Dance Metro DC

Supporting Organization
 

The mission of Dance Metro DC is to strengthen the field of dance in the national capital region. We accomplish this through support, promotion, education, convening and advocacy for individuals and organizations in the professional field of dance.

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Rebecca A. Ferrell

Executive Director, Dance Metro DC
 

Rebecca A. Ferrell is a dance advocate, artist, educator, and producer. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University.  As a longtime activist for the arts, Rebecca has served as the Director of the VA Dance Symposium, Co-Producer of the Richmond Dance Festival, dance critic for GayRVA and RVA Magazine, ACDA Central Region Conference Coordinator, Director of Public Relations and Engagement for the University of Illinois’ Department of Dance and the Director and Curator of the Flatlands Dance Film Festival.  Additionally, her arts consulting and management skills have supported organizations, universities, and dance artists throughout the East Coast and Midwest. As a native of Richmond, Virginia, she is thrilled to join Dance Metro DC as their new Executive Director. Rebecca looks forward to continuing to strengthen the field of dance in the DMV area and re-connecting with its incredible dance community!

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Lisa Traiger

Program Director, DC Dance Journalism Project
 

An arts journalist and dance critic since 1985, Lisa Traiger writes frequently on the performing arts for Washington Jewish Week and other local and national publications, including Dance, Pointe, Dance Teacher and Culture Spot. She also writes and edits From the Green Room, Dance/USA’s online eJournal. She was a freelance dance critic for The Washington Post Style section from 1997-2006, where she also contributed a column on dance to the Weekend section.

Over the years Lisa has interviewed many dance luminaries, among them Merce Cunningham, Anna Sokolow, Alicia Alonso, Paul Taylor, Arthur Mitchell, Suzanne Farrell, Bill T. Jones, Ohad Naharin, Savion Glover, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Misty Copeland. As arts correspondent for the Washington Jewish Week, she has reported on Jewish drum circles, Israeli folk dance, Holocaust survivors, Jewish Freedom Riders, and Jewish American artists from Ben Shahn to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim to Y Love, Tovah Feldshuh to Wendy Wasserstein. Her now occasional dance writing can be read on DCDanceWatcher. In 2003, Traiger was a New York Times Fellow in the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. She holds an M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has taught dance appreciation at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, Rockville, Md. She served on the Dance Critics Association Board of Directors from 1991-93, returned to the board in 2005, and served as co-president in 2006-2007.

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Marita Anastasi

Writer

Born and raised in the island of Cyprus, Marita Anastasi has been in Washington DC since 2017 and is graduating in May 2020 with a double BA in History and Dance from American University. Her dance training is primarily based on classical ballet, modern, contemporary and contact improvisation whilst she has also had contact with urban and traditional African forms of movement. Marita has performed for CHOREOLAB a student choreography project as well as for the American University Dance Company’s (AUDC) on multiple occasions. As a member of AUDC, Marita has danced in works by artists such as Erin Foreman Murray and Orange Grove Dance Company. In addition, Marita’s first choreographic work was presented in CHOREOLAB18 and was then the chosen student work to be presented in AUDC’s spring concert in 2019. Marita has also participated at the American Dance Festival in 2018 on partial scholarship and more recently at the B12 contemporary dance festival in Berlin. For her upcoming dance and history thesis classes, Marita is preparing a site specific composition and is also exploring historical connections between the moving body as an artwork and the space of the museum. Post graduation, Marita plans on pursuing dance performance whilst also working closely with organizations that promote cultural research and museum work.

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Krystal Leniece Collins

Writer

Hailing from the Midwest, Krystal Leniece Collins (she/they) captivated their first audience in the produce section of the local Moo & Oink (may the beloved Chicago grocery store chain rest in power). A graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BFA ‘18), Krystal has performed in many works by UIUC professors, students, and guest artists. She is currently the Junior Staff Program Manager at Dance Place and a freelance performer/choreographer who just finished a season as a teaching artist with ClancyWorks Dance Company. Their work has been shown at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (IL) and the John F. Kennedy Center as a part of the National College Dance Festival (DC). Her most recent performance venues also include Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), Joe's Movement Emporium (MD) and Dixon Place (NY). Krystal’s artistic practice amalgamates many lenses of Blackness, including queerness, girl/womanhood, popular culture, and ancestral spiritual practices.

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Helen Gineris

Writer

Helen Gineris has a dance background in modern and ballet having attended Cornish College of the Arts before transferring to the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and minoring in Dance. Her love of dance continued in the realm of folk dancing and performance having represented American folk dance at international folk festivals in Estonia, Hungary, and England. She is now an avid partner dancer, most recently exploring Brazilian Zouk. Helen is also trained in Nia Technique, a movement and lifestyle practice focused on moving the body's way, feeling pleasure in the body, moving at one's personal intensity, and developing a heightened sense of awareness of body while increasing flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability. She's appeared on NiaTV in the routine Wild community workout and was recently invited to appear in two upcoming NiaTV 52 Moves workouts. She ventured into dance writing several years ago, writing for Dance Metro DC's Dance is the Answer festival and is excited to join the Dance Journalism Project. Helen currently resides in Washington, DC where she moves and dances, provides integrative health workshops, co-leads a griefshare group, and produces events.  

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Leslie Hellerman

Writer

Leslie Hollerman has been writing about dance for print and online publications, with an emphasis on ballet, modern, and contemporary since 2009. Her work has appeared in national and Seattle-area magazines, such as Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher and City Arts (Seattle). Since 2015, she has been a contributor to Seattle newspapers and sites on dance and arts-related topics. Leslie received an M.P.A. degree in nonprofit and public management from New York University in 2006 and hold a master’s degree in dance history from the University of California, Riverside. In 2015, she completed an editing certificate from the University of Washington.

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Jocelyn E. Isaac

Writer

Jocelyn E. Isaac (Actors' Equity Association) is a Lecturer at Howard University Department of Theatre Arts. She holds a MFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance and a BFA in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she was a member of Danco2 (Philadanco’s 2nd company). Performance credits include: The Chocolate Nutcracker, Lincoln Theatre, DC; All Shook UpAnnie, Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), and South Pacific, Jenny Wiley Theatre, KY; The Christmas Spectacular, La Comedia Theatre, OH; FAME, Surflight Theatre, NJ / Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, MN; Chicago, Media Theatre, PA; Hairspray, Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas; Guys and Dolls, Olney Theater Center, MD; The Wiz, Ford’s Theatre, DC (dance captain). Choreographic credits include: UP! Dance Project, DC; Side Show the Musical, Montgomery College, MD; Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, SUNY Purchase College, NY; International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, CA; Howard University Dance Ensemble, DC; She A Gem, Kennedy Center, DC. Jocelyn has also trained with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Ailey School, and the Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba.

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Arielle Ostry

Writer

Arielle Ostry is a writer and dancer originally from Green Brook, New Jersey, studying dance as well as journalism and mass communication at The George Washington University. She has written reviews for danceviewtimes.com and DC Theatre Scene, covering dance performances in the DC Metro Area. This past spring, she interned at the Kennedy Center in editorial communications and currently works at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. In addition to writing and dancing, Arielle is an avid knitter, aspiring yogi and is completely obsessed with coffee!