Staff and Board

Director of Operations: Justin Cosme-Perez 

(Orlando, FL) received his BFA from New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. graduating Summa Cum Laude and Salutatorian. Mr. Perez has danced for Walt Disney World Entertainment, Nao Dance Collective, Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, VarieTEASE, and Ballet Inc. He was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corp., The Knights Independent, and Braddock Independent World Guard. Mr. Perez is entering his 6th season with the company and currently serves as the Associate Director of Nimbus2 and the Director of Operations for Nimbus.

Contact: justin@nimbusdanceworks.org


Associate Artistic Director: Anitra Keegan

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.

Contact: Anitra@nimbusdanceworks.org


Director of Programming: 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.

Contact: Hannah@nimbusdanceworks.org


Director of School and Communications: Harumi Elders

Harumi Elders, 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.

Contact: Harumi@nimbusdanceworks.org


Development Associate: Derick McKoy Jr.

Bio: Derick McKoy, Jr. (Miami, Florida) is a graduate  ofGlorya Kaufman BFA Scholar of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Derick has performed with The Black Iris Project in Artistic Director Jeremy McQueen’s A Mother’s Rite at the DelArts Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. He has also appeared in a few episodes of the hit tv show POSE on FX. He started his official training under Luctricia Welters and after a year, joined her dance company, Jubilee Dance Theater, as an apprentice. He furthered his training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Arts Umbrella, BalletX, Ballet Hispanico, Springboard Danse Montreal, under scholarships, as well as NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH. Derick has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Matthew Rushing, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Sharon Eyal, Alejandro Cerrudo, and others. Also, a choreographer Mr. McKoy has presented work around New York City and the tri-state area. He is excited for his second season with Nimbus and his second year as Development Associate for the company.

Contact: Development@nimbusdanceworks.org


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.

Contact: Marketing@nimbusdanceworks.org


Nimbus Dance Board of Directors 2021-2022

2021-2022 Officers

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

 

Board Members 

Vivian Brady-Phillips (joined 2021)

Stephanie Daniels (joined 2015)

Creative Director | Web Goddess City of Jersey City

Madeleine Giansanti (joined 2015)

Attorney, Axiom

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