Conversations, Volume 4: Alicia Graf Mack
Bringing the World into your Living Room
Join host Allen Maniker as he interviews Alicia Graf Mack, Dean and Director of the Juilliard Dance Division.
Alicia Graf Mack enjoyed a distinguished career as a leading dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and she has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyoncé, John Legend, Andre 3000, and Alicia Keys. Graf Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in history from Columbia University and holds an MA in nonprofit management from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, Smithsonian magazine named her an American Innovator of the Arts and Sciences. She is a recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to an alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in their field of work. In 2008, she delivered the keynote address to the graduates of Columbia University’s School of General Studies. As a dance educator, Graf Mack most recently taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston and was a visiting assistant professor at Webster University. She is a co-founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative created to enrich the lives of young dancers through master classes and intensives. She began her inaugural season as Dean and Director of the Juilliard Dance Division in the fall of 2018.
Allen Maniker, M.D. is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He went on to perform with Bat Dor of Israel, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Sophie Maslow Dance Company, a guest season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and several other New York contemporary dance companies. After finishing his performing career, he went on to obtain an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan, his hometown. He recently retired as Chairman of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he is on the Board of the Martha Hill Dance Fund as well as Chairman of the Board of the Steps Beyond Foundation.