OhioDance is committed to secure the foothold of dance in Ohio through increasing visibility, firming viability, and elevating the position of dance in Ohio.


President Rodney Veal, Sinclair Community College, The Art Show, Dayton

Vice President Damien Highfield, Choreographer, Dancer, Akron

Treasurer Jessica Johnson, Managing Director of Accounting Solutions of Ohio, Columbus

Secretary Jeri Deckard Gatch, Modern Dance teacher, choreographer, and performer, Cincinnati




Legal Counsel Stefan Thomas, Attorney, Thomas Ingram Law Group, Columbus




Talise Campbell,
visiting assistant professor of Africana studies and dance at Oberlin College, and executive artistic director and choreographer of Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, Cleveland




Dr. Geraldine P. Dapul, Staff physician, focus on neuro rehabilitation, musculoskeletal disorders and performing arts medicine, Cleveland Clinic 

  • Mari Davies, Director of Institutional Giving, the Toledo Symphony
  • Dennis Dugan, Lighting Designer, Columbia Station



Ambre Emory-Maier
, Assistant Professor of Dance, Kent State University



Natalie Frushour
, Director of Business Operations for Education, Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts




Domonique Glover,
Choreographer, dancer, Toledo

Jefferson James, Artistic and Executive Director, Contemporary Dance Theater, Inc., Cincinnati

Ishmael Konney, Interdisciplinary Ghanaian artist, Columbus




Marlene Leber
, Choreographer, Dance Educator, Chardon 

Catherine Meredith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University; Independent Choreographer

Crystal Michelle Perkins, Choreographer, Dancer, Associate Artistic Director of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton



Elle Pierman
,PhD, Director of Education at BalletMet, Columbus




Daniel Roberts, Associate Professor, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University



Aseelah Shareef,
Vice President + Chief Operating Officer at Karamu House, Cleveland




Mansee Singhi,
Indian classical dance performer, choreographer and teacher, Columbus

Quianna Simpson, Dancer, Choreographer, instructor at Thiossane West African Dance Institute, Columbus

Emily Stamas, CareSource, Content Strategist, Dayton

OhioDance Board Committees
Anti-Racism and Equity Assurance Committee (A.R.E.A.)
Development, Fundraising & Marketing Committee
Membership & Community Engagement Committee
Festival Committee

Ex-Officio  Kodee Van Nort, formerly of Cincinnati
Ex-Officio  David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council

Advisory Board Members

  • Ann Cooper Albright, Oberlin College. Professor of Dance, Oberlin
  • Nathan Andary, CMA, RSME Choreographer, Faculty School of Dance, Ohio University, Athens
  • Zelma Badu-Younge, Ph.D., Professor, School of Dance, Ohio University, Athens
  • Laurie Bell, Retired Chair and Director of Dance, Ohio Northern University Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, Ada
  • Kelly Berick, Director, Firestone High School Dance Program, Akron
  • Padma Chebrolu, President and Artistic Director Cultural Centre of India, Cincinnati
  • Lynn Deering, Director, Dance Program, Cleveland State University
  • Janet Dziak, Artistic Director of North Pointe Ballet, North Ridgeville
  • Melanye White Dixon, associate professor, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Joyelle Fobbs, Dancer, Choreographer, Columbus
  • Chanda Ford- White, Founding Artistic Director / Owner of Cleveland Inner City Ballet, Cleveland
  • Tina Gehres, International Folk and Vintage Dance, Galloway
  • John Giffin, Professor emeritus, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Kim Gladden MD, Founding member of the Dance Medicine clinic at the Sports Health Center of the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
  • Suzan Bradford Kounta, Thiossane Institute, Columbus
  • Holly Handman Lopez, Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, Oberlin
  • Teressa Wylie McWilliams, coordinator and associate professor of dance, Wright State University, Dayton
  • Jeanne Mam-Luft, Director of MamLuft&Co. Dance, Cincinnati
  • Kathryn Mihelick, Choreographer, Dancer, Stow
  • Gill Wright Miller, Professor and Chair of Dance, Denison University, Granville
  • Sarah Morrison, Choreographer, Dancer, Founder of MorrisonDance, Cleveland
  • Melissa Pintar Obenauf, ŽIVILI, Artistic Director, Past OhioDance President 1981-1983, Columbus
  • Gabrielle Stefura, Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Fort Hayes Performing Arts School, Columbus
  • Shannon Varner, Lindyroos and SwingColumbus Performance Team, Columbus
  • Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland
  • Bobbi Wyatt, Founder and Artistic Director, Mason Dance Center

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