Board of Directors
    Chris Roberts, Chair
Chris has taught children and adults for 34 years. He received his B.S. degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from Brigham Young University and has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented) from BYU. He has been teaching dance (along with everything else) to children every day for the past 14 years. Chris has taught dance workshops for the Utah State Office of Education and has co-taught with Marilyn Berrett in Brazil at the daCi World Conference. Chris was a keynote presenter at the Fall Networking Arts Conference in Ogden, UT and was a co-presenter in a panel and lecture-demonstration (with Marilyn Berrett and Julie Ahlander) at the 2003 National Dance Education Organization conference in Albuquerque, NM. He also co-presented a paper (with Marilyn Berrett) at the 2006 NDEO conference in Long Beach, CA. Chris is a proud graduate of Anne Green Gilbert's Summer Dance Institute in Seattle. He loves giving children the opportunity to express their creativity through dance. In 2012 Chris received the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Award for Educational Leadership.
 
    Anna Mansbridge, Chair-Elect
is from the United Kingdom, where she studied dance for many years. She holds a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education from Bedford College, UK, and a MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, California. Following a six-year performing and teaching career in the UK, Anna immigrated to Seattle, Washington in 1998. Since 1999 she has been on faculty at the Creative Dance Center, directed by Anne Green Gilbert, where she teaches dance to people of all ages. She is the Rehearsal Director, and has choreographed many pieces on the nationally renowned youth dance company, Kaleidoscope, directed by Anne Green Gilbert. Anna is also the Founder (in 2000) and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, which specializes in recreating dances of the European courts from the 16th through 18th centuries. Seattle Early Dance has performed with such prestigious musical ensembles as Seattle Symphony and Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and has also created a number of shows for children to teach about this period of dance history. Anna has choreographed and directed many early operas, including Venus and Adonis by John Blow (1683), and Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Emilio de' Cavalieri (1600), and, most recently, Combattimento di Trancredi et Clorinda by Claudio Monteverdi (1624) and The Indian Queen by Henry Purcell. Since August 2005 Anna has been on the faculty of the Accademia d'Amore, as a stage director, choreographer, and baroque gesture expert. In addition Anna holds workshops in historical dance in various K-12 and university settings, and teaches creative dance in elementary schools as an Artist-in-Residence. 
    Kathleen Kingsley, Treasurer
danced with the Minnesota Dance Theater, the Ballet Gloria de Lozano in Bogotá, the Tampa Ballet and the Westport Ballet in Kansas City, Missouri before co-founding City in Motion Dance Theater in Kansas City in 1985. She also taught for the premiere summer season of AileyCamp and founded the City in Motion Children’s Dance Theater. As a dance integration teaching artist, she has conducted residencies in schools and communities throughout the US as well as workshops for NDEO, the Expeditionary Learning (ELOB) national conference, the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, the daCi international conferences in the Netherlands and Jamaica, and the daCi Gathering in Provo, Utah. She has been a visiting lecturer in the Department of Education at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico and is currently developing a standards-based integrated dance curriculum at Río Gallinas Charter School for Ecology and the Arts for grades 1 through 8. She is founder and director of the Las Vegas Children’s Dance Theater and is currently teaching the International Baccalaureate Dance Programme at the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West.
 
    Judith Nelson, Secretary
Judith Nelson, dance artist and educator, danced with the José Limón Dance Company, the David Gordon Pick-Up Company (appearing on Dance in America for PBS), and many other modern dance companies. She has choreographed and performed in musicals in New York, across the US, and internationally. Her extensive work with children's dance includes conducting numerous school residencies for grades pre-school-12, offering workshops for parents and elementary school teachers, and teaching for a wide variety of community arts programs throughout the US. Judith trained in children's dance with the renowned dance educator Virginia Tanner at the University of Utah and later with Anne Green Gilbert of the Creative Dance Center in Seattle.  She holds an MFA in drama from the University of Arizona and a BFA, magna cum laude, in dance from the University of Utah. Judith has taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Auburn University, where she directed a dance outreach program emphasizing literacy and cultural diversity, which toured regional elementary schools in Alabama and Georgia.  She now resides in New York City where she is on the faculty of the Mark Morris Dance Center.
    Mary Lynn Babcock, National Representative
is a choreographer, teacher and movement analyst who holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University. Her work has been presented across the US and in Portugal, Jamaica, the Netherlands, and Egypt. Dance professor at the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas, she teaches Laban Studies, modern dance, improvisation and introduction to composition, and dance and technology where her research has taken her into interactive media and performance. She is founder and artistic director of Satellite-Dance, an interdisciplinary, interarts/intermedia dance collective.
    Marilyn Berrett, Past National Representative
is a professor of dance and chair of the Department of Dance at Brigham Young University where she enjoys the roles of teacher, choreographer and founding artistic director of Kinnect, a dance education outreach company that performs and teaches in public schools. As an independent dance artist and certified elementary educator Marilyn has worked with dancers and students of all ages for over 30 years. She has been a master teacher and presenter of professional development workshops for dance companies, arts organizations and universities throughout the United States and abroad. Her choreography and research has been featured in award winning films, conferences and main stage productions across the US and in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, South Africa and Turkey. Marilyn loves the creative process, mentoring future dance educators and working to keep the arts a vital part of education. She believes the arts have the capacity to increase the health and success of any individual or group, and that the arts are a joyous pursuit that humanize, heal and inspire. She loves reading cowboy poetry, mountain biking and treasures spending time with her family.
 
    Dr. Mila Parrish, Newsletter Liaison
is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in dance pedagogy, educational technology and multimedia development. She received a BFA in choreography and performance and K-12 Teachers Certification from the University of Michigan; an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Art Education.  Mila was a professional dancer and choreographer in NYC, performing with modern, ballet and theatre companies, most notably, the Jean Erdman Theater of Dance, with whom she toured nationally. Mila has served on the board of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and the Dance Notation Bureau (DNB). She is the head of Dance Education and the Director of the MA program in Dance Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  For five years she directed Moving Inventors, a community arts school with a hands-on dance laboratory for teacher education. Mila is very active in professional development, leading seminars and workshops throughout the US and in China, Finland, and the Netherlands. She has been on faculty at Columbia University, Ohio State University and Arizona State University.
    Madeline Cantor, Membership Relations
is Associate Director of the Dance Program at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania where she teaches technique, composition, original repertory and arts teaching, and directs the Dance Outreach Project, a performing group for young audiences. Recent activities related to the teaching of dance to children include a 7-year association with an elementary school as a dance teacher for 2nd and 6th grade classes; coordinator of Dance TAG (Teaching Artists Group), a peer-to-peer program in Philadelphia for continuing professional education; member of the advisory board charged with reviewing dance lessons on PE Central, a national physical education resource; and facilitator of training workshops on creative movement for day care providers.
 
    Kathryn Austin
dedicated to whole-child development through age-appropriate, learning-infused arts experiences specifically in dance. This family-based studio has served the West Orange and Lake county communities in Florida for the past 20 years. Kathryn is a doctoral candidate at Florida Atlantic University in the Fine and Performing Arts track of the Comparative Studies department, where she also teaches undergraduate courses in dance. She has 29 years of teaching experience in the private sector, university, public school system and community education as well as frequent guest teaching, lecture demonstrations and residencies. She was awarded the Outstanding Dance Educator Award for the Private Sector by NDEO in 2005 and is an active member of several state and national dance organizations as well as a frequent presenter at conferences throughout the United States. Kathryn is recognized as a Registered Dance Educator, holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Florida State University and a MA in Dance from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She is a Fellow of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, coaching over 50 Scottish Highland Dance students and competitors. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Central Florida and teaches the dance minors and theatre majors.
    Amy Markgraf Jacobson
is an Associate Professor of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. Amy's love for moving and dancing began as a child with Brigham Young University's Children’s Creative Dance Program.  That love for creating, exploring, and learning has guided her throughout her life as a teacher, choreographer, artistic director, mover, and human being. Her choreography has been honored and performed at several American College Dance Festivals gala performances, choreographic showcases as well as throughout the US, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia. Her teaching and choreography reach out to elementary school children, high schools, universities, teachers and adults of all levels. Amy holds a BS in Dance Education from Utah State University, an MA from Brigham Young University, and an MFA from the University of Utah. Amy is currently the Modern Dance Program Coordinator at UVU and Artistic Director of Synergy Dance Company, teaching modern dance technique, dance kinesiology, modern dance teaching methods, and dance conditioning.
    Rachel Kimball
directs the Arts in Education outreach program for the University of Utah, Tanner Dance Programs. She trained under Mary Ann Lee, Artistic Director of Tanner Dance Programs and was a member of Children’s Dance Theatre. Rachel received a BFA from the University of Utah in Modern Dance. She has taught in numerous communities in Utah, Nevada and California. Rachel currently teaches and oversees dance specialists in four Utah school districts serving 3000 children and classroom teachers. She has worked with the Utah State Office of Education and Salt Lake City school district as a trainer in the 10 minute-a-day pilot program. Rachel continues teaching as faculty for the Children’s Dance Theatre, the Tanner Dance Studio Programs and Professional Development for Educators program.
 
    Marlene Strang
is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Colorado Ballet’s Academy and Outreach programs. She is an alumna of the dance programming office at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where she worked with a variety of dance professionals from around the world. Marlene is a co-founder and artistic director of Elevation Dance, a Boulder, Colorado based children’s dance company. She received a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in education from Arizona State University, where she also obtained her secondary teaching certificate. Marlene’s research on dance education was presented at the National Dance Education Organization conference and published in Dance Magazine. Most recently Marlene was commissioned to set work on Anne Green Gilbert’s Kaleidoscope dance company and the dancers of Colorado Ballet. Marlene has also danced with local and national choreographers.
    Jeanne Traxler
of Brookline, Massachusetts, was an original founder of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Dance Company in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1976 and in Massachusetts in 1980. The PB&J organization is comprised of a professional company that performs in schools, libraries, and festivals, PB&J Dance Classes for Kids, and SMALL FEETS dance company, dancers ages 6-9. Jeanne has taught workshops for Dance Across the City in Boston, the Dance for World Community Festival in Cambridge, MA, Artropolis, and other festivals. She has also choreographed six elementary school musicals in Brookline, including one for which she collaborated on lyrics for the original music. Her choreographic work has received grants from the Massachusetts and Brookline Arts Councils. Jeanne is a founder and a member of the organizing committee of the Children’s Dance Festival, an annual day of dance workshops and performances for and by children in the greater Boston area, celebrating its 21th year. Jeanne was on the daCi USA board from 2003-2009, serving as the national treasurer. She taught for daCi and presented the PB&J professional company at the international meeting in Finland in 1997 and at the National Gatherings in Pennsylvania, Utah and Texas and gave workshops for daCi USA at two National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conferences. She looks forward to working on the daCi USA board again and helping the organization to grow and develop in future years.
 

 

 

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