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    Leadership Team

  • KRYSTAL ODOM, Interim Executive Director


202.813.9505 ext 701

Krystal Odom (she/her/hers) has been dancing her entire life but began her formal training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet. She has performed with the Jones-Haywood Youth Dancers, Bren-Car Dancers, and in Adrian Vincent James’ 40th Anniversary in Dance and the Arts. She has taught ballet and tap at the New School of Dance and Arts and Bren-Car School of Dance. She has taught hip hop with the D.A.R.E.® Dance program since 2007. She is very excited to continue teaching ballet and hip hop at Joy of Motion Dance Center.


  • ELENA FORBES, Director of External Relations
  • DEZ JORDAN, Studio Manager


202.813.9505 ext 703

Elena Forbes (she/her/hers) is an arts manager and fundraiser with specialized experience in managing seven-figure+ portfolios for arts and humanities nonprofits and optimizing external communications.

With nearly ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has written grants for initiatives ranging from scholarly research projects to performances and exhibitions to arts and literacy-building education programs to rare materials acquisitions. Prior to joining Joy of Motion, she has held development positions with The Ellington Fund, Folger Shakespeare Library, GALA Hispanic Theatre, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Elena’s passion remains firmly rooted in serving the performing arts and arts education sectors, and for exploring new ways to optimize strategic planning, fundraising, evaluation, and infrastructure development processes for arts nonprofits.

Elena is also on the Board of Directors for the 21st Century Consort, volunteers as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards, and often acts as a Grant Review Panelist for multiple local and national grantmakers. She also dedicates time to mentorship and emerging leader outreach and has served as a panelist at student-geared professional development events for Arts Management Masters programs at both Indiana University and George Mason University. She holds an MA in Arts Management from George Mason University and a BM in Instrumental Music Education from The Catholic University of America.

When she is not buried in a grant proposal, Elena can be found enjoying DC’s rich culinary scene, performing as a semi-professional clarinetist, and adding to her ever-growing to-read list on Goodreads.


202.813.9505 ext 705

Desmond “Dez” Jordan (he/him/his), a dancer and choreographer, served as Executive Director of Kaution Dance, as well as Assistant Choreographer for Impact Entertainment’s Hip Hop Company. He later joined Fierce Collabo and became team captain in the 2014-15 season. He has performed at World of Dance NYC, Monsters of Hip Hop, Prelude DMV, National Dance Day DC, Toronto Pride, Capital Pride, and Cherry Blossom Parade with artist such as Deborah Cox, Debbie Reynolds and Radio Disney’s: Kicking Daisies. Dez also teaches youth and adult hip hop classes at Joy of Motion. Come dance with him!