ABOUT LEG UP ON LIFE
Leg Up On Life was established in November 2017 by founder, Daniel Gold. Originally, it was a one-day dance class series bringing several up-and-coming dance educators together to raise funds for Dancers Against Cancer. This one day event sparked into an idea of creating an arts initiative and community bringing artists from all walks of life together to raise funding for LGBTQIA+ organizations that give back directly to our communities. Leg Up On Life is proud to have hosted artists from broadway, television shows, national tours, recording artists, DJs, visual artists, and many more.
With a desire to expand the vision, Leg Up On Life began to foster a community of inclusion by curating innovative collaborative experiences. Thus, “Queens For A Cause” was born-- a monthly cabaret style show that opened the doors for drag artists and musicians into the organization.
Leg Up On Life went on to produce larger scale events at Dixon Place, Hudson Terrace, Le Poisson Rouge, Sony Hall, and others.
In 2020, Leg Up On Life became an official 501(c)3 organization. In order to continue to empower artists is through direct funding and Leg Up On Life is proud to provide scholarship and grant programs. This financial support will allow artists to continue their endeavors in producing new work or within their arts education.
Leg Up On Life is an artistic organization that strives to create an inclusive community through the performing and visual arts. Leg Up On Life’s events and shows promote artistic collaboration, while raising funds for organizations that directly aid the LGBTQIA+ communities. Additionally, Leg Up On Life provides grants and scholarships to support queer identifying people in their artistic endeavors. Ultimately, Leg Up On Life’s support promotes the use of arts collaboration and activism to help further progress for human rights while bringing a source of light to all communities.
If you would like to take part in Leg Up On Life's mission, please visit our Submissions Page. All donations are tax-deductible and will directly help off-set costs of events, scholarships and awards.
LEG UP BOARD
Daniel Gold (He/Him)
Daniel Gold is a New York City based artist who has worked in many stretches of the arts world. He founded Leg Up On Life back in 2017 while continuing his active career. As a Choreographer he has worked on Off Broadway and Regional musical productions and for numerous pop artists and nightlife performers. Daniel has performed across the country on the First National Tour of Miss Saigon and Disney's Beauty and The Beast. As an instructor not only on faculty at STEPS On Broadway, Daniel is often brought in as a guest instructor around the NYC pick up studios and the country on convention faculties. Daniel is a proud human rights activist and member of LGBTQIA+ community which has led to his involvement in several benefit concerts as both a creative and performer outside of Leg Up On Life. Looking to continue the creation of an inclusive community he is ecstatic to stand as the head of Leg Up On Life and move forward to bring its mission to life!
Tiffany Toh (She/Her)
Developmental Committee Head
Tiffany was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur and is a proud Malaysian! With a passion for human rights, Tiffany moved to the US to study Political Science at the University at Buffalo. Prior to moving to New York, she spent some time in Washington DC as a campaign fundraising intern. Tiffany recently started volunteering with Vote Save America. Professional credits include, Broadway: Miss Saigon (OBC); National & International Tours: Miss Saigon, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Disney's Beauty & the Beast; Other: Once Upon a One More Time (Sleeping Beauty), Legally Blonde (Pilar), South Pacific (Liat), The King and I, Lil' Kim Australia Tour (Back-up Dancer). So honored and proud to be part of this incredible organization!
Chelsea P. Freeman (She/Her)
Chelsea P. Freeman is a dancer and model based in New York City. She has performed for Jennifer Lopez, Run DMC, Cee Lo Green, The Ellen Show, The Harry Connick, Jr. Show, and Good Morning America. Additionally, she was a Knicks City Dancer, and a Production Dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line. She was also a featured ensemble member in Memphis: The Musical at Gateway Theatre in the role of Ethel. Aside from that, Chelsea comes to Leg Up On Life with 5 years of executive board member experience, and 2 years of advisory board experience for a 45 year old nonprofit in her home city of Yonkers, NY. Her “survival job” is working as the General Manager of DivaDance NYC. There, she oversees over 8,000 clients and directly managed a 143% increase in revenue in just her first year with the company. Chelsea is excited to bring her talents to Leg Up On Life and looks forward to watching the organization grow to new heights!
Cody Andrus/Coco Taylor (He/She)
By day, Cody Andrus is the Associate Director of Marketing at Lincoln Center Theater. By night, Coco Taylor is the kindly and campy den mother of NYC. Cody's career spans almost 15 years in non-profit theatre including at Second Stage Theatre, the Vineyard Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club and for the past five years, LCT. He also serves as the Council President for Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish. Coco Taylor is a writer, producer and actress. She has performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in The Simsinz, as a host of Members Only Boylesque and in her own production of American Teen Princess, a Drop Dead Gorgeous drag parody. She performed on the Pridefest Stage at NYC/World Pride 2019 and was featured on VH1's Black Ink Crew. She has performed in Leg Up On Life's Night Of Life as well as several Queens For A Cause.