The beauty of dreams made possible through the power of the arts.
Whether they wish to share their artistic gifts on a world stage or simply experience the freedom of movement, The Angel Shine Foundation has championed the dreams of thousands of children as they transcend their challenges through the power of dance & creative expression.
ASF was established in 2014 to provide scholarships to gifted children in need, and to support the arts worldwide. Today, our original programming, financial support, and meaningful partnerships have positively impacted children of all abilities across four continents and in more than 18 countries around the globe.
Our work is changing lives, whether that is through financial support for educational and artistic opportunities or utilizing our network to protect at-risk students in war-torn countries like Ukraine.
While their circumstances may be different, all of our scholars and program participants have three things in common: the courage to dream, the potential to shine, and an ally in our foundation.
“ASF’s mission of empowering children through the arts is deeply inspiring. I sincerely thank its visionary Founder, Allyson Tang, for shining a well-deserved light on our dancers.”
–Julia Dubno, Founder and Director of Ballet Academy East (BAE)
Meet our Dedicated Board
Our board is a diverse collective of professionals who share a passion for the arts and a conviction for giving young dancers an opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Allyson Tang graduated from The University of Southern California (USC), began her career with Deloitte and worked as a TV producer for over a decade. After re-discovering her love for dance as an adult, Allyson established the Angel Shine Foundation to support children’s dreams by providing educational scholarships and grants to arts programs through such institutions as New York City Ballet (NYCB), SAB, Ballet Academy East and Paris Opera Ballet. Allyson serves on the boards of New York City Ballet and The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. She enjoys serving as NYCB’s Education Ambassador and on the Nominating and Development Committees.
Kathy Newhouse Mele
Kathy earned a degree from Yale University and began her career by working as an elementary school teacher and also taught ESL to adults. She is a board member of the Association for Frontotemporal Dementia which supports families with FTD, a young onset dementia. Previously she chaired two other boards, National Dance Institute and The Paper Bag Players, and served as a board member of Citizens Committee for Children.
Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky
Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky’s educational resume includes institutions like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Brown University, Dartmouth, Campbell Foundation University, and Harvard University. For over thirty years, he has had the pleasure and privilege of caring for and learning from persons of all ages with childhood onset disabilities. He has learned that one cannot care for a person with special needs without caring for their family and community as well. Their community may be their school, grocery store, or the New York City Ballet. Simply, “Dr. D” believes he has the best job in the world.
Social Media Director
Nancy graduated from Cornell University and spent two years at JPMorgan Chase before moving to her current role as Senior Associate at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Growing up oil painting, she continues to be an avid lover of the arts and frequents the Met. She is passionate about helping children and young adults achieve their dreams and pursues this through her work on the Junior Board of Girls Inc NYC.
Our story began in the heart of a young girl who thrived against all odds, and for whom dance became a way to liberate her soul and give flight to her dreams.
That heart has grown exponentially as ASF has multiplied its reach, giving children everywhere the opportunity to experience art’s greatest gifts.