Dance Day at the Farm

Dance Day at the Farm
Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 10am – 1pm
Free and open to all!

Dance into summer at this fun-filled, family-friendly day at the Queens County Farm Museum! Enjoy interactive dance workshops, student demonstrations, and special guest performances. Plus spend a beautiful day on the farm with hayrides, animals, a scavenger hunt, and more!

Now Hiring: Operations Coordinator

Position Overview:
Reporting to the Senior Manager of Finance & Operations, the Operations Coordinator is a key player in the organization’s systems and administration, and the People Resource Center for DC: the go-to person for DC employees in need of support or information regarding Operations, HR and Payroll. Working in coordination with the ED, Deputy Director and Finance Manager, key roles include maintaining ongoing organization of company systems such as Google Drive and Calendar, tracking and processing of bi-weekly payroll for DC employees, and serving as the first point of contact for vendors, including IT, HR, insurance and payroll vendors. The Coordinator is a highly ethical, compassionate, and disciplined professional who is passionate about supporting the health and wellbeing of the organization and its employees.

Organizational Overview:
Dancing Classrooms (DC) is a dance education provider to New York City area schools and communities, which cultivates essential life skills in young people through the joyful art and practice of social dance. Through standards-based, in-and-out-of-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of social and partner dance to cultivate essential social, emotional, cognitive and personal traits inherent in every child. Made famous by the acclaimed 2005 documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom”, Dancing Classrooms has been a leader in social dance education for over 25 years, partnering with hundreds of schools to deliver its Core Residency (DCNY) programs and served over 600,000 children globally since its founding.

Emerging from a time of crisis and isolation, we at Dancing Classrooms strongly believe that our vision of schools and communities where every child is connected, respected and able to thrive is more important than ever. This is why we quickly pivoted to offering remote, hybrid, and socially distant dance learning opportunities which build essential social and emotional skills for young people, while remaining grounded in the elements of the renowned Dulaine Method of dance instruction.

DC is seeking an Operations Coordinator to support the day-to-day administration and logistics of the company and the DC team, which operates entirely remote, with in-person meetings and events from time to time.

Our Culture:
DC believes in the potential of every student and is dedicated to cultivating their artistic, physical, cognitive and social skills in order to support their long-term success. Our culture thrives by putting the young people we serve at the center of everything we do. Having worked remotely for several years, DC team members are proactive and self-driven, but also thrive in a collaborative environment where flexibility, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. Kindness, compassion, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teaching artists, our educational partners, and our supporters. We strive to embrace our role as life-long-learners and to embrace inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility (IDEA), and cross-cultural understanding.

Requirements and Qualifications:

●  2+ years of nonprofit or education administration, in particular operations, finance, and/or human resources/people culture

●  Demonstrated self-starter and proactive problem solver, able to elevate challenges and collaborate with leadership to develop solutions

●  Strong organization and project management skills, with ability to balance multiple priorities and make clear decisions

●  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal, and ethical conduct skills

●  Must be passionate about the mission and work of DC

●  Must be tech savvy and comfortable delivering high-quality customer service and

communication through multiple channels

●  Experience in:

  • Microsoft Excel and Google Suite (mail, drive, docs, sheets, forms, calendars, etc.) a must
  • Salesforce, Slack, mailchimp, Asana preferred
  • Experience working with contractors and/or vendors, particularly within a nonprofit or government agency, a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to: Culturally responsive and culturally sustaining education and LGBTQI+ inclusivity practices in education and administration and Social emotional learning

● We encourage ongoing professional growth, and a willingness to learn new skills, try new things, and “dive in” will be of the utmost importance, particularly as some members of the entire organization continue to hone their skills in this new, virtual world. Experience in and/or willingness to develop expertise in the following areas:

  • Online HR and payroll softwares, Mailchimp, online video platforms (vimeo, youtube, tik tok, Instagram Live, etc.), Filemaker, Vimeo, social media
  • Must be comfortable working remotely
  • Ability to travel (drive or public transportation) to storage facility, in-person meetings, and events around the NYC metro area as needed.
    Key Responsibilities include:

    ●  In coordination with IT consultants, maintain key organizational systems including, but not

    limited to, Google Suite and Google Drive, VOIP phone system, and Cbiz HR and payroll


    ●  Serve as main point of contact for organizational vendors●  Generate and maintain reports related to insurance, benefits, payroll, and other administrative

    items as needed

    ●  Work with Senior Manager of Finance & Operations and department heads to keep and

    maintain accurate records on vendors including contracts, payment schedules, RFPs, and

    tracking of deliverables

    ●  Maintain the organizational calendar
    ●  Maintain company directory (aka contact list)
    ●  Maintain accurate inventory of company equipment and assets, including software licenses and contents of storage facility (must be capable of lifting objects that weight 15-25 pounds)
    ●  Represent DC as needed at community and DC special events, including but not limited to DC’s Annual Gala●  Support other projects as requested by Executive Director or Senior Manager for Finance & Operations


    ●  Working with Program Department to track residency pay for part-time Teaching Artists●  Serve as main point of contact with payroll provider (Cbiz) and liaison to employees about

    payroll matters

    ●  Oversee bi-weekly payroll approval process with Deputy and Executive Directors

    People Resources:

    ●  Serve as main contact with health insurance, unemployment insurance, workers compensation and any other benefits providers engaged by the organization

    ●  Work within Cbiz HR software to process I-9, W-4, direct deposit and other onboarding,

    termination, and trainings paperwork

    ●  Support the recruitment of new employees by posting job ads and screening applications as needed

    ●  Coordinate with department heads to conduct new employee orientations, annual employee performance reviews,and exit interviews

    ●  Maintain organization’s HR files (digital and paper) in accordance with DCNYC’s Document

    Recovery and Retention Policy

    ●  Work within Cbiz HR software to maintain updates to human resources compliance and

    information — e.g. handbook, PTO tracking, distributing NYS and federal labor law


The Operations Coordinator receives an annual salary ranging from $45,000 – $50,000, commensurate with experience and aligned with company-wide pay equity. Dancing Classrooms offers a comprehensive benefits package including health care coverage, employee-contribution 401K options, pre-tax commuter benefits, support for remote work space setup needs, and generous paid time off.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience and expertise in the aforementioned qualifications.. Please send application materials to, with the subject line “Operations Coordinator.”

Dancing Classrooms encourages applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply for roles that align with their own interests and career trajectory. If you meet a majority of the qualifications and see yourself in this role, we would love to see your application! Dancing Classrooms is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, dedicated to ensuring diversity in our workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, parental needs, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

If you are an applicant who requires a reasonable accommodation to apply for the Operations Coordinator position, please send an email to with your request.

Madeline Bank (she/her)

Knowing that the study of dance changed the way she viewed the world, Madeline has always advocated for
equitable arts education and engagement.

Madeline Bank (she/her)

Development Manager

Before joining Dancing Classrooms, Madeline managed organizational collaborations at the New York City Department of Records and Information Services. She also created a robust volunteer program for the City Agency. This program enabled volunteers to virtually engage with several community projects that helped the public access all the resources offered by the Archives. Prior to her work at the Department of Records, Madeline managed the everyday operations of the Field Gallery, an art gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She has also worked at several other cultural institutions, in both administrative and curatorial capacities. Madeline earned her Bachelors degree from Connecticut College with a double major in Art History and Dance. She also gained a pre-professional curatorial Museum Studies Certificate. Madeline started learning the art of dance at age three and continued her study throughout college with a focus on choreography.

Emily McCabe (she/her)

Emily’s experience in Education and Arts Administration includes work with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the New 42/New Victory Theater, New York Philharmonic, and more.

Emily McCabe (she/her)

Program Manager

Prior to joining Dancing Classrooms Emily worked as the Senior Associate for School Programs at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, supporting both in school composition and choral residency programs, and student opera dress rehearsal attendance at the Met. In addition to this work she served as the part time Business Manager at Vineyard Arts Project, a residency and retreat space on Martha’s Vineyard serving dance, theater and musical theater artists. Additional experience in education and arts administration includes work at Songmasters, a small marketing and consulting firm working on an early stage education project, the New 42/New Victory Theater, New York Philharmonic, Bravo!Vail Music Festival, and Roundabout Theatre Company. Emily completed her Masters degree in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia in Spring 2017 and is working towards a certificate in Learning Design and Technology from the Harvard Extension School. Prior to moving to NY, Emily lived in Vail Colorado and worked as a general music/violin teacher and ski instructor.

Diana Pettersen (she/her)

A former Dancing Classrooms teaching artist, Diana is a dancer, educator of NYC youth, and founder of Sans Limites Dance company.

Diana Pettersen (she/her)

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

Diana Pettersen is a Queens, New York native. For over a decade she has served NYC youth as a dance educator, working with students in grades K-12 in after-school programs, in-school arts-in-education programs, and as a full-time dance teacher for students with social, emotional, and learning disabilities. Diana first joined Dancing Classrooms in 2011 as a Teaching Artist and was a member of the last cohort trained by founder Pierre Dulaine.

In 2011, Diana founded her own dance production company and served as the Artistic Director until 2019. In addition to producing her own choreographic works, she oversaw more thanover 12 dance productions that provided 150+ guest choreographers/companies and 400+ dancers with performance opportunities.

Diana’s formal dance training includes Ballet, Flamenco, Modern, Contemporary, Ballroom/Social dance forms, Laban Movement Studies, Pilobolus-style partnering, and Contact Improvisation. An avid dancer for all her life, she has also informally studied Latin(o/a/e/x) and Hip-Hop dance styles within familial and social contexts. Diana holds a B.A. in Dance and Theater (with a concentration in Dance Therapy and minor in Psychology) from Manhattanville College. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Dance Education at Hunter College.

Honoring Alumni Kevin Heredia

Celebrating the Life
of Alumni Kevin Heredia

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our Alumni Kevin Heredia, who was featured in Mad Hot Ballroom while attending P.S. 115 in Washington Heights. Among his artistic accomplishments, Kevin won Best Cinematography for his work on A Sorrowful Birthday at the Virgin Spring Cinefest in February 2021. We wish his family and friends healing and love. We’re honored to have shared our Ballroom journey with Kevin. He will forever remain in our hearts.

Pictured Top Left in Mad Hot Ballroom Image

Swing Uptown! A Celebration of Dancing Classrooms and the Roaring 2020s

Join us for a memorable swing dance masterclass with our senior teaching artists and swing pros, Akemi Kinukawa and Felix Pitre. Featuring live music by a six-piece collective of jazz phenoms, The Summer Camargo Swing Band!

Friday, January 28, 2022
7 – 8:30 pm


Virtual Ticket: $25 suggested donation
Streaming link will be shared via email.

LIMITED In-Person Livestream Ticket: $50 suggested donation
Prefer to dance in-person and have the special experience of being in the livestream? We will cap our in-person guests at 20 and Covid vaccination, masks, and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

A mid-winter night swing dance party that will be the cat’s meow and get you shaking and grooving, safely, to celebrate 2022.

ALL proceeds support our work in bringing the joy and power of dance (including swing!) to K-12 students in NYC and beyond. Make a donation and join the fun on January 28th!

Read about our Featured Guests and Covid Safety Protocols!

Swing Uptown Event Host Committee: 

Carrie Shea Steinmetz, Chair

Patrice Tanaka, Vice Chair

Harry Chung, Treasurer

Hilary Wolf Bayer

John J. Entwistle

Sheila A. Hoerle

Tyrone Bazelaire

Patricia Koyce

Slava Takhalov

Lu Mejia (she/her)

Lu is a recent graduate from The New School with a BA in Culture and Media and a minor in Journalism+Design who is looking to make an impact and direct change through arts, culture and and emerging community spaces.

Lu Mejia (she/her)

Communications & Events Intern

Lu Mejia is a bilingual, professional dancer, journalist, writer and content editor from Colombia based in New York City. She is a recent graduate from The New School with a BA in Culture and Media and a minor in Journalism+Design who is looking to make an impact and direct change through arts, culture and and emerging community spaces.

Lu started training in musical theater at 8 years old and moved to New York City to expand her dance training by attending Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program. At this time, she also found a new passion for visual arts, writing and media, which led her to pursue both fields professionally.

Her professional experience includes working with the NYC based non-profit “The Artists Forum” as their Video and Graphics Intern, “The Dance Safe” as their graphic designer, and she is currently a Freelance Content Editor for the trilingual magazine: “Latin Trade”. Also, as a dancer, Lu is part of the contemporary-fusion dance company: “The Catastrophe!” directed by Cat Cogliandro.

Akemi Kinukawa (she/her)

Watch to learn more about Ms. Akemi:

Akemi Kinukawa (she/her)

Senior Teaching Artist

Akemi Kinukawa began working for Dancing Classrooms in 2011 and by the end of the year was nominated “Rookie of the Year.” She is originally from Japan where she didn’t have any chance to explore the art of social dancing. It was when she was welcomed into the Lindy Hop dance community in Washington, D.C. that her life changed dramatically. For this reason, she is passionate about sharing social dancing with children. She also works as a Lindy Hop choreographer and instructor. Her work, from dance pieces to dance theater, champions Lindy Hop’s spirit by educating on its history and cultural context, furthering the legacy of inclusivity. Highlights of her career include performing at the opening night of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in 2017 as well as performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in 2016.

Dance Break!

Covid Vaccination & Safety Policy

Covid-19 Safety Protocols for MAD HOT BALL on May 12, 2022:
After careful consideration and a thoughtful review of current trends, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, all attendees of MAD HOT BALL 2022, must present personal identification and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours upon arrival. Dancing Classrooms and venue staff members will verify proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test for all attendees.
Click here for more details.

Dancing Classrooms requires that all employees be fully vaccinated before returning to work on September 13th, 2021, unless a reasonable medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs prevents them from safe vaccination. Employees that are granted exemption will be required to provide a negative PCR test weekly, wear a mask, and keep a 6-feet social distance during meetings, any in-person events, or activities. Because most of our partners have similar or stricter policies, non-vaccinated teaching artists will only be assigned virtual residencies.

Safety Practices:
All employees, regardless of vaccine status, will be required to wear masks when teaching or visiting DC programs in-person. In addition, all employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to follow any and all COVID-19 safety policies of the spaces in which classes or meetings are taking place, such as the Department of Education, Riverside Church, etc., including but not limited to presenting proof of COVID-19 vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test, social distancing, etc.

Our residencies will practice physical distancing until further notice.

Read more about the New York City DOE guidelines and the CDC recommendations below:

DOE Guidelines

CDC K-12 Schools Guidelines