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The Dance Enthusiast Management Team
Christine Jowers/Follow @cmmjowers on Instagram
Christine Jowers is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Dance Enthusiast an extension of the non-profit company Moving Arts Projects www.movingartsprojects.org. Prior to devoting her efforts to The Dance Enthusiast, Jowers worked as professional dancer, teacher, and producer, performing in the USA, UK, and Caribbean. In addition to her writing and videography for The Dance Enthusiast, she has been published by Dance/USA's e-journal, From The Green Room, The Dance Insider, The Johns Hopkins University's Literary Journal :The Hopkins Review and The Huffington Post.
Trina Mannino/Follow @Trinamannino on Twitter
Trina Mannino is the organization's administrator and a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in Atlas Obscura, The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Europe Magazine, and Vice.
Sammi Lim/Follow @ilikeloofahs on Instagram
Sammi Lim is the Social Media Manager and a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. In 2008, she moved to NYC for a taste of the Big Apple, but is now stationed in Kuala Lumpur after galavanting around Europe. She specializes in Arts & Culture writing as a whole.
Erin Bomboy is an editor and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter where she works as a writer, editor, and teacher in the dance field.
Theo Boguszewski is the ads sales and sponsorship manager and a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and a native of Berkeley, CA. She graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance, a concentration in choreography, and a minor in art history.
Nicole Dekle Collins
Nicole Dekle Collins is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and was an editor at Dance Magazine for six years and has written about dance for many publications, including The Village Voice, Pointe Magazine, and Le Soir in Brussels. Nicole is currently an editor at The Wall Street Journal. She danced in the Savannah Ballet under the direction of Karena Brock and now studies with Noriko Hara in New York.
Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and is an editor, writer and dance artist based in NYC.
Melanie Greene/Follow @MethodsDance on Twitter
Melanie Greene is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, and a dance artist taking on the world through a curious lens. She is no stranger to swirling along the edges of the impossible and swimming among the sea of the minority.
Robert Johnson/Follow @RobertJ26215165
Robert Johnson is an editor and writer for The Dance Enthusiast and was the Master-Writer-In-Residence for the 2014-2015 season. He also is the dance critic for “The Star-Ledger,” in Newark, New Jersey and a free-lance writer on dance.
Stacey Menchel Kussell
Stacey Menchel Kussell is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. In addition to writing on dance, Stacey writes about Jewish history and international affairs.
Ann Moradian is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, and is a movement artist who began her career dancing for a number of small companies, including Anna Sokolow's Players' Project and the Manuel Alum Dance Company in NYC.
Juan Michael Porter II
Juan Michael Porter II is a dancer, writer, and producer whose work has taken him all over the world.
Jenny Thompson/ Follow @jennyjennyt on Twitter
Jenny Thompson is a new contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, and has freelanced as a dance and theater critic since 2008 for EYE ON THE ARTS and, from 2010-2016, for Examiner.com.
Deirdre Towers/Follow @spiffmoves on Twitter
Deirdre Towers is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and has written for over 13 publications including Dance Magazine, where she was a staff writer for five years.
Brittany Beyer is a project consultant for The Dance Enthusiast. She is a dancer, administrator and arts advocate originally from Illinois, having lived here in New York for over a decade. She has received two degrees from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.
A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE)/Follow @KwanzaaKid on Twitter
A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE) is the Founder of PURPOSE Productions -- a company that supports artists and activists in the manifestation of PURPOSE-full work that seeks to unify and develop our world community.
Garnet Henderson/Follow @garnethenderson on Twitter
Garnet Henderson is an editor and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, originally from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She moved to New York City to study at Columbia University.
Raja Kelly is a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. He is a 2009 DancerWEB Scholar, performer and image-maker. Currently, Kelly lives between NY, NY and Seattle, WA.
Jean Lenihan/Follow @jeanlenihan on Twitter
Maxine Montilus was a 2014 EMERGENYC artist with New York University ’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.
Cory Nakasue is a former correspondent and now guest writer to The Dance Enthusiast. She has spent over 10 years dancing professionally in Los Angeles and London, England, and choreographs for film, video, and live arts events and installations.
Naomi Orwin/Follow @Nomi99 on Twitter
Naomi Orwin writes about the arts in Philadelphia and her articles have appeared in Broad Street Review and Phindie.
Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Playbill and other theater programs, Juilliard Journal, Dance Magazine, Ballet Review and many other dance publications.
Peggy Baker has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance for four decades, performing internationally in the work of Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris (with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project), Doug Varone, Tere O’Connor, Molissa Fenley, and Charles Moulton (NY); Fortier Danse-Creation (Montreal); Dancemakers and Toronto Dance Theatre. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 20 years she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing. Among her many honours are The Order of Canada, the Carsen Prize, the Premiere’s Award, the Governor General’s Award, Honorary Doctorates from York and the University of Calgary, and 5 Doras. She is Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School and a 2017 fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy.
Chris Dohse has written about dance and the arts for 20 years.
Jennifer Edwards, jened.com, is a multifaceted creative - a storyteller, facilitator and strategist - focused on the 'how' of systemic change. She speaks, teaches, and consults for creative ventures, incubators, universities and organizations. Jennifer is also an award-winning spoken word artist and choreographer, these skills inform all of her work. Ongoing projects include I FEEL SAFE WHEN, currently in residence at The Georgia Institute of Technology and an essay series on Dance and Society for The Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive launching in fall 2018.
Daniel Gesmer is the founder and owner of Seismic Skate Systems, a prominent brand manufacturer of high-end longboard skateboard products. He also writes about the movement arts for publications far and wide.
Gregory King/Follow @Daansir on Twitter
Gregory serves as Visiting Professor of Dance and a Consortium on Faculty Diversity Fellow at Swarthmore College where he teaches Modern and Laban Movement Analysis.
Lloyda Mayor is a soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Sydnie Mosley/Follow @sydmosley on Twitter
Sydnie L. Mosley is a Harlem-based dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate for the field. She believes in creative work that is artistically sound and socially aware.
Nataliya Ogle is the founder of Style Tomes, a fashion and beauty website centered around positive self-empowerment and self-acceptance.
Walter Rutledge teamed up with the model and actor Adewale Adekanbi to create the popular online entertainment publication Out and About NYC Magazine. Rutledge is presently Out and About’s Editor-in-Chief.
Ali Rosa-Salas is a curator and producer from Brooklyn, NY.
Past Master Writers
Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Master Writer- September 2013-May 2014)
Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Master Writer in Residence - September 2013 - May 2014) has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News and other publications since 1976.
Elizabeth Zimmer (Master Writer- September 2013-May 2014)
Elizabeth Zimmer (Master Writer in Residence - September 2013 - May 2014) writes about dance, theater, and books for Dance Studio Life, New York’s Metro, and other publications, and teaches writing at Hollins University, among other places.
Angela McNeal is The Dance Enthusiast's 2014-2015 intern. She is currently pursuing a self-designed dance studies major and through the program, she is participating in the Trinity/La Mama Performing Arts program in New York.
Gianna Mercandetti/Follow @G_Mercandetti on Twitter
Gianna Mercandetti is a former intern and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. She hails from Sarasota, FL, and graduated with her B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University in December 2013.