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INTERIM CO-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.
SENIOR STUDIO OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Originally from the Philadelphia area, Andrea D’Annunzio (she/her/hers) 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.
DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS
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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.
DESMOND “DEZ” JORDAN
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!
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
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Maggie Null (she/her/hers) is an arts administrator, marketer, and theatre professional with a passion for telling unique stories that inspire, enlighten, and delight.
Since 2011 she has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations as a box office associate, marketing team member, and administrator in the DC area. Prior to joining Joy of Motion as a staff member in August 2016, she managed Marketing and Patron Services at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland overseeing a large team of staff and volunteers. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from the Catholic University of America.
Outside of the office, she is an active and passionate member of the DC theatre community onstage, in the classroom as a teaching artist, and as a member of the audience. Maggie is originally from the greater DC area and has been a student at Joy of Motion for 13 years, participating in a variety of adult drop-in classes.