DRA Staff

Denise Roberts Hurlin
Founding Director

Denise Roberts Hurlin’s career has taken her down several diverse paths after graduating in 1984 with a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. As a dancer, she was a founding member of Parsons Dance in 1987 and has set David Parson’s work on the Purchase Dance Corps and Netherlands Dans Theater. She performed for six years with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where she danced the leads in such Taylor classics as Aureole, Big Bertha, Sunset and Company B, and was featured in the PBS/WNET Dance in America special Speaking in Tongues. In 1991, Denise and fellow Paul Taylor dancer Hernando Cortez co-founded Dancers Responding to AIDS as a vehicle to help so many of their friends and fellow dancers who had become ill. Denise remains in her role as founding director, leading the program's efforts to continue providing a safety net for the dance community. Denise also is an inaugural member of the advisory council for The Dancers’ Resource, a program of The Actors Fund founded by Bebe Neuwirth. She is married to Broadway Cares Production Manager Nathan Hurlin. They are the proud parents of Catherine and Henry Hurlin.


Christopher F. Davis

Christopher F. Davis has appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, Candide, The Life, Peter Pan and On the Town and in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, in addition to several national tours, movies and television appearances. He has taught master classes in jazz technique across North America and judges for various dance organizations. Christopher has received the President's Award from Dance Masters of America for his continued work in the field of dance. He has choreographed for the NBA All-Star Weekend, The Public Theater, New York International Fringe Festival and the 24 Hour Plays. Christopher has served on the BUILD grant committee for New York Foundation for the Arts and as a consultant for several theatrical events.



Sarah Cardillo
Development Officer

Sarah Cardillo brings numerous facets of arts management to her role at Dancers Responding to AIDS, as well as extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz and American-style ballroom. She has been a stage manager for the New York International Fringe Festival, Oklahoma City Civic Center, Tournament of Roses Parade and St. Bart’s Players, among others. As a dancer, she performed with VF Dance Company, American Spirit Dance Company and Dance Makers, Inc. She worked as event operations coordinator for Macy’s Parade and Entertainment Group, actively working on its annual events including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Fireworks Spectacular, Santaland and Puppet Theater. She later joined Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD, as its institutional development apprentice. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a BS in Dance Management.


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