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Krystal Odom 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.
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Elizabeth Watson earned her BA in Dance and Choreography from Mercyhurst University in 2010 and upon graduation, Elizabeth performed as a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Ohio in Akron, Ohio. In 2011, Elizabeth moved to Tucson, Arizona where she performed with numerous local dance companies and was instrumental in the opening and management of the Animas Center for Pilates, Yoga, and Dance. In May 2015, Elizabeth earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona where she performed soloist works by James Clouser, Jory Hancock, and Melissa Lowe. Elizabeth was a professional company member with the Tucson-based contemporary dance company, Artifact Dance Project, for two years before moving to DC. She was also the owner and creator of the bakery, The Bakerina.
Elizabeth comes to Joy of Motion from HillVets; a non-profit that provides veterans with education, contacts, and resources to gain the skills and experience needed to excel in Second Service careers on Capitol Hill. As their Director of Programs and Communications, Elizabeth designed curriculum and systems for HillVets’ programs and created partner relations with Members of Congress and private organizations. Prior to HillVets, Elizabeth served as the Business Services Coordinator for the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the Alexandria Small Business Development Center as well as a project and communications assistant for large initiatives such as the announcement of Amazon HQ2.
Elizabeth also served as the Community Manager for Capitol Post; a business incubator, accelerator, and co-working space for military veterans and their spouses. Externally, Elizabeth performed professionally with Gin Dance Company from June of 2016 until August of 2019 and continues to perform with District Dance Company in Gaithersburg, MD. She also serves on the Board for Local Motion Dance Project and is the incoming Chair of Dance Metro DC.
When she is not dancing or teaching or putting out fires, Elizabeth enjoys running, spin classes, whipping up new recipes from her obsessively large recipe book collection, or playing with her corgi puppy, Karen.
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Elena Forbes 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.
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Maggie Leigh Walker, Marketing Manager, handles marketing and communications for Joy of Motion’s numerous artistic and educational programs. Prior to joining Joy of Motion as a staff member in 2016, she was the Marketing Manager at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland. She has also worked at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center and Adventure Theatre-MTC. Maggie has also been a student at Joy of Motion on and off since 2007.
In addition to her work for Joy of Motion, Maggie is active in DC theatre. Recent local credits include Keegan Theatre’s Hands on a Hardbody and Elves and the Shoemaker (Fiona); Open Circle Theatre’s The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen); Adventure Theatre-MTC’s Pinkalicious; 1st Stage’s Bat Boy (Helen Hayes Nominated Production). She holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from the Catholic University of America.
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Originally from the Philadelphia area, Andrea D’Annunzio earned her BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University’s Jordan Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. Upon graduation, Andrea joined American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, NJ where she performed professionally and was on faculty at multiple pre-professional and community dance schools.
After deciding to retire from her professional career at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Andrea relocated to DC in pursuit of transitioning to a career in Arts Administration. Only a few months after settling in, Andrea joined the Joy of Motion family as a Studio Assistant. Within four months, Andrea rose threw the ranks to become the Assistant Studio Manager of the Bethesda location and by 2017 Andrea was promoted to the position of Studio Manager of the Bethesda location. For the next two years Andrea made the Bethesda studio and community her home, finding joy in her work through the connections made with students, families, faculty and her volunteer staff.
Most recently, Andrea was honored to be promoted to the position of Senior Studio Operations Manager and is now overseeing all three of Joy of Motion’s studio locations.
On the rare days you won’t see Andrea in one of the studios she can be found around the city attending dance and musical performances, around downtown Bethesda singing in the sunshine, or at home cooking up something tasty and spending snuggle time with her sweet cat Mochi.
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Desmond “Dez” Jordan, 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!