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 15 years which brought together dj’s, live musicians, poets and dancers in a unique format. Currently, Erica is the senior advisor for 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.
MAI LE HO, Program Director, It's Showtime NYC!
Born in France, Mai Lê is an arts educator, dancer, choreographer, and curator who relocated to Brooklyn.
In ’13 she joined Rennie Harris PureMovement, performing and teaching throughout the US (Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, LA Music Center), and abroad (US Cultural Ambassador, Central Africa). She toured Europe with Detroit music producer Theo Parrish in ’14 as a dancer in his band, performing the Worldwide Festival, Barbican, and Sala Apolo.
In ’16 she joined Passion Fruit street dance company, performing at the Apollo Theater, Jacob's Pillow, and Montreal Arts Interculturels.
She has co-produced the USA segment of Juste Debout, one of the biggest street dance competitions in the world.
Her event LayeRhythm: a Jam Session of Music & Dance, created in 2015 in NYC, was featured in the New York Times.
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...
JOEL SCOTT, Consultant, It's Showtime NYC!
Joel Scott is a program consultant for It’s Showtime NYC! where he supports program design, dancer growth, and facilitates forums to develop the program's goals. Joel graduated from Binghamton University with his B.A. in Psychology and Africana Studies in 2003. After graduating he turned his focus towards the classroom where he was a teacher for 12 years. During this time he received his M.S.Ed from Brooklyn College and transitioned from being a classroom teacher to a coach and school leader. Joel is now an Instructional Coach at Turnaround for Children in which he develops school staff in high poverty, high trauma schools across New York and New Jersey. He is also an Education Pioneers alum and serves on the Education Pioneers Eastern Region Alumni Board.
AVIVA DAVIDSON, Counselor, It's Showtime NYC!
Aviva Davidson has an MFA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. From 1998 to 2016 she served as the Executive & Artistic Director of Dancing in the Streets, producing over 35 site-specific works, including Paseo, a traveling celebration of the South Bronx's Latin music history, and established community-based programs such as the Red Hook Initiative, Hip Hop Generation Next, The South Bronx Culture Trail, and It's Showtime NYC.
From 1993 to 1997, Aviva was the Curator of Performing Arts at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, a contemporary arts center in Wisconsin, where she established Connecting Communities, a series of community-based projects with visiting artists. From 1985 to 1993, she was a Producer and Marketing Director at Symphony Space.
Aviva served on the selection committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) as well as several granting panels.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin Wolfe, President, Project Director, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Ellen Gesmer, Secretary, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department
Victoria Rosenwald, Treasurer, Retired research nurse
Christina Hayes, Commercial Legal Counsel, Criteo
Geri Palast, Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor, Clinton-Gore Administration
Dr. Allan Lans, Psychiatrist, Former Psychiatrist for NY Mets
Samir Hall, Real Estate Sales, Burkesworks Properties
Erica Ruben, Executive Director, Dancing in the Streets
Elise Bernhardt, Founder, Executive Director, Foundation for Jewish Culture