Naomi Goldberg Haas
Naomi Goldberg Haas is a dancer, master teacher, choreographer and founding artistic director of Dances For A Variable Population (DVP). With DVP, Ms. Goldberg Haas has created site-related public performances at many of NYC’s most iconic public spaces including Times Square, Washington Square Park, the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, and the High Line. She also leads DVP’s education programs, including the organization’s free community-based dance workshops that have served over 4,000 seniors at 35 senior centers since 2009.
Ms. Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film, and has collaborated with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. She holds an MFA from Tisch Dance at NYU, and began her career with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
In 2013, Ms. Goldberg Haas received the “Art + Action Award” from Gibney Dance. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council awarded her the 2014 Presidents Award for the Performing Arts.
She currently serves on the Arts, Media and Culture Committee as appointed by the Mayors Office for Age Friendly NYC.
CORE COMPANY & CURRENT GUEST ARTISTS
Artist Jackie Ferrara (Teaching Artist/Dancer) has received many public art commissions including the platform wall mosaics at the Grand Central Station shuttle train to Times Square, the 150 seat amphitheater at Los Angeles County Museum, the 43 foot high copper tower at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and the 60 foot long fountain at the University of Houston. Visit her website at www.jackieferrara.com
Ezra Bloom (Composer/Sound Designer) is a composer and performer in New York City. He has written and performed music for theater pieces including Revival (DVP), The Mar Vista (14th Street Y), the Untitled Ginsberg Project (Alchemical Theater Lab), and the Weasel Festival (JACK, dir. Mia Rovegno). Ezra is the music director for Midnight Radio Show, a multi-media shadow puppet collective in Brooklyn. Ezra studied theater at Bennington College and is currently Production Manager at Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Sandy Broyard (Guest Artist) attended Juilliard as a dance major and continued her training with Martha Graham, Mary Wigman, Alfred Corvino and Marcus Schulkind. She was a member of Kathryn Kollar Dance Company in Connecticut and has also performed in Paris, Berlin and New York City. She is an advisor to The Yard in Chilmark and the director of the improvisational performance dance group What’s Written Within based on Martha’s Vineyard, whose work with dancers of many ages is inspired by her ongoing collaboration with DVP since 2006.
Mee Mee Chin (Movement Speaks Assistant) It was accidental that I joined the NY Chinese Dance Co. when I was 23 and felt in love with dancing ever since. It lead me to explore many other ways of moving my body through dance and exercise. I love kick boxing, yoga and martial art sword. By day, I work as a translator/interpreter for Homeland Security. When the sunsets, I am in a studio taking care of my body and soul!
Simone Coonrod (Teaching Artist/Dancer) is an active dancer, musician, teaching artist and choreographer. Her credits include winning numerous dance awards and champion gymnast. The motto of her dance and music studio “Swinging with Simone® is “Where Artistry Meets Fun”.
Shirley Black-Brown-Coward (Guest Artist) is a graduate of the Julliard School and an award-winning veteran performing artist of classical and modern, Broadway and liturgical dance. She is also a Master Teacher and received an Audelco Award for Best Off-Broadway Choreographer for Black Nativity by Langston Hughes.
Bryanna Dean (Assistant Teaching Artist/Dancer) a dancer, teacher, and choreographer was born and raised in Shenandoah, Virginia. She began studying dance at a recreational studio at age nine. Since that young age, teaching and creating movement became a clear path at which she follows with eager curiosity. Dean gained her BFA degree in Dance at Florida State University where she has created work as well as taught in the Tallahassee region. Dean is now exploring the art community of her new home in Brooklyn. Along with working with DVP, she teaches jazz, contemporary, and gymnastics to young artists at studios throughout the area.
Sandra Genter (Guest Artist) Professor Emerita of Dance. Barnard College, Artistic Director of Sandra Genter and Dancers, performed with Rudy Perez Dance Theater. Regular contributor to Ballet Review, the Dance Research Journal and Dance Chronicle.
Laura Glenn (Guest Artist) is a graduate and major faculty member at the Juilliard School for over 30 years. As a choreographer: over 2 dozen works both commissioned and for her own company. An 11-year member of the Limon Dance Company, she has reconstructed his works for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet and Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
Gierre Godley (Teaching Artist/Dancer) is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. In NewYork, he has performed at St. Marks Church, FAB Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, American Dance Guild Festival, SummerStage (East River Park & Central Park Mainstage), Battery Park (Downtown Dance Festival), DUMBO Dance Festival, Cunningham Studio, Kumble Theater andat Greenspace to name a few. He has been a guest artist Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion and is currently the Co-Artistic Director of his own repertory duet company, Sobers & Godley and also directs Project 44 an all male ensemble. Received his MFA (Dance) from the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Ellen Graff (Guest Artist) danced with the Martha Graham Company, appearing in New York, and touring internationally. She has performed in Broadway musicals and for many years was a regular on the Carol Burnett Show. Graff has taught at colleges and universities across the country, and has a Ph.D in Performance Studies.
Jamie Graham (Teaching Artist/Dancer) has worked with DVP since 2008. She currently divides her time between the dance-theater-improv duo The Raving Jaynes and the dance-theater-cabaret group Jenny Rocha and her Painted Ladies. She has studied in depth with Barbara Mahler and is also a Romana’s Certified Pilates Instructor.
Bruce Heath (Guest Artist) Director/Choreographer/Educator, has enjoyed a successful career on both coasts and Europe. Mr. Heath has received the NAACP Theater Award as Director and Choreographer of the Broadway show Sophisticated Ladies, the Bronze Leo Dance Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress, and the Audelco Award for “Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death”.
Stuart Hodes (Guest Artist) was Martha Graham’s partner in the 1950s, danced in 16 Broadway musicals, on TV and in concerts, choreographed for his own and other dance troupes, and taught widely in the US, also in Europe, Russia, and China. This dance is made out of moves devised to improve balance.
Magdalena Kaczmarska (Teaching Artist/Dancer) is a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Drawing on her classical folk, ballet and modern training, Magda’s performance work explores infrastructures of language and identity. She has presented work in Arizona, New York, Switzerland and Taiwan. Magda holds a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Arizona. www.magdakaczmarska.com
Pamela Knowles (Teaching Artist/Senior Dancer) is international jazz vocalist, recording artist and teacher of voice. Her love of the creative relationship between improvisation, integration, and embodied performance, has inspired her work with movement. Her mentors are Al Wunder of Improvised Movement Theater in Melbourne, Linda Wise of the Pan Theatre Company in Paris, and Joan Skinner in Seattle where she became a certified Skinner Releasing teacher. Pamela completed her Master of Arts Degree at Antioch University and the New Actors Workshop where she studied with Lisa Sokolov, head of the Voice Faculty in the Department of Experimental Theatre at New York University.
Chuck Macdonald (Teaching Artist/Senior Dancer) from Michigan, graduate of Julliard Dance Program, performed with Detroit’s Harbinger Dance Company and with NYC’s Sandra Cameron Dance, former NYC public school teacher, he has been teaching and performing with DVP since 2014.
Audrey Madison (Guest Artist) In addition to ballet and modern jazz, Audrey was an original member of Charles Moore Dance Theater having studied Dunham technique, and various Caribbean and African styles. During her tenure as a NYC Department of Education as a school-based educator, she created extensive dance programs for elementary and middle school students and produced talent showcases for school communities.
Myna Majors (Guest Artist) Studied with the legendary Baba Chuck Davis, who recently transitioned, Former Member of The Titos Sompa Dance Troupe, the legendary Baba Olatunji Drum and Dancers, Bernard Dove and The Dovetts, and for the last 11 Years, a proud dancer with The WNBA N.Y. Liberty Timeless Torches.
Mor Mendel (Teaching Artist/Dancer) is a Brooklyn based dancer, performance artist and educator. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College; BFA with teaching certification in Dance Theater in Israel. Along with working with DVP, she teaches creative movement, contemporary and improvisation in after school programs,at NYC studios and with the Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson group.
Sandra Rivera (Teaching Artist/Senior Dancer) Extensive career as a dancer, choreographer and educator. A founding member of Ballet Hispanico, she performed as a principal dancer creating a number of roles in the company’s repertory. Since 1990 she has choreographed and performed contemporary dances with thematic content that reflects the Latino experience in the United States. Artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with the Omega Dance Co. where she served as director. Her solo dance portraits and choreographies have been presented at El Museo del Barrio, the Caramoor International Music Festival and the Abrons Art Center,the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, Aaron Davis Hall and the 92 Street Y. She is on the faculty of Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and performs and is a teaching artist for Dancers for a Variable Population. BA in Dance in the Latino Diaspora; CUNY’s Baccalaureate for Unique & Interdisciplinary Studies.
Geraldine Bartlett Rubin (Teaching Artist/Dancer) began performing at the age of twelve, playing guitar and singing in the folk duo The Bartlett Pair. She studied literature and psychology at San Diego State University. She has appeared on stage as well as in film and television. As an ACE certified fitness trainer, she teaches in DVP’s programs as well as privately throughout Manhattan.
Ellen Sackoff (Teaching Artist/Senior Dancer) a classical dancer, worked with Pennsylvania Ballet Company. Ellen received her MA in Dance Education from Columbia and MA in Developmental Psychology from CUNY. She choreographed for Dance Theater Workshop and has received a National Service Award for research on Developmental Aesthetics.
Gus Solomons jr (Guest Artist) recently retired from NYU/Tisch after 22 years. He is mentoring, acting, and doing independent performance projects with and without his troupe PARADIGM. firstname.lastname@example.org
Candace Tabbs (Teaching Artist/Dancer) earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Dance at Barnard College. She has performed at venues such as New York Live Arts and Ailey Citigroup Theatre. Currently collaborating with Movement of the People Dance Company, Candace explores the conversation between Modern and dances of the African Diaspora. Candace is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
Rebecca Teicheira (Teaching Artist/Dancer) received her MFA in dance choreography/performance from Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she was also a teaching fellow and guest artist at Amherst College. She holds a BA in dance from Connecticut College. Rebecca has worked with David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Adele Myers, Nicholas Leichter, Jeremy Nelson, Wally Cardona, and Monica Bill Barnes. Along with working with DVP, Rebecca is a freelance choreographer and teacher in NYC and collaborates with Raja Kelly/The Feath3r Theory, MachineH Dance, and is co-creator and co-artistic director of Reject Dance Theatre.
Alice Teirstein (Guest Artist) is a multiple award-winning dance educator, choreographer and dancer with a Bessie and two lifetime achievement awards. She has been teaching and performing in NYC with stellar dance artists and colleagues. She is founding Director of Young Dancemakers Company, offering city-wide touring performances of original teen choreography.
Chet Walker (Guest Artist) Broadway: Choreography: Fosse (Co-conceiver/co-choreographer), Tony, Best Musical, Outer Critic’s Circle award and Toronto Theater Alliance awards for Best Choreography. PIPPIN Tony, Best Revival of a Musical. Among many Broadway shows as performer: On The Town, Lorelei, Ambassadors, Pajama Game, Dancin’, Sweet Charity, Pippin. Awards: Joseph Jefferson Award, co-choreography, Pal Joey (Goodman).
Betty Williams (Teaching Artist/Dancer) Graduate, Parsons School of Design. Studied dance with Mary Anthony. Started and ran overnight shelter for homeless men and women at 15th Street Quaker meeting. AIDS activism and advocacy for HIV+ immigrants for whom deportation might = death. With Quaker friends, developed residence for 50 people living with AIDS. Raised four foster sons, now a happy grandmother of two. Have kept my peace witness for most of these years.
Robin Williams (Guest Artist) formed the Uptown Dance Academy in 1996 after a full and varied classical dance career. For her work with the youth in Harlem in dance, the Academy was awarded a gift from Prince to continue their excellent training (in both dance and life) programs. She has also won an Audelco Award for innovation in choreography and Black Theater.
Marnie Thomas Wood (Guest Artist) joined the Graham Company in 1958, performing and teaching for Graham until invited in 1968 with husband/partner, David Wood, to establish the Dance Major at the UC Berkeley. She served as Director of the Graham School and. currently she teaches there and at Adelphi University.
Margaret Yuen (Teaching Artist/Dancer) is the founder and director of Red Silk Dancers and Young Dancers of Chinatown. For 35 years, as a performer, teacher, choreographer and organizer, she has initiated many projects to promote cultural understanding and youth participation in the arts and was named ” Chinese American Pioneer in the Arts” by the City Council President in 1993.
Former Company Collaborators/Dancers/Guest Artists
Lorretta Abbott, Marsi Burns, Tsuyu Bridwell, Carol Chave, Sally Cohn, Kathy Joyce Costanza, Sharon Flanagan, Penny Dannenberg, Mary Doty, George Faison, Meg Goldman, Alicia Goudie, Barbara Hairston, Dyane Harvey, Nick Hung, Sandra Indig, Ani Javian, Carolyn Jarvis, Sheila Klein, Jimmy Lawlor, Molly Lieber, Chad Lindsey, Carley Manion, Alison Manning, Thalia MacMillan, Margrecia, Johari Mayfield, Jascha Narveson, Lauren Parrish, Cora Perceival, Linda Prince, Harriet Pitcoff, Susan Richardson, Ingrid Rothbart, Laura Schwartzberg, Diana Simkin, M. Lindsay Smith, Linda Tarnay, Lydia (Huei Lee) Wei, Rebecca Woll, Dudley Williams