Announcing the Panelists for the 2015-16 Jamaica Residencies

David Johnston

We are delighted to announce the panelists for the 2015-16 Choreographer + Composer Residencies in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL). Panels took place on August 11th at the National Opera Center. This is the inaugural round of this program, which places choreographer/composer teams in three-month residencies at JCAL. Click here for more information about the program.

Many thanks to our panelists and nominators.  A complete list of this year’s Choreographer/Composer residents is available here.


Juan Castaño

Juan Castaño is Managing Director and Co-founder of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, a nonprofit organization based in Queens, NY. He is also a Dancer, Teaching Artist, Grant Writer, and Arts Administrator with over 15 years of experience. He is originally from El Paso, Texas, studied Chemistry at Grinnell College in Iowa, and holds an MBA. Most recently, Juan was a Master Teacher in Mexican folk dance for the National Young Arts Foundation.


Beverly D’Anne

Ms. D’Anne joined the staff of the New York State Council on the Arts in October 1977 and assumed the position of Director of the Dance Program at NYSCA from 1980 through 2011. Prior to that she was, for six years, Administrative Associate & Project Director for the Craft of Choreography Conferences at the National Association for Regional Ballet.

As Director of the NYSCA Dance Program, she took on the role of dance advocate, fighting to help quality dance continue to flourish through the development of new funding initiatives that evolved out of the needs in the field. Among these initiatives have been the Long Term Residencies Program, Subsidies for Rehearsal Spaces, the New York State Dance Force (for reinvigorating statewide activity), the Commissions Program, and the Building Ballet Repertory category. These innovations have been instrumental in sustaining and elevating the landscape of dance.

Ms. D’Anne began ballet training at the age of three. An injury brought an end to a brief professional performing career.

A recipient of the Dance Notation Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award in 1990, Ms. D’Anne is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She received a 2002 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance.


Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts.  As a lifelong Queens resident, she is a firm believer in the power of the arts to mobilize and transform community. She is the author and illustrator of RabbitMooncakes, a multicultural picture book for children published by Little, Brown & Company and writes about how to create a rich life at

She is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.  Hoong Yee is married to a nice Jewish boy from Rockaway, Queens where you can find her catching waves.


Janaki Patrik

Janaki Patrik, Artistic Director of the Kathak Ensemble & Friends/CARAVAN, Inc. founded The Kathak Ensemble in 1978 (Incorporated in 1997). She has had Kathak training since 1967 at Kathak Kendra, New Delhi by India’s preeminent Kathak Guru, Padmavibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj.

Patrik choreographed twenty full-evening productions to date and numerous shorter works in both traditional Kathak & modern dance vocabulary, She has been accompanied by traditional Hindustani music and a broad range of other genres including jazz (Duke Ellington and other), classical western (Mozart) and modern American music (David Lang, John Adams, Samuel Barber).

Janaki has presented solo and group performances at venues including Carnegie Hall, World Music Institute at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Asia Society, Philadelphia Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Bindadin Rangmanch- Lucknow and International Center-New Delhi, India.

Her monographs including “Kathak in the United States” and “AMERICAN TRIUMVIRATE : Presenting Indian Arts in the United States” published by NARTANAM Journal of Indian Dance. Janaki studied Cunningham Technique at the Merce Cunningham Studio and ballet with Maggie Black and Gabriella Taub-Darvash. She has also studied Western flute for 13 years, most recently with Donald Peck of the Chicago Symphony.

Christopher Williams 

Christopher Williams is a “Bessie” award-winning choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer working in New York City and abroad since 1999.  His works have been presented internationally in Colombia, Holland, Spain, France, England, Italy, and Russia as well as in many New York City venues including City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, PS 122, La Mama, the 92nd Street Y, and Dance New Amsterdam. He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and has since performed for Tere O’Connor Dance, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Yoshiko Chuma, John Kelly, and Basil Twist, among others.


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