Ana Padron, Founder/President
Ana Padron attended high school at the prestigious New World School of the Arts in Miami, under the direction of Daniel Lewis where she developed her foundation in the study of classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and African dance, choreography, and the science of movement. Ms. Padron continued her education at the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts. In 2004, Ms. Padron was accepted into the Martha Graham Second Dance Company, where she trained with Virginie Mécène, Dudley Williams, Peggy Lyman, Pearl Lang, Linda Hodes, and performed acclaimed roles in Appalachian Spring, Primitive Mysteries, Acts of Light and Serenata Marisca.
In 2015 Ms. Padron co-founded the NYC-based not-for-profit dance company Tango For All, following 12 years of professional touring.
Ms. Padron is committed to promoting the rich history of the Argentine tango in NYC through performance, choreography and teaching.
Michele Sugarman, Vice President
Michele Sugarman is a graduate of Binghamton University, and has worked in the financial services industry for firms including Bankers Trust and Barclays. She also served as a business manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a vice president in the client- facing Institutional Securities Group at Morgan Stanley.
Ms. Sugarman has been a board member for 8 years of another cultural arts non-profit organization. She is an enthusiastic supporter of vernacular partner dance, having performed and competed in a number of competitions and venues. She counts Lindy Hop, Carolina Shag, Salsa, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango among her favorite dances. She is married to Advisory Board Member Alan Sugarman.
Tony Chin, Chairman
Anthony Chin is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry, and specialized in Periodontology at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ (currently Rutgers School of Dental Medicine). Mr. Chin is an active private practice Periodontist since 1994, trains Resident Dentists as an Attending Doctor at Morristown Medical Center, and is an Associate Clinical Professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.
He finds fulfillment donating dental care to children at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, and has been chosen for 5 years to be NJ Top Dentists by his Dental peers. When not focused on “smiles”, he and his wife can be found in the United states, Buenos Aires, and Asia dancing Argentine Tango. “This complex and challenging dance feeds my creativity,” he says.
Diego Blanco, Founder/Executive Director
Diego Blanco is a highly acclaimed performer and choreographer who excels in Argentine tango. He graduated high school from Miami’s distinguished New World School of the Arts and continued his education at the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor’s degree with honors in the Performing Fine Arts under the direction of Daniel Lewis. Mr. Blanco has taught master classes and workshops internationally. He has studied modern dance and collaborated with Jennifer Muller on the choreography for “Passion Fruit,” which premiered at the Dicapo Opera Theater. Mr. Blanco has studied Argentine Tango with Osvaldo Zoto, Los Dinses, Diego di Falco, Carlos Perez and Jorge Nel.
Mr. Blanco was recently Dance captain for Mariella Franganillo Dance Company. He has performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Dance STL Spring to Dance Immersion Festival. He has performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Romulo Larrea Tango Orchestra, the Washington Pan-American Symphony Orchestra, the Eternal Tango Quartet, Brunetti Trio, Giraudo Quartet and Avantango. Mr. Blanco recently completed the Dance St Louis 2015 Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program and was commissioned to choreograph a work for St. Louis’ Central VPA High Schools Performance in the Touhill Performing Arts Center's Spring to Dance 2015 season.
Alan D. Sugarman, Advisor
Alan Sugarman is an attorney, has practiced law in major law firms and corporations and has experience in non-profits, litigation, intellectual property, corporate law, real estate and entertainment law. He is familiar with non-profit accounting and compliance. He also has experience in technology, as a graduate electrical engineer. He was the founder of CD Rom publisher HyperLaw, Inc, a “disrupter” in the 90s of the legal publishing industry. Mr. Sugarman has produced major dance and big band music entertainment events at venues such at Town Hall, Roseland Ballroom, and the Edison Ballroom and owns a record label with two big band CD’s on the label - Zort Music Ltd. Mr. Sugarman is a social dancer; his favorite dances are Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and is married to Board Member Michele Sugarman
ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD
Mr. Lewis a native New Yorker, is perhaps most widely known for his association with the work of Jose Limón. From 1962-74, he danced with the José Limón Dance Company, originating roles in A Choreographic Offering, Legend, Psalm, The Winged, Comedy and The Unsung. In 1975, Mr. Lewis completed the choreography of The Waldstein Sonata, an unfinished work begun by Limón just before his death.
Mr. Lewis joined the dance faculty at Juilliard in 1967 after graduating from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and Juilliard. He was Assistant to the Director of the Dance, Martha Hill, at the Juilliard School between 1984-87. He was also an Adjunct Professor at New York University and a Professor at Amherst College for six years while his company was in residence there.
In 1987, Lewis joined the New World School of the Arts of the Miami Dade College as founding Dean of the Dance Department. He created the dance division's eight-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program that begins in the ninth grade.
As a choreographer, Mr. Lewis has been commissioned to create numerous works for cultural arts foundations, opera companies, performing arts centers, universities and professional dance companies.
He is a President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Dance, has served as a dance panelist on the Fulbright Screening Committee and for the National Endowment for the Arts, dance panelist and adviser to the Canada Council and the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs. Members of the Council of Arts Accrediting Associations (CAAA).
Jennifer Muller, Dance/Choreography Advisor
Jennifer Muller, an influence in the dance world for over 45 years, is known for her visionary approach and innovations in dance/theater, multi-discipline productions incorporating the spoken word, live and commissioned music, artist-inspired decor and unusual production elements. As Artistic Director of The Works, she founded the company in 1974. Over the last 40 years, her vision has led the company to become renowned for its dynamic dance/theater productions, distinctive movement style and technical virtuosity.
Muller has created over 110 pieces, including seven full evening productions. A playwright as well as a choreographer, Muller is recognized as a "seminal influence on dance/theater." Known for her history of notable collaborations, Muller has worked with such artists as Keith Haring, Keith Jarrett, Tom Slaughter, Yoko Ono and, most recently, Julia Kent and has established long-standing collaborative relationships with Burt Alcantara, Jeff Croiter, Karen Small and Marty Beller.
Internationally renowned as a consummate teacher and mentor of creative talent, Muller is one of the only choreographers of her generation to have developed a personalized technique, Muller Polarity Technique, informed by principles drawn from Eastern philosophy. In addition to teaching Muller Polarity Technique worldwide, she has headlined workshops in creativity, collaboration and choreography in France, England, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Argentina and the US.
Creating pieces since age 7, Ms. Muller began dancing professionally at age 15 as a member of the Pearl Lang Dance Company. These formative years were followed by 9 years as Principal Dancer with the José‚ Limon Company [during which she graduated from the Juilliard School] and 7 years as Associate Artistic Director of the Louis Falco Dance Company.