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.


2019-2020 Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion


Aesha Ash, Founder of The Swan Dreams Project, Ballet Instructor/Coach and Pilates Instructor; SAB’s 2018-2020 Visiting Faculty Chair; former New York City Ballet corps member, former soloist with Béjart 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

Darius Barnes, Broadway Performer in Mean Girls; Past Broadway shows include Memphis, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark; Cinderella, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kiss Me Kate, former member of New York City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Metropolitan Opera

Hinton Battle, Director, Choreographer, Producer, and Tony Award Winner; former dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem

Kareen Camargo, Faculty member, Miami City Ballet School and New World School of the Arts; former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet

Anthony Carr, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor (credits include Hairspray (film), Justin Bieber's "My World" Tour, Missy Elliot Promo Tour; SAB's Boys Program alumnus

Daris Crenshaw, Broadway Performer in The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera, Motown the Musical, Hello Dolly!;  former member of New York City Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, LA Opera, Opéra de Toulon; TV and film credits are The Last Five Years, Rent Live

Heidi Cruz-Austin, Co-Director, DanceSpora Dance Company; faculty at Muhlenberg College, Temple University and University of the Arts; former dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet X

Maurice Brandon Curry, Executive Artistic Director at Eglevsky Ballet; former dancer with Carolina Ballet, Kaleidoscope Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and DancEllington

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, Director of Company Operations, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Program Manager of PNB's Next Step Choreographer Showcase; Resident Choreographer, Ballet Arkansas; former soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet

Robyn Gardenhire, Founder and Artistic Director, City Ballet of Los Angeles; former dancer with Cleveland Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The White Oak Dance Project, Karole 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, The Cleveland Ballet

Craig Hall, Ballet Master, New York City Ballet and faculty member, School of American Ballet; former New York City Ballet soloist

Francesca Harper, Artistic Director, The Francesca Harper Project, Artistic Director of the Movement Invention Project, Choreographer; former principal dancer with Ballet Frankfurt and member of Dance Theatre of Harlem; former Broadway performer in Fosse, The Producers, The Color Purple

Gen Horiuchi, Executive and Artistic Director of Saint Louis Ballet; former New York City Ballet principal

Aaron Jackson, Faculty member, The Washington Ballet School and The Dance Institute of Washington; former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Washington Ballet

Damien Johnson, Faculty member, The Washington Ballet; former Senior Artist with Ballet Black

Jermel Johnson, Principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet

Andrea Long-Naidu, Faculty member, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet; SAB’s 2017-2018 Ford Foundation Visiting Faculty Chair; former principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and New York City Ballet corps member

Joseph Malbrough, Lecturer in Dance, Purchase College and faculty member, Ballet Academy East; former principal dancer with Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and L'Opera de Lausanne, Switzerland

Steven Melendez, The Hiland Artistic Director at NDI New Mexico; former principal dancer with New York Theatre Ballet, former principal dancer with The Vanemuine Theater, Estonia and international guest artist

Monique Meunier, Assistant Professor of Ballet, University of California Santa Barbara and Balanchine Repetiteur; former Ballet Master and Director of Trainee Program at The Washington Ballet; former New York City Ballet principal

Renee Robinson, Freelance Artist; Lecturer Theatre Studies, Yale University; former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Henry Seth, Freelance Artist, Ballet Instructor, and Coach; former New York City Ballet corps member

Margaret Severin-Hansen, Principal Dancer and Founding Member of Carolina Ballet, Artistic Director of the Ruth S. Shur Summer Intensive, Assistant Director at the Triangle Academy of Cary, N.C., faculty member School of Carolina Ballet

Leyland Simmons, Ballet Instructor and Resident Choreographer at Harlem School for the Arts; Choreographer; former dancer with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Ailey II

Eric Underwood, Movement Director and Choreographer; Model with Purple and Elite Models; former soloist with The Royal Ballet