Smashworks Advocacy Team
Director of Smashworks Advocacy
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia Ana Lejava is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and social entrepreneur. She received classical ballet training at the Tbilisi V. Chabukiani State Ballet Art School and the Kirov Academy of Ballet under the mentorship of Oleg Vinogradov and Marat Daukayev. She was a member of Atlantic City Ballet, and has guest performed for the Brighton Ballet Theater, Staten Island Ballet, Alabama Youth Ballet Company, and Georgian National Dance Company. Ana has been teaching and choreographing for the School of Russian American Ballet in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan for the past four years.
Ana has a bachelor's degree in Dance and Political Science from the Birmingham-Southern College and has received BSC’s Fine Arts Society Award for Excellence in Dance. She has graduated college with Magna Cum Laude, political science and leadership studies honors. Along with her dancing career, Ana has worked for the intergovernmental and human rights organizations, including the United Nations on the human rights, cultural and social issues. She served as a Young Ambassador of Georgia to the United States for the 2016 and 2017 years, working closely with the members of the Georgian diaspora, promoting cultural exchange amongst the youth. She is happy to be leading Smashworks Dance’s Community Action efforts.
Dunya Habash, Advocacy Associate
Dunya Habash completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford in 2017 and is currently working as a researcher at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, UK. She also worked as a research assistant for Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford. She holds undergraduate degrees in Music and History from Birmingham-Southern College, where she embarked on her first substantive project with Syrian refugees, a documentary on Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, 'Zaatari: Jordan's Newest City'. That work led her to the programme in Refugee Studies at Oxford and a TEDx talk in Birmingham, AL. Dunya is excited to join the Smashworks family as a senior consultant on refugee and migration issues, which combines her passion for art and advocacy in relation to pressing social issues.
Consultant on Refugee and Migration Issues works directly with the Smashworks Advocacy team and advises it on its Smashing Borders’ campaign strategy and programming. She is responsible for monitoring our advocacy efforts by providing research on issues relating to the human rights of refugees and migrants, including legal representation, detention, U.S. asylum law and policy, international refugee protection and resettlement policies, as well as academic research and polling data, describing trends in public opinion towards migrants and refugees.
Imani Cole, Pentacle Intern
Imani Cole is a Washington DC native, and interning with Smashworks Dance Company through the Pentacle Internship Program. She graduated from Rutgers University Graduate 2016 with her BFA in dance and performed for the New York Lizards Dance Team from 2016-2018. She appeared in Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack and Red Tails Pilot episode for ABC.
She is a recent graduate of the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center, and recently signed with CESD Talent Agency.