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The Dance Enthusiast Content Management and Editorial Team


Christine Jowers/Follow @cmmjowers on Instagram

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. 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.   
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Erin Bomboy/Follow @ErinBomboy on Twitter

Erin Bomboy/Follow @ErinBomboy on Twitter

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Erin Bomboy is the Executive Managing Editor of and 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.
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Sammi Lim/Follow @ilikeloofahs on Instagram

Sammi Lim/Follow @ilikeloofahs on Instagram

Sammi Lim is the Senior 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.
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Guest Editors


Francesca Harper

Francesca Harper

Francesca Harper joins The Dance Enthusiast as a guest editor for the Fall 2020 season. Harper, acclaimed for her work as a ballerina, concert modern dancer, triple-threat Broadway performer, recording artist,  choreographer and playwright, defies genres as she deconstructs classic forms and melds them with cutting-edge music, text, film, and video.
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Heidi Latsky

Heidi Latsky

Heidi Latsky joins The Dance Enthusiast as a guest editor for the fall 2020 season.  Latsky, famous for her glorious dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and an influential leader in the physically integrated dance field, has with her own creations "disrupted space, dismantled normal, and redefined beauty and virtuosity" for over 20 years.
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Senior Contributors


Theo Boguszewski

Theo Boguszewski

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. 
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Nicole Dekle Collins

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.
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Lauren Grant

Lauren Grant

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.
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Serena S.Y. Hsu

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.
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Robert Johnson/Follow @RobertJ26215165

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.
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Stacey Menchel Kussell

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.
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Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone

Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone

Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and is an editor, writer and dance artist based in NYC. 
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Ann Moradian

Ann Moradian

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.
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Cecly Placenti

Cecly Placenti

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.   
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Henning Rübsam

Henning Rübsam

Henning Rübsam is a senior contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and also the artistic director and choreographer of NYC based SENSEDANCE. For more information, please visit sensedance.org.
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Deirdre Towers/Follow @spiffmoves on Twitter

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.
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Guest Contributors


Natalie Axton

Natalie Axton

Natalie Axton is a writer in New York. She is the editorial director for Critical Read, a digital library of explanatory commentaries on important works of the fine arts.
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Peggy Baker

Peggy Baker

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.  
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Alexandra Beller

Alexandra Beller

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…
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Robert Bettmann

Robert Bettmann

Robert Bettmann is an artist and arts writer/editor based in Washington, D.C. He currently directs an Arts Writing Fellowship program for the non-profit Day Eight. His book "Somatic Ecology" was published in 2009, and he is editor of the arts anthology "Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work." Robert used to perform modern dance and ballet, having trained on scholarship at the Washington Ballet and Alvin Ailey schools. He has been Board Chair of the all-volunteer DC Advocates for the Arts since 2009. Established in 2001, the DC Advocates for the Arts support the development of public policy for a creative, healthy, sustainable, and economically viable District of Columbia through research, participation in public policy/arts policy discussions, and provision of informational resources for stakeholders and policy-makers.
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Pia Catton

Pia Catton

Pia Catton has written about dance for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Sun. 
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Chris Dohse

Chris Dohse

Chris Dohse has written about dance and the arts for 20 years.
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Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards

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.
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Jeremy Finch

Jeremy Finch

Jeremy Finch enjoys creative problem-solving and multimedia storytelling.
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Daniel Gesmer

Daniel Gesmer

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.
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Kelly Hargraves

Kelly Hargraves

Kelly Hargraves is a choreographer from Canada who lives in Los Angeles.
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Stuart Hodes

Stuart Hodes

Stuart Hodes is an American dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, dance administrator and author. He was Martha Graham’s partner, danced on Broadway, in TV, film, in recitals, and with his own troupe. His choreography has appeared on the Boston Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and other troupes. He taught at the Martha Graham School, Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC High School of Performing Arts, headed dance at NYU School of the Arts and Borough of Manhattan Community College. He was Dance Associate for the NY State Council on the Arts, dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, president of the National Association of Schools of Dance, and a member of the First American Dance Study Team to China in 1980, returning in 1992 to teach the Guangzhou modern dance troupe. He is a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast.   
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Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson, a dance critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pointe and Dance Magazine, also writes about food and Eastern European literature. 
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Sinru Ku

Sinru Ku is a photographer.
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Anabella Lenzu

Anabella Lenzu

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. 
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Gregory King/Follow @Daansir on Twitter

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.
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Lloyd Mayor

Lloyd Mayor

Lloyda Mayor is a soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company.
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Sydnie Mosley/Follow @sydmosley on Twitter

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. 
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Nataliya Ogle

Nataliya Ogle

Nataliya Ogle is the founder of Style Tomes, a fashion and beauty website centered around positive self-empowerment and self-acceptance.
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Susan Osberg

Susan Osberg

Susan Osberg is a choreographer, writer, and healer.
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Ali Rosa-Salas

Ali Rosa-Salas

Ali Rosa-Salas is a curator and producer from Brooklyn, NY.
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Robert Streicher

Robert Streicher came out of the vital New York Dance scene in the 70’s and 80’s, Mr. Streicher took his place as a seminal dance figure, turning to paint in the later 90’s, and has proceeded experimentally with his postmodern hybrid canvases with the same authentic voice, which had marked his innovative choreography.
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Walter Rutledge

Walter Rutledge

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. 
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Blakeley White-McGuire

Blakeley White-McGuire

Blakeley White-McGuire is a New York-based dance performer, choreographer, and teacher and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Critically acclaimed as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2002–2016, 2017) she has embodied the most iconic roles of 20th-century Modern dance to international critical acclaim.
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Former Contributors


Mindy Aloff

Mindy Aloff

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.
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Dot Armstrong

Dot Armstrong

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.
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A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE)/Follow @KwanzaaKid on Twitter

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.
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Brittany Beyer

Brittany Beyer

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.
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Briana Blasko

Briana Blasko

Briana Blasko is a San Francisco born portrait photographer who shares her time between India and California. Prior to 2008, she lived in New York for twelve years and photographed contemporary dance for the New York Times. For the past thirteen years, she has been quietly crisscrossing the Indian subcontinent to document the country’s rich traditions of textiles and dance and the enchanting play between the two. Her work has culminated in the production of a series of photographic books, including Dance of the Weave and Within Without: The Path of the Yogi.
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Katie Clancy

Katie Clancy

Katie Clancy was one of The Dance Enthusiast's first writers. 
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Diana Dunbar/Follow @DianaDunbar6

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. 
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Clifford Eberly/Follow @CliffEber on Twitter

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.  
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Elizabeth England

Elizabeth England is a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. 
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Emeri Fetzer

Emeri Fetzer

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. 
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Liz Gorgas

Liz Gorgas is a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. 
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Melanie Greene/Follow @MethodsDance on Twitter

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. 
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Veronica Hackethal

Veronica Hackethal

Veronica Hackethal is a writer based in New York City. She is the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Medical Terminology.” Veronica graduated from Harvard University (AB Anthropology), Oxford University (MSc Anthropology), and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD). She is a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. Learn more about Veronica here.
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Garnet Henderson/Follow @garnethenderson on Twitter

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.
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Nadia Khayrallah

Nadia Khayrallah

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. 
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Hannah Krafcik

Hannah Krafcik (they) is a dancer, writer, and early childhood care worker residing on the traditional lands of Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes, which is presently known as Portland, Oregon. They are a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. 
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Jean Lenihan/Follow @jeanlenihan on Twitter

Jean Lenihan/Follow @jeanlenihan on Twitter

Jean Lenihan, was a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. Her blog, freshpencil, appears on ArtsJournal.com.
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Raja Kelly

Raja Kelly

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.
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Roger Lee

Roger Lee

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.
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Trina Mannino/Follow @Trinamannino on Twitter

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.
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Jonathan Matthews/Follow @jooanfen on Twitter

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.
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Maxine Montilus

Maxine Montilus

Maxine Montilus was a 2014 EMERGENYC artist with New York University’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.
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Cory Nakasue

Cory Nakasue

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.
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Naomi Orwin/Follow @Nomi99 on Twitter

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.
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Juan Michael Porter II

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. 
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Susan Reiter

Susan Reiter

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.
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Pascal Rekoert

Pascal Rekoert

Pascal Rekoert has taught master classes throughout the US, Italy, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Bolivia, and Thailand and has taught side-by-side with Madonna dancer “Slam” in 2003. He has choreographed commercially for companies like BERENIK, Levi’s, Dockers, PTT Dutch Royal Communications, L’Oreal Paris, and Dutch celebrity designers Mart Visser and Dick van der Vlies. Since 2000, Rekoert has produced a wide variety of festivals and performance series in New York City: WestFest which featured companies from the UK, Israel, and Canada; The HATCH Presenting Series; The HATCHed Sequel Series; and the dance film series Canned Unicorn at The Rover SoHo. He is a former contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. 
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Tara Sheena

Tara Sheena is a dancer and writer living in Brooklyn, NY.
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Jenny Thompson/ Follow @jennyjennyt on Twitter

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.
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Dance Enthusiast Interns


Sammi Lim

Before Sammi Lim became part of the Content Management and Editorial Team she was an Intern with The Dance Enthusiast, through the Pentacle /Cultivating Leadership in Dance Program. To see her picture and read her bio, please visit HERE.
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Angela McNeal

Angela McNeal

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.
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Gianna Mercandetti/Follow @G_Mercandetti on Twitter

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.
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Special Programs


Master Writers in Residence

Master Writers in Residence

In 2013 Christine Jowers, Editor in Chief, created a program in which Master Writers shared their pieces on the site in addition to encouraging The Dance Enthusiast’s younger writers on their journey towards excellence in dance communication. We were pleased to work with Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Elizabeth Zimmer, and Robert Johnson. Johnson, who worked as Master Writer in the Fall of 2014,  continued on as a Senior Contributor to the Dance Enthusiast. 
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