DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
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202.813.9505 ext 702
STARTED: August 2016
Since 2011, I have 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, I managed Marketing and Patron Services at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland overseeing a large team of staff and volunteers.
Why did you choose to come to Joy of Motion?
The thing that originally drew me to Joy of Motion was the founding principle that “Dance is for Everyone,” particularly as someone who doesn’t inhabit a body that’s upheld in the traditional standards of dancer beauty. The arts are such an important part of every aspect of my life and I love that my job at Joy of Motion gives me a way to flex different parts of my creative muscles. I originally got into arts administration as a side-hustle and as a way to stay connected to the arts when I was not on stage. Now I’m extremely grateful that I’m able to connect and amplify the message for institutions like Joy of Motion by telling their stories.
Are you a dancer?
I self-identify as a strong mover rather than a dancer’s dancer. 😅 I joined a recreational dance team as a middle schooler and started taking classes in high school. As a collegiate Musical Theatre student, I took dance classes 5 days a week for 5-7 hours a day on top of any production rehearsals and often came over to Joy of Motion for additional classes on nights or weekends that I had off. I have the most experience with theatre jazz dance (15+ years of study), but I’ve also taken modern, ballet, & Broadway tap. I’ve taken classes and workshops focused in hip hop, West African, Lecoq, and historical social dancing. I have also trained in Alexander Technique, Laban movement analysis, and have taken several Viewpoints workshops.
What was your first experience with dance or what drew you to dance initially?
The same things that drew me to theatre drew me to dance! I grew up watching classic movie musicals; The Blues Brothers, The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line, and The Sound of Music were some of my favorites to watch growing up. My first experiences performing dance/choreography were as a wiggly little chorus student doing simple dance moves during performances. One of the first dance performances I saw onstage was a set of incredible rhythm tappers. I can’t remember their names, but I remember being absolutely amazed at their sound and speed!