Stephen Clapp
Executive Director
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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 Hayes
Program Manager
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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.


Laura Katzman
Development Associate
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Bre Seals
Program Assistant
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Program Specialists:

Lisa Traiger
Director, 2018 Dance Journalism Project

Ashley Thorndike-Youssef
Consultant, Professional Development Programing



Leading Community Partners:

Steve Barberio
Executive Director, Joy of Motion Dance Center

Cassie Meador
Artistic Director, Dance Exchange

Diana Movius
Executive Artistic Director, Dance Loft on 14

Christopher Morgan
Executive Artistic Director, Dance Place