2018 Conference Reviewers





Lydia Bell Lydia Bell is a performance curator and administrator based in New York City. She is currently Program Director at Danspace Project, where she oversees programming, publications, and research initiatives. Most recently she co-curated the Bessie award-winning Platform 2016: A Body in Places with Judy Hussie-Taylor and Eiko Otake. Lydia has contributed to publications such as Judson Now (Danspace Project, 2012), Museum and Curatorial Studies Review, and Movement Research Performance Journal and spoken nationally and internationally about her work. Lydia is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A., Dance and Classics) and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
Renee Chatelain Renee Chatelain is the President/CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.  Her career as a dancer includes performing with the Eglevsky Ballet, Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans, Tampa Ballet, and American Dance Machine.  Renee has been a guest teacher for Iceland Dance Theater in Reykjavik, Iceland, at Cornell University,  Southeastern Louisiana University, among others.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the American Mural Project, and was selected to participate in South Arts Dance Touring Initiative.  She is a co-founder of Mid City Dance Project, Inc., served as Executive Director at the Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts, and founded the dance programs for two independent schools in Baton Rouge.   Most recently, she has been on faculty at the Ballet Festival in India, in Mumbai.    Renee has served as a panelist at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York, and at the inaugural Women in Dance Leadership Conference in 2015.
Mina Estrada Mina Estrada received her MFA in Dance at Temple University.  As a diligent artist, she has been commissioned by University of Southern Mississippi, Spelman College, and Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, among others. Mina has served as faculty for the dance programs at Temple University, Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, and Drexel University. While in Philadelphia, she performed in the Live Arts Festival and Collage Festival, received the New Edge Residency at the CEC, worked with notable artists IdiosynCrazy Productions, Silvana Cardell, Shavon Norris, and performed with the Leah Stein Dance Company in San Francisco. Mina is currently the Director of Artists Recourses for the Arts Council of the Greater Baton Rouge.
Amy Hall Garner Amy Hall Garner has choreographed and worked as a creative consultant on Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Dave Chappelle’s Show, and Kidz Bop Live! Amy has created numerous works for Ailey II, The Joffrey Ballet (Choreography of Color Award), The Juilliard School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Ailey School, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Her theatrical choreography credits include The Color Purple (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre) and Invisible Thread, associate choreographer (Second Stages).

She has coached Grammy Award winner Beyonce and provided additional choreography for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Mrs. Garner is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Angela Harris Angela Harris is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Canvas, Inc., a career development organization for emerging professional choreographers and youth. She received the 2011 Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts and American Express, and was selected to be in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA).  Angela served on the national Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts from 2011 – 2014, and is a member of Dance USA.
Judy Hussie-Taylor


Judy Hussie-Taylor has served as Executive Director of Danspace Project, a New York City venue for independent experimental choreographers, since 2008. Her theme-based Platform series there has mobilized artists as advocates and curators for a great range of dialogues within the field. The former Executive Director of the nationally acclaimed Colorado Dance Festival, she has also served as Artistic Director for theater programs at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. She taught in the department of art and art history at the University of Colorado Boulder and was director of the department’s prestigious visiting artist program. Through her work at CDF, she participated in the National Performance Network and the National Dance Project. She has been a consultant for the National Dance Project’s Regional Dance Development Initiative and Contemporary Art Centers Initiative. Hussie-Taylor served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2012 and 2013, a Performance LOI panelist in 2014, and as the Performance panel chair in 2015.
Pamela Pietro Pamela Pietro received an BFA from Florida State University and MFA from University of Washington. She is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University Tisch School for the Arts. Pamela has performed professionally with Anthony Morgan Dance Company, Michael Foley Dance, RaceDance and bopi’s black sheep/dances. She was a dancer and the rehearsal director for Houlihan and Dancers from 1991–1999, artistic director Gerri Houlihan and rehearsal director for the New World Dance Ensemble Australian Tour in 1994. Pamela served as Mark Haim’s assistant for the Saint Joseph Ballet projects (2002,2004,2007) and part of their summer faculty in 2004. She has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 1997 and a guest teacher with the ADF linkage programs to Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou (China) and the Dance Library summer conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Rosemary Quinn Rosemary has lived in New York City for over twenty years, working as an actress, director, teacher, arts administrator and producer. She orginated roles in numerous experimental theater productions, working with Mabou Mines, The Talking Band, The Other Theater and The Roy Hart Theatre. She frequently collaborated with the director Joseph Chaikin and has performed in a number of Jean-Claude van Itallie’s plays including Sunset Freeway, which was written for her. Rosemary has studied the voice work of The Roy Hart Theatre since 1983 and teaches and directs at their center in the south of France in the summers. She has guest taught at Hampshire, Naropa, Princeton and Williams Colleges. Rosemary is also the director of the Tisch High School Summer Acting Program in Paris, France.
Dana Whitco Dana Whitco is the Founding Director of the Center for Creative Research (Graduate School of Arts & Science, New York University) and Co-Founder of PositiveFeedback, NYC’s first inter-institutional consortium dedicated to supporting collaborations between artists and scientists working on issues of climate change. Previous appointments in the performing arts include the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Dance Project (New England Foundation for the Arts) and Center Theater Group (Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson Theater/Kirk Douglas Theater) in Los Angeles where she also completed graduate studies in dance at University of California, Los Angeles. Whitco is a frequent advisor and panelist for arts grant-making programs in New York City and across the country, and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. She has taught dance and dance-related subjects at NYU, Temple University, UCLA, and Loyola Marymount University and at the elementary and secondary school-level, and currently serves on the boards of Movement Research, Bebe Miller Company and Culturebot.



Mo Ogrodnik Ogrodnik was the Associate Dean of the Arts for NYU, Abu Dhabi where she spearheaded the Film, Music, Theater, Visual Art, and Interactive Media & Technology programs.  She was instrumental in the ideation and execution of the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, assisting in the design and vision for the physical building and the hiring of the Artistic Director.  Ogrodnik is the Principal Investigator of FIND, an artistic research lab that explores global issues facing the MENASA region (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) through the lens of artists, scholars, and technologists.  FIND’s work can also be found on the Google Cultural Institute.
Cari Ann Shim Sham Cari Ann Shim Sham* is a wild new media artist and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn and enjoys making magical manipulations of light for screens, objects & shapes of all sizes. In 2016 Cari Ann was the first video artist to fully redesign the video/sound/set build of Robert Rauschenberg’s “Shiner” for Trisha Brown’s Set & Reset/Reset. For the past 10 years She’s curated dance film for Salamanca Moves in Tasmania, Topanga Film Festival, DFA in NYC, the Enroute Dance Film Festival and Dances Made to Order. From 2008-12 she worked as an Editor, Educational Writer and Producer for the first documentary feature film to be shot in every country of the world on the same day, 10.10.10, One Day on Earth. She is the recipient of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship, the Chime’s Choreographer Mentorship Exchange and was a mentor for the ODC Pilot Program’s first ever multi-media residency.  She is an Associate Arts Professor of Dance & New Media at NYU TISCH Dance and happily serves as the Photographer/Filmmaker for Translucent Borders directed by Andy Teirstein a working project of the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study.


Dr. Ann Dils Ann Dils, professor and the Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a dance historian with strong interests in movement analysis, feminist theory and research methods, and cultural studies. Dils has taught in the Department of Dance and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.  She served as Director of WGS at UNCG from 2010-2013.  Dils received the Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in 2010 and has been editor of Dance Research Journal and president of the Congress on Research in Dance.  A former dancer and choreographer, Dils received a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies, New York University, and an MA in Dance from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Coker Elizabeth (Betsy) Coker is a movement scientist/dancer/creator whose areas of research include multi-sensory integration and motor imagery in dancers. She received her Doctorate in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College of Columbia University. Coker’s work has been published or cited in multiple scientific journals including the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and Frontiers of Human Neuroscience. She has taught and set choreography in university dance departments and dance companies across the country as well as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera de Montreal, San Diego Opera and Yale Repertory Theater.
Sylvie Vitaglione Sylvie Vitaglione, a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at NYU, is completing a dissertation on site-specific choreographic practices in dance films. She attended ballet school in Monaco, studied Dance/Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, trained in contemporary dance in London and received her RYT 200h yoga certification in NYC. Her publications include “Surface Tension: Experimental Dance Films And The Undoing Of Urban Space” (Intellect, 2016) and “New Materials: Natural Elements and the Body in Screendance” (2016). Sylvie has taught core film classes and seminars on Dance Films and Music Videos at NYU, The New School, and CUNY.


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