Ana Fragoso is the Dance Director for the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects. Prior to her current position, Fragoso taught at P.S. 315 for eleven years, a performing arts elementary school in Brooklyn where she created an innovative dance curriculum , and also developed a new dance program at the East Village Community School in Manhattan. Fragoso was also a member of the New York City Department of Education writing committee for the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Dance, co-designed professional development workshops for the department from 2004-14, and served as a faculty member of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) from 2007-14. She has received grants from the Ministry of Culture in Spain and a J. Javits Fellowship award. For five years, she worked as a coach for the Artful Learning Community Grant and as a proctor for the Arts Achieve grant . Originally from Spain, Fragoso holds a BA from Hunter College and an MFA in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College.

Ani Udovicki is a dance teacher and a founding faculty member of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public high school in Astoria, Queens. She has performed with dance companies nationally and internationally, including The Belgrade National Theatre, The Royal Flemish Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Neta Pulvermacher and Dancers, Ohad Naharin Dance Company, and The New York Baroque Dance Company, which she joined in 1991 and continues to work with. Udovicki holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Teachers College and Columbia University.

Michael Anthony Kerr is a dancer, choreographer and educator. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Kerr has been employed with the NYCDOE since 1996. He served on the writing committee of the NYCDOE K-12 Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance and as a city-wide professional development facilitator and course instructor. Starting in 2000, Kerr developed the dance program at New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts,one of ten NYC public middle schools selected as an Exemplary Site for Arts Education. During his tenure there, he also served as Chair of UFT/NYC Dance Educators, as a cooperating teacher for Columbia University Teachers College and NYU, and on the faulty of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) and the Dance Department at the Rutgers Mason School of the Arts and Graduate School of Education. Kerr holds a BA from the SUNY College at Buffalo, an MA from Rutgers, and holds permanent K-12 teacher certification in dance in New York State.

Patricia Dye, has been teaching, advising and directing the Dance Department at Science Skills High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts in Brooklyn for the past 19 years. Dye has presented workshops for the NYC Dept. of Education Region 8 and conferences including NDEO, SDHS, NDA and CORD. For seven years, she was the Artistic Director for the Restoration Dance Theater at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and served as assistant and Dance Captain for Dr. Chuck Davis since 1988. In 1993, Dye became Founder and Artistic Director of Passing Ancestral Knowledge Along Dance Company (PAKA). Her achievements include receiving the UFT Mini-Grants and Capezio Ballet Makers Grant 2006-2014, the Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award 2008, and the first Diana Domoracki-Kisto Award in 2013 from the New York State Dance Educators Association (NYSDE). Ms. Dye has been an influential member of the New York City Department of Dance Education Assessment Team. Originally from St.Croix, Dye holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University and an MA in Dance Education and Performance from NYU.

Catherine Gallant is a dancer, teacher and choreographer whose works have been performed in traditional venues as well as in public spaces. Ms. Gallant is also an expert on the work of Isadora Duncan and performs and teaches internationally. Catherine served on the writing committee of the Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and leads workshops for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) and the NYCDOE. She was the Assistant Director of the 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center from 1994-96 and is now the dance educator at PS 89. Ms.Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.

A celebration – and all the evidence we need – for why the arts are an essential part of education, personal growth, and a civil society.
— Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival