Director of Dance and MFA Dance Coordinator
Allen H. Maniker
Allen H. Maniker, MD, FAANS, is the retired Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He is a retired Professor of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
A diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Maniker has served as President of the Peripheral Nerve Task Force of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is the author of Operative Exposures in Peripheral Nerve Surgery as well as 48 peer reviewed papers and 18 book chapters. He has been an invited visiting Professor at several Universities both in the United States and abroad and has made presentations both in the United States and abroad on neurosurgery and peripheral nerve surgery topics.
After graduating from the Juilliard School Department of Dance under Martha Hill he performed with the Sophie Maslow Dance Company, the Bat Dor Dance Company of Israel, The New York Baroque Dance Company and the Joyce Trisler Danscompany. He performed for one season as a guest with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Dr. Maniker then went on to receive his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed an Internship in general surgery and a Residency in Neurological Surgery at The New Jersey Medical School.
Trebien Pollard is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a BS in Mathematics Education and a MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He received training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Florida A & M University, Florida State University, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and from a number of gifted teachers and choreographers. Trebien has performed with many dance companies, including Tania Isaac Dance, Nia Love, Martha Graham Ensemble, RIOULT, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn Co., Erick Hawkins Dance Co., the MET (Metropolitan Opera Ballet), Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Bebe Miller Company and Pilobolus. He has also worked as a guest artist with Urban Bush Women.
As a choreographer, Trebien’s work has been performed throughout United States, England and Japan. He has choreographed and toured, nationally and internationally, with RASA recording artist ‘Nomad’. Trebien has also choreographed William Electric Black’s The Hamlet Project, The Damned: A Rock Musical and Frankenstein: The Rock Musical.
Trebien appeared in Mannic Production’s feature film “Ghostlight”, starring Richard Move as ‘Martha Graham’. As well as appearing in several photography books; In My Stairwell (Mark Seliger), Twisted Yoga (Pilobolus), Body Knots and Passion & Lines (Howard Schatz). He has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Queens College, Adelphi University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Goucher College, Middlebury College and Marymount Manhattan College, as well as a licensed certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® personal trainer. Currently, Trebien is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo.
Claire Porter, choreographer/performer/writer, known for her comedic text and movement work and her skilled teaching, has performed her work, Claire Porter / PORTABLES, in Scotland, India, Germany, Holland, England, Latvia and Korea and in the New York City area at DTW, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, PS 122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SOHO, 92nd St. Y, Town Hall, The Bottom Line, The NY Horticulture Society, NJPAC and Liberty Science Center. PORTABLES has also showcased at the American Dance Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Florida Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater DC, Tampa Bay Off Center Theater, Duncan Theater Palm Beach FL, Center Stage Raleigh NC, The Southern Theater Minneapolis MN and at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard. Porter appears at fundraisers and special events and created and performed Namely, Muscles, recipient of the NYC Fringe Festival 2010’s Overall Excellence Award, at festivals, conferences, theaters, medical schools and universities. Intrigued by syntax Claire created Sen-tence performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater produced by DanceNow that included Falling for Prepositions, Witnessing Adverbs and Pronoun Emergency. At Montclair State University she created Sentenced to Sentences, at NYU, Having Conjunctions and at Purchase College, Out of The Question.
Porter is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Bellagio Italy 2016, a Guggenheim Fellowship 2013, several National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards, NewMusicUSA Awards and Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Project, The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters, Meet The Composer, VOGUE Magazine, University Dance Companies and Domino’s Pizza Company. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, is on the Advisory Board of DanceNJ and is a Laban Movement Analyst. Claire is represented by Jodi Kaplan and Associates.
Apollinaire Scherr is the New York-based dance critic for the Financial Times. She has written regularly for the New Yorker, The New York Times, and Newsday, and contributed to Salon, New York magazine, the Village Voice, Elle, the San Francisco Chronicle, Barnard magazine, and Flash Art International. She gave the 2010 keynote address for the Dance Critics Association and received a New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dance Research Fellowship in 2019. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in English Literature from Cornell University. As a graduate student at Cornell University, she was funded by a five-year Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. She currently teaches undergraduate seminars on writing on the arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan and the MFA course Performance Perspectives at Montclair State University. She lives in Sunnyside, Queens.