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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.
Erin Bomboy/Follow @ErinBomboy on Twitter
Erin Bomboy is the managing editor of and a senior contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter where she works as a writer, editor, administrator, and teacher in the dance field.
Sammi Lim/Follow @ilikeloofahs on Instagram
Sammi Lim is an Editor, Social Media Manager, and Senior 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.
Theo Boguszewski is a senior 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 senior 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.
Lauren Grant is a new contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. Honored with a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for her career with the Mark Morris Dance Group, she has danced with MMDG since 1996, appearing in nearly 70 of Morris' works. In addition to staging Morris' repertory on his company and at universities, Grant teaches ballet and modern technique for numerous professional dance companies and schools around the globe and is an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University.
Serena S.Y. Hsu
Serena S.Y. Hsu, contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, is a ZUMA Press wire photojournalist with a background in 3D animation and ballet .Hsu is a long-time resident of Kansas City, but she considers NYC as her second home.
Robert Johnson/Follow @RobertJ26215165
Robert Johnson, a senior contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and editor, was its 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.
Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and is an editor, writer and dance artist based in NYC.
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.
Cecly Placenti, a senior contributor to The Dance Enthusiast,is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and producer. She received her MA in Dance Education from NYU and her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. She is Artistic Director of Six Degrees Dance and currently performs with Chris Ferris and Dancers and Catherine Gallant Dances. Her dance criticisms have been published in The Dance Enthusiast and Critical Dance. Cecly is the Dance Teacher at Bronx Preparatory Charter High School in Bronx, New York.
Read more about Cecly at The Dance Enthusiast's Behind the Byline.
Deirdre Towers/Follow @spiffmoves on Twitter
Deirdre Towers is a senior contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and has written for over 13 publications including Dance Magazine, where she was a staff writer for five years.
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.
Alexandra Beller is Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, which is currently celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the…
Pia Catton has written about dance for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Sun.
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.
Kelly Hargraves is a choreographer from Canada who lives in Los Angeles.
Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer, writer and teacher with over 30 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, London and the USA.
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.
Ali Rosa-Salas is a curator and producer from Brooklyn, NY.
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.
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.
Mindy Aloff was a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. Her writing on dance, literature, film, and other cultural subjects has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other periodicals throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Dot Armstrong, a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, is a freelance dance artist/writer and a founding member of Futile Gestures, a movement collective formed in 2018.
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.
Brittany Beyer was a project consultant, cheerleader, and contributor to 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.
Katie Clancy was one of The Dance Enthusiast's first writers.
Diana Dunbar/Follow @DianaDunbar6
Diana Dunbar was a Miami-based contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. She was a founding member of Miami’s first modern dance company, Fusion Dance Company, has toured with Boston Flamenco ballet and has contributed to the London-based The Wonderful World of Dance.
Clifford Eberly/Follow @CliffEber on Twitter
Clifford Eberly is a new contributing writer to The Dance Enthusiast and is a visual artist and writer based in Los Angeles.
Emeri Fetzer, a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, is a Utah native turned New York- based performer and dance media enthusiast. Emeri graduated in Dance and English from Goucher College in Baltimore.
Melanie Greene/Follow @MethodsDance on Twitter
Melanie Greene is a former 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.
Garnet Henderson/Follow @garnethenderson on Twitter
Garnet Henderson was an editor and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, originally from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She moved to New York City to study at Columbia University.
Jean Lenihan/Follow @jeanlenihan on Twitter
Nadia Khayrallah, former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer. Since graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, she has performed with Gotham Dance Theater, Trainor Dance, the Woolgatherers Theater Group, SHIFT Dance Collective, the Cunningham Trust, and the musical artist Roxiny.
Raja Kelly was a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. He is a 2009 DancerWEB Scholar, performer and image-maker. Currently, Kelly lives between NY, NY and Seattle, WA.
Roger Lee former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and has also been published by Dance Magazine, Dance Magazine College Guide, Dance Studio Life Magazine, The Dance Journal, Dance Advantage, Broad Street Review, and Examiner.com.
Trina Mannino/Follow @Trinamannino on Twitter
Trina Mannino, former senior contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, was for many years the organization's administrator. Her writing has appeared in Atlas Obscura, The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Europe Magazine, and Vice.
Jonathan Matthews/Follow @jooanfen on Twitter
Jonathan Matthews . A relatively new voice, he currently writes on dance, theatre, opera, concert music and performance art for Celia Ipiotis at Eye on Dance and the Arts and is a contributing book reviewer for the Journal of Dance Education.
Maxine Montilus was a 2014 EMERGENYC artist with New York University’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.
Cory Nakasue is a former contributor 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 was a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and wrote about the arts in Philadelphia. Her articles have appeared in Broad Street Review and Phindie.
Juan Michael Porter II
Juan Michael Porter II, former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast, is a dancer, writer, and producer whose work has taken him all over the world.
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.
Tara Sheena is a dancer and writer living in Brooklyn, NY.
Jenny Thompson/ Follow @jennyjennyt on Twitter
Jenny Thompson was a 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.
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.