Meet 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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Yvonne Winborne (she/her)

Education Director

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

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Ellen Claycomb (she/her)

Development Director

As the Director of Development at Dancing Classrooms, Ellen Claycomb’s passion for the arts blends with her extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising.

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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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Mary McCatty (she/her)

Senior Manager, Program Operations

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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Annamaria Diamant (she/her)

Program Manager

Annamaria is an experienced dancer and educator with over 10 years of experience working in dance studios, NYC public schools, after-school programs and early childhood movement classes.

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Victoria Malvagno (she/her)

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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Molly Fagan (she/her)

Development Manager

Molly Fagan was born and raised in NYC, and is a proud alum of the Dancing Classrooms program from P.S 196. She recently graduated from NYU with a Master’s in Performing Arts Administration.

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Ieshia Henry (she/her)

Operations Coordinator

Ieshia gaduated from CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Fun fact about me is that I did tap, jazz, and ballet from 4 years old through high school!

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Eva Carrozza (she/her)

Global Network Coordinator, Senior Teaching Artist

Eva studied and taught Argentine Tango, Lindy Hop, and Ballroom dancing before joining Dancing Classrooms in 2004.

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Meet Our Senior Teaching Artists!

Akemi Kinukawa (she/her)

Akemi has been a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist since 2011 and is a Lindy Hop choreographer and instructor.

Aviva Bumgardner (she/her)

Aviva Bumgardner is a Brooklyn-born creative who started her first residency with Dancing Classrooms in 2009 and trained in the Dulaine Method with Pierre Dulaine himself!

Carmen Mendoza (she/her)

Carmen has been a Teaching Artist with Dancing Classrooms since 2014. She’s well-versed in many dance styles with an emphasis on the Latin dances.

Enrico Mayuga (he/him)

Enrico Mayuga has been with Dancing Classrooms since 2007. The extensive training he received from Pierre and Yvonne went beyond mere steps; he learned about the boundless possibilities that arise when one establishes a connection with a child.

Felix Pitre (he/him)

Felix has been a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist since 2009 and specializes in Lindy Hop and Swing dance.

Joy Grad (she/her)

Joy Grad has been teaching for Dancing Classrooms since 2013. Along with her classical training she has studied Belly dance, Japanese dance, Hip Hop dance, and many social dances.

Silvia Guerrero (she/her)

Silvia, a Brazilian native, has been teaching with Dancing Classrooms since 2005 and was trained by Pierre Dulaine.

Teaching Artists

Alexandra Kulmaviita

Annika Hileman

Anri Nakano Green

Barbara Barr

Beata Terrasi

Caitlin Parrish

Carolyn Cryer

Catherine Correa

Cynthia Reitman

Dwayne Beach

Emma DeCaprio

Ginger Tidwell-Walker

Isabelle Goodman

Jacob Licona

Jasmine Oton

Jennifer Murmylo

Juanita Winston

Julieta Valero

Kate Budney

Lauren Belcher

Lisa Leonard

Marlon Mills

Nadia Khayralla

Ray Davis

Rachael Davidson

Xin Tan

Mary Suk

Yloy Ybarra

Yolette Yellow Duke

Buddy Teaching Artists

Diego Ajuz

Linda Camardo

Manuel Rojas

Board of Directors

Dr. Jephtha Tausig, Chair
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Non-Profit Volunteer

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

Adeola Adele
Attorney and Social Impact Advocate

Ron Aizen
Counsel at Paul Weiss

Biana Arbit, Secretary
Head of Client Analytics Technology, RBC Capital Markets

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

Harry Chung, Treasurer
Realtor, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Yash Gupta
Partner, Morgan Stanley Secondaries


Regina Hardatt
Assistant Lower School Director for Inclusive Teaching and
Learning at the Pingry School

Carla Matero
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Honor Bound LLC

Vrinda Mishra
Head of Trade Marketing, Wella

Jeff M. Poulin
Managing Director, Creative Generation

Mary Prevosti Shelton
Sr. Program Manager, Publishing Editorial Operations, WebMD

Directors Emeriti

Pierre Dulaine
Founder of American Ballroom Theater and Dancing Classrooms

Yvonne Marceau
Co-founder of American Ballroom Theater and Dancing Classrooms

Sheila A. Hoerle

John J. Entwistle (In Memoriam)

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

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