Donna Rubin, Interim Executive Director
Donna Rubin graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School and began her professional dance career at the San Antonio Ballet Company. Soon after she joined the National Ballet of Canada under the directorship of Erik Bruhn. As a performer in musical theater, she performed the role of Meg Giry in the original Canadian production ofPhantom of the Opera. Donna first came to New York for the Lincoln Center production of Carousel where she performed in the entire New York run, as well as the national tour. Most recently, capitalizing on the talented musical theater artists in the Bikram Yoga NYC community, Donna has produced cabaret shows as fund-raisers for various organizations, including Dance Films Association.
Donna is also the producer of Curtain Up: Growing up in Dance, a feature-length documentary currently in post-production, which illuminates the experience of dancers who leave their families to pursue rigorous professional training at an early age.
Donna is very excited to be active in the dance world again after 15 years as founder and co-owner of Bikram Yoga NYC, the first Bikram Yoga Studio in Manhattan. Having served on the Board Directors of Dance Films Association for 2 years, she was delighted to assume the role of Interim Executive Director of DFA as of October 2014.
Liz Wolff, Dance on Camera Festival Curator
Liz Wolff has over 20 years of professional experience in the performing arts, starting with a long performing career in dance. Originally from Boston, Liz moved to New York to train with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Paul Taylor Dance Company as a scholarship student. She became a founding member of Cortez & Company [Contemporary Ballet], and moved to Cleveland to be a founding member and principal dancer with Verb Ballets, performing works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons and Heinz Poll. After retiring from performing she returned to New York and continued to work in the arts as Festival Coordinator and Administrative Director for White Wave / John Ryan Theater in DUMBO. She was in charge of festival planning and development including initial review and selection of artists, coordination of rehearsal and production schedules, and management of production staff for the organization’s three annual festivals. In 2007, Liz moved into the film business, first in domestic distribution at The Weinstein Company, and then in the position of Head of Theatrical Sales for Oscilloscope Laboratories. Moving to the exhibitor’s side of the film distribution business she currently works for Bow Tie Partners, parent company of Bow Tie Cinemas. Liz became the co-curator for the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in the summer 2012, and is also co-founded and producer the Cape Dance Festival, an altruistic concert dance event in Provincetown, MA.
Brighid Greene, Director of Communications and Programming
Brighid Greene made her way from California to New York to attend Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in dance, a double major in Religious Studies, and as recipient of the J.S. Seidman Award. Brighid facilitates the exhibition and creation of dance film from the perspective of a dance artist with a focus on education through presentation. In her performance career, she’s performed in series such as Performa, Prelude NYC, Catch!, and Under the Radar and works with Katie Rose McLaughlin and ANIMALS Performance Group. Currently she performs in Then She Fell, the Bessie Award winning and critically acclaimed immersive dance theater production by Third Rail Projects and also sings and dances with the Brooklyn band Friend Roulette. She champions for dance by serving on the Dance NYC Junior Committee. More about her other projects- brighidgreene.com
Opportunities with DFA
DFA is growing, taking big steps in both programming and organization development and seeks fellows and interns at different times of the year. If you’re thinking about a career in dance filmmaking, program management, or arts administration, we’d love for you to join our team. DFA works with various schools including NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department to coordinate more extensive fellowships. Contact us if you are interested in participating in this kind of program.
Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Working with DFA”
- Recent college graduate or currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Attention to detail and discrepancy.
- Ability to multi-task.
- Interest in dance film.
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Commitment to 10hrs/week.
- Work in the office one day a week.
- Attend and assist events
While these are unpaid internships, DFA is happy to offer course credit if the applicant is a student at an accredited college/university or a travel stipend for this position. Also certain member benefits are available to interns and interns may attend events and workshops at no cost.
The Development Intern will work closely with DFA Staff to implement sponsorship and branding opportunities through DFA programs, compile information for grant proposals and develop an efficient work flow. He/She will be expected to grow a working list of corporations and foundations in NYC who could potentially fund dance film. He/She will review DFA archives of the past years in order to outreach to possible international funders as well as collaborate with also work with Executive Director to produce ideas/projects/programs for submission to foundation and corporate prospects. Prepare draft grant proposals and solicitation letters. He/She will assist with management of annual fundraising events by attending planning meetings; take and distribute minutes, keep record of invitation responses on Excel spreadsheet, and attending event – help w/ set-up, check-in attendees. In addition, they will be requested to document DFA events and programs on occasion. This position begins asap and continues through the end of the semester with the possibility of an extension.
The Archive Intern will work closely with DFA Staff to oversee the organization of and research surrounding our dance film archive. Duties will include cross-referencing databases alongside our physical collection as well as streamlining the collection, noting duplicates and missing items. Additional duties will include analyzing various spreadsheets containing information from multiple archive collections and strategizing ways in which the archive can become public.
The Outreach Intern will work closely with DFA Staff to implement DFA’s branding and marketing campaign, develop targeted outreach, and maintain communications with various stakeholders. Duties include disseminating DFA’s marketing package to appropriate organizations and businesses, managing advertising sales both on our website and in the Dance on Camera program, and researching likely partner or programmatic organizations. Additionally, the Outreach Intern with help organize DFA’s annual gala benefit event by maintaining invitation lists and ticket sales. Other duties include maximizing the use of outside social media platforms such as Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter and developing a communications schedule.
The Technical Intern will work closely with the DFA Staff to digitize our dance film collection, regulate print traffic for various events, implement DFA’s branding and marketing campaign through digital content, and develop an efficient work flows. The intern will be responsible for creating single video files for programs that may have short films with various files in various formats so they must have experience with file formats, codecs and aspect ratios. He/She will be expected generate promo videos and design fliers and branded material for DFA events. He/she will also log footage and assemble relevant metadata for each film in DFA’s catalogue. In addition, they will be requested to document DFA events and programs on occasion.
Mary John Frank, Media Fellow
Mary John is a New York based choreographer and filmmaker. She creates and shoots dance for commercials, music videos, the web, and mixed media stage works. Mary John has a Master’s in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received the Dance Video Award, providing her with a full year’s scholarship to the program. She is currently a Media Fellow for the Dance Films Association and has directed and choreographed web content for companies including New York City Ballet, American Apparel, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Sony. Prior to living in New York, Mary John spent seven years working in film production in Los Angeles at studios including Paramount Vantage, Lionsgate, Miramax, and Warner Bros. She is now combining her two favorite art forms, dance and film, and has recently created her own company, Reel Dance. Please visit her website to learn more www.maryjohnfrank.com.
Jessica Mantell, Archive Fellow
Jessica Mantell, born and raised in New Jersey, is an Archive Fellow with Dance Films Association by way of the Tisch Dance and New Media Program at New York University. She graduates this May with her BFA in Dance from Tisch, where she received the Dance Alumni Association Scholarship. Last fall, the Dance and New Media program re-introduced Jessica to the world of Dance Film, a long-time love of hers. While attending the Academy for Visual & Performing Arts High School in Denville, New Jersey, Jessica was exposed to a world of dance, theater, and multimedia, and was immediately infatuated. She worked closely with fellow students on various multimedia projects and even spearheaded one of her own. From then on, she has made it a point to revisit film as it relates to dance among her other passions, bringing her here, to Dance Films Association!
Erin Crawley-Woods, Education Fellow
Erin Crawley-Woods is currently an MFA Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland- College Park. Most recently she created Visible Seams, a site-specific sound/dance/video installation for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. From 2007-2011 she was a Repertory Company member and Director of Community Outreach at Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During that time she created arts integration curriculum guides, coordinated community dance projects and managed the on-going development of Keshet’s nationally recognized Outreach Dance Program for Incarcerated Youth. In addition, she has taught creative movement for young children, pre-professional dance training for teens and physically integrated dance for all ages. Prior to relocating to New Mexico, Erin lived and worked in New York City where from 2002-2005, she was company manager for PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER. She has performed in the US and abroad with the Nancy Meehan Dance Company, Leslie Satin & Dancers, Sara Rudner & Company, Anneke Hansen Dance, and Australian choreographer Russell Dumas. Erin received her B.A. in theatre, dance and French from Sarah Lawrence College in 2001.
Nathalie Duran was born in Cali, Colombia but transplanted to the United States a few years ago. She graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design from the Universidad Autonoma de Manizales. After years of working for several design firms she became motivated to get involved in Media Production. She decided to continue her formal education and enrolled in the Television and Film Production program at Savannah College of Art and Design. After two competitive internships with Cartoon Network and TNT in Atlanta, GA she began a full-time position as a Production Coordinator working in live events such as the Grammys, The Academy Awards and the Emmys. Interested in pushing her boundaries of media and video production, Nathalie moved to New York City in 2012 where she continues working in the world of production as well as following her passion on creating her own dance film production company with her long time friend Anna Leppäjoki.
Matthew Jones is a senior at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is studying Psychology and Visual Media Studies and plans to pursue a career in dance, filmmaking, or a combination of the two after graduation. He grew up studying a variety of dance styles from Contemporary, to Tap, to Hip-Hop, and he has worked with many big names in the dance industry including: Peter Chu, Lauren Adams, Mandy Moore, Joe Lanteri, Justin Giles, and many others. Matthew hopes to use this experience with Dance Films Association as a stepping-stone for future endeavors in the dance film industry.
Yuki Akiyama is a native of Kawagoe, Japan. After studying in Australia for two years, she came to New York where she first saw contemporary dance performances which moved her deeply with its power. She studied film/video art at Mass college of Art and Design, graduating with Departmental Honor Award. Yuki has been collaborating with contemporary dancers creating dance films and video installations since her college period. She has moved back to New York getting involved in experimental film and video community to further pursue her love of film/video art, media, and dance.
Jeremie Gluckman is a Junior at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. He has been studying dance since early childhood and learned a variety of forms over the years ranging from Ballet to Indian Classical as well as Modern Dance, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. In addition to his intern position at the Dance Films Association, Jeremie is currently studying economics and finance accompanied by film and dance in university.
Kristina Donello is a Brooklyn based dance artist, choreographer, producer and arts administrator. She believes the future of dance lies at the intersection of film and movement practices. Recently her studies began to combine the exploration and relationship of dance on camera. Kristina’s debut as both director and dancer for her dance film “Somersaults and Sleeping Ladies” was selected for presentation at The Historic Anthology Film Archives for the New Filmmakers festival. Her work has been chosen as a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York, a Vimeo staff pick, and featured on VH1. Along with creating works, she continues to perform and collaborate, dancing in music videos and performing live dance works. Kristina is a graduate from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts and received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. For more information visit www.kristinadonello.com
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Olivia Orthof , Brazilian, has been surrounded by art for her entire life. Finishing her degree in Dance, recently was awarded with a full scholarship from the government to study abroad in NYU this year (Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, CAPES/CNPq). She has been a tap dancer for 11 years now and teaches the technique to all ages back in Brasília, Brazil. During this summer, she was also an intern at Pole Pressure in Washington D.C. . In the university, participated in many research groups as: Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Art guided by PhD Marcia Almeida; Contacts and Affections with professor Diego Pizarro; Inclusive Education with PhD Helen Daneres; and Improvisation and Image with PhD Sabrina Cunha, where the group had the honor to be one of the 17 artists selected around the world to perform in “Coming Back Home” International Art Collective (Italy, September 2012). For the past years has been in love with Dance on Camera and started experimenting her own projects. Because of these first videos, Olivia was invited to participate and be a panelist at the Artistic Residence Little Creatures organized by Laura Virginia and also had a repercussion in many national films festivals.
Koketso Ramano, born in 1989 May 18 in Gauteng Pretoria South Africa. Raised by a single mother Tryphosa Ramano, she has 2 siblings who are still studying. Attended Queen’s high School till 2007 where I got my high school degree. Graduated in Producing at the South African school of motion pictures and live performances in Cape Town South Africa in 2011. My short student film was, nominated for best Student film at AFDA won best Student film at AFDA 2011. Interned at light and Dark Films as a personal Assistant. In 2011 her short film “Monster Within” was selected the Berlin film festival. Koketso came to New York City in September 2012 to further my study in the film industry and graduated from New York Film Academy in May 24 2013 and was then given an opportunity to be a communication intern at the Dance Film Association.