Brooklyn Dance Festival is a platform to provide service, opportunities and outreach for professional companies, emerging artists, and youth ensembles. We highlight talented artists based in Brooklyn and the NYC area and give audiences a well-rounded perspective of NYC dance makers. We are dedicated to bringing the best concert dance to Brooklyn and making it accessible to everyone. Brooklyn Dance Festival is a proud member of the Bessie’s Presenter’s League.
Tamia B. Santana is the Executive Director Brooklyn Dance Festival and Jeté Dance Center, in Brooklyn, NY. She was born, raised and is currently raising her family in Brooklyn and an advocate for the arts. She is on the Board of Directors for “One Brooklyn” through Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, the co-founder of “ONE LOVE NY” Organization, bringing arts and resources to children in NYC Juvenile Halls, and “Raise the Age”, a reform to help NYC try all children under 18 as youth, not adults. She is also a proud member of the Bessie’s Steering Committee.
In addition to serving as the Artistic Director of Synthesis Dance Project, Tracie Stanfield creates movement for dancers and companies all over the world. www.TracieStanfield.com
Youth Artistic Director:
Eric John Campros
Eric John Campros is delighted to be a part of this spectacular event! Following a successful performing career, Eric created a dance based curriculum for 2 prestigious universities in China: Hebei Art Institute in Hebei, and Shandong Art University in Shandong. He will return to India this summer to conduct performance and choreography workshops in Mumbai and Delhi, and currently works with Carnival Entertainment creating shows for different events.
Seana E. Anderson
Artist and Fundraiser, Seana is qualified by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, with 35 years of results-oriented experience in Business Management, Systems Development, Marketing, Fund Development, Public Relations, Training and Technical Assistance for clients in the arts, social services, education, religion and politics. Facilitated raising $50 million through direct mail, special events, foundation and corporate solicitations, sponsorships planned giving and major gifts. Professional dancer and choreographer for ten years; also an ordained and licensed interfaith minister with 20 years of counseling experience. www.seanaanderson.com
Torya is the Owner/Creative Director of thatgirl006, Inc., offering PR, Marketing, and Event Planning services to creative professionals. Past and present clients include: Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company, Savion Glover, Philadanco (Philadelphia Dance Company), Rod Gailes OBC, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Ayodele Casel, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and Roger C. Jeffrey, among others.
Torya performed as a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, David Rousseve/Reality, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, The Kevin Wynn Collection, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Diversity of Dance, the National tour of Donald Byrd’s “The Harlem Nutcracker”, in the film “Idlewild” and as a swing/dance captain/Sarabi understudy in Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway.
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Matthew Brookshire is a theater artist and songwriter based in Brooklyn, N.Y. His collaboration with choreographer Keely Garfield, “Twin Pines”, received a 2012 Bessie Award nomination for Outstanding Production. Since 2011, Matthew has managed the programs and operations of The Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn
Ali Matlock brings over 15 years of experience in assisting companies in a variety of industries increase revenues measurably by making the leap into the digital age of marketing, operations and strategy. Pioneering creative technology-based ideas and applications, he has a track record for growing businesses by making improvements to their product management and operational processes. He is currently the Managing Director of Apogee Media, an innovative interactive agency, and the founder of Leaders in Fitness, a worldwide leader in fitness education. He has also produced several entertainment and arts based web and television series and also owns an online radio station.
As a choreographer/producer/ dancer/teacher, with a BA (UCLA), and MFA (UC Irvine), Robin began her formal training in the Cecchetti style of ballet at age seven in Southern California. After moving to NYC, she studied with Ms Bettis and performed in NYC with the Valerie Bettis Dance Theatre Co. As a movement specialist and dance artist, she has created and led dance/exercise programs throughout NYC. She teaches dance and exercise at Queens College and has created her own exercise program, “Body Ageless” for the private sector. For twenty-five years, she directed the Dance Program at the Brooklyn Music School where she choreographed countless dance works, most notably, “A Brooklyn Nutcracker.” As the recipient of grants from CUNY, she reconstructed and produced/performed “The Desperate Heart” (1991) and “As I Lay Dying” (1992.) She became president of Dancers Studio Foundation in 2010 and has produced “Legacies” and “Grace Be A Woman,” two dance theatre concerts at the Actors Fund Arts Center. She is honored to be on the Advisory Board for the third annual Brooklyn Dance Festival and looks forward to helping it grow.
After an extensive business career, Doug embarked on a new career in the dance world in 2007 when he joined Pentacle, an artist service organization, first as Office Manager and for the last three years as Artist Representative for Pentacle’s Gallery, an eclectic collection of, principally, emerging dance artists. His appreciation and support for dance during his earlier career included service as President of Beyondance, Inc.’s Board of Directors, being a founding member of Freespace Dance’s Board, and serving on the Advisory Board of ACF Dance. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Reverb Dance and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He began curating Dixon Place’s Under Exposed series in 2011. He also publishes a weekly newsletter of performances, auditions and other items of interest to the dance community.
Donald J. Rose, MD
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, as well as Director of Ambulatory Surgery at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University’s School of Medicine and is the Orthopaedic Consultant to numerous dance companies including Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cirque du Soleil, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, STREB and the Joyce Theatre, as well as numerous dance schools including SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and the Joffrey Ballet School. Dr. Rose has lectured nationally and internationally and written numerous chapters and papers on topics in sports medicine, dance medicine, and arthroscopic surgery. He is on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and the Bulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Rose is the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Dance Library of Israel Documents of Dance Award, was honored as the 2002 recipient of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Distinguished Alumnus Award, and received the 2012 UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has been listed as a “Top Doctor” by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly.
Elka Samuels Smith
Training has included jazz, tap, ballet, African, hip hop, belly dance and salsa; teaching and performing. Since 2002, she has been running Divine Rhythm Productions, a company co-created with brother and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, offering business management and production services to professional tap dancers, choreographers, and performers worldwide. Elka has also presented and written Awards for the Bessie Awards and has served for three years on the Bessie Awards committee.