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Creative Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Meet our team of local dance educators who are working across sectors in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region of New York State to bring opportunities for young dancemakers to share work, be inspired and build community.


Teaching Artist

Souleymane Badolo

Assistant Professor of Dance, Bard College



Leighann Kowalsky

Co-Artistic Director, Dutchess School of Performing Arts

Dutchess County

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Organizer/Teaching Artist

Jessie Levey

Director Barefoot Dance Center

Ulster County

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Organizer/Teaching Artist

Judith Nelson

Dance Educator/Artist, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park

Dutchess County

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Organizer/Teaching Artist

Omonike Akinyemi

Artistic Director, Image Quilt Cinema & Dance Theater

Montgomery County


Teaching Artist

Leslie Partridge Sachs

Visiting Professor, Vassar College

Dutchess County

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Sandi Stratton-Gonzalez

Manager, Arnhold Support Programs, NYCDoE & NYSDEA Liaison

Dutchess County



Sarah Billings Wheeler

Artist, Dance Educator

Principal, SaBil Dance Productions LLC

Dutchess County

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