Dance/NYC and Gibney thank the many individuals, working groups, and collectives who shared their insights throughout this process.

218 East 18th Street, Garden Floor
New York, NY 10003

Dance Service New York City, Inc.’s (DBA Dance/NYC) mission is to promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds core values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization. Dance/NYC works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

Gibney 890 Broadway
Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003
Gibney 280 Broadway
Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
Enter at 53A Chamber Street
New York, NY 10007

Gibney’s mission is to tap into the vast potential of movement, creativity, and performance to effect social change and personal transformation. Gibney serves the performing arts community through three fields of action: its innovative contemporary dance company of Artistic Associates who perform works by renowned and rising choreographers, its essential and impactful community initiatives that use art as means to prevent and move beyond violence, and its two vibrant performing arts centers featuring studio, performance, gallery, digital media, and community space.

Funding Acknowledgements:


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    • Altman Foundation
    • Kennedy Berg LLP
    • Winston & Strawn LLP
    • Howard Gilman Foundation
    • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs 
    • Mertz Gilmore Foundation
    • Booth Ferris Foundation

Project led and prepared by:


  • Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Executive Director
  • Candace Thompson-Zachery, Manager of Justice, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
  • Gregory Youdan Jr., Research & Advocacy Coordinator
  • Caridad Kinsella, Research & Advocacy Assistant


  • Gina Gibney, Founder, Artistic Director & CEO
  • Elyse Desmond, Director of Facilities & Security
  • Jenny Thompson, Senior Director of Advancement

Project Advisors:

Dance/NYC Symposium Committee:

    • Remi Harris
    • Laurel Lawson
    • Sydnie L Mosley

Dance/NYC Indoor Activity Working Group:

    • Barbara Bryan, Movement Research
    • Charlotte Farrell
    • Steven Hitt
    • Long Island City Ballet
    • Rokafella
    • Sara Silva, Big Dance Theater
    • Vilma Villavicencio

Dance/NYC Indoor Performance Working Group:

    • Roderick Murray
    • Vilma Villavicencio

Dance/NYC Outdoor Activity Working Group:

    • Jacqlyn Buglisi
    • Michelle Coe
    • Naomi Goldberg Haas
    • Pepper Contemporary Ballet
    • Melissa Riker

Dance/NYC Outdoor Performance Working Group:

    • Jacqulyn Buglisi
    • Heidi Latsky

Dance/USA/Performing Arts Readiness:

    • Janet Newcomb
    • Tom Clareson

Dance Studio Alliance:

    • Nikki Holk, Peridance Center
    • Pavan Thimmaiah, PMT Dance Studio

Disability. Dance Artistry Taskforce:

    • Dr. Diane Duggan
    • Heidi Latsky
    • Simi Linton
    • Alice Sheppard

Fieldwide Advisors:

    • Benjamin Akio Kimitch
    • Alyssa Alpine
    • Sophia Harrison
    • Roderick Murray
    • Melissa Riker
    • Milton Xavier Trujillo
    • Vilma Villavicencio
    • All Culture@3 Call participants 
    • All Dance/NYC weekly fieldwide call participants


    • Gina Gibney, Founder, Artistic Director & CEO
    • Elyse Desmond, Director of Facilities & Security
    • Jenny Thompson, Senior Director of Advancement

Disability Consultant:

    • April Biggs

Administrative Consultant:

    • Nola Sporn Smith

Immigrants. Dance. Arts. Taskforce:

    • Alberto Lopez
    • Hussein Smko
    • Dr. Layla Zami

Legal Advisors:

    • Michael Cataliotti
    • Elissa D. Hecker, Esq.
    • Winston & Strawn LLP Pro Bono Counsel

Medical Advisors:

    • Julia Iafrate, D.O. of Columbia Dance Medicine

Web Design & Accessibility: James Monroe

Copy Editing: Suzette Sagisi


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