Dance/USA Announces New Board Chair and Council Chairs for its 2021-2022 Board of Trustees

September 28, 2021

CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, announced today its 2021-2022 Board of Trustees.

Dance/USA’s new Board Chair is Anne Huang (executive director, World Arts West, San Francisco, CA). Malik Robinson (executive director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver, CO) is the Past Board Chair. Find a complete list of the Executive Committee here.

The Dance/USA membership elected five new Council Chairs for a one-year term that commenced on July 1, 2021 and will conclude on June 30, 2022: Karen Long Charles (artistic/executive director, Threads Dance Project, Minneapolis, MN), Shoshona Currier (director, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME), Katie Moore (business director, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Philadelphia, PA), Francine Sheffield (senior partner, Rhizome Arts; founder, Sheffield Global Arts Management, Richmond, VA), and Ellen Walker (executive director, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, WA). Walker is already a Trustee, serving a three-year term.

The following members of the Dance/USA Board of Trustees rotated off the Board this summer: Thaddeus Davis (co-director, Wideman/Davis Dance; associate professor, dance, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC and Chicago, IL), Thomas DeFrantz (professor of dance and African American studies, Duke University; director, SLIPPAGE, Durham, NC), Sandy Garcia (director of booking, Pentacle, New York, NY), Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández (artistic director, Ballet Folkórico de México de Amalia Hernández, México City, MX), Michelle Ramos (vision keeper [executive director], AlternateROOTS, New Orleans, LA), Linda Shelton (executive director, The Joyce Theater Foundation, New York, NY), and Linda Yudin (artistic director, Viver Brasil, Los Angeles, CA).

“We’re grateful for the leadership and support these Trustees provided during their term and we thank them for their dedicated service to Dance/USA, our member community, and the dance ecosystem,” commented Dance/USA Executive Director Kellee Edusei. “We look forward to working with the new additions to the Dance/USA Board of Trustees.”

Find a complete list of the new Dance/USA Board of Trustees here.

About Dance/USA
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.

Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at

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