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.
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Alexa Mamoulides, Administration
Alexa Mamoulides grew up in Texas where she trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. Her Christian fine arts studio introduced her to dance ministry and showed her the uniting and inspiring power of dance. She has danced at several intensives with Ad Deum Dance Company and Webster University, and she has attended professional development workshops with Dance/NYC and the Free Body Project. Last summer, she interned for Emma Elliott Dance in NYC. Alexa is currently a student at NYU studying Linguistics and Spanish with minors in dance and education. This is her third year with Dance to Unite. She is so grateful for the opportunity to use her experiences to work with an organization that shares her passion for using the arts to improve lives.
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Kayla Armstrong, Volunteer Trainer and Coordinator
Kayla Armstrong is a student at Pace University studying for her BA in Childhood Education and Business. She spent 12 years studying various forms of dance, including ballet, tap, hip-hop, pointe and jazz at companies such as Mark Morris, Alvin Ailey and Terrace Dance Studio. She is currently working and facilitating classes at R.E.C.E.S.S in Brooklyn, including Preschool Prep and Hip-Hop.
Kayla is always open to trying new things and is not afraid to reach out eagerly for a newer and richer experience; from a very young age, she has enjoyed expressing herself and exploring various forms of arts from painting, sketching, playing instruments to choreographing her own original dances. Kayla has an adventurous, mature and outgoing personality that can brighten up a room, with her cheerful smile, infectious positive attitude and enthusiastic spirit, she has touched and enriched the lives of our Dance to Unite students since 2014.
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Nirali Shah, Project/Media Manager
Working in finance by day, Nirali has always made a point to keep creative outlets a prominent aspect of her life. Trained in the Indian dance form of Kathak and growing up watching Bollywood movies, she was able to see the importance of culture, diversity and how universal the language of dance is. During college, she danced with an Indian Fusion team and then went on to perform with Nazar Bollywood Dance Troupe in Boston. Now, she dances and teaches with Ajna Dance Company in NYC. Nirali hopes to share her passion by showing children just how joyous and intertwined dance cultures can be. Dance to Unite is an amazing combination of everything she is passionate about and an incredible way to expose children to universal values and diversity.
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Ilana Michaelson, Volunteer Trainer and Coordinator
Ilana Michaelson joined Dance to Unite upon moving to New York City in 2015. She is a student of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary, and spent several summers teaching dance in her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. Ilana is currently a junior at New York University. She is so proud to be part of this wonderful organization!
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Kate Engelhart, Volunteer Trainer and Coordinator
Kate Engelhart is currently a student at New York University pursuing a BSN in nursing. Kate has spent 13 years studying classical ballet and pointe, contemporary ballet, and jazz at the Mill Ballet School in Lambertville, New Jersey. She was also apart of the school’s pre-professional trainee program, where she was able to perform and work with The Roxey Ballet Company in numerous productions as well as diversity and community outreach workshops. Upon graduating the trainee program, she developed a new passion for teaching dance to all ages. Now, Kate is thrilled to be a part of Dance to Unite where her life long passion for dance will be used to educate children on the importance of unity and acceptance through a fun and creative outlet.
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