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.
Cal Hunt, Program Director, It's Showtime NYC!
Brooklyn born Calvin “Cal” Hunt began dancing at age 5 and has been practicing flexN for 15 years. During his early years as a dancer, Cal performed on the subways but dreamed of moving from the trains to the planes. As a teen, he immersed himself in flexN and learned the culture, mindset and essence of the flexN style from OG’s and pioneers includuding Reggie Roc, Jay Donn, Gutta, Kareem Baptiste, Shaneequewa Samuels, Bryan, Storyboard P, Vibez and Deidra Braz. Over the years, Cal has been competing, winning battles, and performing with the street dance platform Battlefest, owned by Kareem Baptiste. In 2015 Cal performed at the Park Avenue Armory with the flexN dance company Dream Ring, and then toured the world with the company. In 2017 he worked with the Shed in a teaching artist partnership where he instructed students all over NYC, teaching dance and conflict prevention through the arts. Cal trained further as a teaching artist at the National Dance Institute, Lincoln Center Summer Forum, and at 92nd Street Y with Dr. Martha Eddy. He continues to teach private and group classes at notable dance studios. As a dancer, Cal has performed with Wu Tang Clan at Radio City Music Hall, and as a dancer/talent producer for music videos with Lous and Yakuza. In 2019 Cal was honored, at the high recommendation of his mentor Peter Sellars, to perform and choreograph at the Opera National De Paris, resulting in a Cesar Award nominated documentary. During COVID, Cal brought his vision for creating programs to the French Institute Alliance Francaise, in New York, where he created a dance program for young street dancers utilizing the Institute’s theater space.
Alain "Hurrikane" Lauture, Artistic Director, It's Showtime NYC!
It’s Showtime NYC’s first Artistic Director, Alain “Hurrikane” Lauture, born in Haiti, is a self taught street dancer, who has risen in ranks at an alarming pace. In his early career Alain and his partner Firelock brought their street shows to Asia and Europe, as well as NYC streets and subways. Landing a coveted spot in Rhapsody James’ Motivating Excellence, a rigorous and elite professional dance training program, Alain’s passion for choreography was ignited. Now widely known in the underground scene for his spontaneous freestyle as a "Locker”, and his versatility as a house, popping, hip hop, dancehall, flexing, breaking, freestyle, and street jazz. dancer, he has been granted champion awards at 20+ competitions & battles worldwide including "Juste Debout 2011" and “Locking Forever” during Amsterdam’s Summer Dance Forever Festival 2017 and 2018. He has travelled to 19+ countries in Asia, Africa and Europe where he continues to regularly judge prestigious battles and offer workshops. His performances have brought him onto the stages and videos of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Sam Smith, and Bow Wow, from Lincoln Center to MTV.
Cal Hunt, Program Director, It's Showtime NYC!
Managing Director, It's Showtime NYC!
Kentuckian Coleman, former subway busker, mentors for the UPA (Underground Producers Alliance) as Ambassador of New York City Underground Nightlife Culture. At Output (Brooklyn), Coleman Assisted the Director of Operations where she liaised with event promoters, and managed the Box Office/Ticketing staff. Coleman studied art at Parsons School of Design, and graduated from The Grace Institute Administrative Professional Program. Her musical compositions have been featured in The Esopus Reader, Sundance Award winning film 'Pariah" (USA), and documentary "Fireflies" (Austria). She was awarded a fellowship with The Brooklyn Public Library workshop "Hear Me Out" (UnionDocs/ BKLYN Incubator) where she created the podcast "My Beloved Brooklyn".
Coleman has performed at The Snug Harbor Porch Plays Festival, and Figment NYC After Dark (The Newhouse Center). She has toured on guitar with The Slits, performed/recorded vocals with Mad Professor and Death Comet Crew (feat. Rammellzee), and fronts political punk group The 1865 (Mass Appeal Records). The 1865 have performed at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art , Afropunk Festival (Brooklyn), Hoodies for the Homeless at Irving Plaza (NYC), PunkBlack (Atlanta), and Lincoln Center New Stages.
RHEA 'WIILDKARD' NANCE, Associate Administrative Director
It's Showtime NYC!
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
Sean Cottman, Director of Technology and Cybersecurity, Lamda Legal, President, Thrillseekers Inc.
Erica Ruben, Executive Director, Dancing in the Streets
Mai Le Ho Johnson
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