Kellee Edusei joined Dance/USA in the fall of 2008 as the organization’s Office Manager and Board Liaison. She was promoted to Director of Member Services in the spring of 2009, maintaining her work as Board Liaison.
During her time at Dance/USA, Edusei designed and implemented the Membership Fellowship giving an early career arts administrator an opportunity to hone their skills; the “Special Membership Package,” a recruitment campaign that surpassed goal that engaged the entire Dance/USA Board and staff in the process; and a new revenue stream by maximizing Dance/USA’s monthly Bulletin. She was a part of the initial program design of Dance/USA’s Dance Business Bootcamp, a program for dance artists working within budgets of $200,000 and below. Edusei also developed a website portal for Dance/USA’s Board of Trustees to better connect with one another and access Board materials on-demand as well as standardized the on-boarding process for new Trustees.
She has served as a grants panelist for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (MD), Alternate Roots (GA), and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (IL).
Edusei is currently a member of the Board of Directors of See Chicago Dance (IL) and is Co-Chair of its Governance Committee. Edusei also serves on the Advisory Council of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) (national), and is a former member of Dance Exchange's (MD) Board of Directors. Additionally, Edusei has been a part of Jacob’s Pillow’s (MA), Bates Dance Festival’s (ME), and Movement Research’s (NY) communities.
As a double-major graduate from the College of Wooster with degrees in Dance and Black Studies, Edusei studied in New York City and Yaoundé, Cameroon. Though worlds apart, she immersed herself in both city’s eclectic dance and arts communities. As a result of these experiences, she devised an evening length concert exclusively of her work as a part of her Independent Study thesis, titled Singularly Women/Collectively Woman. The piece focused on the mask dances of African ethnic groups the Yoruba, Voltaic, and Mende. She is a 2014 graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy.
Edusei currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and their children.
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