No, the changes to the city’s only dance service organization aren’t too profound, but they’re structural shifts that will allow the group to move forward. Most significantly, Peter DiMuro is out as director and will be joining the board instead. And rather than replacing him with another full-time executive director, the board promoted Roxann Morgan Rowley, who formerly served as the group’s programs associate, to operations manager.
That’s right: no ED at all. The group is strapped for cash and currently can’t afford another staffperson. Rowley will be in charge of daily activities like communications and updating the website, while the board will take care of larger planning endeavors, including ensuring that the dance awards occur in 2012.
Speaking of the board, it’s been formalized to include six members: Michael Ann Mullikin, manager of dance programming and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center; Shakira Segundo, CFO for the Washington Ballet; Jill Strachan, executive director of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop; Harriet Williams of the Maryland Youth Ballet; DiMuro; and Doug Yeuell, artistic and executive director of Joy of Motion, as board chair.
That means there are no active dancers, choreographers, or company directors on the board at this point.
But Yeuell says the roster is still a work in progress. “We want to be as inclusive as possible, and are aware of all the different elements that make up this community,” he explains. “We’ve had many conversations, and already have people in the works who we want to include.”
The next steps? A new website to replace the currently hard-to-access one. Keep your eyes out for it by the end of the year.