Executive Director: Justin Cosme-Perez
Justin Cosme-Perez (Orlando, FL) (he/him/his) was born in NY and raised in Orlando FL where he performed with Walt Disney World Entertainment, Nao Dance Collective, Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, and VarieTEASE. Mr. Cosme-Perez joined Nimbus in 2013 as a Company Dancer and was Company Manager from 2014 – 2017. He quickly became a key component of the Nimbus team, and was promoted to Director of Operations from 2017 – 2021. In his tenure as Director of Operations, Mr. Cosme-Perez worked hand in hand with Artistic Director Samuel Pott to build Nimbus from a small company, running out of a church basement, to the largest arts organization in Jersey City and a leader in the arts in New Jersey. Mr. Cosme-Perez holds his BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts / University of Florida and was Salutatorian of his graduating class. He has served on committees for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dance New Jersey, Young Audiences, and National Endowment for the Arts. He was the Director of the Color Guard programs at Ocoee High School, New Smyrna Beach High School, and Rutgers University. Mr. Cosme-Perez was the Creative Director of Change Through Dance, Inc. (CTD) and was the Satellite Chief Administrator for Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, LA, Texas, and Georgia. Mr. Cosme-Perez’s choreography has been presented across the east coast including two premieres at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Cosme-Perez also serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Nimbus2 and is proud to be the New Executive Director of Nimbus.
Associate Artistic Director: Anitra Keegan
Anitra Keegan (she/her/hers) was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Holmdel, New Jersey, Anitra Keegan brings a wholly unique and diverse approach to her passion for dance. With close to three decades of experience, Ms. Keegan began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts in New Jersey, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Rock School for Dance Education. Out of high school, Ms. Keegan began her professional career in Philadelphia with the Pennsylvania Ballet, where she performed in classical works such as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, and Who Cares? She was later accepted to the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduating, she was asked to join the Ohio Ballet in Akron, Ohio. Under the direction of Heinz Poll and Jeffrey Graham Hughes, Ms. Keegan had the privilege to work with distinguished choreographers, including Alonzo King, Donald Bryd, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Laura Dean, and Anne Marie DeAngelo. Looking to strengthen her dance repertoire, Ms. Keegan then moved to New York City to pursue a free-lance career, which allowed her the opportunity to work with companies including DancesPatrelle, Chamber Dance Project, and BalletNY, where she was featured as Desdemona in John Butler’s Othello . In 2007, Ms. Keegan returned to Philadelphia and joined BalletX as a Principal Artist, where she was featured in world-premiere roles by such noted choreographers as Matthew Neenan, Edwaard Liang, Alex Ketley, Jorma Elo, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jodie Gates, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. In 2013, she traveled nationally and Canada as Capezio’s Master Pointe Specialist/ Brand Ambassador. Creating educational events and designing custom pointe shoes for premiere dance companies. After five years, in 2018 Ms. Keegan joined Nimbus Dance as the Associate Artistic Director and continues to pass along her knowledge and passion to a new generation of dancers.
Managing Director: Hannah Weeks
Hannah Weeks serves as the Assistant Director of Programming for Nimbus Dance, coordinating Nimbus’ education and outreach programs as well as all in-house, NimbusPRESENTS productions. Ms. Weeks attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program, the University of Iowa, Nolte Academy of Dance, and City Ballet of Iowa, with a focus in ballet and dance performance before becoming a company dancer with Nimbus from 2015 -2020. During her time with Nimbus, Ms. Weeks performed many works by Artistic Director Samuel Pott, including the title role in Esther, premiered works by Darshan Singh Bhuller, Dawn Marie Bazemore and Sofia Nappi, as well as performing repertory by Korhan Basaran, Vernard Gilmore, Charles Moulton, and others. She has also performed with Trainor Dance, under the direction of Caitlin Trainor, and was a guest artist with GloATL under the direction of Lauri Stallings. Ms. Weeks is a recipient of the Nimbus Award for Service Through the Arts.
Director of School and Communications: Harumi Elders
Harumi Elders (she/her/hers), a Maryland native, received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory with a concentration in performance, pedagogy, and choreography. While studying, she had the privilege to begin her professional dance and teaching career with the City Ballet of Boston. Shortly after graduating she moved to NYC and began dancing with Nimbus Dance Works. She had the honor to dance for Nimbus for three seasons, performing a variety of roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Strange Fruit (soloist), Patch of Turf (soloist), Shadow of Sound (soloist), Surface Tension, and We Acquiesce (soloist). Post-Nimbus Harumi went on to perform two seasons in the award-winning Christmas show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She also joined the pre-production cast of The Wizard of Oz at the Media Theater, danced as a featured artist in various commercials, and danced back up for Sofia Carson on the Disney Channel. As a teaching artist, Harumi has taught ballet, theater jazz, improvisation, and modern technique in dance studios throughout the East Coast, including Nimbus Dance Works, City Ballet of Boston, Studio of Ballet Arts, and Londyn Skye Dance Center. Currently, she is completing her 3rd year on the Dance and Musical Theater Staff at High Tech High School. Along with performing and teaching Harumi is a certified Personal Trainer and loves to integrate health and fitness into her teaching style. Harumi is ecstatic to come full circle and rejoin the Nimbus team as the School Director.
Director of Operations: Sameena Mitta
Sameena Mitta (she/her/hers) has spent over 20 years teaching and working as a freelance modern dancer, performing for numerous choreographers and teaching at schools throughout North America and abroad. She is the artistic director of dance-theatre company MeenMoves. Mitta has presented choreography around the world, and is working on a 10-year dance film, Struwwelpeter Project, filmed site-specifically in Germany. Mitta earned with distinction the Cecchetti Society’s Associate Diploma and an MA in Dance Creation from UQAM focusing on Movement Intervention for South Asian survivors of domestic violence. Mitta is an advocate for diversity in dance and has sat on dance juries in Canada and the USA for several organizations and governments. An NJPAC Choreography Fellow (2018-2022), Mitta is mentor for the Recanati-Kaplan scholarship students in dance through the Harkness Dance Center and is also on faculty at the Limón Institute and 92Y Harkness Dance Center. Mitta is thrilled to join the Nimbus team in its aim to bring dance and expressive movement to as many people as possible.
Marketing Associate: Vanessa Gomez
A Jersey City native, Ms.Gomez was always inspired by the vivacious people and cultures that drive her hometown. Her passion bloomed once she got the chance to travel and experience the vibrant world around her. This pushed her to pursue her passion in digital and natural art. She attended Saint Peter’s University and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2020. In 2019, she joined Nimbus as a marketing intern. Ms. Gomez has since become the graphic designer for Nimbus Dance and has been able to combine her skills and creativity.
Nimbus Dance Board of Directors 2021-2022
Wendy Paul – President (joined 2017)
Executive Director, Jersey City Apartment Owners Association; MPA Candidate 2021, Rutgers University
Mark R. Censits – Vice President (joined 2017)
Founder and President, CoolVines Inc.
Reinfred Forson – Treasurer (joined 2020)
Risk Assurance Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Hali Epstein – Secretary (joined 2019)
Owner/Principal, HJE Interiors LLC & Co-Founder of Mamas, you got this
Vivian Brady-Phillips (joined 2021)
Stephanie Daniels (joined 2015)
Creative Director | Web Goddess City of Jersey City
Madeleine Giansanti (joined 2015)
Ning Holmes (joined 2019)
Executive Director JP MORGAN CHASE
Thomas Macagnano (joined 2021)
Aaron Morrill (joined 2019)
Managing Member, Downtown Restaurant Group LLC
Jennifer Morrill – President (joined 2019)
Director of Public Relations, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
Samuel Pott (joined 2005)
Founding Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance
Christine Wyble (joined 2018)
Global Head Oncology Scientific Engagement and Communication
Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation