Diversity & Inclusion
Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
The School of American Ballet’s Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion was formed in 2015 to provide essential support and guidance for the School’s Diversity Initiative. The Committee is comprised of alumni of color with significant ties to the professional dance world who have been invited by SAB’s leadership to serve in this consultative role.
The focus of the work of the Committee includes, but is not limited to, national outreach, the building and strengthening of alumni networks, and diversity programming for current SAB students.
2015-2016 Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Aesha Ash, Founder of The Swan Dreams Project; Part-time Ballet Instructor/Coach and Pilates Instructor; former New York City Ballet corps member; former soloist with Bejart Ballet Lausanne and Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Debra Austin, Ballet Mistress, Carolina Ballet; former New York City Ballet corps member; former Zurich Ballet soloist, former principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet
Hinton Battle, Director, Choreographer, Producer and Tony Award Winner; former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem
Anthony Carr, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor (credits include Hairspray (film), Justin Bieber’s “My World” Tour, Missy Elliot Promo Tour); SAB Boys’ Program alumnus
Heidi Cruz-Austin, Co-Director, DanceSpora Dance Company; faculty at Muhlenberg College, Temple University and University of the Arts; former dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet
Duane Cyrus, Associate Professor of Dance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Martha Graham Dance Company
Sandra Fortune-Green, Artistic Director, Jones-Haywood Dance School, Inc; former dancer with The Washington Ballet and the Capitol Ballet Company
Kiyon Gaines-Ross, Pacific Northwest Ballet School Faculty Member; PNB Next Step Choreography Program Coordinator; former Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist
Robyn Gardenhire, Founder and Artistic Director, City Ballet of Los Angeles; former dancer with Cleveland Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The White Oak Dance Project and Karol Armitage
Gladisa Guadalupe, Artistic Director, Cleveland Ballet; former principal dancer with Ballet de San Juan, Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, The Cleveland-San Jose Ballet and Cleveland Ballet
Craig Hall, Soloist, New York City Ballet
Gen Horiuchi, Executive and Artistic Director of Saint Louis Ballet; former New York City Ballet principal dancer
Jermel Johnson, Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet
Andrea Long-Naidu, Ballet Instructor, Dance Theatre of Harlem & CityDance Conservatory; former principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem; former New York City Ballet corps member
Joseph Malbrough, Lecturer in Dance, Purchase College; former principal dancer with Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and L’Opera de Lausanne, Switzerland
Monique Meunier, Guest Teacher/ Repetiteur; former Ballet Master and Director of Trainee Program at The Washington Ballet; former New York City Ballet principal dancer
Arthur Mitchell, Founder, Dance Theatre of Harlem; former New York City Ballet principal dancer
Amar Ramasar, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet; SAB Boys’ Program alumnus
Renee Robinson, Freelance Artist; former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal dancer
Henry Seth, Ballet Teacher and Coach at the Hartt School Community Division; professional freelance dancer; former New York City Ballet corps member
Margaret Severin-Hansen, Principal Dancer and Founding Member of Carolina Ballet; Assistant Director at the Triangle Academy of Cary, N.C.
Leyland Simmons, Ballet Instructor, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Harlem School of the Arts; Choreographer; former member of Ailey 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Eric Underwood, Soloist, The Royal Ballet; former soloist with Dance Theatre of Harlem; former dancer with American Ballet Theatre
For questions about the Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, please contact Leah Quintiliano, Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 769-6605.