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Raphaelle Ziemba – Managing Director

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Ziemba embarked on her dance journey at the age of four at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois. Her passion for dance led her to pursue further education at the Interlochen Arts Academy and SUNY Purchase, where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance. Continuing her academic pursuits, she obtained a Master of Arts in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, focusing on community-based arts and culture programming.

Throughout her career, Ziemba has been deeply immersed in the arts community, showcasing her talents as a performer, choreographer, and leader in various organizations. She has contributed significantly to MOMENTA, where she performed and choreographed, and served as a soloist, resident choreographer, and Associate Artistic Director of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. Subsequently, she assumed the role of Community Engagement Manager for Audience Architects, a prominent dance service organization in Chicago.

In 2019, Ziemba participated in the Annenberg Foundation’s third cohort of Annenberg Alchemy Tech and completed the Coro Women in Leadership 2022 Fall Cohort Program, further enhancing her skills and knowledge in leadership and technology. Currently serving as Managing Director at Heidi Duckler Dance (HDD) and as a Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Dance Workers Coalition (LADWC), she has spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at fostering community engagement through innovative performances and multidisciplinary events.

During her seven-year tenure at HDD, Ziemba has produced over 70 productions, demonstrating her commitment to advancing the organization’s mission. Her overarching goal is to contribute to the cultural landscape of Los Angeles through event production, strategic planning, and community engagement, championing access, equity, and inclusion in the arts to enrich the lives of Angelenos through cultural initiatives.