Dance Heginbotham Administrative Staff

Andrea Lodico
Managing Director

Andrea Lodico is a New York-based arts administrator. Following a decade of experience as a leading Executive Director of single-choreographer dance companies, Andrea is broadening her impact on the performing arts field and bringing her expertise to companies and artists to bolster infrastructure, generate revenue, and guide change and strategic planning. Through her work, Andrea strives to support the dynamic and delicate work of creating a sustainable future for non-profit dance organizations.

The hallmark of Andrea's career has been shepherding the careers of artists and the organizations that support them at vital moments in their trajectory from emerging to mid-career, recently as Executive Director of Gallim, managing Andrea Miller's yearlong residency as artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and most significantly, alongside Larry Keigwin at KEIGWIN + COMPANY for nine years. Andrea’s creative and strategic vision, along with her commitment to collaboration and innovation has distinguished her as a leader in the field.

Andrea has been featured on panels at Capacity Interactive’s Digital Bootcamp, Dance/USA’s annual conferences, Dance/NYC Town Halls, and more, discussing a myriad of topics from digital fundraising to Board development to online audience engagement to branding. She was selected to serve as a mentor through Dance/USA's Institute for Leadership Training in both 2014 and 2015 and was a member of Dance/USA’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Managers Council of organizations with budgets $750K and below from 2013-2016. Andrea was first introduced to the world of dance administration in 2003 with an internship at the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from Connecticut College in 2004, where she danced with choreographers including Dan Wagoner, David Dorfman, Jeremy Nelson, and Heidi Henderson. Prior to joining KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Andrea worked in development at New York City Center, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and City Parks Foundation. 

Andrea is also a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, teaching at studios across NYC.

Tracy Mendez
Management Associate

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Tracy received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School under the Artistic Directorship of Benjamin Harkarvy, and her Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University School of Professional Studies. As a modern dancer she has had the pleasure of performing with Gerald Casel, Jeremy Laverdure, Sam Kim, Neta Pulvermacher, and Toshiko Oiwa, among others. She currently performs with the Stanley Love Performance Group. As an arts administrator, she has worked for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and in addition to her work with Dance Heginbotham, she is the Development Manager for Alarm Will Sound and the Development Associate for JACK Quartet.  Tracy lives in Manhattan with her son. 

Amber Star Merkens
Rehearsal Director
Amber Merkens grew up in Newport, Oregon. She holds a BFA from The Juilliard School, where she performed works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, José Limón, Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Tracy Mendez, and David Parsons, among others. Amber went on to dance with the José Limón Dance Company for two years before joining the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2001. For over a decade, Amber enjoyed interpreting Mark's work; she was featured in numerous pieces and inherited Mark's own roles in Dido and Aeneas, Ten Suggestions, and Rondo. Amber is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award and is on faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their two children.