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Christine Chen

Christine Chen, Director of Strategic Programming, oversees the Adult Education and Dance departments, as well as 92Y’s strategic programming …

John-Mario Sevilla

John-Mario Sevilla, Director of 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and former 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Director …

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle, Director of Musical Theater at 92nd Street Y, holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU, is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory …

Catherine Tharin

Catherine Tharin, MA, Artistic Associate, is the Curator for Harkness Dance Center performances, including Fridays at Noon, Dig Dance, …

Chelsea Spraker

Chelsea Spraker, Program Manager of the Harkness Dance Center, joined 92Y in 2016.

Nancy Allison

Nancy Allison

Nancy Allison is a New York-based performer, choreographer, filmmaker, book editor and educator. She has danced in ballet companies, theater productions and on the concert stage. Her choreography h ...

Jody Arnhold

Jody Arnhold

Jody Gottfried Arnhold, MA, CMA, Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92Y, is a luminary in dance education and an advocate for dance. She created DEL in response to the need for a practi ...

Catherine Baggs

Catherine Baggs

Catherine Baggs holds a BA in Music Theatre and Mathematics from American University and an MA in Dance Education from New York University. At New York University she received the award of Outstand ...

Marilyn S Baker

Marilyn S Baker

Marilyn Baker has worked in modern dance, film and theater. She has studied with Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Finis Jhung and Mary Anthony. Marilyn has taught children and adults for 35 years. ...

Justin Bass

Justin Bass

Justin Bass is from East Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University and majored in Dance Education in 2009. In 2011 he transferred to SUNY Brockport and graduated in 2013 with his BFA in Da ...

Ann Biddle

Ann Biddle

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, ...

Barry Blumenfeld

Barry Blumenfeld

Barry Blumenfeld has been a dance educator for almost 20 years in a wide range of environments. He has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools in residencies ranging from "Math Dance ...

Jeanne Bresciani

Jeanne Bresciani

Jeanne Bresciani, BA, Skidmore College; MA, history of art, William's College, MA and PhD in dance, NYU; worldwide acclaim as solo performer, choreographer, lecturer, educator and creator of fe ...

Judith Bunney

Judith Bunney

Judith Richardson Bunney, MA, BC-DMT has been involved in dance since childhood, and in dance therapy all her adulthood. She is a pioneering dance/movement therapist having been trained by Marian C ...

Myrna Caceres

Myrna Caceres

Born and raised New Yorker, Myrna is a dancer and swing dance events producer for the NY Metropolitan area. Since 2005 she has been producing swing dance events at 92nd Street Y where she teaches t ...

Patricia Capello

Patricia Capello

Patricia P. Capello, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT is a Senior Dance/Movement Therapist and Acting Team Leader for the Therapeutic Activities Service at Maimonides Medical Center’s Department of Psyc ...

Heather Childs

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Mary Copeland

Mary Copeland

Mary Copeland is a former professional dancer and has been teaching ballet, jazz, creative movement and fitness to adults and children for over 30 years. She currently teaches at 92nd Street Y ...

Tina Curran

Tina Curran

Tina Curran is co-founder and director of the Language of Dance Center, USA. She is a doctoral candidate in dance education at New York University focusing on dance literacy and holds an MFA in cho ...

Frederick Curry

Frederick Curry

Frederick Curry MA, CMA, is an Assistant Professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department. He is also on faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies andDance Educa ...

Deborah Damast

Deborah Damast

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 Ad ...

Carrie Demos

Carrie Demos

Originally from Denver, Colorado Carrie Demos holds a B.A. in Performing Arts with a Dance Concentration from Colorado State University. She has taught children/teens with Canyon Concert Ballet, Br ...

Mari DiLena

Mari DiLena

Mari Di Lena began her professional career while on scholarship at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, studying with Margaret Craske and Alfredo Corvino. As a child she was a member of the Met ...

Elizabeth Douglas

Elizabeth Douglas

Elizabeth Douglas received her Masters in Dance Education from NYU; has taught in both private institutions and Arts in Education programs; in addition to her work in education Elizabeth continues ...

Leah Dowdy

Leah Dowdy

Leah Dowdy is a vivacious actress, singer and classically trained dancer. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, her passion for performance began at a young age when she first started taki ...

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle, Director of Musical Theater at 92nd Street Y, holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU, is a graduate of th ...

Diane Duggan

Diane Duggan

Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, is a licensed psychologist, board certified dance therapist and dance educator. She began teaching dance in 1972 and has worked as a dance therapist since 1973. She has c ...

Tina Erfer

Tina Erfer

Tina Erfer, MS, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT, is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, National Certified Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. For thirty-six years, she has worked as a d ...

Catherine Gallant

Catherine Gallant

Catherine Gallant is dancer/choreographer/teacher and works as a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan where she explores dance with students in Pre-K through fifth grade. She and h ...

Roberto Garcia

Roberto Garcia

Roberto Garcia, faculty, Sandra Cameron Dance Center; also trained as a ballet and modern dancer; former member of May O'Donnell Dance Co. and Deborah Carr's Theater Dance Ensemble.

Aaron Gregory

Aaron Gregory

Aaron "Leo" Gregory, originally from Omaha, NE is a graduate of Morehouse College. He performed with the ARISE Step and Dance Ministry and Spelman Dance Theatre, while attending Morehouse ...

Naomi Goldberg Haas

Naomi Goldberg Haas

Naomi Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film. Highlights include collaborations with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, playwright Tony Kushner, director Brian Kuli ...

Elissaveta Iordanova

Elissaveta Iordanova

Elissaveta Iordanova, MA, MFA, native Bulgarian, is a New Yorker since 2004. She has an extensive dance experience, bridging Eastern and Western aesthetics and therapeutic practices. Elissaveta&rsq ...

Elias Kababa

Elias Kababa

Eli Kababa is a gifted artist, dancer, choreographer and instructor. His dance career was forged as a student of Tae Kwon Do simultaneously discovering his love of hip-hop street-dance and the fine ...

Jill Kenney

Jill Kenney

Jill Kenney is a New York-based dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been working as Germaine Salsberg’s tap assistant at Broadway Dance Center since 2008. In addition to teaching at 92 ...

Holly Kerr

Holly Kerr

Holly Kerr received the highest technical and artistic ballet training at the Univ. North Carolina School of the Arts and loves to share this knowledge with her students! She was a soloist with bal ...

Fran J. Levy

Fran J. Levy

Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society ...

Molly MacGregor

Molly MacGregor

Molly Mae MacGregor moved to New York from her hometown of Austin, TX in 2004. She received her BA in Theatre & Dance from UT Austin (2003) and her MA in Dance Education from NYU (2010), as wel ...

Gloria McLean

Gloria McLean

Gloria McLean was a leading member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Co. from 1982-1993. She is the choreographer/director of LIFEDANCE/GLoria McLean & Dancers. She has been a professor of dance at UW ...

Marlon Mills

Marlon Mills

Marlon "International" Mills, one of New York's most well-known dance personalities in the Salsa dance community, was born in NY to parents from the Caribbean and was educated in NY & ...

Sameena Mitta

Sameena Mitta

Sameena Mitta is the founder and artistic director of MeenMoves, as well as of the government-funded education and outreach program, MadHops. A graduate of the professional ballet training program ...

Naoko Moriyama-Robbins

Naoko Moriyama-Robbins

In 1988, Naoko Moriyama-Robbins came to New York to further her dance career. She studied many different styles of dance and performed with several different choreographers.

She ...

Jessica Nicoll

Jessica Nicoll

Jessica Nicoll, graduate, Sarah Lawrence College; 92Y faculty since 1985; Hunter College dance faculty since 2010; performed with Kei Takei, Phyllis Lamhut, Claire Porter and others; performer/chor ...

Kenny Noth

Kenny Noth

Kenny Noth comes from a family of dance instructors and attributes his ability to his mother’s dance studio where he began dancing at the age of four. Although he has been trained in many sty ...

Susan O’Malley

Susan O’Malley

Susan O’Malley is a dancer, choreographer and educator. As a dancer she has studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, improvisation, and East and West African dance. She received her BA deg ...

Debra J. Orenstein

Debra J. Orenstein

Debra J. Orenstein, MA; Debra started studying Isadora Duncan technique with Jeanne Bresciani in 1979 and has performed with Dancers for Isadora and the Isadora Duncan International Institute since ...

Sal Pernice

Sal Pernice

In Loving Memory, September 9, 2018

Sal Pernice was raised in Brooklyn ...

Kaina Quenga

Kaina Quenga

Kaina Quenga, a native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi has been dancing hula professionally for over 20 years in Hawaiʻi, Florida, New York and throughout the east coast. Kaina Quenga performs widely as a freelan ...

Claudia Rahardjanoto

Claudia Rahardjanoto

Claudia Rahardjanoto was born and raised in Berlin, Germany to Chinese-Indonesian parents, and has performed and taught tap dance all over the world for over 15 years now to all ages from 6 years o ...

Cynthia Reynolds

Cynthia Reynolds

Cynthia Reynolds performed with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company from1976 to 1993. Reynolds teaches dance at 92Y, and the Alexander Technique at The New School, at NYU, and privately.

Ellen Robbins

Ellen Robbins

Ellen Robbins has been teaching dance since 1966. She was the resident dance educator at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC for 34 years. Robbins is a recipient of the 1993 Arts in Education Roundtable ...

JoDe Romano

JoDe Romano

JoDe Romano "La Chispa" was a guest Teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas were she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera Carmen ...

Jose Rosario

Jose Rosario

Jose Rosario, born in the Dominican Republic, has been a Latin dance instructor in the Tri-State area for over 10 years. Jose has served as a spokesperson for the Latin music and dance scene with a ...

Susan Rosenbaum

Susan Rosenbaum

Susan Rosenbaum, a New York native, received her early training at the New Dance Group Studio and at Harkness House in NYC. She studied with David Howard, Finis Jhung, Kira Guzikova, Wilhelm Burman ...

Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger

Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger

An early pioneer of dance therapy while she performed with the Jean Erdman Theatre of Dance, Dr. Berger teaches dance therapy at New York University, where she was the Director of the Program in Da ...

Arleigh Rothenberg

Arleigh Rothenberg

Arleigh Rothenberg began dancing at the age of 7 and has experience in a multitude of dance genres. Currently, Arleigh tap dances at The Cotton Club weekly, as a member of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards& ...

Randi Sloan

Randi Sloan

Randi Sloan (MA/NYU) is the Director Of Arts at The Dalton School in NYC and has served as Chair Of The Dance Department for the past 32 years. She has been on  the faculty at New York Univers ...

Kate Stephan

Kate Stephan

Kate Stephan danced professionally as a soloist for over ten years in ballet companies including The Cincinnati Ballet, The Israel Ballet in Tel-Aviv and the Florida Ballet. She also performed on B ...

Suzi Tortora

Suzi Tortora

Dr. Suzi Tortora is a board-certified dance movement therapist, Laban Nonverbal Movement Analyst and specialist in the field of infancy mental health and development. Her expertise in early ch ...