Dance/NYC announces that Alejandra Duque Cifuentes will step aside as Executive Director of Dance/NYC as she shifts into a new role as the organization’s Strategy and Research Consultant, effective January 1, 2023. An experienced interim leadership team will continue to advance Dance/NYC's important operational and programmatic work while the organization’s Board of Directors simultaneously establishes a Strategic Leadership Committee responsible for assessing and identifying a new bespoke leadership model for the organization.
Dance/NYC’s goal is to establish a new paradigm of more democratic and collectively-driven leadership–one that distributes decision-making and representational responsibilities to engender sustainable, creative, and responsive engagement with the dance field. In doing so, it aims to center wellness as a manifestation of its values of justice, equity and inclusion in order to embody the change-making it advocates for in the field—a goal born out of its work with Liberation-Based Therapy, spearheaded by artist, cultural worker and licensed therapist Tanisha Sabine Christie MA LCSW. To support these efforts, Ms. Duque Cifuentes will advise the interim leadership team, support the organization in memorializing its processes, and continue to lead the Dance Industry Census through its completion in her role as Strategy and Research Consultant.
After joining Dance/NYC in 2015 as a part-time temporary employee, Ms. Duque Cifuentes rose in its ranks to then helm the organization through unprecedented times. In her 7-year tenure, she led Dance/NYC through a pandemic that impacted the performing arts like no other sector, where she led the distribution of over $1.55 million in relief support to the dance community. Internally, she doubled the organization’s budget and increased the staffing infrastructure while creating wage and salary standards for its workers for the first time in the organization’s history. Externally, she led the creation of the organization’s justice, equity, and inclusion initiatives, expanded the reach of its annual Symposium, distributed over $5.45 million in financial support to the field through Dance/NYC’s ongoing grantmaking programs, and launched its groundbreaking Dance Industry Census and Dance. Workforce. Resilience. Initiative aimed at addressing economic inequity in the sector. She emerged as a significant advocate for the dance industry, launching the #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers campaign in 2020, ensuring that dance had a seat at every table where decisions about its workforce were being made.