STAFF and BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ERICA RUBEN, Executive Director
For 10 years Erica was the Executive Producer of Central Park SummerStage where she launched a dance commission program, global culture education and electronic music series. She produced hundreds of free public programs featuring modern and street dance forms, American and world music, opera, performance art, spoken word and children’s programs to millions of New Yorkers. After SummerStage, Erica produced a multi award-winning nightclub party Deep Space, for 16 years which brought together dj’s, live musicians, poets and dancers in a unique format. Erica is also Director of Club Culture Foundation, a new foundation in support of house music, dance and culture. She has lectured extensively worldwide, and recently completed a certificate in Creative Placemaking, with a focus on NYC’s nightlife. She has a BA with honors from Vassar College with a major in Film/Drama.
Terry "Cebo" Carr, Rehearsal Director, It's Showtime NYC!
KESTER 'FLEXX' ESTEPHANE,
Associate Artistic Director, It's Showtime NYC!
Kester ‘Flexx' Estephane joined Its Showtime NYC! in 2015 as a dancer, and choreographed the first group piece for the Dance NYC symposium in March 2016. Since then he has supported other members of It’s Showtime NYC! in creating new work.
He has worked as a dancer with cinematographers Brandon Bloch and Tim Sessler on the short film experience Erosion, co-established his own company Stylz Enuff Dance Crew, and has performed at Brooklyn Museum, Raw Natural Born Artist and Underground Concert Series, NYC Supreme Courthouse, Mark Morris Dance Center, Summerstage, El Museo del Barrio and the Invisible Dog Arts Center. He began teaching children ages 8-12 at the Friends of Crown Heights daycare center in 2009 leading the choreography of their afterschool and summer camp performances, and continues to develop his teaching as an assistant at Mark Morris Dance Center.
RHEA 'WIILDKARD' NANCE, Associate Administrative Director
It's Showtime NYC!
Rhea 'Wiildkard' Nance grew up in the City of Chicago where she attended school and began her foundation in dance styles such as Boogaloo, Chicago house and Juke. Using her spare time at home mostly mocking her idol Micheal Jackson, Wiildkard taught herself for hours a day. When Wiildkard turned 19, she decided to take her dreams of becoming a skilled dancer and an Engineer major to New York. While in New York she received her Associates, then moved on to study Mechanical Engineering at City Tech. She met a few friends who danced inside the subway stations and soon followed suit. It was with them she learned some B-boy foundation as well as foundations for other New York styles. She used the money to pay her rent and tuition. In 2015 she joined It's Showtime NYC! and hired as Associate Administrative Director in 2017. Wiildkard is a great asset to the program supporting street dancers like herself in developing their dance and professional skills. She continues to build on her style as she aims toward becoming a well rounded Allstyles dancer and seeks opportunities for major level Battles to gain a name in The Big City...
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Victoria Rosenwald, Acting President & Treasurer, Retired research nurse
Ellen Gesmer, Secretary, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department
Rosa Aliberti, Labor Lawyer, Berke Weiss Law
Samir Hall, Real Estate Sales, Burkesworks Properties
Christina Hayes, Commercial Legal Counsel, Criteo
Dr. Allan Lans, Psychiatrist, Former Psychiatrist for NY Mets
Marcus Logan, Global Marketing Strategist & Cultural Curator
Lamar David Mackson, Executive Producer, Nonstop Show Group, LLC., CEO, Queen City Film & Television Workshop
Geri Palast, Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor, Clinton-Gore Administration
Director of Technology and Cybersecurity, Lamda Legal
President, Thrillseekers Inc.
Erica Ruben, Executive Director, Dancing in the Streets
Mai Le Ho
Jared Fischer, Grantwriter
Lynn Wichern, Financial Advisor
IT'S SHOWTIME NYC! ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD
Founding Director of Dancing in the Streets
Former Executive Director, Dancing in the Streets
Programming Associate, MET Live Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dance Curator at SummerStage NYC, former principal dancer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Choreographer, Rennie Harris PureDance/Visiting Choreographer Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
GEORGE EMILIO SANCHEZ
Performance artist, writer, activist
Elise Bernhardt, Founder, Executive Director, Foundation for Jewish Culture