Staff

Rebecca Ferrell
Executive Director starting March 18, 2019
rferrell@dancemetrodc.org

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!

Michelle Hayes
Director of Member Services
michelle @ dancemetrodc.org

Michelle Hayes is the program manager for Dance Metro DC and a company member of UpRooted Dance Company. She is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and arts administrator in the DMV area. Michelle started dancing at a young age and continued to study at Keene State College graduating with a BA in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography. She choreographed and presented “It has to Happen” in the An Evening of Dance and the Academic Excellence Conference while at Keene State College.

After graduating she moved to Washington, DC to start a year long internship at Dance Place for  the Kids on the Move Youth Programs intern from May 2014-May 2015. During that time at Dance Place she managed all the kids classes, including payments, registration, and assisting in many of the classes. She has also interned with the American Dance Festival. She has taught various genres of dance at different studios. Currently she teaches ballet at Imagination Stage and jazz and ballet at La Zooz. Since graduation she has performed as a guest artist for Jody Oberfelder, darlingdance, ClancyWorks, Next Reflex Dance Collective and choreographed for Fieldwork.

Program Specialists (2018):

Lisa Traiger
Director, Dance Journalism Project

Ashley Thorndike-Youssef
Professional Development Consultant