Members

Chase AngierD. CHASE ANGIER
ALFRED UNIVERSITY


D. Chase Angier has been living and working in Brooklyn and at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. This "double-life" has fostered connections leading to dynamic residencies and performances at the university and surrounding community. Visitors to Alfred have included Kyle Abraham, Kate Weare, Brian Brooks, Jane Comfort, Yoshiko Chuma, Diego Pinon, Ishmael Houston Jones and many others.

As Artistic Director of Angier Performance Works, D. Chase Angier creates interdisciplinary performance installations, site-specific performances, dance, found choreography, and walking performances pieces. These intuitively driven works are often created in collaboration with dynamic artists in the visual and performing arts, and have been exhibited internationally (Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom, Iceland) and nationally in galleries, theaters, and visually inspiring sites. Angier is a tenured full Professor and Director of the Dance Program at Alfred University. Her work has been shown in the dance, visual art, theater, and site-specific contexts. She teaches site-specific choreography workshops and presents her research internationally and nationally.

Before teaching at Alfred University, Angier held positions at Columbia College and Appalachian State University, was director of Chase Dance Theater, taught at the Lincoln Center Institute and performed with Senta Driver’s company Harry and with other pick-up dance companies in New York and Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University and her BA in Dance from UCLA. Angier has been working with DanceForce to bring residencies to Alfred, New York, for many years and is now honored to be a NYS DanceForce Member.
gcphoto2-largeGREGORY CARY
KAATSBAAN INTERNATIONAL DANCE CENTER, INC.


Gregory Cary is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. He studied professionally with José Limón, Martha Graham, Anthony Tudor, Margaret Craske and at the American Ballet Theatre School. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1978. In addition, he worked with many modern dance choreographers including José Limón, Helen McGehee, Saiko Ichinohe, and Kazuko Hirabayashi. He has served on the dance faculty of the State University of New York. In 1990, with Bentley Roton, Kevin McKenzie, and Martine van Hamel, Cary co-founded the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, a dance center dedicated to the growth, advancement and preservation of professional dance. Kaatsbaan provides a creative residence in an aesthetically inspirational and healthy working environment for dance-related artists from all disciplines and ethnic backgrounds. Cary served on the Dance Panel for the New York State Council on the Arts. He is also a nationally recognized visual artist with public commissions throughout the Washington, DC area and collaborated with Bentley Roton on the set design for SO LONG EDEN for the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
DIANA CHERRYHOLMES
SUFFOLK COUNTY ARTS & FILM


Diana Cherryholmes is Director, Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs. Diana joined the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs in January 2015. She is former Executive Director of the Huntington Arts Council in Huntington. Cherryholmes is also a founding member of the arts advocacy group ARTS NYS COALITION, formed in 2011 to ensure that the arts in New York State do not lose ground during this critical time and to develop a long-term solution for advocacy efforts moving forward.

She also founded the Long Island Dance Consortium, with a membership of over 30 dance advocates, instructors, choreographers and presenters from Suffolk and Nassau Counties. She currently is a member of the New York State DanceForce and is the former Chair and current steering committee member of the Huntington Community Council, a volunteer organization providing networking and professional development for the Huntington not-for-profit community. Cherryholmes has a B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a former panelist for the NYSCA Presenting Program, New Jersey Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour. In 2001, Cherryholmes was selected to participate in the International Leadership Development Forum, a group of multinational professionals with a goal of increasing international dance residency exchanges held in Aix-en-Provence, France. In 2007, she was named by Times of Huntington Newspaper as Woman of the Year Arts. In her spare time, she teaches sewing and crafts for “Sewtacular” at Tri-Community Youth Agency each Saturday.
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SUNY AT POTSDAM


Dr. Robin Collen is an Associate Professor and has been Department Co-Chair—and currently Department Chair—since 2004. She began studying ballet with Natalia Clare in Los Angeles at the age of 7 and discovered modern dance in college at the University of Oregon. There, her stylistic influences included the techniques of Doris Humphrey and José Limón.

After college Robin moved to New York to study at the Nikolais/Louis studio. She was drawn to the movement training, the inclusion of improvisation and composition in daily practice, and the aesthetic—particularly of the work of Murray Louis. Robin returned to Oregon where she danced with the Mary Miller Dance Company, received her Master’s degree in dance at the University of Oregon, and served as a member of the dance faculty there for 3 years. Robin moved to Seattle and became immersed in the study of Laban Movement Analysis with Peggy Hackney, Pam Schick, Ed Groff, and Carol-Lynne Moore; she is a Certified Movement Analysis (CMA). In Seattle Robin choreographed plays and musicals, taught at local studios, and performed with independent choreographers. She moved to Ashland, Oregon to perform with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 3 seasons. Along with performing Renaissance dances of the Italian court and English country dances she continued to choreograph and perform contemporary work. Robin received a Ph.D. in Dance and Related Arts at Texas Woman’s University. At SUNY Potsdam Robin teaches courses in Laban Movement Analysis, Modern Dance, Ballet, Dance History/Appreciation, Pilates, Improvisation, and Composition. At SUNY Potsdam Robin’s choreography has included contemporary works, musical theatre, and operas. Robin is affiliated with National Dance Education Association, Congress on Research in Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and Motus Humanus.
Beverly D'Anne photo-170x255BEVERLY D’ANNE
FOUNDER, NYS DANCEFORCE


Ms. D’Anne joined the staff of the New York State Council on the Arts in October 1977 and assumed the position of Director of the Dance Program at NYSCA from February 1980 until summer of 2011. Prior to that she was, for six years, Administrative Associate at the National Association for Regional Ballet and Project Director for NARB’s Craft of Choreography Conferences.

A love of dance and a dedication to the furtherance of the highest standards of artistic quality within the art form have occupied Ms. D’Anne from her earliest years to the present. As Director of the NYSCA Dance Program, she took on the role of dance advocate, fighting to help quality dance continue to flourish through the development of new funding initiatives that evolved out of the needs in the field. Among these initiatives have been the Long Term Residencies Program, Subsidies for Rehearsal Spaces, the New York State DanceForce (for reinvigorating statewide activity), the Commissions Program, and the Building Ballet Repertory category. These innovations have been instrumental in sustaining and elevating the landscape of dance in the state of New York.

Ms. D’Anne began ballet training at the age of three and studied in Denver, Colorado, with Lillian Cushing, one of the American pioneer dance teachers. Later, she came to New York City to study at the School of American Ballet and also studied with such well-known teachers as Valentina Pereyslavec, Vera Nemtchinova, Igor Schwezoff, and Vladimir Dokoudovsky. An injury brought an end to a brief performing career with American Ballet Theatre.

Ms. D’Anne, a recipient of the Dance Notation Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award in 1990, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, with a major in Literature (Shakespeare, Folklore & Mythology and Comparative Drama) and minors in Pre-Law and French. She received a 2002 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance.

Ms. D’Anne is an Advisory Council Member at the School of American Ballet. She currently serves on the Advisory Committees of Dance/NYC and the 92nd St. Y Dance Center and on the Advisory Council of New York Live Arts. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) and on the Advisory Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Joint Diseases/Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. She was invited to be a juror for the Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow (May 2014); and recently became a Member of the Dance Committee, supporting the Dance Collection of the NYPublic Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
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THE COLLEGE AT BROCKPORT


Jacqueline Davis, professor of dance, brings 40 years of teaching and presenting experience to dance residency planning. The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has an extensive history as a dance presenter and residency host and the dance department is one of the country's largest and most comprehensive. Ms. Davis supports the continuing development of community partnerships between dance artists and her western New York colleagues and has facilitated many wonderful dance residencies that include activities for all ages. A charter member of the DanceForce, she is also a CMA, an Alexander Technique teacher, a K-12 state certified dance teacher and an occasional performer of her own solo dances.
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UALBANY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER


Kim Engel is Assistant Director of the University at Albany Performing Arts Center, a five-theatre complex which hosts over 600 events annually in all of the performing arts including dance, music and theatre. She is also the Education Coordinator and a teaching artist for the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC). Beginning its 21st season, ESDC is the Capital Region's premiere modern dance company and the resident company of The Egg. Kim was a company member of ESDC for thirteen years as well as its General Manager for two of them. Previously, Kim was also the General Manager of The Egg and, during her twelve years there, she programmed The Egg's dance series with such artists as the Mark Morris Dance Group, DanceBrazil, Donald Byrd/The Group, Toronto Dance Theatre, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company and ODC/San Francisco. She also administered long and short-term residencies with The Egg's visiting dance companies. Kim studied dance at Adelphi University and holds a BA in Communication from the University at Albany. She has worked at Jacob's Pillow, has served on the board of directors of the Dance Alliance, and has acted as a panel member for the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts, the Saratoga County Arts Council and The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
2009-10 photo by Gordon James-largeELAINE GARDNER
PICK OF THE CROP DANCE


A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Elaine Gardner studied ballet and modern dance in Syracuse, Phoenix, Los Angeles, London, Boston and New York. She performed in contemporary dances by Margo Sappington, Bill Evans, Charles Weidman, Donald Byrd, Kei Takei, Doris Humphrey and Laura Dean as a member of the Los Angeles-based touring repertory company Dance/L.A. from 1978 to 1980. In 1980, while living in Los Angeles, she founded Pick of the Crop Dance, a contemporary repertory company and in 1982 she re-established the company with her husband Curt Steinzor in Buffalo. Since then, she has performed individually and with the company throughout the northeastern United States as well as in Scotland and Latvia, creating a repertory of over 100 pieces as well as commissioning works by guest choreographers. Among the artists who have created works for the company are Colin Connor, Richard Colton, Terry Creach, Laura Dean, Itzik Galili, Gail Gilbert, Linda Kent, Jessica Lang, Kun Yang Lin, Peter Pucci, Nicholas Rodriguez, Marcus Schulkind, and Kevin Wynn. Gardner is a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program. She teaches contemporary dance, ballet, and choreography at Nichols School in Buffalo, where she also directs the Nichols Dance Ensemble.
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Photo by Michael Hart
JUDY HUSSIE-TAYLOR
DANSPACE PROJECT


Danspace Project Executive Director Judy Hussie-Taylor has over twenty years of experience in arts administration and community relations. The former Executive Director of the nationally acclaimed Colorado Dance Festival (CDF), she has also served as Artistic Director for Theater Programs at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver. She taught in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Colorado-Boulder and served as a director of the Department's prestigious Visiting Artist Program. Through her work at CDF, she participated in the National Performance Network and the National Dance Project. Recently, she served as a consultant for the National Dance Project's Regional Dance Development Initiative and Contemporary Art Centers Initiative. Her interviews, articles and essays have been published in Colorado newspapers, journals, and in catalogues and gallery brochures.
Peg_Portrait_v3-largeMARGARET L. KAISER
DANCE ACTIVIST


Margaret L. Kaiser is an independent Arts in Education consultant. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the NYS Dance Force and is a Facilitator for the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education's online aesthetic education course. Ms. Kaiser is a member of the NYS Regents Professional Standards and Practices for Teaching Subcommittee, a docent for the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and a Board member of Pick of the Crop Dance. Ms. Kaiser was Executive Director of the Arts in Education Institute of Western New York in Buffalo, New York for the past 17 years, where she directed an in-depth multi-cultural focus for the Institute's aesthetic education program. Among her many projects, Ms. Kaiser co-produced and co-commissioned a Native American dance production, THE MAID OF THE MIST AND THE THUNDERBEINGS, funded by the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Arts Partners Program, which toured the East and West coasts. Ms. Kaiser has also served as a dance panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts MidWest, and the Ontario Arts Council (Toronto). Ms. Kaiser received an M.A. and B.A. from SUNY College at Oswego.
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UTICA DANCE


For forty years Nancy Long has been active in the dance world as a performer, educator, choreographer, presenter, producer, and activist. Building on the Mohawk Valley Dance Partnership's vision to enrich people’s lives through dance and to inspire people to make dance a meaningful part of their lives, Nancy Long has launched a new business, Utica Dance, that will preserve and build on the integrity of regional dance offerings instruction, training, and increase awareness and participation in dance throughout Central New York. Nancy attended CalArts before joining Donald McKayle's Inner City Repertory Ensemble. In 1974 she became a member of the NYC-based Joyce Trisler Danscompany, performing around the U.S. and Europe. Nancy appeared as a guest with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Jose Limon Dance Companies at City Center. For the past thirty-two years Nancy was the coordinator of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute's Dance Program and, in July 2014, she established Utica Dance, Inc to guarantee her continued interest in sharing dance with members of the community. Nancy has created numerous dances for her program. She is proud of the continuing success of her students in the field of dance.
elena-largeELENA MOSLEY
KUUMBA DANCE & DRUM


Elena Mosley, Director and Founder of Kuumba Dance and Drum, began her dance career in various community centers in New York City. She performed with the Lady Helena Walquer Dance Company, Harlem, NY, Brothers and Sisters United of Staten Island and Haitian Dance Theater, under the direction of Louines Louinis. She participates in many cultural programs for Columbia, Greene and the Capital Region Schools and community arts programs. Elena serves as facilitator for the Kuumba adult company, which functions as a collective of African influences in modern society. She is currently the Executive Director of the Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center located in Hudson.
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FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA


Carlota Santana, Artistic Director and Founder of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, has been designated "The Keeper of Flamenco" by Dance Magazine in recognition of her commitment to creating new works and developing young artists and choreographers. She has dedicated her company to the mission of building bridges between cultures, using the universal spirit of Flamenco. The company was founded in 1983 by Carlota Santana and Roberto Lorca; it was their vision that new Spanish dance should not only find a permanent home in the U.S., but also an environment in which its creation and performance would thrive. Since Mr. Loca's death in 1987 the Company, under Ms. Santana's direction, has expanded its repertory by presenting new music, dramatic works, and a mixture of various dance vocabularies, as well as by integrating Hispanic-American influences. Recent creations include "Bailes de Ida y Vuelta", flamenco's journey through Latin America, "Mano a Mano", a tribute to the bullfighter Manolete, and the contemporary flamenco story-ballet "Federico", a celebration of the life of Federico Garcia Lorca, all at The Joyce Theater.

Ms. Santana created the company's innovative arts-in-education program, integrating Spanish dance and culture with the school curriculum, and travels widely implementing this program. She is a member of the dance panel for the New York State Council on the Arts and has served on the panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. She is on the faculty of Duke University and has taught at Long Island and New York Universities. Under her artistic direction, the company has performed at Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, The New Victory Theater, Summerdance Santa Barbara, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, Universidad Bucaramanga in Colombia, South America, Palacio de Congresos in Granada, Spain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.
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ARTIST


Jim Self, choreographer and painter, has taught modern and post-modern dance technique, improvisation, choreography and dance studies at Cornell's Department of Theatre, Film and Dance since 1989. He has been choreographing and teaching dance since the early 1970s in Chicago. Credits include dancing in Merce Cunningham Dance Co. (1976-79), collaborating with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass for the Civil Wars/Rome Opera (1984), creating the BESSIE AWARD winning film BEEHIVE with the late Frank Moore, and touring Europe and the USA with his former company, JIM SELF and DANCERS. His work is featured in the films RETRACING STEPS (1987), and JIM SELF COMES HOME (1986/Alabama Public TV). He is committed to cutting edge performance and dance, particularly in the collaborative areas of music, visual design, light, costume, and new technologies.
Toni SmithTONI SMITH
CAPITAL REGION DANCE ACTIVIST


Toni Smith, M.F.A., is a dance activist from the Capital Region of New York. She has been the
Artistic Director of the National Museum of Dance and on the dance faculty for Skidmore College,
Union College and Schenectady County Community College. She continues to host dance companies
for the Office of the Dean of Special Programs at Skidmore College. She was the Artistic Director of
Toni Smith & Dancers from 1978 to 1986 in New York City. She has toured worldwide with various
dance companies including the Vanaver Caravan. Toni is the recipient of grants in choreography from
the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, National Arts and Letters Society and the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others. Toni Smith is the Founder of Partners in Dance: a
Consortium of Capital Region Dance Sponsors, and Artistic Director of Rebound Dance Company, a
company that supports the work of independent choreographers, fine arts and educational body work
programs. Toni is a Body-Mind Centering Practitioner with a private practice specializing in chronic
pain and neurological disorders. She is currently a guest lecturer in dance and somatics.
IVAN SYGODA
PENTACLE


Since 1976, Ivan Sygoda has been a Director of Pentacle, a service organization to which many dance artists outsource administrative functions such as accounting, grant writing and booking. He designed most of Pentacle's special projects, such as its current Help Desk mentoring program; co-founded the New York State DanceForce; contributed to many arts publications; served on numerous panels; lectured widely on aspects of arts administration; and is or has been on the boards of Dance/USA, NAPAMA, Arts Presenters and the Western Arts Alliance. He was awarded Dance/USA's "Ernie" in 1996 and the Arts Presenters Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
Photo by Todd Richmond
Photo by Todd Richmond
PAZ TANJUAQUIO
TOPAZ ARTS


PAZ TANJUAQUIO is a choreographer, performer and is co-founding director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. She has been creating dances in New York City since 1990. Her work has been presented by the Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, La MaMa, DanceNow/NYC, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at Judson Church, Aaron Davis Hall, Symphony Space, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill Performing Arts, Brooklyn Museum; and nationally at Godt-Cleary Projects in Las Vegas, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Ohio University. Awards for her choreography include National Endowment for the Arts, NY Foundation for the Arts BUILD/Homer Avila Memorial Award, two Individual Artist Awards from Queens Council on the Arts, and DTW's Suitcase Fund where she participated in the Mekong Project's Cambodia Creative Residency and artistic research travel in Vietnam. As a dancer, she has performed with Molissa Fenley and Dancers since 1997. She has performed in the works of Marlies Yearby, Carl Hancock Rux, Clarinda Mac Low, Christalyn Wright, among others. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and Movement Research in NY. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego.

TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by artists Todd Richmond and Paz Tanjuaquio. TOPAZ ARTS fosters the creative process, producing the collaborative works of its founders and providing public programs for contemporary dance, music and visual arts. TOPAZ ARTS maintains a 2,500 sq. ft. multidisciplinary arts center in Woodside, Queens which includes a dance rehearsal space, audio room, and exhibition gallery. Providing a creative space, technical support, residency and presentation opportunities, TOPAZ ARTS enables artists to realize their projects and the process shared with audiences.
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AMERICAN DANCE ASYLUM


Lois Welk was inspired to pursue a career in dance after seeing a dance performance by Daniel Nagrin (The Peloponnesian War). She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and American History at State University College at Brockport NY, where Richard Bull became her mentor. In 1972, she founded the American Dance Asylum Inc. (ADA), a producing and service organization for the performing arts. From 1973-1979, she co-directed the ADA (then based in Binghamton, NY) with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. For more than 25 years the ADA has produced Welk’s artistic projects, among them The Parking Ramp Dances, The Train Station Dance, The Carousel Dance, The Hiawatha Island Dance, and most recently, Moving the Music. She been a member of the dance faculty at 171 Cedar Arts Center (Corning, NY), Alfred University (Alfred, NY) and has taught for various arts-in-education programs across New York State. Her work as executive director of 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY (1988-2002) earned her a New York State Governor’s Arts Award in 1998. At 171 Cedar Arts Center, Welk developed a nationally recognized presenting program that included concert dance, artists’ residencies, a jazz series, family programming and a world folk music festival. Program growth warranted a capital campaign and expansion project that more than doubled program space adding a 170-seat black box performance space, exhibition space, and two additional dance studios.

From 2003 to 2006, Welk served as artistic director of The Yard Inc., a performing artists’ colony on Martha’s Vineyard. In January 2005, she was appointed the Director of the New York State DanceForce, a network of organizations and individuals working to increase the quality and quantity of dance in New York. As Director, Welk brought leadership to the restructuring of the organization and expanded the reach of the programs.

Welk directed Dance USA’s Philadelphia branch office from 2007 to 2015. She is currently serving as Interim Executive Director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and is a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Committee. She is also one of Philadephia’s Creative Connectors.
CYNTHIA WILLIAMS
HOBART & WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES


Cynthia Williams received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, and her MFA in Dance from Connecticut College. She has been teaching at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1986, receiving tenure in 1992 and promotion to full professor in 2002. Cynthia teaches modern dance and ballet techniques, dance history, dance composition, improvisation, teaching methods, and interdisciplinary dance courses. She has been certified to teach Rommett Floor-Barre, is an active choreographer and lighting designer for dance. She has built a dance performance series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in spite of limited funding and space and facilities challenges that has included Jane Comfort and Company, David Dorfman Dance, Molissa Fenley, Maureen Fleming, Lingo dancetheater, Bebe Miller, Claire Porter, Lisa Race, and Marlies Yearby among others.