Meet the Editors

Reanne Rodrigues

Editor in Chief

Reanne is the editor in chief of Dance Teacher and Dance Business Weekly. Having lived in Mumbai, Dubai, London, Toronto, and now New York, she has worked at several leading performing arts organizations including The Joyce Theater and New York City Center. During her tenure as an international editorial member of Dance Gazette magazine, Reanne helped shape the publication’s creative vision, feature content, and marketing and membership framework for over 13,000 dance teachers and students across 90 countries worldwide. She holds a Master of Arts in Education (Dance) from the University of Bath and the Royal Academy of Dance, UK, a Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Society from the University of Birmingham, UK, as well as Certified Registered Teaching Status in classical ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance, UK. 

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Madeline Schrock

Senior Managing Editor

A native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Madeline Schrock studied ballet at Southern Indiana School for the Arts and was later introduced to modern dance by Bill Evans. While completing her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, she was cast in a historical reconstruction of Alwin Nikolais’ Noumenon celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. As an avid dance videographer and editor, she has worked on video projects for Bates Dance Festival and the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company in Southern California. She later served as a marketing and education manager for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She is currently the senior managing editor of Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher and Dance Business Weekly

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lydia murray

Managing Editor

Lydia holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in integrated marketing communication from Marist College. In 2018, she served as an education intern at American Ballet Theatre. The following year, she became the intern program fellow/assistant to the deputy director at Jacob’s Pillow, where she managed the intern program and coordinated the 2019 National Dance Presenters’ Forum.

Lydia is a graduate of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory and attended summer intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispanico.

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Amy Brandt

Senior Consulting Editor

Amy has been the editor in chief of Pointe magazine since 2014, following a 19-year dance career. She danced professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, among others, and performed in honor of Ms. Farrell at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. While pursuing her college degree part-time, she began writing extensively for several dance publications, including Pointe‘s “Ask Amy” advice column. Amy graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English and World Literatures, and currently serves on its advisory board. 

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Courtney Escoyne

Senior Editor

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Courtney danced with Lafayette Ballet Theatre before matriculating to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in dance. She has performed in works by Karole Armitage, Netta Yerushalmy, Septime Webre, Vita Osojnik, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Giada Ferrone and Fairul Zahid, among others. She continues to take class, create and perform in the city. She is also a senior editor at Dance Magazine.

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Kyra Laubacher

Assistant Editor

Originally from Wexford, Pennsylvania, Kyra began dancing before she could speak. In 2020, she was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in English Literature, blending her passions for dance and writing academically. She also danced professionally at Eugene Ballet and performed a diverse repertoire including works by Suzanne Haag, Toni Pimble and Nicole Haskins throughout her time with the company.

Kyra began working for Dance Media as Pointe‘s 2020 summer editorial intern, continuing as a contributing writer prior to her appointment as assistant editor in 2022.

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Advisory Board

Jody Gottfried Arnhold

Founder, Dance Education Laboratory; Executive Producer, PS DANCE! Dance Education in Public Schools, PS DANCE! The Next Generation

Nigel Campbell

Co-founder and Artistic Director, MOVE|NYC|; Artistic Director, Gibney Center

Bob Dagger

Founder, Harlequin Floors

Chanel DaSilva

Co-founder and Artistic Director, MOVE|NYC|; director, choreographer and dance educator

maura nguyễn donohue

Director of MFA in Dance and Associate Professor of Dance, Hunter College/CUNY, Co-producer, Estrogenius Festival, Writer-in-Residence, Danspace Project 2021 & 2022

Diane Duggan

PhD, BC-DMT; NYS licensed psychologist; board-certified dance/movement therapist; dance educator

Rima Faber

PhD, MA, BA; Founder, Primary Movers; co-founder NDEO; Chair, Core Standards for Dance Education

Joan Finkelstein

Executive Director, The Harkness Foundation for Dance

Charla Genn

NYC–based professional dance coach and rehabilitation specialist

Nan Giordano

Artistic Director, Giordano Dance Chicago

Brinda Guha

Teaching Artist & Choreographer; Curator, Wise Fruit NYC; Director, Kalamandir Dance Company; Arts Administrator, Dance/NYC; Co-Founder, Soles of Duende

Rennie Harris

Founder of Rennie Harris Puremovement and Rennie Harris University

Misty Lown

Founder, More Than Just Great Dancing™ and Misty’s Dance Unlimited, LLC

Kitty Lunn

Founder and Artistic Director of Infinity Dance Theater; Master teacher of Dance and Disability Artistry

Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Assistant professor at Ohio State University; author of Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Research, Theory, and Practice; 2021 Dance Teacher Awards honoree

Marika Molnar

PT, LAc; Founder and President, Westside Dance Physical Therapy; Health and Wellness Coordinator for the New York City Ballet and School of American Ballet

Shelly Power

Executive Director of Philadelphia Ballet; former artistic director and CEO of Prix de Lausanne; former director of Houston Ballet Academy

Lynn Simonson

Creator of Simonson Technique and Simonson Method of Teacher Training

Peter Stark

President and Director of The Rock School for Dance Education

Monica Stephenson

Director of Community Engagement, Miami City Ballet; Former Head of School The Washington School of Ballet SE Campus

Deborah Vogel

Movement analyst, neuromuscular educator, director of The Body Series

Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Independent curator, arts writer, and editor; Founding Director, Black Diaspora; Founder, Black Curators in Dance and Performance; Founding Editor, Imagining: A Gibney Journal

2022 Dance Teacher Awards Committee

Nigel Campbell

Co-founder and Artistic Director, MOVE|NYC|; Artistic Director, Gibney Center

CHANEL DASILVA

Co-founder and Artistic Director, MOVE|NYC|; director, choreographer and dance educator

CHARLA GENN

NYC–based professional dance coach and rehabilitation specialist

DR. NYAMA MCCARTHY-BROWN

Assistant professor at Ohio State University; author of Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Research, Theory, and Practice; 2021 Dance Teacher Awards honoree

PETER STARK

President and Director of The Rock School for Dance Education