Jane Alexandre, PhD
is an independent scholar/artist who has been working in the NY dance world for more than 30 years as a performer, writer, teacher, choreographer, director, producer and administrator. She is the author of Dance Leadership: Theory into Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2017); a Director at Evolve Dance Inc.; and has been involved in creating numerous dance projects of every description. She holds a BSc from Queen’s University (Canada), an MA from Antioch University (US), an MS from Pace University (US), and a PhD from Antioch University.
Julie B. Johnson, PhD
A dance artist focused on intersections of creative practice, community interaction, and social justice. Interested in dance taking place in and out of the studio, on and off the stage, and anywhere in between, she facilitates arts-in-education residencies and community collaborations with public schools, social service organizations, and arts institutions. Julie is a Dance Lecturer at Spelman College and serves as a strategist for Lela Aisha Jones | Flyground, as well as an organizing committee member of Flyground's Dancing for Justice Philadelphia initiative. Julie recently earned her PhD in Dance at Temple University, where she focused on experiences and meanings of 'community' in West African dance in the United States.
A London-based dance artist working as a performer, administrator, and facilitator. Her current work is in inclusive dance practice and community work with a focus on disability. She holds a BA in dance and anthropology from Connecticut College and an MA in dance anthropology from the University of Roehampton (UK).
Began her dance training in Boulder, Colorado with the City of Boulder’s Expressions Dance Company. As a student, she studied Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Ballet and went on to become a co-director of the youth company for many years. Additionally, she taught and choreographed for various studios across Colorado and continues training in NYC. In 2011, Carly earned her MPA in Non-Profit Management & Policy Analysis from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Since she has worked with nationally known advocacy organizations including Rainforest Alliance and Philanthropiece, focusing on strategic growth and increasing organizational capacity. She is currently the Director of Development & Operations at Rivertown Dance Academy and serves on the Board of Directors for The Schiff Dance Collective.
Annie Tucker, PhD
An interdisciplinary researcher, writer, and educator working at the various intersections of culture, personal experience, and the arts. Her interests include disability representation and response, the therapeutic application of the arts, and contemporary Indonesian cultural production. Her work has been recognized by support from the PEN America Center and the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, among others. She recently received her PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from the Department of World Arts and Cultures| Dance at UCLA, where she also lectures for the Disability Studies Minor.