2024 National Dance Project Advisor Cohort

Indira is a Black woman in a bright blue blouse. She poses in front of city buildings.
Senior Program Director, Dance

The National Dance Project (NDP) Team is pleased to share the 2024 NDP Production Grant Advisor Cohort. 

The NDP Production Grant is an annual grant opportunity that provides support for the creation/development and U.S. touring/sharing of 20 new dance projects. Each year, grantees are selected via a two-stage application process where a cohort of Advisors* assess and evaluate project submissions based on program criteria. 

Comprised of 12 individuals representing various aspects of the dance ecology, the NDP Advisors collectively seek to select projects that represent the fullness of our field as exemplified through NEFA’s values, including how artists/companies/collectives choose to enhance or subvert dance forms and aesthetics, life experiences, career stages, geography, and more. They serve one-to-three-year terms and engage in rigorous dialogue through the grant panel review meetings and policy discussions that support the advancement of the program’s design, grantmaking processes, and field impact. We remain appreciative for the hard work and care they will exude as part of their decision-making and efforts to equitably steward this funding. 

*Selection of NDP Advisors considers geography, gender, cultural and racial equity, and includes new and established leaders in the field.

In 2024, NDP welcomes five new Advisors:

  • Ben Johnson (Ben John-son)
    Director, Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs – City of Minneapolis
    Land of the Dakhóta Oyáte and Ojibwe People (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Megan Kiskaddon (Meg-an Kis-kad-din)
    Executive Director, On the Boards
    Land of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe (Dkhw Duw’Absh) (Seattle, WA)
  • Michael Reed (MY-kuhl r-EE-d)
    Senior Director of Programs and Organizational Initiatives, ASU Gammage
    Land of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh Peoples (Tempe, AZ)
  • Māhealani Uchiyama (Mah-hay-yah-lah-knee  Ooch-chee-yah-mah) 
    Kumu Hula, Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine; Director, Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance
    Member, The Recording Academy & Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts; 
    Co-Artistic Director Emerita, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
    Land of the Chichenyo People (Oakland, CA) & Land of the Kanaka Maoli People (Honolulu, O’ahu Hawaiʻi) 
  • Daria Yudacufski (Dah-ree-uh You-duh-kuf-skee)
    Executive Director, USC Visions and Voices
    Land of the Tongva and Chumash Peoples (Los Angeles, CA)

We are delighted for the continued service of seven returning NDP Advisors:

  • Jerron Herman (Jerr-on Her-man)
    Land of the Lenape People (New York, NY)
  • Marisa Hollingsworth (Ma-risa Hall-ings-worth)
    Executive and Artistic Director, Presenting Denver
    Land of the Utes, Cheyennes, and Arapahoes Peoples (Denver, CO)
  • Germaine Ingram (Ger-may-ne In-gram) 
    Dance/Vocal Improviser, Choreographer, Cultural Strategist, Writer
    Land of Lenni-Lenape People (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Lori N. Jones (Lor-ri Jones)
    Director of Programming and Operations, Quick Center for the Arts
    Land of the Paugussett People (Fairfield, CT)
  • Tariq Darrell O’Meally (Ta-reek O Meal-ee)
    Director, BlackLight Summit
    Land of the Piscataway People (College Park, MD)
  • Heena Patel (He-na Pa-tell)
    Producer, Coach, Performing Artist; MELA Arts Connect / Heena Connects
    Land of the Anikituwagi People (Asheville, NC)
  • Tamara "Fákémi" Williams (Tam-ah-ra Will-e-ams )
    Founder and Artistic Director, Moving Spirits Inc. & Associate Professor, UNC Charlotte 
    Land of the Catawba, Sugaree, Cherokee, Coharie and Lumbee Peoples (Charlotte, NC) & Tupi-Guarani People (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil)

Lastly, we extend a special thank you to our outgoing Advisors whose contributions have been invaluable to the advancement of our program:

  • Michele Kumi Baer 
    She/Her/Hers and They/Them
    Cultural New Deal and Kumi Cultural
    Land of the Tongva People (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Kristen Brogdon 
    Director, Artistic & Community Programs, University of Minnesota - Northrop 
    Land of the Wahpekute and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Peoples (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Patrick Makuakāne
    Choreographer, Dancer, Director, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu 
    Land of the Ramaytush, Ohlone, and Muwekma Peoples (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ali Rosa-Salas 
    Vice President of Visual and Performing Arts, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement & Associate Curator, Jacob’s Pillow 
    Land of the Munsee Lenape People (New York, NY) & Land of the Mohican People (Becket, MA)
  • Judith Smith 
    Founder, AXIS Dance Company 
    Land of the Ohlone, Muwekma, and Chochenyo Peoples (Oakland, CA)

Please Note: Native Land Acknowledgements have been provided by Advisors based on their location. Additional support has been provided by native-land.ca. The website strives to represent nations and Indigenous people on their own terms and recognizes that the map is a work-in-progress that relies on contributions from the community to fix any errors.

National Dance Project Advisors

Black and white photo of Jerron as he crouches against a cracked brick wall, both arms laying to his side.

Jerron Herman

(Jerr-on Her-man)
An African American woman with brown skin, long straight black hair, smiling, holding my arm, wearing a pink dress with black lace on the shoulders.

Marisa Hollingsworth

Germaine smiles and wears a light pink headwrap.

Germaine Ingram

A black and white photo of a white man of mixed Euro-heritage, beard, bald head, and glasses. He is wearing a black shirt, and he is touching his chin with a big smile.

Ben Johnson

(Ben John-son)
Lori has shoulder length blonde hair and wears a black sweater. She poses by some trees.

Lori N. Jones

(Lor-ri Jones)
Color photograph of a white woman, early 40s, with short curly red hair, tortoiseshell glasses, and orange necklace. Pictured from chest up, standing with folded arms inside a denim jacket, against a blurry background of green foliage.

Megan Kiskaddon

(Meg-an Kis-kad-din)
Tariq is a Black man in a white sleeveless shirt. He has a sleeve of tattoos and torn black jeans. He poses in front of a purple velvet fabric.

Tariq Darrell O'Meally

(Ta-reek O Meal-ee)
Heena is a brown woman with jaw-length wavy black hair. She wears a whtie tank top in front of a colorful mural.

Heena Patel

(He-na Pa-tell)
Michael is a middle-aged white man with grey hair wearing a blue blazer and open white collared shirt standing in front of a wall of white jasmine.

Michael Reed

(MY-kuhl r-EE-d)
African woman with locked hair wearing a blue dress and black pearl necklace.

Māhealani Uchiyama

(Mah-hay-yah-lah-knee  Ooch-chee-yah-mah)
Tamara is a Black woman in a red beret.  She wears big hoop earrings and poses in front of bright red painted bricks.

Tamara "Fákémi" Williams

(Tam-ah-ra Will-e-ams)
A cis woman who is half Japanese and half white. She has a grey bob and is wearing a multi-colored dress.

Daria Yudacufski

(Dah-ree-uh You-duh-kuf-skee)

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