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Ms. Camargo is an architect, member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. After graduating in Architecture and Planning in her native Brazil, Ms. Camargo obtained a degree in Environmental Design in 1985 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has subsequently practiced architecture in New York, Los Angeles and, for the past 16 years, in Miami. Ms. Camargo has been passionate about Dance since her teenage years. She joined the Dance Now Ensemble as a member of the board of directors at its creation in 2000, and served as Secretary from 2007-2009. Elizabeth also serves on the Board of Trustees for Temple Beth Sholom, and sits on the City of Miami Beach Capital Improvement Projects oversight Committee.
John Beadel - Co-founder and Vice President of Associated Printing Productions, Inc. After 10 dynamic years of service in the United States Army and his final tour of duty as a U.S. Army Drill Sergeant, John relocated to South Florida to co-found Associated Printing Productions Inc. (APPi) with his brother Rick in 1991. The dedicated leadership that was instilled during John’s military service has proven to be an invaluable trait that continues to drive John today and is evident by his tireless dedication to the clients, employees and associates of APPI. John’s un-paralleled degree of integrity, quality and dedication is consistently proven.
John became involved with community arts through Dance Now! Ensemble and has been an active supporter of the dance company for several years.
David Mittenthal is a manager with the accounting firm of Goldstein Schechter Koch. He is a licensed CPA in Florida and New York and has over 25 years in public accounting. He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and spent most of his adult and professional life in Westchester County, New York. David’s interest in dance is a result of two of his children who are dance majors at the prestigious Bak Middle School of the Arts in Palm Beach County.
Malik S. Benjamin
Malik S.Benjamin is a professor and assistant chair at Florida International University's College of Architecture + the Arts. However, his love for the arts didn't begin there. As a child and young adult, Malik studied classical and jazz piano. In addition, he attended both the Ailey School and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School in New York, where he studied ballet and tap. Malik holds a professional architecture degree from Cornell University and dual graduate degrees from the University of Miami in design and technology. He is thrilled to be a part of the Dance Now! family, and hopes to offer his administrative, design and technology skills to Dance Now! while the company fulfills his hunger for beautiful dance.
Renato Armijo is an artist and designer from Lima, Peru. His work challenges traditional perceptions of fashion and art and includes everything from original creations on canvas to one-of-a-kind clothing to new concepts of how art and fashion come together in our world today.
“My creative process begins with a song, a scene, or a story - a journey that starts with something I desire or live, Seeing forms and shapes in my mind as I feel them, then draw them. Then sew them. Sometimes I imagine a picture, a scene from a movie, or a melody which transports me to a place and time that inspires me to create.”
Leaving his home and family at 18, he came to the United States and attended the Miami International University of Art and Design where he graduated with honors. He was given the award for the Best Men's Wear Collection by the Hispanic Designers Association and received international representation at the le Jeaunes Createurs de la Mode in Paris where his creations were exhibited at the Louvre.
Moving to New York, Renato became the Assistant Creative Director for the men's wear division at Kenneth Cole NYC. During his time there he was personally honored by Kenneth Cole at the prestigious Fashion Group International competition as the overall national award winner.
Today he combines his considerable talents, life experiences, and cultural background to bring art and fashion projects to life all across the creative spectrum.
Renato is based in Miami, FL.
Johnathan Ayers is an associate attorney with the law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida. He focuses his practice on representing owners and developers in disputes arising from real estate projects and construction agreements, including construction defect and delay claims, surety bonds, easements, insurance coverage, construction liens and warranty claims. Johnathan also litigates product liability and commercial law cases. Johnathan attended law school at Georgetown University and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. Johnathan provides pro bono legal services through Dade Legal Aid and volunteers with Cannonball (formerly Legal Art) providing legal assistance for artists and art organizations in adversarial matters.
For over 30 years, Sheila has been engaged in not-for-profit and arts management, focusing on fund development and expanding community constituencies for mid-sized organizations. For five years she served as a Program Officer for the Koret Foundation, San Francisco, where her portfolio included the arts, the Jewish community, and capital building projects. In San Francisco, she worked with the Museo ItaloAmericano, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, The New Pickle Circus, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, and Dance Through Time; in Santa Cruz, with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tandy Beal & Company, Temple Beth El, and Santa Cruz Hillel. She came to non-profit management after a decade of professional service in urban and regional planning including five years with the Santa Cruz County Planning Department.
Sheila’s volunteer participation includes numerous roles in the Jewish community. In Santa Cruz, she was a founding advisor to the Commission on the Status of Women, the Japanese Cultural Fair, and, over the years, served on various committees of the Cultural Council and on the Board of Advisors of the Louden Nelson Community Center. In San Francisco she was on the founding committee for the Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week and for four years chaired the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, producing the Committee’s annual awards ceremony, “The Izzies,” for three years. She represented Koret Foundation on the Arts Loan Fund of Northern California Grantmakers, on the steering committee of the Arts Education Funders Collaborative, and on various grants panels.
Smith, LEED AP
Sarah Campbell Smith is a senior attorney with the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt admitted to practice in both the State of Florida and Washington, D.C. She advises clients on a variety of matters related to environmental law, including the redevelopment of contaminated properties (brownfields), green energy and climate change, and the environmental liability associated with corporate transactions. Sarah is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Accredited Professional who works on green and sustainable development issues. Sarah has been passionate about dance since she was a young child. In high school she was a member of, among other dance teams, the Key West Conchettes and she trained with the famous Kilgore Rangerettes. Sarah has also been an active volunteer through her membership in the Junior League, and she supports the community through philanthropy as a Miami Art Museum Contemporary and United Way Young Leader.
Karen Crew, ESQ
Karen Crew joined The Northern Trust Company in 2010 as Senior Legal Counsel.
Ms. Crew has over 15 years experience in all aspects of credit, including complex financial structuring, commercial lending, syndicated loans, workouts, DIP financings and bankruptcy, as well as corporate law and real estate finance experience. Prior to joining Northern, Ms. Crew was a partner in the Corporate and Finance Department of the law firm of Ruden McClosky, P.A., located in Miami, Florida (now known as Greenspoon Marder), and served on the firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Crew began her career as an associate in the Global Project Finance Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where she represented both institutional lenders and equity sponsors in various infrastructure financing transactions in the firm’s New York and Hong Kong offices. She also worked as a senior associate in Banking & Restructuring Group of the “magic circle” law firm, Clifford Chance, prior to moving to Florida.
Ms. Crew received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude with honors, from the University of Central Florida in 1995, and her J.D. degree from The New York University School of Law in 1999, where she was an Article and Note Editor of the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida.
B.A. degree, magna cum laude with honors, University of Central Florida
J.D. degree, New York University School of Law
Admitted U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Member, American Bar Association
Member, The Florida Bar Association
Member, New York Bar Association
Ms. Crew also serves on the board of directors of Dance Now! Miami and served on the board of directors for the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition.
Sandra Curbelo has been a resident of the Kendall area for the past twenty-five (25) years. She has resided in this area and has made a life for herself and her family. Sandra has played an active role within her community by working alongside several community groups on behalf of the area and throughout Miami-Dade County. Upon completing her education at the Taylor Business Institute in New Jersey and earning a degree in Business she moved to the South Florida area.
Upon her arrival to South Florida, Sandra began her professional career in the corporate arena working for several American and international firms specializing in insurance. She successfully implemented and executed the negotiation of new products that were introduced to the marketplace in the field of insurance.
Sandra is currently married to Robert Curbelo, Jr. and is a mother to two wonderful children. Robert, her son, excels academically and athletically at a prestigious school in the area and her daughter, Alexandra is a dedicated dancer who juggles her time between dance and academics. Sandra’s hard work and dedication can be witnessed through her passion for the arts. She has involved herself at her daughter’s school in order to support her daughter’s endeavors but also to foster not only in her own child but in others a passion for the arts especially in the area of dance.
Robbi has been a Key Biscayne resident for the past 16 years. She earned a B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami, where she also served on the UM Diving Team, and was a member of the US Diving team. She is Vice-President of the Key Biscayne Athletic Club. Robbi is married to Eddie Easton and is the mother of four boys. Robbi has served on the DNE board since 2010.
Pamela Luria, ESQ
Pamela Luria is an honor graduate of the University of Miami Law school and a member of the Florida Bar. She practiced bankruptcy law with the firm of Mershon Sawyer Johnston Dunwoody and Cole. She is also a licensed realtor with Lombardi Properties.
Pamela left the practice of law to raise her two sons. Both sons are now graduates of the University of Chicago where she served as the Chairman of Outreach for the Parent and Family Leadership Council.
Passionate about education and children, Pamela enjoys volunteering in fund raising for the Miami Children’s Museum. She also supports numerous animal rescue groups while nurturing her eight rescue cats as well as a dog Josie, a cancer survivor.
While growing up in the Midwest, Pamela gained an appreciation of the arts studying classical music -- playing both the piano and the clarinet. For the past 25 years she has remained active in the arts community of Miami Beach and is proud to serve on the board of Dance Now Miami.
Pamela is married to Peter Luria whose family ran the largest jewelry and gift business in Florida. The family also owned a Modern Art gallery and continues to support the Miami Art community.
Denise Wolpert has participated in, been employed in and supported the arts most of her life.
Ms. Wolpert grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She majored in History of Art and History of Music at the University of the Witwatersrand, simultaneously studying the Margaret Morris Movement, a British system of dance. Having received her dance teacher’s diploma, Denise owned and operated a dance studio until immigrating with her husband and two small children to the United States in 1979 and settling in Miami.
Denise was active as a Cultural Arts volunteer at the Alper Jewish Community Center and served on its Board of Directors for seven years. In 2001 she accepted a position at the Bass Museum of Art. There she took on numerous roles in the development, education and special events departments, one of which was conceiving and planning a Sunday concert series. It was here that Denise began her collaboration with Dance NOW! Miami. Over the next six years, in cooperation with Denise and the Bass, DNM’s Artistic Directors, Diego and Hannah, choreographed site-specific works that related to either the art on view or the architecture of the museum.
During her tenure at the Bass, Denise was promoted to Director of Individual Giving and Special Events and in 2014 retired from her position at the Museum.
More recently, she served on the Board of Directors of Citizens Interested in Arts, a non-profit organization raising funds for grant allocation to local arts organizations.
Harvey J. Burstein
Harvey J. Burstein, has had a life-long interest in and involvement with the arts. Carrying out the traditions of his family, as Executive Director of the Burstein Family Foundation, he has supported cultural and social justice activities both in South Florida and in his home town of Chicago for many years. He has long-term associations with a number of theaters in both places, including Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, its main stage named after his father, as is New Theatre's, and he has produced a number of plays in Miami and Chicago including Jon and Juan's Wedding; The Trouble with Peggy and Big Wind on Campus. He is the Chairperson of the Miami Beach Arts Trust and Co-Chairperson of the board of directors of New Theatre.
Dance Director, Educator, Repetiteur, Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation
Ms. Basden has had a career in dance spanning more than thirty years. She brings passion and spirit to her art, as well as a keen sense of organization and integrity to the projects she undertakes. She served as Ballet Master and Co-Associate Director of The Joffrey Ballet from 1993-2008 and Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts from 2009-2015. At Interlochen, she grew the division to capacity, developed collaborations, consistently worked with live music, built liaisons with cities world wide and the professional dance community. Ms. Basden stages ballets by Ashton, Cranko, Massine, Nijinsky and Nijinska as well as more contemporary works. She brought to fruition the first Joffrey summer intensive in Chicago leading to the development of the Joffrey Academy. Ms. Basden was a muse for Gerald Arpino in the creation of his ballets. She worked on the PBS filming for their Dance in America series of The Joffrey’s production of Billboards, and oversaw the filming and staging of the ballets in Save the Last Dance. As a performer with Joffrey Ballet, Ms. Basden danced in a variety of styles by such choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp. Roles were created on her by Mark Morris, James Kudelka, Laura Dean and Choo San Goh to name a few. Ms. Basden’s television credits include the Dance in America series Homage to Diaghilev and The Search for the Rite of Spring. In 2003 she portrayed herself in Robert Altman’s movie, The Company. Ms. Basden serves on the board of The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation and is the main repetiteur.
Mrs. Bejerano holds a BFA degree in Dance from the State University of New York at Purchase. In addition to her college training, she received classical dance training at numerous institutions including; The Conservatory of Fine Arts, The Judi Nelson School of Dance, In Motion, The David Howard Dance Center and Broadway Dance Center, She was a scholarship student at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Joseʼ Limon Summer Dance Intensives. She has performed with modern dance companies Houlihan and Dancers, Ballet Randolph and Next Step Dance and in numerous regional theater productions including; West Side Story (Velma) Company in Concert (April) Steel Pier, Sweet Charity, Evita, The Pajama Game and Me and My Girl. She performed for a decade with Dancesation Entertainment, under the direction of Katie Marlow and Billy Fajardo. Her choreographic credits include numerous school and professional musicals, works for local dance companies, charity events and corporate functions. Mrs. Bejerano has taught throughout South Florida at; New World School of the Arts, University of Miami, Ailey Camp Miami, Miami City Ballet summer Intensive, the National High School Dance Festival, MAD Dance summer intensive and the Dance Now Miami summer dance intensive. She has served as the assistant director of the New World Connection and UM Ovation, and as director of the Dance Strand of Bridgeprep Academy of Arts and Minds charter high school, the A&M Dance Ensemble and A&M Dance Camp. She is a member of the Dade Association of Dance Educators, the Florida Dance Education Organization, the National Dance Education Organization, and is certified through the Florida Department of Education to teach Dance in grades K-12.
Tiffany Hill is the former Executive Director of the Dance Institute of Washington, one of DC’s largest African-American arts institutions. She has also served as the Artistic Director of the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood where she was responsible for developing, coordinating and growing the Center’s performing arts season. In November of 2008, Ms. Hill appeared in Southern Living magazine for her work as the producer of OceanDance, south Florida’s premiere outdoor dance event. Over the years, Ms. Hill has been selected to serve on several grant review panels for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, State of Florida, Miami-Dade County and the City of Hollywood. She has also had the pleasure to have served as a board member and advisor for several non-profit organizations and festivals including the Cooperative Farm Initiative for Haiti, Dance Now Ensemble, Florida Dance Association, Women’s International Film Festival and the Miami Dance Festival.
Ms. Hill has more than 15 years of dance-related experience. Having studied various forms of African and Latin dance, she has performed and competed on stages across the US, including the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As an avid arts enthusiast, her resume includes both volunteer and professional experience with several dance studios, community theaters and festivals throughout Washington, D.C. and south Florida. After earning her B.S. in Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, she spent several years in the corporate sector before finding her passion within the arts community. She currently resides in the DC metro area and continues to support the arts through various endeavors.
Mr. Daniel Lewis is president of Miami Dance Futures, which he formed in 1988 to develop dance in South Florida and a consultant for the José Limón Dance Foundation in New York. He was the founding dean of dance of the New World School of the Arts, from 1987 to 2011, an eight-year professional dance program, starting in the ninth grade and ending with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Mr. Lewis is perhaps most widely known for his association with the work of José Limón. From 1962-74, he danced with the 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.
As a choreographer, Mr. Lewis has been commissioned to create works by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Dallas Civic Opera, American Opera Center at Lincoln Center, Amherst College, the University of California at Los Angeles, The Juilliard School. His repertory company, Daniel Lewis Dance, has performed and taught extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Scandinavia.
Mr. Lewis graduated from New York’s High School of Performing Arts in 1962 and The Juilliard School in 1967. In 1990, the National Society of Arts and Letters awarded Mr. Lewis the gold medal for Lifelong Achievement in Dance. In 2001 he received The Florida Arts Recognition Award recognizing his outstanding initiatives, leadership and excellence in supporting the arts in Florida. In 2002 he received a Life time achievement award from “dance4life”, and the Nancy Smith Award. In October of 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Educators Organization. In February of 2011, Miami Dade County and the City of Miami declared February 5, 2011 as Daniel Lewis Day. On April 6, 2011, he received a proclamation from the floor of the Florida State Senate for his work in the arts in Florida by Senator Anitere Flores He received the 2011 Martha Hill “Lifetime Achievement Award in New York City. In December of 2012 he received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Florida.
George Neary has been Associate Vice President of Cultural Tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1998. He is in charge of the creation and implementation of a new arts and cultural program for Miami-Dade County. He directs promotional programs which encourage and increase visitor attendance at local cultural events and attractions. His job also includes creating linkages and partnership between Greater Miami businesses and the arts community. His targets are cultural tourism, heritage tourism and gay & lesbian tourism.
Prior his current position, George was the Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League of Miami Beach, Florida, where he was responsible for creating marketing and public outreach programs to preserve the historic Art Deco District, better known as South Beach for seven years. He is currently serving as a Trustee for Dade Heritage Trust, a past Trustee of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, a board member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Chair of The Miami Beach Sister Cities International Miami Beach Committee, and a member of The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Additionally, he serves on the Miami Beach Gay Pride Committee, is a member of the OutGames 2017 committee, the largest LGBT sporting event in the world; consultant to Mayor’s LGBT Business Enhancement Committee, holds membership in the Black Archives is a founding board member of the Greater Miami Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisor from Florida to The National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. He is an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College and the Chair of the Board of Advisors at Design and Architecture Senior High School.
He was President of Neary Enterprise in Brooklyn, New York, which created, directed and administrated marketing, advertising and promotional plans. He was Director of U.S. Marketing for AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. the International student and teacher exchange program in New York. George was with the Peace Corps for seven years as training and orientation coordinator, recruiter/publicist and a volunteer in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, West Indies.
He received his B.A. from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and has been involved in many community organizations over the years.
Michael founded and directed the Hartford Ballet after dancing with Jose Limon and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as other dance Masters at Juilliard. Uthoff left the Hartford Ballet after a 20-year tenure to direct Ballet Arizona from 1992 to 1999.
Since then he has choreographed and taught throughout United States and abroad, including The New World School of the Arts, Regional and National High School Dance Festivals, Interlochen, and Goucher College. He recently created L'Histoire du Soldat on Andanza of Puerto Rico for the Casals Music Festival and created a new work for the Zig Zag Ballet of Connecticut.
In March 2003, the Michael Uthoff DanceTheatre debuted in Arizona. Uthoff also serves as advisor to the Directorate of DNE.
Photo: Harumi Abe