"I love the idea of giving children exposure to dance. It's sort of like mathematics, the art of dance is such a universal body language, The benefit crosses culturally."

"I love the idea of giving children exposure to dance. It's sort of like mathematics, the art of dance is such a universal body language, The benefit crosses culturally."

Anh-Tuyet Nguyen, President of the Board 
Anh-Tuyet Nguyen had an 18 year career with Fortis, Inc. (now Assurant, Inc.) in a variety of roles. Highlights include a 3 year assignment as the first American sent to corporate headquarters in the Netherlands to promote cross company learning. Ms. Nguyen is fluent in several languages. Her last assignment was in the Information Technology department managing cross business technology projects. A native of Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a major in Mathematics and a minor in French. She obtained a Masters Degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Ms. Nguyen served on the Board of Trustees of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra for three years.  She also served on the Executive Committee for the Women United in Philanthropy chapter in New York for more than seven years. Since 2007 she has served on the board of the Joyce Theater Foundation as Secretary and Chair of the Trustee Committee. Also since 2007, she serves as President of the New York Opera Society. In May 2013, she joined the board of the Film Forum in NYC.

"The arts serve as the gateway for young people to experience new ways of seeing the world and gain a deeper appreciation of their own creative potential."

"The arts serve as the gateway for young people to experience new ways of seeing the world and gain a deeper appreciation of their own creative potential."

Atif Toor, Board Member
Atif Toor is an award-winning creative director and published author leading design, corporate branding, and publication programs for museums, cultural institutions and the non-profit sector. He is currently a design and branding lead at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Clients have included the American Museum of Natural History, Sesame Workshop, Scholastic and Discovery Communications. Career highlights include developing innovative publications, children’s books, and branded product design programs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and serving as Chief of Design at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto directing branding, product design and publication initiatives. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Atif is an adjunct faculty member of Beaconhouse National University-School of Visual Arts in Lahore, Pakistan where he visits regularly to lecture and lead workshops on graphic design. He is the author of several non-fiction books including: Islamic Culture (Rourke, 2006) and The Spirit of Henna (Barnes & Noble, 2013).

"Dance to me is a universal language, a meeting point for all to share in the joy and self expression, and Dance to Unite embodies just that!"

"Dance to me is a universal language, a meeting point for all to share in the joy and self expression, and Dance to Unite embodies just that!"

Nicole Tongue, Board Member
Nicole Tongue has had a career as a choreographer working in ballet, opera, theatre, television, film, and commercials both nationally and internationally over the past 20 years. Nicole began her choreographic career at the Royal Ballet School in London and went onto to join The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Nicole then went onto study for 3 years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and as a graduate went on to work with actors both as a performer and choreographer. Alongside this Nicole became very involved in the education sector working as a vocational schools inspector, a teacher in dance and drama and choreographing full-length ballets for children. Unlock the Magic had its premiere at the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia featuring 200 dancers aged 4-20, and Jane Eyre for the London Children’s Ballet premiering at the Peacock Theater; Sadler’s Wells featuring 50 dancers. For the last 8 years Nicole has spent her time as a choreographer staging the movement for opera’s on the international stage.  Opera houses have included Santa Fe, Houston, LA, Chicago, Boston, Geneva, Garsington and Glyndebourne.  
Nicole is delighted to be a Board Member of DtU and help in anyway she can to carry out the organization's mission and vision.  

 

"With Dance to Unite, our children have an invaluable opportunity to explore cultures from any continent and broaden their exposure through the world of dance."

"With Dance to Unite, our children have an invaluable opportunity to explore cultures from any continent and broaden their exposure through the world of dance."

“Committing to Dance to Unite has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life.”

“Committing to Dance to Unite has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life.”

Alvin Adell, Board Member
Alvin Adell is a is board certified anesthesiologist who has been practicing medicine for the past 28 years.  As a founding partner of Liberty Anesthesia, P.C., in Freehold New Jersey, he has held several leadership posts including Corporate President and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at CentraState Medical Center.  
Dr. Adell has been integrally involved in philanthropic ventures supporting numerous arts, education, and community not for profit organizations for the last 25 years. Dr. Adell has served on the board of Ron Brown Evidence Dance Company.  
Dr. Adell, a native of Harlem, returned to his community in 2012 to serve as the Associate Director of Harlem Hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Columbia University. He earned a degree in Microbiology from Cornell University, an MD degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Mount Sinai University. 
Dr. Adell is a former honoree of Dance to Unite, and joins the board with immense enthusiasm and commitment to under-resourced communities. 
 

Lynn Zilka, Board Member, Treasurer
Lynn joined the Dance to Unite Board as Treasurer in 2017, and has been a Volunteer Dance Teacher since 2016. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance, where she focused on Modern and Ballet techniques, and Postmodern and Modern Choreography. Lynn is the Corporate Secretary of First American International Bank, which serves the Chinese American immigrant communities of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. She has 18 years of corporate finance expertise, having worked at Credit Suisse, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, and UBS. She also worked as Marketing Director for Daniele Perna Designs, and as a Marketing and Branding Consultant for artists, writers, designers and entrepreneurs.

Lynn loves challenges, both at work and at play, and enjoys rock climbing, skiing, playing guitar, songwriting and performing. She is the proud mother of 12 year old Isabella Perna, who is also a Volunteer Assistant Dance Teacher with Dance to Unite.

"Dance to Unite opens the minds and hearts of our youth for a better future."

"Dance to Unite opens the minds and hearts of our youth for a better future."

Galit Adani, Founder and Executive Director
Galit Adani is a professional dancer and educator. Galit was born and raised in Israel. After the completion of her mandatory military service in the Israeli air force she attended NYC’s Queens College where she graduated with honors and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre-Communications and Psychology. During her college years she began to donate her time as a volunteer dance teacher to NYC’s inner city youth for the non-profit organization Groove With Me, a commitment she kept for over 11 years (1998-2009). During that time she had a successful career in the field of dance as a performer, choreographer and instructor.  She also has extensive experience in the education field as a Youth Director (grades 6–12) and a Hebrew school teacher (grades 3–12) at The Conservative Synagogue Religious School located in Westport-Connecticut (1999–2009). In October 2009, after years of working with youth and upon the encouragement of her students and their parents, Galit founded Dance to Unite, a program that would combine education and dance for the purpose of future peace.

"Being able to unite children through art is  amazing."

"Being able to unite children through art is  amazing."

Miki Herrick, Advisory Board
Miki Herrick has recently started a new career as a consultant after spending 19 years on Wall Street in various roles addressing legal and regulatory matters related to options and equity exchanges.  Her new venture focuses on providing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) enrichment programs to children in New York City through Legos®, animation and robotics.  Miki is also a licensed real estate associate broker in New York and enjoys providing her services to friends and families.  Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Tokyo, London and New York, she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Government and East Asian Studies from Lehigh University and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.  Miki is also a member of the Cayman Islands National Volleyball Team and competes in indoor and beach volleyball circuits.

 

 

"I love how Dance to Unite brings the cultures of the world to children, especially to those who don't get a chance to travel." 

"I love how Dance to Unite brings the cultures of the world to children, especially to those who don't get a chance to travel." 

Efrat Tal Rosmarin, Advisory Board
Efrat Tal Rosmarin has made her mark as an established editor, motion graphics designer, producer and teacher for over a decade. Her unique vision brought ideas to life in countless productions, from award winning documentaries, through commercials, corporate videos and reality shows.  Efrat received her bachelor's degree in Film and Media from New York City's Hunter College and continued her education in New York University.   Efrat's strong creative impulse infused with a unique vision led to her remarkable career achievement in the multimedia field, yet she is mostly proud of being a mom to Ori and Ethan; her two beautiful kids.