Dancewave Staff

Diane Jacobowitz

Founder, Executive & Artistic Director Emeritus

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…

Nicole Touzien

Executive Director

Nicole Touzien is a lifelong arts advocate excited to usher Dancewave into its next 25 years of service. For the past ten years, she has worked to advance the mission of renowned NYC nonprofit organizations charged with stewarding open green spaces, promoting youth development and championing arts education. Read more…

Sindy Folgar-Llumipanta

Director of Community Programs & Partnerships

Sindy Folgar is a native of Guatemala where she began her studies receiving a BA from Escuela Nacional de Danza. She received a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Ms. Folgar holds an MA degree in Dance Education, Teaching Dance in the Professions The American Ballet Theater Pedagogy from New York University. Read more…

Kristen Stout

Director of Education & Operations

Kristen received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Performance studies with minors in Business and Psychology from Roger Williams University. Shortly after receiving her degree she came to Brooklyn and found Dancewave! Read more…

Phoebe DeVincenzi

Manager of Education, Inclusion and Equity

Phoebe is a New York City native and has been dancing since the age of 4. For the past five years Phoebe has been working in art education as both an educator and administrator. She has worked in the public schools as a teaching artist, Read more…

Aliya Perry

Special Events Director and Development Coordinator

Aliya Perry received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance & Theater from Manhattanville College. Since she was young, Aliya has dedicated her life to entertaining and inspiring others through events and dance. Read more…

Leigh Lotocki

Director of Marketing & Communications

Passionate about connecting people, Leigh works across communications and performing arts management between the Midwest and NYC. Her background includes dance/theater performance and choreography, visual design, production, sculpture, and large-scale puppetry.

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Kalinda Santor

Operations Manager

Kalinda is a professional arts manager and dance artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in Nothern Vermont, Kalinda started studying dance at the age of seven. Read more…

Casey Venturelli

Schools & Community Programs Coordinator

Casey graduated with honors from Pitzer College with a degree in Dance and Sociology. She has a long history in dance and art education, beginning with her first ballet class at age three.  Read more…

Morgan Jacoby

Production & Company Manager

Originally from Pennsylvania, Morgan started studying dance at a young age and quickly discovered it was more than a hobby, but a passion. She continued to explore her interest in college Read more…

Janelle Barclay

Office Assistant

Janelle is a native Brooklynite (born and raised with a sprinkle of Queens). Janelle started dancing at 3 years old, in Queens NY. She met Diane Jacobowitz as a junior at Benjamin N Cardozo High School, Read more…