Naomi Goldberg Haas is a dancer, master teacher, choreographer, and founding artistic director of Dances For A Variable Population. Over the course of her career, Ms. Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film, and has collaborated with the Klezmatics, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner, Long Beach Opera, Milwaukee Skylight Opera, Disney animation, and served as resident choreographer at the Mark Taper Forum. She studied at the School of American Ballet, Barnard College, Columbia University, and holds an MFA from Tisch Dance at NYU. She began her career with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and went on to found the successful mixed ability company Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet (1989 to 2004). With Dances For a Variable Population (DVP), Ms. Goldberg Haas has created site-related public performances at many of NYC’s most iconic public spaces including Times Square, Washington Square Park, the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, the New York Botanical Garden, Times Square and the High Line.
She also leads DVP’s education programs, including the organization’s free community-based dance workshops that have served over 5,000 seniors at 45 senior centers since 2009. Ms. Goldberg Haas is a leader in the field of creative aging. She presented her work with older adults throughout NYC and across the country and has published articles about her community-based dance programs MOVEMENT SPEAKS® in the national journals such as Dance Education in Practice and her work has been featured in numerous other publications and news coverage from The NY Times, Atlantic ReTHINK, WABC News, and PIX 11 TV. She has presented this work at various conferences such as National Dance Education Organization, Teachers College, Columbia University and Face to Face/NYSCA.
In 2012, Ms. Goldberg Haas received the Gibney award for “ART + ACTION.” The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council awarded her the 2014 Presidents Award for the Performing Arts. She served on the Arts, Media and Culture Committee as appointed by the Mayor’s Office for Age Friendly NYC (2015-2018). Most recently, she was awarded a 2019-2020 DANCE/USA Fellowship for Artists Addressing Social Change with funding from the Doris Duke Foundation.