NYSDEA 2020 Winter Conference
Presenters Biographies & Class descriptions
February 1-2, 2020
CUNY Hunter College
930 Lexington Avenue
Thomas Hunter Hall
New York, NY 10021
Saturday February 1, 2020
Dani Criss & Kendra Ross: Circles through the lines - African Diasporic rooted practices within American Education
Kay Gayner & Jerron Herman: The NDI DREAM Project - Strategies for Creating Innovative Choreography for Children With and Without Disabilities
Naomi Goldberg Haas & Magda Kaczmarska: Dances for a Variable Population and the Older Adult Dance Artist
Pearl Marasigan: Exploring Equity in the Dance Classroom - A Case Study
Gibney (Amy Miller): Hands are for Holding
Hannah Park & Allison Pagano: The Embodied Self in Dance - Finding a Voice Through Communication, Collaboration, and Creative Thinking
Paula J. Peters & Catherine Cabeen: Dance Pedagogy Methods to Inspire Leadership and Responsible Citizenship in Future Dance Educators
Emad Salem & Alyx Maglio: Dancing to Connect - How Dance Connects Us in New York and Beyond
JoAnna Mendl Shaw: Multi-Sensory Listening = Relationship & Leadership
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Catherine Cabeen (MFA) is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College and a repetiteur for the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She has received support for her choreographic work from The Washington State Arts Commission, The Mellon Foundation, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, among others. She has been on the faculties of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Cornish College, University of Washington, and Middlebury College. She has received commissions from Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Art Museum, Gallery Galleon in Vieques PR, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, and Alsarab Dance Company in Byblos Lebanon, among others. Cabeen is a former member of the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1997-2005).
The Artist is a multidisciplinary artist, artistic educator, and community organizer driven by her roots and studies of the African Diaspora. Her work is filled with educational, energetic, and liberating experiences for all, rooted in research and cultural pedagogy. She’s a facilitator and teaching artist for Cumbe: Center of African and Diaspora Dance, Mark Morris Dance Center, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, among others. Visit www.danicriss.com for more information.
Associate Artistic Director of NDI and currently serves as Artistic Director for the NDI/China Project in Shanghai and the NDI/Lebanon Project in Beirut, training teachers in the NDI pedagogy and overseeing the development of NDI’s partner programs in both countries. Kay is an NDI Master Teaching Artist and was named the 2009 Teacher of the Year. With Agnes McConlogue Ferro, Kay serves as co-creator and co-director of the NDI DREAM Project (Dancers Realize Excellence through Arts and Movement): an inclusion-based dance program that focuses on augmenting movement potential through partnerships, collaboration and choreography. Kay and Agnes were recently named New York One's New Yorkers of the Week.
Naomi Goldberg Haas
Founded Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) in 2005 to promote strong & creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. DVP’s program MOVEMENT SPEAKS® has served 4500 older adults in NYC since 2009. Goldberg Haas received LMCC President’s Award for Performing Arts (2014), served on the Age Friendly Media, Arts & Culture Working Group (2015–2018) and received the DANCE USA 2019–20 Fellowship for Artists addressing Social Change. dvpnyc.org
Interdisciplinary artist, primarily working in Dance. He is also a writer, moderator, and advocate for the arts; he has served on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA since 2017. Jerron has also shot for Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, consulted for a Nike-sponsored project, and was profiled in Great Big Story. He has been a principal member of Heidi Latsky Dance since 2011. In 2018 he was a visiting artist at Marlboro College, a finalist for the inaugural Apothetae/Lark Play Development Lab Fellowship and was also nominated for a Fellowship in Dance from United States Artists. His latest solos include Many Ways to Raise a Fist for the 29th Anniversary of the ADA at the Whitney Museum, Phys. Ed. at Gibney, and Relative – a crip dance party – for the disabled-led festival I WANNA BE WITH YOU EVERYWHERE at Performance Space New York. Jerron studied at Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from The King’s College. The New York Times has called him, "...the inexhaustible Mr. Herman." jerronherman.com
Teaching artist and creative aging advocate based in New York City. She received her MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Arizona and her BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics. Kaczmarska co-founded Evolve Dance~West and developed a subsidiary Dance for PD program in Arizona following training with Mark Morris Dance Group. She received the NDEO Professional Development Scholarship (2019) and leads training and programming for DVP. www.magdakaczmarska.com
Has been working in alternative education for over ten years working for institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Wyckoff House Museum, and the Brooklyn Historical Society among others. She received dual Master’s degrees from NYU in museum education and ancient Egyptian linguistics, and has a lifelong love of her home city of New York and education. She is thrilled to help Battery Dance expand their education outreach.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in dance from Hofstra University, Pearl Marasigan danced for various choreographers and served as director of HalloHallo Dance. Pearl has been a faculty member at Bard High School Early College Manhattan since 2006, first as an adjunct and teaching artist and now as a NYC DOE dance educator and co-chair of the arts department. In 2017, Pearl earned her Masters in Dance Education through Hunter College’s Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program. As part of the Bard curriculum, she spearheaded the creation and implementation of new dance courses, including "Moving Identities in Contemporary Dance,” which celebrates choreographic voice and the movement modalities of historically disenfranchised peoples. When she’s not teaching or dancing, Pearl devotes a great deal of her time to training the African-Brazilian martial art of capoeira.
JoAnna Mendl Shaw
Dance educator and choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw brings her somatic practice of Physical Listening and Inter-species Research LABS into colleges, conservatories and immersive community-based creation projects. Former faculty at Juilliard, Tisch and Ailey, Shaw now tours with her company, The Equus Projects, throughout the States and Europe.
Amy Miller an NYC-based dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. Formerly with the Ohio Ballet, she was also a founding member and artistic associate of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater. Now Co-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.
Has been teaching locally and abroad in dance, somatics and haling for the past twenty years. She is a creator of the Embodied Dance Project which utilizes dance training as a healing art form and performance as personal growth. She holds an MFA from Montclair State University and certifications in healing, yoga, nutrition, the Simon Method of Teacher Training and Body Mind Dancing. She is currently a faculty at Iona College and Manhattan College.
An Assistant Professor and Director of the Dance Program at Iona College, NY, where she also serves as the artistic director of the residential dance ensemble. Her current research interests encompass dance and creative processes—the application of Laban Movement Analysis, Bartinieff Fundamentals, and somatics in dance education, integrated arts education, and community engagement. She holds a PhD in dance education from Temple University, an MFA in dance performance and choreography from Tisch NYU, and a BFA in dance performance and choreography from the SUNY Purchase, and she is a somatic practitioner certified in Laban Movement Analysis and Body Mind Dancing.
Paula J. Peters
An Assistant Professor of Dance at SUNY Fredonia. Her teaching and choreographic research explores the many facets of jazz dance aesthetics, and pedagogy methods which serve all types of learners. Her choreography has been presented at Men In Dance, Cornish Dance Theater, University of Washington, MuCCC, American College Dance Association and International Dance Day Festival, Lebanon. She has presented original research at Society for Dance History Scholars, Popular Culture Association, Dance Educators Association of Washington, and National Dance Education Organization national conferences. Prior to entering academia, she was a principal member Spectrum Dance Theater (1991-2005), performing and restaging works by choreographers of national prominence.
A dancer, teaching artist, community worker and arts administrator from Detroit, MI. She is the Senior Program Manager for Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance and works for Urban Bush Women’s B.O.L.D network where she co-teaches dance workshops, is faculty for their annual Summer Leadership Institute and co-facilitates community engagement workshops. Kendra also founded the community-building arts platform in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn called STooPS. Learn more at kendrajross.com
Sunday February 2, 2020
Oversees Battery Dance’s finances and operations, global programs, and monitoring and evaluation. His previous experiences include advising and consulting NGO’s, multilateral organizations, and governments on public diplomacy, capacity development, education development, research methodologies, and strategic development. During his tenure at Battery Dance, Emad has led Company tours of South America, Europe, Africa, and China. He has lectured on the social impact of the arts, cultural diplomacy, evaluation, and arts administration at universities around the world and has spoken at conferences and symposia hosted by the Foreign Policy Association, World Policy Institute, 92Y, and the USC-Annenberg School of Communication, among many others.
Quamaine Daniels: FLEXN - Pathway to Freedom
Ann Biddle: Civics & Dance Education
Deborah Damast & Andrea Markus: African Dance – From the Continent to the Classroom
Catherine Gallant: Isadora Duncan – A Movement for Freedom
Megan Minturn & Kimani Fowlin: DEL for ELLs - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for English Language Learners
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Quamaine “Virtuoso” Daniels
East New York native, Quamaine “Virtuoso” Daniels promotes the arts. The arts allow Daniels to use his imagination and produce beauty. Daniels’ definition of art is “art is what you feel, see, and hear; it’s your interpretation of life and who you are as a person. It’s the freedom of movement and the words unspoken.” Daniels’ creativity is enhanced through dance and it was acquired by experience and study. Daniels acknowledges dance as a way to create a series of movements to a specific musical genre but FLEXN’ is his favorite routine. He started FLEXN’ after watching a television show, Flex n’ Brooklyn on BCAT, a public access channel. After watching the show, Daniels found his calling as a dancer. FLEXN’ inspired him to take his dancing to unimaginable levels and transition from street dancer to professional dancer. Daniels also used FLEXN’ as a way to address social issues such as injustice, racism, social equality, abuse, and other personal issues. Daniels believed instead of pointing the finger, we could use different forms of art to fix these issues. Daniels also performed “ “FLEXN” (2015 production) with a dance team, D.R.E.A.M (Dance Rules Everything Around Me) Ring, organized by Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and Peter Sellars at the Park Avenue Armory and other festivals around the world. Daniels has also been apart of the “ALPHABUS” production (Manchester international 2019) and “MAZE” (The Shed 2019). He has worked as a Teaching Artist with THE SHED (FLEXNYC) and has taken many teaching artist intensive classes to help further his knowledge. “I look forward to the ongoing impact of my dance style, continue to inspire those who love what I do, and encourage them to makes changes in their lives using and seeing art,” said Daniels.
Megan J. Minturn is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She studied dance in Omaha, Brazil, New York, Senegal and Cuba. Her company MJM Dance performed at the 92nd St Y, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Miami University of Ohio, Grounds for Sculpture and recently produced its first evening length, sold out concert at the Mark Morris Dance Center. In 2013 MJM Dance produced the Sunset Park Day of Dance generously funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council. Megan dances with Bessie Award winner Joya Powell’s Movement of the People Dance Company and Catherine Gallant Dance performing in locations including Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, and BAM. In 2019 Megan studied dance in Brazil through the Don Quixote Fellowship and in Cuba as a Fund for Teachers Fellow. In 2016 Megan was awarded the New York State Dance Education Association’s Outstanding K-12 Educator of the Year and in 2015 Education Update’s Outstanding Educator of the Year at NY’s Harvard Club. Megan teaches dance at the Brooklyn International High School. She holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University, a BA in Philosophy from Fordham University, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Kimani Fowlin is a dancer, choreographer, Assistant Professor of Dance and the Director of the Dance Department at Drew University. She has been on the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University for over 20 years. She was recently awarded the New York State Dance Education Association’s Outstanding Dance Educator Award. Work includes performing and teaching in Russia as part of an International Festival of Dance on the Volga; performing in Ghana for Panafest; and performing in Greece with funk band Milo Z. She co-founded Boom!Beep!Bop!, a children’s dance class rooted in African Diasporic culture. Kimani is currently collaborating with actor Chuk Obasi in The Actual Dance as choreographer and director. This January she is co-organizing an immersion at the University of Utah on Dancing Around Race: Whiteness in Higher Education. This May she will be leading a group of college students on an educational and immersive experience to historic Civil Rights locations in the South: Walking and Dancing in the Footsteps of MLK.
Catherine Gallant, (choreographer) has been creating work for more than 30 years. Ms. Gallant’s work often explores themes of chance, doubt and the body as a source of comfort and torment. She was the assistant director at 92Y Harkness Dance Center from 1994-96 just as DEL was beginning. She has presented work at 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, WestFest and most recently at Inwood Hill Park sponsored in part by the Partnerships for Parks. Catherine is also the director of Dances by Isadora which, since 1989, performs, teaches and collaborates with dancers throughout the world, most recently at Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out Series and with French choreographer, Jerome Bel on his new work, Isadora Duncan which Ms. Gallant will perform in June 2020 at the River to River Festival. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan in 1982 with Julia Levien and is currently on the Duncan Archive Committee and contributes regularly to site: duncanarchive.org. Catherine is a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! Catherine is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.
Deborah Damast has been teaching in the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Program since 2002. She has taught technique, pedagogy, creative movement, production and choreography, and is the Artistic Advisor of the program and Director of dance concerts and of Kaleidoscope Dancers. Deborah designed and directs a study abroad program to Uganda each January. She has participated in motion capture studies with the Department of Computer Science, and Internet Arts Collaborations with faculty from Music Education. Deborah has been on the faculty of Peridance Center, New York City Ballet, LREI, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and has created creative dance videos for children, Move N Groove Kids.
Deborah’s choreography has been shown in numerous venues in NYC, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has taught and presented at conferences through NDEO, CUNY, ACDFA, and NYU, and conducts professional development for the New York City Department of Education. Deborah was a 2008 recipient of the GSO Star Faculty Award at NYU and the 2010 Outstanding Educator Award from the National Dance Education Organization. Deborah received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and her MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt.
Andrea Markus (Kingston, Jamaica) is a first-year doctoral studies student in the dance education Ed.D. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MA in Dance Education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She studied dance at Ballet School New York, Ithaca College, Dance New Amsterdam and The Limon Institute. Andrea has traveled to Guinea, West Africa to study dance and drumming with members of the national companies Les Ballets Africains de Guinea and Ballet Djoliba. She has performed with the Alpha Omega 1-7 Theatrical Dance Company, performing dance works by George Faison, Eleo Pomare, and more. Andrea has also danced and co-directed Magbana Drum & Dance NYC, a West African-based performance group of percussionists and dancers. She has taught dance to students in grades preK-12 as a teaching artist for Ballet Hispanico, ArtsConnection, Dancewave, New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs. She is currently a faculty member of New York University's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Marymount Manhattan's Department of Dance, and the Junior Division at the Ailey School.
Please note that New York State CTLE Credits are available.
Hunter College - Dance at Hunter
Ann Biddle M.A., Dance Education, Columbia University, B.A., English Literature, Kenyon College and Fulbright Scholar. Ms. Biddle has been a dance educator, staff developer, curriculum consultant, writer and choreographer for the past 30 years. She is the Founding Faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd St Y with Jody Arnhold (1994 to present). Ms. Biddle has designed and taught numerous courses for DEL including Foundations in Dance Education, DEL Essentials, Planet Dance – Multicultural Dance Education, Dancing in Early Childhood, Dance and Nature, Teaching from Transformation to Inspiration (Tina Curran), Dance and Literacy (Barbara Bashaw), DEL: The Next Generation, the DEL Facilitators Course and Dance for Social Change.
As a staff developer and curriculum consultant, Ms. Biddle has partnered with numerous cultural organizations including: Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, Flamenco Vivo, Jose Limon Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Movement Research and Jonah Bokaer. An advisor and contributor to the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, she has been a NYCDOE Blueprint professional development facilitator since 2005.
Ms. Biddle has taught overseas at the National University in Costa Rica as a Fulbright scholar and at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana. Additionally, she worked closely with the late Alan Lomax as a Choreometrics analyst and is currently an advisor to the Global Jukebox initiative.
As a writer, her dance teachers’ curricula and training manuals include: The Essence of Cool: West Side Story, New York Export: Opus Jazz the Film (NYC Ballet), Dance Motion USA Doug Varone and Argentinian Brenda Angiel’s Aerial collaboration, Richard Daniel’s Dances for iPhone film series, Wonderdance early childhood curriculum, Dance Making Inspired by Langston Hughes Poetry and the DEL Facilitators Training Manual. She is a frequent presenter at the annual NDEO conference and was selected to pilot the Model Cornerstone Assessments as part of NCCA. Ms. Biddle has published integrated curricular units though the NYCDOE (Dance Units Inspired by Literary Works, 2016 and The Negro Speaks of Rivers: Capturing the Essence of Pearl Primus through Photography and Poetry, 2018).
She is also a scorer for the Dance MTEL exam. Ms. Biddle was the Director of Arts Programs at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA and Director of the Dance Department from 2011-2018.
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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