2017 Mentors

 TAMMY L. BORMANN is committed to dismantling racism through knowledge,  dialogue and systemic change. She began her life’s work in 1986 with the  National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) in the Greater Boston  office. She subsequently became the first woman to serve as NCCJ’s National  Vice President for Programs, a position she left to begin her own consulting practice in  1993. Tammy has had the privilege of partnering with scholars and social justice  educators across the country—colleagues in the TLB Collective—who work to  dismantle systems of oppression, with special emphasis on racism.

 Tammy researches, designs and facilitates dialogue-based learning processes that    disseminate knowledge, create lenses of awareness, and equip individuals and  organizations with the analytical tools they need to identify and dismantle the systems  of privilege and disadvantage that hold systemic and structural racism in place. A component of her work involves training others to facilitate meaningful dialogue that invites deep learning, collective reflection and informed action.

In the dance world, Tammy has chaired the Board of Directors of Urban Bush Women since 2006. In this capacity, she has been actively engaged in building the capacity of UBW’s BOLD facilitators to employ dialogic learning in their community engagement programs. In addition, she has served as a mentor with the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training in 2015-2016; facilitated a National Voices panel on race in dance for the annual Dance/NYC symposium in 2015; and co-facilitated a diversity workshop for the School of American Ballet in 2012. 

In addition to the performing arts, Tammy has worked extensively in the museum field, first as a consultant with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and, since 2008, with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a worldwide network of historic sites and museums dedicated to remembering past struggles, addressing their contemporary legacies and moving the public from memory to action. In this capacity, she has partnered with more than 50 national and international museums to design and lead meaningful public dialogue programs using museum and site content as catalysts. In 2016-2018, she is the dialogue consultant for the Coalition’s national initiative, Brown v. Board to Ferguson: Fostering Dialogue on Education, Incarceration and Civil Rights. In addition to museums and historic sites, Tammy has worked with a wide variety of clients throughout the United States including private foundations, not-for-profit organizations, universities, colleges, seminaries, churches, synagogues, and corporations to facilitate strategic planning; conduct organizational culture and climate assessments; and lead educational processes that result in system change for equity and social justice.

Tammy earned her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in French and Communication Studies from Muhlenberg College and a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. She currently serves as Chair, Board of Directors, Urban Bush Women; Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Muhlenberg College; and Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Arts Horizons and the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. She is the chair emeritus of the Myhelan Cultural Art Center, a visual and performing arts organization dedicated to using the arts as a tool for building cross-cultural understanding nationally and internationally. She is an active member of Within Our Lifetime, a national network of scholars and practitioners who are working to end racism within our lifetime.

 ANNE HUANG is the Development Director of World Arts West, producers of the San  Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which supports Bay Area dance companies that are  sustaining and celebrating the world’s cultural legacy.  With over 20 years of  experience in arts administration and executive management, Anne specializes in  resource development and capacity building for traditional artists and culturally  specific arts organizations.

 Anne has worked with Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, CubaCaribe, LIKHA, Chinese  Culture Center of San Francisco, Dimensions Dance Theater, Brasarte, and many  other arts organizations.

Anne is the former Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), where she transformed OACC from a struggling arts organization into a vibrant cultural institution. She is also the founding director of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, which aims to preserve Oakland Chinatown’s cultural and historical legacy through intergenerational dialogue.  Anne has served on many funding and cultural panels, such as California Arts Council, SF Commission, East Bay Community Foundation, Western States Arts Federation, and Alliance for California Traditional Arts.  Anne has performed extensively as a dancer and singer, with groups such as Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Obakoso, and Grupo Nago. Her dedication comes from her belief in the timeless significance of traditional arts to empower individuals and transform communities. 

 STEPHANIE MCKEE is the Artistic Director of Junebug Productions is a performer,  director, choreographer, educator, facilitator and cultural organizer born in Picayune,  MS and raised in New Orleans. She is the founder of Moving Stories Dance Project,  an organization committed to dance education that provides opportunities for dancers  and choreographers to showcase their talents. In 2007, she was awarded The  Academy of Educational Development/New Voices Fellowship, an award for emerging  leaders. For the past 20 years Ms. McKee has been involved with Junebug  Productions as an artist, director and educator. Most recently she served as Associate  Artistic Director of the first annual Homecoming Project 2011, a place-based  performance project that addresses the Right of Return and what home means to  communities in post-Katrina New Orleans. For the past two years, Ms. McKee has  served as one of three directors devising and developing original dance theater  presented by Urban Bush Women's Summer Leadership Institute. In 2006, Ms.  McKee was one of ten artists who collaborated to create the original interdisciplinary production, "UPROOTED: The Katrina Project," co-produced by Junebug Productions. As an artist and cultural organizer, Ms. McKee is deeply committed to creating work that supports social justice and aligns with the FST and Junebug legacy.

 AMY MILLER (Associate Artistic Director of Gibney Dance Company) is a dancer,  choreographer, educator and advocate. Interested in finding ways to foster both  artistic excellence and social engagement in all of her work, Miller strives to prioritize  both components in equal measure. In addition to performing, rehearsal directing and  company management responsibilities for the Company, Miller also focuses on Gibney  Dance's Community Action programming through facilitating movement workshops  with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists  interested in engaging in social action, implementing healthy relationship workshops  for young people, and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence  prevention. Miller has conducted Gibney Dance Global Community Action Residencies  at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town  (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), MUDA Africa (Tanzania) and with the Amahoro Dance Project in Gisenyi, Rwanda.

A former principal with the Ohio Ballet, Miller spent a decade performing masterworks by such choreographers as Anthony Tudor, José Limon, Kurt Jooss, and Paul Taylor, as well as Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, and Alonzo King among many others. She was a founding member of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater, where she collaborated on new work with such dance-makers as David Shimotakahara, Dianne McIntyre, Alex Ketley, Keely Garfield, David Parker and Gina Gibney. As Artistic Associate of GroundWorks, Miller choreographed seven works on the company and remains a guest artist. Such composers as the genre-defying Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), and Oberlin Conservatory of Music professor and composer Peter Swendsen have worked with Miller on a wide range of musical scoring for dance. Miller and Swendsen’s ongoing collaboration has produced numerous projects for GroundWorks, as well as solo works, and a recent premiere with Gibney Dance Company. Her solo work has been seen in New York City at Judson Church, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series. Prioritizing esthetic versatility, Miller teaches both Professional Level Ballet and Contemporary Forms classes at Gibney Dance Center and has fostered numerous collegiate teaching residencies including Cleveland State University, Oberlin College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Miller holds a BFA in Dance and is also the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her choreography. In 2015, Miller was honored to receive a Arts & Artists in Progress "Pay it Forward" Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

 From Evanston, Illinois, JULIE NAKAGAWA was a  featured dancer with Christopher D’Amboise’s Off Center  Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and Twyla Tharp Dance.  Returning to Chicago upon her retirement from dancing,  she has been especially interested in the development of  dance artists and their related artistic collaborators. At  the invitation of Lou Conte, Julie joined the staff of Lou  Conte Dance Studio in January 1994 and rose to the  position of Associate Director. In addition, she led  Hubbard Street 2 from its inception in 1997 through  February 2006 as the artistic director of the second  company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, nurturing young dancers and establishing the National Choreographic Competition to provide creative opportunities for emerging dance makers. A sought-after teacher, Julie has taught classes for dance studios, university programs, and companies, nationally and internationally. She has served as a member and officer of the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA and has been a peer review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. The Chicago Foundation for Women’s Asian American Leadership Council has honored Julie for her work in the creative arts. Julie is a Co-founder and Artistic Director of DanceWorks Chicago, a creative incubator for early career professionals, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season.


 MICHELLE RAMOS, JD, LLM, has committed her career to  servicing our most marginalized communities, those  adversely impacted by issues of by race, gender, socio-  economics, inequitable laws, and public policies. As project  director of the Vera Institute of Justice, New Orleans office,  she works with government and community partners to  improve the criminal justice system through strategy,  research, and policy work. Ramos is completing her  dissertation towards a PhD is psychology with an emphasis  in race and cultural studies. 

Prior to her legal career, Ramos, a retired professional ballet dancer, worked as an executive director for multiple non-profit arts organizations and served as a program officer for Women’s Foundation of California.  She was director of Dance/NYC from 2006-2010. She has served as a panelist for several organizations including the NEA, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Ramos consults in communications strategy, diversity and equity training as well as leadership with non-profit organizations in addition to her legal practice. 

She is the proud mother of a professional dancer, and since retiring from her own dance career Ramos has become a competitive Ironman triathlete and marathoner.

 PAMELA TATGE is the Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance, an international dance  Festival, professional School, and Archives located in the Berkshires in Western  Massachusetts. Tatge is responsible for setting the artistic vision and strategic  goals for all aspects of the organization, including Festival programming,  education, preservation, audience engagement, residency programming and artist  support, long-term planning, collaborative programming, fundraising, marketing,  and more. For nearly 17 years, Tatge served as the Director of the Center for the  Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, overseeing robust programming  and acclaimed artistic initiatives for dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts,  including the Breaking Ground Dance Series. Initiatives that were launched and  developed during her tenure include the Creative Campus Initiative, integrating  arts into nonarts areas of the curriculum; the Green Street Center for Teaching and Learning; Feet to the Fire, examining environmental sustainability through an arts lens; and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, the first-ever Masters degree in Performance Curation. Tatge is the recipient of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 2010 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming. She has served extensively as a panelist for grants and awards including as both a Hub Site and an Advisor to the National Dance Project and most recently, as a member of the jury for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music. She also serves on the Board of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Prior to her work at Wesleyan, Tatge spent a decade as the Director of Development at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. Tatge holds a B.A. in History and an M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.  

 NANCY UMANOFF became the managing director of the Mark Morris Dance Group  in 1986 and has served as its president and executive director since 2000, the same  year she received the Arts & Business Council’s Encore Award for Excellence in Arts  Management. Under her leadership the Dance Group launched the world-renowned  Dance for PD© program and built the Mark Morris Dance Center in Ft Greene  Brooklyn which provides a home for the company, rehearsal space for the dance  community, outreach programs for local children and seniors, and a school offering  dance classes to students of all ages. A former trustee of Dance/USA, she has guest  lectured on arts administration, served on numerous arts panels and currently serves  on the boards of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Downtown Brooklyn Arts  Alliance.