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The Dance Enthusiast Management Team


Christine Jowers/Follow @christinejowers on Twitter

Christine Jowers/Follow @christinejowers on Twitter

Christine Jowers is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Dance Enthusiast an extension of the non-profit company Moving Arts Projects www.movingartsprojects.org. 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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Trina Mannino/Follow @Trinamannino on Twitter

Trina Mannino/Follow @Trinamannino on Twitter

Trina Mannino is the organization's administrator and a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Hour Detroit Magazine, and Dance Europe Magazine.
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Sammi Lim/Follow @ilikeloofahs on Instagram

Sammi Lim/Follow @ilikeloofahs on Instagram

Sammi Lim is the Social Media Manager and a 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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Erin Bomboy

Erin Bomboy

Erin Bomboy is an editor and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter where she works as a writer, editor, and teacher in the dance field.
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Theo Boguszewski

Theo Boguszewski

Theo Boguszewski is the ads sales and sponsorship manager and a 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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Present Contributors


Robert Johnson/Follow @RobertJ26215165

Robert Johnson/Follow @RobertJ26215165

Robert Johnson is an editor and writer for The Dance Enthusiast and was the 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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Nicole Dekle Collins

Nicole Dekle Collins

Nicole Dekle Collins is a 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. She danced in the Savannah Ballet under the direction of Karena Brock and currently studies with Antoinette Peloso in New York.
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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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Melanie Greene/Follow @MethodsDance on Twitter

Melanie Greene/Follow @MethodsDance on Twitter

Melanie Greene is a 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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Garnet Henderson/Follow @garnethenderson on Twitter

Garnet Henderson/Follow @garnethenderson on Twitter

Garnet Henderson is 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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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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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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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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Henning Rübsam

Henning Rübsam

Henning Rübsam is a 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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Jenny Thompson/ Follow @jennyjennyt on Twitter

Jenny Thompson/ Follow @jennyjennyt on Twitter

Jenny Thompson is a new 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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Deirdre Towers/Follow @spiffmoves on Twitter

Deirdre Towers/Follow @spiffmoves on Twitter

Deirdre Towers is a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and has written for over 12 publications including Dance Magazine, where she was a staff writer for 5 years.
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Past Contributors


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 is a project consultant for 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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Raja Kelly

Raja Kelly

Raja Kelly is a former 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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Jean Lenihan/Follow @jeanlenihan on Twitter

Jean Lenihan/Follow @jeanlenihan on Twitter

Jean Lenihan is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. Her blog, freshpencil, appears on ArtsJournal.com.
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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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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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Cory Nakasue

Cory Nakasue

Cory Nakasue is a former correspondent 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 writes about the arts in Philadelphia and her articles have appeared in Broad Street Review and Phindie.
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Guest Writers


Chris Dohse

Chris Dohse

Chris Dohse has written about dance and the arts for 20 years.
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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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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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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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Juan Michael Porter II

Juan Michael Porter II

Juan Michael Porter II is a dancer, writer, and producer whose work has taken him all over the world. 
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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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Ali Rosa-Salas

Ali Rosa-Salas

Ali Rosa-Salas is a curator and producer from Brooklyn, NY.
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Past Master Writers


Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Master Writer- September 2013-May 2014)

Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Master Writer- September 2013-May 2014)

Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Master Writer in Residence - September 2013 - May 2014) has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News and other publications since 1976.
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Elizabeth Zimmer (Master Writer- September 2013-May 2014)

Elizabeth Zimmer (Master Writer- September 2013-May 2014)

Elizabeth Zimmer (Master Writer in Residence - September 2013 - May 2014) writes about dance, theater, and books for Dance Studio Life, New York’s Metro, and other publications, and teaches writing at Hollins University, among other places.
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Past Interns


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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