Meet Our Senior Teaching Artists!

Our Staff

Nancy Kleaver (she/her)

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 (she/her)

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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Diana Pettersen (she/her)

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

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

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Yvonne Winborne (she/her)

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

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

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Ivelisse Garcia (she/her/ella)

Senior Manager, Finance & Operations

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 (she/her)

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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Emily McCabe (she/her)

Program Manager

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.

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Mary McCatty (she/her)

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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Madeline Bank (she/her)

Development Manager

Madeline is a lifelong lover of dance and advocated for public appreciation of art and culture through her past work at the Museum of Modern Art, The Field Gallery, and The NYC Department of Records.

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Marielle Young (she/her)

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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Issac Lopez (he/they)

Operations Coordinator

A lifelong dancer and theater artist, Issac is committed to promoting the transformative power of art by placing themself at the intersection of creativity and mental wellness.

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Lu Mejia (she/her)

Communications & Content Coordinator

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.

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Teaching Artists

Diego Ajuz
Frank Aparis

Barbara Barr
Dwayne Beach
Lauren Belcher
Erin Bomboy

Aviva Bumgardner
Catherine Correa
Carolyn Cryer
Rachael Davidson

Ray Davis
Annamaria Diamant
Adia Edmondson
Patricia Gibson

Joy Grad
Shannon Grant
Colleen Hawks-Pierce

Sandra Horn
Nadia Khayralla

Jenna Kirk
Lisa Leonard
Jacob Licona
Enrico Mayuga

Carmen Mendoza
Marlon Mills
Misha Morales
Jennifer Murmylo

Karla Myerston
Anri Nakano Green

Jasmine Oton
Yesenia Paula
Cynthia Reitman
Mary Suk

Xin Tan
Beata Terrasi
Ginger Tidwell-Walker
Julieta Valero

Yolette Yellow Duke

Buddy Teaching Artists

Diego Ajuz
Lou Brockman
Manuel Rojas
Shelby Joy Cole

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

Ron Aizen
Counsel at Paul Weiss

Biana Arbit
Director, Data Analytics, Global Markets Technology at Credit Suisse

Yang Chen
Executive Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York

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

Rheanna Gaskin
Senior Project Manager, VIRTUE

Sheila A. Hoerle
Artist and Philanthropist

Arielle Lapiano
Managing Director Corporate Affairs and Communications, Paul Hastings LLP

Vrinda Mishra
Head of Trade Marketing, Wella

Lorraine Peoples
Retired Chief Audit Executive


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


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility(IDEA) Working Group

Diego Ajuz
Danielle Biggs
Nancy Kleaver
Enrico Mayuga
Marlon Mills
Patrice Tanaka
Eve Wolff
Marielle Young