NOLI ROSEN (Managing Director) joined the company in June 2019 to act as tour manager for the company's August 2019 tour in Mexico. Noli is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Boston. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Contemporary Dance Studies and Spanish. Noli's relationship with the Deborah Abel Dance Company began at five years old when she took her first dance class with Deborah.
Noli currently teaches at the School of Classical Ballet in Cambridge and Midday Movement Series. She has worked on the management teams of Boston's own Lion's Jaw performance + dance festival, New York based company BAND|portier, and Contact Quarterly dance journal. Noli believes strongly that dancing is an innate form of connection. She also believes that making art is a joyous responsibility. She has presented her own choreographic work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Arts Afield (MA), and Smith College (MA). She has had the honor of dancing in works by Chris Aiken, Xan Burley + Alex Springer, Anna Maynard, and Bronwen MacArthur, among others. In addition to her work as a dance artist, Noli is a traditional birth attendant at Wild Woman Birthkeepers.
SOPHIE KWASS (Social Media/Board of Directors) became a board member of the Deborah Abel Dance Company in 2016. Currently, she manages the companies social media accounts, attends board meetings, and helps plan and coordinate company events. She has been dancing with Deborah Abel since she was in 4th grade. She has also been involved in the school as an assistant teacher, and has helped to run the student performances for many years.
Besides her work with Deborah, Sophie works full time as a social worker. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Vermont, and obtained her MSW at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Sophie is passionate about her work, and is dedicated to helping others better their lives.
She feels a special connection with the company and their work, and loves bringing her skills, passion, and energy to the company and board.
PAULINA FUENTES MOAD (Previous Managing Director) joined the company in 2018 after being profoundly touched by the Company's 2018 Dance Concert The Wild Divine. Paulina’s roles in the company include: establishing national and international partnerships, organizing company tours, overseeing media appearance, creating social media and web design and content, grant writing, organizing fundraisers, and working strategically and creatively with the company directors. Paulina firmly believes in the healing power of Bhakti Modern, having experienced this phenomenon first-hand both as audience and as a student of Deborah Abel, and feels a strong desire to help the company reach more audiences.
Paulina's formative performing arts and dance training include part-and full-time studies in classical ballet, modern dance, acting, and physical theater in Mexico, France, and Canada; where she felt it was her vocation to explore the bridge between the healing qualities of the arts and public mental health. She completed her psychology studies in Mexico ,the U.K, and the U.S., and during her doctoral studies she was a CONACyT scholar (2010-2013), and a psychology fellow at Harvard Medical School (2011-2016). Her doctoral dissertation is linked to the creation of her Mexican non-profit organization,Vive Con Vida, A.C., which provides online psycho-education and crisis resources.
Paulina has experience as a weekly radio host and co-host, in commercial and academic writing, and has presented nationally and internationally on suicide prevention and ethics in psychoanalysis. In teaching, she developed and taught the Creativity course in a private high school in Mexico City, co-taught classes related to social psychology and history of psychology at a doctoral level, and developed and currently teaches a preschool dance program for children 2.9-5 years old. Paulina also writes poetry and occasionally creates pieces with it, but currently keeps most of her creative work privately. She maintains a health coaching practice, and lives with her husband, dog, and two precious young boys; who are also happy dancers at the Deborah Abel School of Modern Dance.
EMILY HAYNES (Previous Communications/Board of Directors) joined Deborah Abel Dance Company's board in 2017. Her role includes graphic design, having designed the T-shirts and collaborated on the poster for The Wild Divine; web design and website management, advertising sales, attending board meetings, and helping to coordinate company events. A dancer since childhood, Emily danced through college but found herself adrift as an adult dancer, dabbling in ballet classes and belly dancing, but longing for her true love, modern dance. She found the Deborah Abel Dance Company's school in 2017 and immediately connected with the reflective and emotive elements of the Bhakti technique, crediting her time spent in class with helping her take ownership of her body and her soul.
Emily comes to the company with nearly 10 years of advertising and marketing experience, having received her BS in Communications from Boston University. She started her career in digital and creative advertising at local Boston ad agencies before moving in-house to manage marketing departments at non-profits and start-ups. She currently serves as the marketing manager for N-of-One, Inc., a molecular decision support company for oncology. Emily is thrilled to be a part of the company's board and staff, using her marketing/communications tool set to bring awareness to Bhakti modern and to the Deborah Abel Dance Company.