stephen @ dancemetrodc.org
Stephen Clapp is a cultural strategist and change agent who currently serves as Executive Director for Dance Metro DC and maintains a professional creative practice as Co-Artistic Director for Dance Box Theater. His work is mission driven with a passion for discovery at the intersections of the performing arts, social justice and service to the professional field of dance. Clapp has engaged with communities of children, adults, seniors, professional artists, organizers and veterans with arts-integration strategies that foster self-determination, innovative thinking, equitable communication structures and community empowerment. He serves on the board of Alternate ROOTS and has facilitated arts-based cultural equity trainings nationally. Clapp earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the George Washington University in dance performance and choreography. After receiving a full university fellowship to the program, his research and performance work examined the intersection of contemporary dance and climate change communication. Clapp’s experiences in the arts have helped him to understand how the creative sector is uniquely positioned to foster and model innovation that can transform communities.
Clapp understands the necessity for arts professionals to take on many roles in order to achieve personal and community goals. His experiences with entrepreneurship and stewardship in the arts have brought him to hold multiple responsibilities that span choreography, fundraising, marketing and communications, personnel management, relational development, strategic planning, program development and implementation, board relations, management consulting, contract negotiations, presenting and performance.
michelle @ dancemetrodc.org
Michelle hails from Keene State College where she received her BA in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Choreography and Performance and a minor in Psychology. After graduating in 2014 she moved to Washington DC to be the Youth Programs intern at Dance Place. During the year she spent there she assisted with the kids classes, taught classesnof her own and House Managed for weekend performances hosted by Dance Place. She has been involved in a Fieldwork session and performed with UpRooted and darlingdance. This past summer she attend the American Dance Festival as the School Administrative intern and enjoy class, a performance opportunity and many performances. She could not be more excited to take her next step in the field of dance as becoming a part of Dance Metro DC and the growth that is to come for the organization.
Community Leadership Partners:
Director, Dance Loft on 14
Director, Dance ICONS