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 (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
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 (Workshop Leader) 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”.
Jake Ely (Dancer/Workshop Leader) is a Brooklyn based dancer from Scottsdale, Arizona. A Tulane University graduate with a degree in Political Science, Jake currently dances for Britney Falcon//Falcon Dance and most recently held a recurring role in the Third Rail Projects production The Grand Paradise.
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.
Christopher Fishburne (Dancer) trained at Dance Theater of Harlem and the Ailey School. He has performed with dance companies, in musicals, and music videos across the country.
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 (Dancer/Workshop Leader) 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.
Carolyn Jarvis (Dancer) has over 25 years of experience in educational research and evaluation. Her current research interests include early childhood and arts in education. Ms. Jarvis and her husband, Herve Mehu, opened the Mehu Gallery specializing in Haitian Art on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1983. She is a founding member of DVP.
Mor Mendel (Workshop Leader) 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.
Kaitlin Morse (Dancer/Workshop Leader) earned a BA in Dance and Gender and Women’s Studies from Connecticut College in 2008. Since then she has had the honor of working with Boston-based Kinodance Company, BE Dance Collective, and Zenas Hutcheson Dance and is currently working with Lonely Goat Dance Company and Lisa Race’s Race Dance.
Nellie Rainwater (Dancer/Workshop Leader) is a dancer, teacher and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has an MFA degree in Choreography and Performance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded the Graduate Fellowship in Dance History in 2009-2010. Her choreography has been presented at various festivals in New York, Philadelphia, DC, Virginia, and Arizona. She has danced professionally with Laura Peterson Choreography, BosmaDance, JaneFranklin Dance, Christine Stone Martin. Nellie is certified to teach Vinyasa and Mind Body Dancer™ yoga having studied under TaraMarie Perri, and she has experience teaching Yoga, Modern, Ballet, Choreography, and Creative Movement.
Geraldine Bartlett Rubin (Teacher) 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.
Walter Rutledge (Guest Artist) Choreographer, director, playwright, author and teacher Walter Rutledge has designed and implemented arts programming in dance and fitness for over twenty-five years. This programing includes dance and theatre performances, master classes, lecture demonstrations, and personal instruction for youth, adults and senior citizens. His has designed specialized classes and activities for the hearing impaired, wheel chair bound, stroke rehabilitation and incarcerated youth. Presently Rutledge is the Associate Artistic Director and resident choreographer of the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre, Arts Editor for Harlem World Magazine, and Contributing Writer for Attitude Magazine, an Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island and a teaching artist for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Maxine Steinhaus (Dancer) began studying dance as an undergraduate at Bard College and The New School for Social Research as part of a Liberal Arts degree. After a 20-year hiatus, she took class with Naomi and became a member of DVP in 2006. She also performs with Sari Nordman. Since 1981, she has been teaching ESL at NYU’s American Language Institute.
Candace Tabbs (Dancer/Workshop Leader) 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.
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
Rebecca Teicheira (Dancer/Workshop Leader/Administrator) 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.
Judith Chazen Walsh (Dancer) is a retiree, neighborhood activist and lifelong learner. The freedom of retirement has allowed her to pursue her interest in dance, exercise and music. She has a deep interest in world music and dance. She subscribes totally to the theory that dance and movement in community with others add years to your life and life to your years.
Betty Williams (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 (Guest Artist) 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.
Company Collaborators/Dancers/Guest Artists
Loretta 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