PRESIDENT Vernon Scott obtained a BFA from Juilliard in 1985, the same year as Martha Hill's last year as director. He went on to dance with many companies, among them Elisa Monte, Steven Petronio, Pilobolus, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris and culminating with 8 wonderful years with Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, where he also served as Rehearsal Coordinator. In recent years he has worked as Director of Showrooms for Grange Furniture and most recently National Public Relations Manager for Aga Ranges and Northland/Marvel Refrigeration. Since his years as a full time dancer, he lends his talents both on stage and off to dance related benefits and galas including Dancers Responding to Aids, Fire Island Dance Festival and is currently Vice President of Full Circle Productions which produces Martin Lofsnes' newly formed 360 Degrees Dance Company. Mr Scott and Mr Lofsnes live together with their son, Demian. www.360fullcircle.net
CHAIRMAN David K. Manion has been on the MHDF Board since its inception. He is the Executive Director of the International Committee for the Dance Library of Israel. For ten years, he was Artistic Director of the Riverside Dance Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. In addition to RDF he produced original plays, operas and musicals at the Theater of the Riverside Church. He has been associated with such colleges as Clarke and Viterbo, where he has taught and staged many musical productions. He is also on the Board of The Louis Falco Dance Project. Mr. Manion was instrumental in the creation of The Martha Hill Dance Fund.
CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY Andra Corvino has been on the dance faculty of The Juilliard School since 1995 and directed the Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive from 1998 to 2006. She has taught ballet at Sarah Lawrence College and Steps in New York City, The Martha Graham School, The Jose Limón Dance Company, Montclair State College, The New Jersey Dance Theater Guild, Randolph-Macon Womans College in Virginia, York University in Toronto, Canada and Mills College and Dancespace in Oakland, California.She co-directed the Dance Circle in New York City with her father Alfredo and sister Ernesta from 1968 to 1993.Her performing credits include the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company under the direction of Dame Alicia Markova, principal dancer with the Baltimore City Ballet (later to become the Maryland Ballet) and many guest appearances with ballet companies throughout the United States, Canada and the Far East. She has also appeared with the companies of Roberto Cartagena, Ruby Shang and Matteo and the New York Baroque Dance Company.Ms. Corvino has staged productions ranging from concert pieces to full-length ballets for companies and universities around the world.In addition to her experience in dance, Ms. Corvino has had dramatic roles on television as well as off-Broadway and musical theater. She is a charter member as well as Associate Artistic Director of Ernesta Corvino's Dance Circle Company, with whom she still performs and often guest teaches open classes in New York City. www.corvinoballet.org
A founding member of the MHDF Board, VICE-PRESIDENT EMERITA Hudas Liff met Martha Hill at Bennington College where Liff was taking dance as a student at the suggestion of her counselor. Although Liff became an observer, rather than a performer, she and Martha Hill became friends when they teamed up in New York City in the 1980s, representing Bennington at various functionswith Hill as an important innovative teacher and Liff as the President of the Alumni Association and a member of the Board of Trustees. Besides Mrs. Liff's efforts for the Martha Hill Dance Fund, she currently volunteers at the Library of Congregation Emanu-el of the City of New York and spends as much time as possible at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
VICE-PRESIDENT EMERITA & FOUNDING MEMBER Hortense Lieberthal Zera (1916-2014) graduated from New York University's School of Education in 1936 with a degree in physical education. She focused her studies in dance under the directorship of Martha Hill. She assisted Hill and Bessie Schoenberg at the renowned summer festival The Bennington School of the Dance from 1936-41. Mrs. Zera taught dance, sports, and health education in the New York City public schools until retirement. She also taught at the New Dance Group. Mrs. Zera was also an accomplished painter and sculptor. The Martha Hill Lifetime Acheivement Award statue is her creation.
SECRETARY Elizabeth McPherson is an associate professor and coordinator of the BA in Dance at Montclair State University. She received her BFA from Juilliard, followed by an MA from The City College of New York, and a PhD from New York University. She is the author of The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews and The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education, 1900-1995, in addition to articles and reviews for Ballet Review, Dance Teacher Magazine, Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine and The Journal of Dance Education. McPherson has staged numerous 20th century dance works from Labanotation and other sources. Recent projects include Charles Weidman’s Lynchtown and excerpts from Anna Sokolow’s Scenes from the Music of Charles Ives. She is a board member of the Martha Hill Dance Fund and on the professional advisory committee of the Dance Notation Bureau. Performance credits include: Ernesta Corvino’s Dance Circle Company, Avodah Dance Ensemble, and the Louis Johnson Dance Theatre.Montclair State University
TREASURER Ernesta Corvino trained under Margaret Craske at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School and has been a professional in the dance field since childhood. After further studies with Antony Tudor and Alfredo Corvino, she joined the Maryland Ballet as soloist at the age of 14. For the next two decades she performed the classics as well as modern repertory and various forms of ethnic dance both nationally and internationally. She has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Radio City Music Hall Ballet, American Chamber Ballet and the New York Baroque Dance Company among others. Concurrently, she was teacher and co-director of her own school in New York City, The Dance Circle, for 25 years. Since 1981, she has choreographed for and danced with her own company, ERNESTA CORVINO'S DANCE CIRCLE COMPANY, which appeared annually at the Riverside Dance Festival in New York City from 1982-87. The company has since performed at various venues in New York including Lincoln Center as well as at theaters and colleges throughout the U.S. Well-known for her wry treatment of popular culture in ballets such as the critically acclaimed Holmes, Sweet Holmes, Ms. Corvino is equally adept at creating works of pathos and tragedy. Of Somnus, Jennie Schulman of Backstage wrote, "This is one of the most novel utilizations of the Ravel score ever conceived". Ms. Corvino's teaching credits also include The Juilliard School, the Governor's School of New Jersey, Randolph-Macon Womans College, SUNY/Purchase, Stephens College, Perry-Mansfield, Danspace of Oakland, CA (all for whom she has choreographed) as well as Sarah Lawrence College, Long Island University, Hartt College and STEPS ON BROADWAY. She frequently teaches, choreographs and performs as Guest Artist at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in addition to conducting open classes in New York City and workshops throughout Europe. She is currently a ballet master for The José Limón Dance Company and Tanztheater Wuppertal/Pina Bausch. www.corvinoballet.org
BOARD MEMBER Allen H. Maniker, MD, FAANS, is Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Maniker has served as President of the Peripheral Nerve Task Force of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the author of Operative Exposures in Peripheral Nerve Surgery and has written numerous articles for many professional journals. He has been an invited visiting Professor at several Universities and has made presentations both in the United States and abroad on neurosurgery and peripheral nerve surgery. After graduating from the Juilliard School Department of Dance under Martha Hill he performed with the Sophie Maslow Dance Company, the Bat Dor Dance Company of Israel, and the Joyce Trisler Danscompany. Dr. Maniker then went on to receive his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed an Internship in general surgery and a Residency in Neurological Surgery at The New Jersey Medical School. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
BOARD MEMBER Elizabeth Gerring Radke was born in San Francisco in 1965. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and began studying dance at age 13. In high school she studied dance at The Cornish Institute in Seattle. In 1987 she received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School where she studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Doris Rudko. She has been working as a choreographer in New York since 1993. In March 1998, she presented her first piece, a four hour movement installation. Since then, The Liz Gerring Dance Company has presented work at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob's Pillow, Danspace Project, The Connelly Theater, The Kitchen, Engine 27 and other venues.
BOARD MEMBER Henning Rübsam has been serving MHDF since 2002. Artistic director and choreographer of NYC-based company SENSEDANCE, he is also a guest choreographer for ballet and modern dance companies as well as universities on three continents. In addition to touring a solo program, he performs as guest artist with other ensembles and is a master teacher for dance technique and dance composition. He is a resident choreographer for Hartford City Ballet and is the American correspondent for Dance For You Magazine. A Juilliard graduate (and Juilliard faculty member since 2006), he frequently collaborates with composers, including Ricardo Llorca, Beata Moon and Leslie Wildman. www.sensedance.org
VICE-PRESIDENT Ani Udovicki is a member of The New York Baroque Dance Company and a teacher at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. She has performed with several ballet and modern dance companies among them Belgrade National Theatre, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet Hispanico and Ohad Naharin and Dancers. She is a founding member of Neta Pulvermacher and Dancers. She has taught baroque dance, modern and ballet in NYC and abroad and has choreographed for theater productions for Ulysses Theater, Croatia, and CZKD, Belgrade, Serbia. She is a graduate of the Belgrade Ballet School and The Juilliard School, where she studied under Martha Hill. She received an MA in dance education in 2000 from Teachers College, CU. She is the happy mother of Lazar. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
BOARD MEMBER Lance Westergard is a graduate of the Juilliard School and made his professional debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in a work especially created for him by the great choreographer, Antony Tudor, titled Concerning Oracles. As a performer, he has worked with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, Eliot Feld’s American Ballet Company, Lotte Goslar’s Pantomime Circus, Kathryn Posin Dance Company (Associate Director), Los Angeles Dance Theater (Co-Director), Lar Lubovitch, Manuel Alum, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Tobi Armour, and Remy Charlip’s International All Stars. He has been the ballet master for both the Joffrey II Dancers and Ballet Hispanico of New York. His choreography has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation on the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Jerome Foundation. He has written ballets for The Joffrey II Dancers, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, City Contemporary Dance Company of Hong Kong, The Virginia Opera, Manhattanville College, and the Boston Conservatory. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, The Boston Conservatory Summer Dance Program, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Taipei Dance Forum in Taiwan, Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, the Contemporary Dance Company of Hong Kong, Jacob’s Pillow, La Chartreuse in Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France, and The American Dance Festival. As the artistic consultant for the Lotte Goslar Pantomime Circus Foundation he has staged the works of Lotte Goslar on the Omaha Theater for Young People Ballet Company, Hofstra Drama & Dance Program and the Kansas City Ballet; and for solo artists Betsy Fisher and Ara Fitzgerald. Mr. Westergard received a certificate in honoriam for his achievement in dance from the Isadora Duncan Institute. He was Director of Dance at Hofstra University, and is currently, Ballet Master for New York Theater Ballet. Lance serves on the boards of the Dance Notation Bureau, The Martha Hill Dance Fund, and the Lotte Goslar Pantomime Circus Foundation.
BOARD MEMBER Megan Williams graduated from Juilliard with her BFA Degree and performed with the Ohad Naharin Dance Company and the Glenn-Lund Dance Company. She joined the Mark Morris Dance Group with whom she performed for 10 years and toured internationally, taught and was in several films including "Dido and Aeneus", "Falling Down Stairs", the "Hard Nut" and "The Hidden Soul of Harmony". Megan has taught at Dance Space, Perry Dance, and was on the faculty at White Mountain Summer Dance Festival for 4 years. She has mounted/staged Mr. Morris's Choreography on the Boston Ballet and the Purchase Dance Corps. Megan is choreographing her own work now and lives in Westchester with her husband Dr. Andrew Wollowitz and her sons Bram Christopher and Griffin Jonah.
BOARD MEMBER Yasuko Tokunaga has studied and worked with Antony Tudor, Anna Sokolow, José Limón, Martha Graham, Pearl Primus, and Hanayagi Suzushi, among others. In high school, she performed with the company now known as Ballet West under William Christensen. Anna Sokolow saw her dance at age 16 and recommended that she go to NYC to attend The Juilliard School where she received her BFA. With her sister, Emiko Tokunaga she was the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Tokunaga Dance Ko.(TDK), a company of dancers and musicians that toured nationally and internationally. In 1976 TDK opened a dance studio in New York City that offered ballet and modern dance classes in the Tokunaga Technique, a coordinated team teaching method that the Tokunagas originated at The Boston Conservatory. Dance Magazine recognized their unique pedagogy in May 1976 and again in February 1992. In 1983 they were featured as "Teachers of the Month" in New York's Attitude, The Dancer's Monthly.Tokunaga was Dance Division Director and Artistic Director of The Boston Conservatory Dance Theater (BCDT) from 1989-2011. Under Tokunaga's artistic direction, The Boston Conservatory received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for A Tribute to Murray Louis that was performed both in Boston and in New York City. In February 2005, BCDT was presented by The Bank of America Celebrity Series, Boston Marquee. Under Tokunaga’s tenure, The Boston Conservatory had the unique honor of being the first college to be granted the rights to perform four original works by Martha Graham and José Limón; two works by Anna Sokolow and Alwin Nikolais; and one work by Antony Tudor. As one of four directors of the nation’s top dance programs in the country, she was invited to present at the National Foundation for Advancement in Arts conference in January 2005. Tokunaga has choreographed over 50 works and her repertory has been included in companies in Atlanta, Boston, New York, North Carolina, and Norway. Commissioned by violinist, Lynn Chang, The Stream Flows was choreographed by Tokunaga for its premiere at Harvard's Paine Hall in April 2004 and performed again at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in January 2005. In 1993, the City of Boston and the Pro Arts Consortium presented her with the Pro Arts Public Service in the Arts Award. In 2000 she was given the Outstanding Faculty Award by The Boston Conservatory's Student Government Association. TDK was funded for 17 years from NEA, 10 years from the New York City of Department of Cultural Affairs, 3 years from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and received the key to the city of Nara and meritorious service awards from Okayama Japan, South Carolina State College and Lincoln University, Pa. among others. Tokunaga has published articles in Dance Magazine, served as a dance panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, has participated on the Board of Directors for the Boston Dance Alliance and the Professional Advisory Committee of The Dance Notation Bureau. She served on the committee of the Antony Tudor Centennial Celebration at The Juilliard School in March 2008 and is on the Board of Directors of the Martha Hill Dance Fund. She frequently presents at various professional conferences and is currently on the dance faculty at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
BOARD MEMBER Rebecca Stenn, dancer, choreographer, educator, and writer, founded the Rebecca Stenn Company in 1996. Known throughout the country for their “wit, concision and gutsy passion...” The New York Times, the group has since performed to critical acclaim and sold out houses in over 50 cities in the US and internationally including such venues as The Edinburgh Festival, The Copenhagen Festival, The Joyce Theater (Altogether Different Festival), Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Dance New Amsterdam, La MaMa ETC Annex Theatre, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, The Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, The Waterfront Festival in Virgina Beach, The Center for Contemporary Arts in St. Louis, New Orleans Performing Arts Center, The Peter Britt Festival in Southern Oregon, Summerfest in San Francisco, The City of El Paso Arts Center, Hollywood Center for the Performing Arts, The New Moves Festival and the Wortham Theater in Houston among many other s. The company has held residencies at Southern Methodist University, Stockton College, University of Western Ontario, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Southern Oregon, University of Nevada at Reno and Dickinson College in Pennsylvania among others. Rebecca Stenn Company has received grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, Mary Cary Flager Charitable Trust Live Music for Dance Fund, The American Music Center, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, The New School Faculty Development Fund and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The company premiered a series of student performance at the Lincoln Center "Meet the Artist" program in New York City, and continues to work with Lincoln Center Theater, teaching New York City high school student workshops throughout the year and intensives during the summer. The group was also on the roster of Young Audiences for 6 years, performing numerous shows for students in the tri-state area. Upcoming events include a return to the Edinburgh Festival, summer of 2012, and performances at Joyce SoHo, December 2012. As a member of Momix Dance Theatre from 1989 to 1996, Stenn toured extensively throughout Europe, the Far East, South America, the U.S. and Canada and appeared in films for Italian, Spanish and French television. Stenn assisted in the choreography of and appeared as a featured performer in the Emmy Award winning film Pictures at an Exhibition, a PBS, Dance in America Special. She appears in one of the first 3D IMAX films Imagine, which was released worldwide in 1994. She has collaborated with Moses Pendleton in the making of Passion, and assisted in the choreography of Lina Wertmuller’s Carmen at the Munich State Opera, also performing as a principal dancer. Stenn is a founding member of Pilobolus Too, a duet company formed by Pilobolus Dance Theater. With Pilobolus Too she has created numerous works for the repertoire including a piece for the Radio City Rockettes, and has taught residencies at universities, elementary and high schools, and programs for the deaf and blind. In New York City Stenn has also performed with choreographers Keely Garfield, Wally Cardona and Naomi Goldberg. With Jaron Lanier, she choreographed and starred in the award winning PBS film Musork. Other choreography credits include the U.S. premiere of the opera Leap Over the Shadow in Santa Barbara, a commission from the Neuberger Art Museum at Purchase College, and frequent collaborations with Attack Theater and Vision Into Art at Lincoln Center. Stenn has taught master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been artist in residence at Barnard College, Manhattanville College, UCSB and Stockton College. A teaching artist for The Joyce Theater, she continues to teach residencies at the Lincoln Center Theater Open Stages Program, and is on the faculty at The New School for Liberal Arts. Stenn has been a contributing editor at Dance Magazine,and has written for the International Journal of Dance. Stenn is currently the Dance Mentor/Choreographer for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. She earned her BFA in dance from the Juilliard School and her MFA in dance from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Stenn is the proud mother of two children, Jonah and Elie Weissman. For more information, please visit www.rebeccastenncompany.com.
FOUNDING PRESIDENT, Irwin Denis (1920-2004)
FOUNDING MEMBER, Ethel Winter (1924-2012)
FOUNDING MEMBER, Carl Wolz (1920-2002)