Christine Chen, Director, Dance and Adult Programming
Christine Chen, Director of Dance and Adult Programming, joined 92Y in 2014 as Director of Adult Programs, and in 2015, added dance to her repertoire here. Prior to joining 92Y, Christine served as Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School. As a professional dancer, she performed and collaborated with STREB, a Brooklyn-based acrobatic dance company under the direction of MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Elizabeth Streb; AXIS Dance, a San Francisco-based physically integrated company of dancers with and without physical disabilities, where she performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, and more; Flyaway Productions, an aerial and apparatus-based dance company; and other dance/theater companies on both coasts. Christine holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Sociology, an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University and an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of California, Davis.
John-Mario Sevilla, Director, Harkness Dance Center
John-Mario Sevilla, Director of 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and former 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Director, hails from Pauku-kalo, Maui. He teaches at New York University Steinhardt. John-Mario has danced in the companies of Pilobolus, Rebecca Stenn, From the Horse’s Mouth, Daman Harun, Erin Dudley, Lisa Giobbi, Nikolais and Louis, Shapiro and Smith, Janis Brenner, Anna Sokolow and Bill Cratty. John-Mario also performed with juggler Michael Moschen, film animator Laura Margulies, drag artist Sherry Vine, poet John Unterecker and Navajo sandpainter-healer Walking Thunder. John-Mario’s choreography has appeared in New York City at LaMaMa, NYU Steinhardt, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92YTribeca, Dance Theatre Workshop, Columbia University, ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Asia Society, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, as well as at universities throughout the country. He was the Director of Education at New York City Ballet. John-Mario is dance student of Betty Jones and a student of the hula with Kumu Hula Ho-ku-lani Holt. He has a MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MFA in Dance Performance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Megan Doyle, Director, 92Y School of Dance
Megan Doyle, Director 92Y School of Dance, holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU and is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory. Megan has choreographed for American Girl, Netflix, Disney and Lululemon Atheltica. Megan’s company, Community Dance Project NYC (CDPNYC), has presented works of Musical Theater and Contemporary Jazz throughout the city including at the Ailey Theater, Peridance, Symphony Space, White Wave, Green Space and as a five time presenter with Jazz Choreography Enterprises. CDPNYC is committed to serving the community through dance and works closely with the Harkness Dance Center’s Jr. Performance Team to perform monthly at nursing homes and community centers.
As a performer, Megan has worked extensively for Disney appearing in the How to Dance with Hannah Montana video, voice overs for Lizzy McGuire Merchandising and industrials and concerts with the Jonas Brothers, Emily Osment and Demi Levato. In addition to her commercial work, Megan has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of dance companies, including as a soloist in When Paths Collide with Mad Cap Dance Company at Lincoln Center. Megan is proud to have spent 5 years on tour as Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. Other favorite touring/regional theatre credits include: Class Dismissed: The Bullying Project, The Sound of Music, Sugar Babies, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Joseph …, and the world premiere of Markings.
Megan has had the privilege of teaching at many different schools and studios including recreational and competitive dance studios throughout the United States, dance conventions including Kids Artistic Review, in the NYC public school system as a teaching artist for Dancewave, The Village Community Middle School and at Merrick Academy Public Charter School. Megan also wrote and developed the dance curriculum for Gymboree Play and Music.
Catherine Tharin, Curator, Fridays at Noon
Heather Childs, Program Associate, 92Y School of Dance