Meet Our Senior Teaching Artists!

Our Staff

Nancy Kleaver

Executive Director

Nancy has worked for over two decades to make arts learning equitable for all children and has a track record of leading organizations through times of growth and change.

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Eve Wolff

Deputy Director

Eve has spent over 20 years in the NYC performing arts and arts education sectors and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable.

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Sarah Billings Wheeler

Finance Manager

Sarah joined Dancing Classrooms in its early years as a Teaching Artist, and worked for over a decade as a full-time dance educator in NYC public schools.

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Ivelisse Garcia

Operations & HR Manager

With a long career as a dancer, fitness instructor and dance educator, Ivelisse joined Dancing Classrooms in 2008 as a Teaching Artist before becoming a full time staff member.

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Victoria Malvagno

In-School Program Manager

A veteran of Dancing Classrooms for over 20 years, Victoria has supported students’ dance journeys as a Teaching Artist, Senior Educational Liaison, and Program Manager.

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Mary McCatty

In-School Program Manager

A lifelong dancer, Mary has spent her career teaching, choreographing and performing all over the world, and first joined Dancing Classrooms as a Teaching Artist in 2005.

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Michelle Rivera

Out-of-School Program Manager

Michelle brings with her over 25 years of experience as an arts enthusiast, educator and administrator working within both the nonprofit and private sectors.

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Marielle Young

Communications Manager

Marielle has worked in the digital space for various NYC arts organizations including The Tony Awards®, The Broadway League, HERE Arts Center, and the PROTOTYPE Festival.

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Teaching Artists

Diego Ajuz
Barbara Barr
Allison Beler
Valeriya Bludova
Aviva Bumgardner
Veronica Castilla
Jennifer Conaughty
Catherine Correa
Ray Davis
Jenny Florinicia
Joy Grad
Meghan Grupposo
Sandra Horn
Virginia Jimenez
Akemi Kinukawa
Jenna Kirk
Enrico Mayuga
Mari Meade
Carmen Mendoza
Marlon Mills
Jes Ann Nail
Sam Robbins
Beata Terrasi
Ginger Tidwell-Walker
Laura Volpacchio
Jenny Watkins
Lisa Leonard
Emily Wolfe

Buddy Teaching Artists

Diego Ajuz
Lou Brockman
Linda Camardo
Veronica Castilla
Gene Eagle
Andrei Farella
Shelby Joy Cole
Manuel Rojas
Annika Schimmer

Board of Trustees

Carrie Shea Steinmetz, Chair
Patrice Tanaka, Vice Chair
Gary Tessitore, Treasurer
Jeannie Egas-Trouveroy, Secretary

Hilary Wolf Bayer
Harry Chung
John J. Entwistle
Sheila Hoerle
Sari C. Roboff


Pierre Dulaine
Founder and Director Emeritus

Yvonne Marceau
Co-Founder and Director Emeritus