APRIL 26, 2017 | 6:00-9:00PM


509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217


Dancewave welcomes our esteemed Gala 2017 honorees:

Dance Educator and Advocate | Founder Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) 92Y

Jody Gottfried Arnhold dance educator, advocate, and Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92Y has taught dance in NYC public schools for over 20 years. She is Executive Producer of the New York Emmy nominated documentary, PS DANCE! Dance Education in Public Schools, created to raise awareness and advocate for her mission, Dance For Every Child. Jody serves on the Advisory Committee for Arts Education at New York City Department Of Education and is Co-Chair of the Committee that created the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance K-12. She is on the Board at 92Y, Hunter College, Ballet Hispanico, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and on the Advisory Committee of Dance/NYC.

Jody has received National Dance Education Organization’s Visionary Award, Teachers College Distinguished Alumni Award, and was honored by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. In March 2016 Jody will be honored by Lincoln Center Education for her commitment to dance education. She has also received Dance Films Association’s 2016 Dance in Focus Award and the New York State Dance Education Association 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award.

Jody holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Certified Movement Analyst.


Choreographer, Educator, Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective. She leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that illustrate stories which connect history with contemporary culture. She is a four time Princess Grace Award winner (2016 Statue Award, 2016 Choreographic Mentorship Co-Commission Award, 2013 Works in Progress Residency Award, 2006 Choreography Award, 2016 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow, 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and was nominated for the 2015 Lucille Lortel “Outstanding Choreographer” Award (Fortress of Solitude). Her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, received a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work Mr. TOL E. RAncE and were nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play.

Ms. Brown’s work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Complexions, and Urban Bush Women, among others. Her theater credits include Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Fortress of Solitude, Stagger Lee, Cabin in the Sky, Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick...BOOM! starring Lin Manuel Miranda, the musical BELLA: An American Tall Tale, among others. Currently, Ms. Brown is developing a new piece with the working title ink - the final installation of the company’s dance theatre trilogy about culture, race and identity.

Initiatives: The Gathering; BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM (BGS) | Publication: Cover of Dance Teacher Magazine (August 2015) | Program: Co-Directed (with Moncell Durden) Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop at Jacob’s Pillow in 2015 | Public Speaker: 2015 TED Conference, 2016 TEDxBeaconStreet, 2016 TEDxEsteeLauderCompanies. Ms. Brown's TED-Ed talk, A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves, was chosen as one of the most notable talks of 2016 by TED Curator, Chris Anderson, and has over 11 million views on Facebook and counting. www.camilleabrown.org

25th State Senate District

Velmanette Montgomery is recognized for her effective leadership and steadfast commitment to her constituents of north and central Brooklyn as well as to New Yorkers statewide.

In her role as the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Children and Families, Senator Montgomery is committed to helping young people achieve positive outcomes through reform of the State's juvenile justice, foster care and adoptive care systems

Senator Montgomery continues to be one of New York's leading proponents of school-based health care as a model system for delivering comprehensive primary and mental health services to children of all ages, in the school setting where youth spend most of their day. The Senator's Teen Health Agenda includes legislation that requires, among other things, the teaching of age appropriate, medically accurate sexuality education in kindergarten through 12th grade. Senator Montgomery is the co-sponsor of the law that allows for the certification of nurse practitioners, and in 2010 she sponsored legislation to allow nurse practitioners to sign death certificates.  She has spearheaded the campaign to stem the spread of AIDS among intravenous drug users through her sponsorship of legislation to legalize needle exchange programs

As a respected advocate for criminal justice reform and a member of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Senator Montgomery sponsored a law that prevents New Yorkers from being arbitrarily denied a license to barber or practice cosmetology just because they spent time in prison. She also authored a law that prohibits the shackling of a pregnant woman in prison while being transported to the hospital and during  delivery of her baby. She also offer legislation to require the Department of Correctional Services to provide prisoners with an opportunity to complete a GED prior to release.

Other recent Montgomery laws include a measure that prevent the NYS Office of Children and Families from posting the home address or personal information of day care providers on the Internet; and a law that prohibits employers from discriminating in the granting of funeral or bereavement leave to its employees who are in a committed same-sex relationship. She is also a co-sponsor of a proposal that provided over $400 million in federal funding for the repair of NYCHA buildings. In 2012, Senator Montgomery sponsored a law to support New York’s primary industry, agriculture, by requiring the State’s Procurement Council to include a member of a non-profit organization that represents New York’s farming communities.


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Dancewave hosted Spring Gala 2015 on April 29, 2015 at Roulette, Brooklyn. The event had over 200 attendees from New York’s community of supporters and arts philanthropists and raised over $35,000 for the Scholarship Initiative. The evening was full of dancing with a salsa lesson led by Rebecca Bliss, and performances by Dancewave Company. We were entertained by MCs Sade Baderinwa and Vincent Valasquez and enjoyed the delicious food by Mark Fahrer. Honorees of the evening inlcuded Paloma Herrera presented by Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre, Stephen Levin presented by Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC Council Members, and Saundra Thomas of WABC presented by Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas of the Rockefellar Brothers Fund.

Misty Copeland & Paloma Herrera at Dancewave Gala 2015