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Grace Protos

Treasurer

Grace Cosachov Protos is the Executive Director for the Office of Work Life at New York University, where she is launching a department that will help NYU become an employer of choice. Her role will include creating supportive resources and programs for faculty and staff Read more…

Sabrina LeBlanc

Vice-Chair
Ms. LeBlanc spent more than 14 years helping millions of people lose weight at Weight Watchers. She was part of the team that founded WeightWatchers.com, establishing one of the Internet’s first and most successful subscription-model businesses. She was also a driving force behind many new products and services that combined the latest scientific research with consumer insights. Prior to Weight Watchers, she worked in equity research. Read more…

Grace R. Freedman, PhD

Chair
Dr. Freedman is a long-time Brooklyn resident and community advocate, committed to improving arts, dance, educational opportunities for Brooklyn’s youth. Her family has been part of Dancewave for over ten years, her older daughter recently graduated from Dancewave Company I and her younger daughter currently dances in Dancewave Company III and Young Performers Ballet Ensemble. Read more…

Saundra Thomas

Chair Emeritus
Ms. Thomas, former Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV is a media,community affairs and board consultant with more than 30 years experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Ms.Thomas has held several roles as member and board chair of non-profit organizations throughout the tri-state and was a recent candidate for City Council in Brooklyn. Read more…

Lusheena Warner

Lusheena is the inaugural Managing Director at Dancewave. In partnership with the Executive/Artistic Director, she is charged with implementing Dancewave’s strategic plan, providing oversight of the organization’s annual budget and operations, leading fundraising initiatives, and managing the construction of the new Dancewave Center in Gowanus. Read more…

Diane Jacobowitz

Executive & Artistic Director
Diane Jacobowitz (BFA, Ohio State University; MFA, Connecticut College) has a distinguished career in performing, choreography and arts administration. She has taught dance to youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds for 26 years at numerous institutions. Read more…

Janelle Barry

School at Dancewave ○ Ballet
Janelle Barry earned her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. She has performed works by Bella Lewitsky, Nakul Dev Mahajan, and Mike Esperanza, as well as performed with Backhausdance, I KADA Contemporary Dance Company, the Czech-American Marionette Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, and with Mark Morris Dance Group. Read more…

Spring Season

Summer Offerings

Youth Leadership Council

YLC Takeover: June 2
Join the YLC at these youth-organized events! Open to all!

12:30-1:30pm Youth Dance Expanse
JJ Byrne Park (5th Ave between 3rd and 4th Streets)
Seize the opportunity to make change in your community and to enjoy dance games with the kids in your neighborhood.

2:00-3:00pm Project G
Dancewave (45 4th Ave at Dean Street)
Ever wanted to know more about gentrification, why it happens, and how the community feels about it? The YLC will take you on a tour of gentrification in Harlem, Gowanus, and Flatbush through presentations, discussions and activities. Bring a friend!