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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Danielle Biggs

Development Director

Danielle is a dedicated fundraiser and marketer in the non-profit arts and culture sector who previously served as the Membership Manager at The Public Theater and the Individual Giving Manager at McCarter Theatre Center.

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Danielle Lima

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

Danielle joined Dancing Classrooms in 2006 and teaches across NYC to a dedicated following of students of all ages.

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Yvonne Winborne

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

Yvonne is a passionate educator, dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and mental health advocate.

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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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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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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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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
Sofia Beata
Allison Beler

Valeriya Bludova
Aviva Bumgardner
Veronica Castilla
Jennifer Conaughty
Catherine Correa
Ray Davis
Joy Grad
Sandra Horn
Virginia Jimenez
Akemi Kinukawa
Jenna Kirk
Lisa Leonard
Abby Magalee
Enrico Mayuga

Mari Meade
Carmen Mendoza
Marlon Mills
Karla Myerston
Jes Ann Nail

Kadence Neill
Jasmine Oton

Tierney Sorensen
Xin Tan
Beata Terrasi

Ginger Tidwell-Walker

Buddy Teaching Artists

Diego Ajuz
Dwayne Beach
Lou Brockman

Linda Camardo
Veronica Castilla
Shelby Joy Cole
Manuel Rojas

Board of Trustees

Carrie Shea Steinmetz, Chair
Non-Profit Volunteer and Competitive Ballroom Dancer

Patrice Tanaka, Vice Chair
Founder & Chief Joy Officer, Joyful Planet LLC

Harry Chung, Treasurer
Realtor, Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Non-Profit Volunteer

Hilary Wolf Bayer
President of Blue Wolf Promotions

John J. Entwistle
Retired Military, Corporate Executive and Real Estate Entrepreneur

Sheila A. Hoerle
Artist and Philanthropist


Pierre Dulaine
Founder of American Ballroom Theater and Dancing Classrooms, Board Member Emeritus

Yvonne Marceau
Co-founder of American Ballroom Theater and Dancing Classrooms, Board Member Emeritus