cody
4:10 – 5:25 – Finding your Freedom: Popular Caribbean Dance Styles for the Studio - Careitha Davis
5:30 – 6:30 - Student Performance
6:30 – 7:30 - Reception
Sunday February 3, 2019
9:00 – 10:15 – Morning Stretch - Andrew Jannetti
10:25 – 11:40 – DEL APP - Barry Blumenfeld & Henry Holmes
11:50 – 1:15 - Panel: Resources & Access - Barry Blumenfeld, Scott Shaw, Kathleen Isaac, Kathleen Leary, Andrew Jannetti
Please note that New York State CTLE Credits are available.
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(MA, BA, RDE) is on the faculty of Friends Seminary in Manhattan, is an adjunct professor at New York University and on the faculty of the Dance Education Lab of The 92nd Street Y. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Dance from American University and is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory of the 92nd Street Y; a certified Level 1 Teacher of Language of Dance®; a certified yoga instructor; and a Registered Dance Educator. Barry served on the board of NYSDEA, and was the artistic director of TAPFUSION, a dance company combining modern dance and tap. Barry also writes the technology “Experts” column for Dance Teacher Magazine, and is the co-co-creator of the DEL DanceMaker App.
(MA, BFA) teaches dance at PS 165, The Edith K. Bergtraum School, where she integrates creative dance and technique for performance. She began working for the NYCDOE six years ago after receiving her K-12 teaching certification and Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt. Her professional responsibilities include being a board member for NYSDEA, Dance Content Advisor for CAP, NYSED Professional Development Liaison, Standards Alignment Committee member, and Arts Mondays Facilitator. Kerrianne serves as a New York State Standards Writer being part of the 2017 Dance Revision Team. Kerrianne is also honored to be a past recipient of the K-12 Dance Educator Award from NYSDEA which she received in 2014.
(MA Dance Education, NYU, BFA Dance, SUNY Purchase,) At NYU Steinhardt, Deborah serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and Artistic Advisor in the Dance Education Program, Artistic Director of Concerts and Kaleidoscope Company, and directs an annual study abroad program to Uganda. She also teaches at LREI, The Yard, and the Dance Education Laboratory, and has taught at WVU, Peridance, New York City Ballet, 92Y, Steffi Nossen, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor, and others. Deborah's choreography has been shown in numerous venues for the past 29 years in NYC, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has presented at NDEO, CUNY, ACDFA conferences and conducts professional development for the NYCDOE. She was a contributing writer to the 2015 revised Blueprint for Dance and has co-written curriculum for education departments of NYCB and Paul Taylor. Deborah was a 2008 recipient of the NYU Faculty Star Award, the NDEO 2010 Outstanding Educator Award, and the NYU Steinhardt 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award. She serves on the boards of PCDC and of NYSDEA, where she is culminating her role as Past-President. She and her husband Tom presented at NDEO in NYC and she is thrilled to present with him again at NYSDEA!
(MA, BA) is currently a Teaching Artist for Alvin Ailey Arts In Education and Community Programs. Ms. Davis was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with roots in Trinidad and Tobago. She received her BA in Media, Society & the Arts from SUNY Purchase College and her MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt. Her dance training credentials includes Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Pittsburg Youth Ballet and SUNY Purchase. She has learned from numerous New York based choreographers and dance educators and performed the works of Dianne McIntyre, Ronald K. Brown, Jemal Gaines, George Fasion and many more. As a dance educator she has taught in public schools teaching elementary and special needs students. Also, in private studios teaching SOCA and African with a cultural lens in the Caribbean to adults and pre-professional students.
(BFA) Brooklyn-based designer Henry Holmes holds a BFA in Dance and Computer Science certificate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. They’ve been designing apps and digital experiences with the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory, GuideOne Mobile, the National Park Service and others. Their choreographic resume includes a Chez Bushwick Artistic residency with Elena Rose Light, co-direction of a play with Handan Ozbilgin for Target Margin Theatre’s Stein Lab, a senior center residency through SPARC with Hillary Rachel Ramos and two seasons of Mare Nostrum Elements’ Emerging Choreographer Series. More at syntactile.com
has a body of work that extends from the dance concert stage to theater to television and to film. His eclectic background has brought him recognition as an international artist. Concert appearances include work with such companies as: Loretta Livingston, Bethune Theatredanse, Dance Kansas City Modern/Jazz Company, and his own Carlos Jones & Company. Among his theatrical credits are Some Like it Hot, Man of La Mancha, It’s a Pretty Good Life and Sesame Street Live to name a few. Mr. Jones landed in the movies I’ll Do Anything, Dance With Me, and Uptown Girls and was featured in the television series Cybill, Howie, the Nanny, and the Drew Carey Show.
As a director/choreographer Jones is prolific. His concert works have been presented with San Jose Dance Company, Movement Source, Dance Spectrum Alaska, Adage Repertory Company, Bethune Theaterdanse, and Jazz Antiqua Music & Dance Ensemble among others. Theatrical direction and choreography include: Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, Purlie, Four Guys Named José and Una Mujer named Maria, History of White Music, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Reefer Madness, West Side Story, Black Nativity, She Hysteric, a one woman show with SNL veteran Ellen Gleghorne, Once Upon a Mattress, under the direction of Carol Burnet, and Hair directed by Broadway legend André DeShields. In addition, he has created dance segments for a number of video and film productions including the award-winning film short, Insurance Inc.
Mr. Jones has worked extensively in arts education and community arts programing. He was founder and director of the Los Angeles dance training facility Academy 331, Founding Artistic Director of Teen Dance Company in Palo Alto, California and served as artistic advisor to In-sync Dance Theater in Glendale, California. In addition to traditional arts programming, Carlos has also developed and implemented programs for children and youth requiring accessibility. His work in this area lead him to be the artistic associate with Bethune Theaterdanse’s Infinite Dreams. In addition, he has served as a teaching artist/artist in residence with Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Tapestry Charter School, Bennet Park Montessori and M.U.S.E.
Jones adds to his merits the role of author. In addition to his notable publication in Middle Schools Journal, he is a contributing author to the book Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches. He holds an MFA from the University of California – Irvine and has served on the faculties of UCLA, UC-Irvine, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University and St. Cloud State University. Professor Jones belongs to a coveted list of SUNY Diversity Faculty Fellows and is tenured professor of musical theater and dance at SUNY Buffalo State, where he currently holds the position of Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities.
(Artistic Director/Choreographer/ Performer) originally from Montreal and now based in New York City, first received recognition as a celebrated principal dancer for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987-1993). Her experience there profoundly influenced her style and her philosophy of dance as she developed in her own right as a choreographer for stage, theater, and film. In 2001, she founded her own company, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD). During the fall of 2006, Latsky began an intensive period of creation with bi-lateral amputee Lisa Bufano and in 2009 she was chosen by Creative Capital Foundation as one of four choreographers nationally to receive a three-year award for her evening-length work, GIMP. Heidi’s range of work is as varied as guest lecturing at Harvard University, creating a work for high school students with learning disabilities, directing workshops in performance skills, performing in 2012’s TEDxWomen and developing new works for her contemporaries. Currently, Heidi has received international acclaim for her ON DISPLAY project - a deconstructed art exhibit that comments on our propensity to judge people by what they look like by creating a sculpture court of real people in highly trafficked public spaces. ON DISPLAY GLOBAL is the company’s annual initiative on December third for the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities being presented all over the world. Latsky is an advocate for disability rights andis a founding member of the Disability Task Force for Dance/NYC. She has a BA in Psychology with Honors from Carleton University (1979), receiving the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement and The Ottawa Ladies College Scholarship. Currently, she has been awarded grants to work on a pilot program for people with spinal cord injuries, engage with immigrant populations during the company’s residency at City College (NYC), and teach her inclusive technique MARS (mindful activation release study).
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is originally from Omaha, NE, and is embarking on a second career as an informal educator after her successful first as a costume designer for dance, theater, and film. She loves creating dynamic tours, interactive games, and thoughtful discussions so that audiences share in her excitement for the subject matter. Her professional passions include equity and accessibility. After a hard day of empowering students through a performing arts-based curriculum, she loves working with textiles, enjoys swimming, biking, writing, and visiting historic houses. As with theater, she wants libraries and archives to be a place where people experience some magic.
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Alison Deleget, MS, ATC
Ms. Deleget is a certified athletic trainer and PMA-certified Pilates instructor who brings over 15 years of clinical experience to the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.
A former ballet dancer, Ms. Deleget graduated with a BS in Ballet and MS in Athletic Training from Indiana University. Ms. Deleget specializes in manual therapy and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner®. At the Harkness Center Ms. Deleget provides onsite athletic training services to professional dance companies, schools, and Broadway shows.
Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health Workshop
This 3-hour intensive workshop for dance educators on evidenced-based dance injury prevention and dancer wellness. The intensive will begin with a participatory warm-up and explanation of principles behind a healthy warm-up.
Other topics that will be covered through lecture and movement will include:
- Dance injury etiology
- The biopsychosocial model in relation to dance injury and dance educator self-care
Recognition, management, and prevention of dance injuries, including:
- Fatigue management, cross training, and periodization
- Functional movement tasks to help understand, and educate their students about, pelvic neutral, weight shift, and limb dissociation.
Has performed Off Broadway, at International Dance Festivals, in Music Videos, on TV specials, in nightclubs, and in touring dance companies. In Seattle, she was the dance consultant to the Jimi Hendrix Museum: Experience Music Project and an ambassador of rhythm tap dance hosting festivals, master classes, educational programs, and creating choreography for musical theatre and the concert stage. In NYC, she was a member of Gail Conrad’s Tap Dance Theatre, Jerry Ames Tap Dance Company, and performed as a pioneer dancer for the original creation of MTV. In Rochester, she has enjoyed gigs with the likes of the Vision of Sound Concert Series, Bill Evans Dance Company, NYS Dance Force Duets Concerts, and the NYC New Mix Performance Festival. Johnson is a dance educator at the University of Rochester, SUNY at Brockport, Nazareth College, and Hochstein School of Music & Dance.
The purpose of this session is to illuminate the subject of rhythm-in-motion in order to learn techniques to help others express themselves better rhythmically. We will utilize feet to walk patterns, hands to play patterns, voice to vocalize patterns, and explore navigating rhythmic territory with our body as a whole.
Nitya Seshadri Vedantam, MFA in progress, MFA, BA
A graduate student of dance studies at SUNY Buffalo, is a performer-teacher-choreographer of the Indian Classical dance Bharatanatyam. She holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra and a MFA Dance from Hyderabad Central University. She is an empaneled artiste of the Broadcasting Ministry of India. She has conducted several performances, master classes and workshops across the globe, including University at Buffalo, Purdue University, Hyderabad Central University and MGI Mauritius. Her dance collaborations span across varied genres of dance including Sattriya, Chau, Kathak and Modern dance. Nitya’s research explores the mind-body connection through dance and the symbiotic links between Bharatanatyam and Modern dance. Nitya is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor.
EMBODYING THE NAVARASAAS: Connecting Through Empathy & Movement
The presentation focuses on the sharing of basic human impulses that arise across dance forms in order to spark conversations about and uncover commonalities underlying Bharatanatyam and Modern dance. I am interested in showcasing the symbiosis between two varied art forms from an underlying place of somatic awareness, all the while providing common threads of connectivity to ourselves and the to the world we live in.
is an Executive Producer, Award Winning Businessman, and American Choreographer whose work spans more than 30 years and three continents including New York City, across the US, and internationally to the West Indies, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Sean is founder of Reaching for Higher Ground Consulting – a Communication, Performance, and Development Company and is Executive Producer of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival, the New York Dance Festival, and the Global Dance Initiative. He has worked with Senators and Congressmen for positive racial impact and is a Conference Designer, Fortune 500 Executive Life Coach, Mediation Expert, and Motivational Speaker that uses the arts to teach Personality and Emotional Development for Corporations and Executives. He teaches Life Skills to Teens, Parental communication skills to adults, and does Family Development intervention for public schools and universities. Sean is President of the New York Institute of Dance & Education and the winner of countless awards including the coveted Jefferson Award for Public Service to America founded by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the New York State Liberty Award (the NY Senate's highest honor), and the NAACP Trailblazers Medal of Honor. Sean was recently inducted into the Auburn Music Hall of Fame and has personally awarded over 400 thousand dollars to established and emerging artists.
Black Ballet Choreographers Symposium and Commission Conference: Panel Discussion
A Commission And Booking Discussion, Being Seen in Todays Ballet Industry
This very useful and critical conversation helps everyone and the industry leaders understand the challenges of being a Black Ballet Choreographer and addresses the very big door of opportunity that remains closed to black people. Our mission: To create the mechanism for Black ballet choreographers to gain invitation to, and sustainability within, national level and premiere ballet companies.
“Classical Ballet at its highest level is a silver impermeable sphere. It is not that Black choreographers cannot get in the door; it is that there is no door for us to get in.” - Sean McLeod