Board of Directors
Michael Grimaldi - President, Photographer
Doreen Stone - Secretary, Elementary School Teacher
Anh Vo is a Vietnamese choreographer, dancer, theorist, and activist. They create dances and produce texts about pornography and queer relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality.
Miranda Brown is a queer performer, creator, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. Their collaborative work with Noa Rui-Piin Weiss utilizes comedy and pop culture references to question ideas of ownership and original thought. She also serves as Development and Production Manager for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Ami (ah-mee) Scherson (she/her/hers) is a Queens, NY based arts administrator, musician, and facilitator. Ami is committed to creating equitable and inclusive arts spaces through her professional and personal work. She co-chaired the 2021 Dance/NYC Junior Committee, a proactive committee of emerging leaders in the dance and nonprofit community by initiating projects in research, advocacy, and career development in New York City.
Benedict Nguyen is a dancer, writer, and scholar based in the South Bronx. In addition to their work for Donna, they also support Jennifer Monson/iLAND. They are a member of the National Center for Choreography (NCCAkron)'s inaugural dance-writing laboratory. Their writing on dance has appeared in Dance Magazine, In Dance, Critical Correspondence, and the Brooklyn Rail.
Rochester native, Annie Heath, is a creative researcher, choreographer, and dancer. Her collaborative, project-based company, Heath in Progress, has presented work in Massachusetts, Vermont and Israel, as well as venues in NYC like TADA! Youth Theater, Triskelion Muriel Schulman Theater, West End Theater and Alchemical Theater Laboratory. Annie has performed works by Gabriella Carmichael, Pavel Machuca-Zavarzin and Matthew Westerby Company since moving to NYC. Currently, Annie is the Administrative Assistant for Patrica Noworol Dance Theater, Operations Manager at Dancewave and an administrative intern for Donna Uchizono Company. Annie hopes that through her love of creating and traveling, she can better understand the diverse peoples that build a community, nation and world.
Archival and Research Assistant Intern
Natasha Frater began dancing at the age of four in her home city of London in England where she trained in a range of styles including Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, Contemporary and Ballet dance. At the age of sixteen she joined the Brit School for Performing Arts in order to take her dance training more seriously where she was awarded a Gold Jazz Award. From there she went onto City and Islington College where she obtained an A level in Dance. In 2015 she graduated from Bath Spa University with a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Dance with History having spent a semester studying as a Dance Major at Columbia College Chicago. The following year she moved to New York City to further her training on the Seminar Program at the International Dance School Peridance Capezio Center. Her professional work includes dancing with companies such as Novato, Angol 2, KPC and in music videos like Hang, Love Sick and Reminiscing in addition to commercial and editorial modelling. You can find out more about Natasha at: http://www.natashafrater.com/
Archival and Administrative Intern
Janel Brown has always been passionate about dance. For several years she competed with a studio in her hometown of Union, NJ and performed in concerts and theatrical productions at her high school. During her undergraduate career, Janel has performed in multiple ensembles and attended the American College Dance Association’s Northeast Conference. Currently, she is pursuing a Linguistics B.A. at Montclair State University, working as the office assistant for Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and interning with Dance New Jersey.