Our annual fundraiser is a lively dance party and silent auction. We present a Lifetime Achievement Award to an “Educational Visionary” who “has promoted innovation in education through the arts.” Our students from a local public school perform a group dance and their parents and families are invited to attend. Dance for Dance is the culmination of a week-long MoveUP! Dance Festival. Recent “Educational Visionary” Awardees have included Deborah Jowitt, Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane, Maxine Greene, and Judith Malina. View highlights from past years of Dance for Dance.



This year’s “Education Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Patricia Aulestia for her widespread influence on generations of dancers and dance enthusiast.

Born in Quito, Ecuador and now a Mexican citizen, Ms. Aulestia has been an innovator in the dance community no matter where she goes. Taking on many roles, Ms. Aulestia has founded, directed, choreographed for, and danced in a variety of dance companies and organizations. During her career, Ms. Aulestia has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ministry of Education of Ecuador, the Diploma and Medal for Artists Merit in Dance by the Brazilian Council of Dance, A Life in Dance honor from the INBA (Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts), and an award for the Best CIAD (Conferación Interamericana de la Danza) Distinctness, in Buenos Aires.                                                                 

Honorary Committee:
Cardiela Amezcua, Stage Arts Production Program Director, Universidad Contemporánea de las Américas, Morelia, Mexico
Isabel Beteta de Cou, Dancer, Choreographer & Director, Los Talleres Cultural Center and Nemian Dance Company, Coyoacán, Mexico
Jonah Bokaer, Choreographer & Media Artist
Sally Brody, Painter
Brad Burgess, Artistic Director, The Living Theater
Molissa Fenley, Director of Molissa Fenley and Company
Polly Ferman, Uruguayan-American Pianist, creator and director of GlamourTango
Joan Finkelstein, Executive Director, Harkness Foundation for Dance
Cecilia Lugo, Artistic Director, Danza Capital & General Director, Contempodanza, Mexico City, Mexico
Cathleen K.B. Gruen, Artist & Art Educator
John F. Gruen, Creative Director
Karen Hildebrand, Vice President–Editorial, DanceMedia & Editor in Chief, Dance Teacher
David King, Writer
Phyllis Lamhut, Choreographer, Educator
Jennifer Muller, Artistic Director, Jennifer Muller/The Works
Jody Oberfelder, director, choreographer, and filmmaker
Ann Reinking, Tony Award-winning Choreographer, Chicago; Director and Broadway Principal
Jane Rigney, Dance Writer
Tommy Tune, Lifetime Achievement and 9-time Tony Award winner for Broadway; Director, Choreographer & Actor
William Whitener, Dancer and Choreographer
Luis Gabriel Zaragoza, Dancer and Choreographer
Ex Officio:
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
NY State Senator Brad Hoylman
NY State Senator Daniel Squadron
NY State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz
NY City Council Member Daniel Garodnick
NY City Council Member Vincent Gentile
NY City Council Member Corey Johnson
NY City Council Member Ben Kallos
NY City Council Member Mark Levine
NY City Council Member Rosie Mendez
NY City Council Member Alan Maisel
NY City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
Deputy Consul General of Argentina at Consulate General of Argentina in New York, Eduardo Almirantearena
Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York Caterina Toscano
Dance for Dance Co-Chairs:
Joel Bracht
Michael Bracht
Judy Choi*
Lindley DeGarmo
Glenn Dubin
Marianne Egri*
Sarah Finlayson
Lawrence Holodak*
Roshene Kemp
Lindsay O’Reilly
Hila Sabin
Jonathan Sabin
Danielle Simone
Daniel Slotwiner
Karen DeLuca Stephens*
David Thomas
Shefali Trivedi*
Jimmy Ren Zhao*
*MDD Board Members