Board of Directors
    Anna Mansbridge, Chair
is from the United Kingdom, where she studied dance for many years. She holds a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education from Bedford College, UK, and a MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, California. Following a six-year performing and teaching career in the UK, Anna immigrated to Seattle, Washington in 1998. Since 1999 she has been on faculty at the Creative Dance Center, directed by Anne Green Gilbert, where she teaches dance to people of all ages. She is the Rehearsal Director, and has choreographed many pieces on the nationally renowned youth dance company, Kaleidoscope, directed by Anne Green Gilbert. Anna is also the Founder (in 2000) and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, which specializes in recreating dances of the European courts from the 16th through 18th centuries. Seattle Early Dance has performed with such prestigious musical ensembles as Seattle Symphony and Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and has also created a number of shows for children to teach about this period of dance history. Anna has choreographed and directed many early operas, including Venus and Adonis by John Blow (1683), and Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Emilio de' Cavalieri (1600), and, most recently, Combattimento di Trancredi et Clorinda by Claudio Monteverdi (1624) and The Indian Queen by Henry Purcell. Since August 2005 Anna has been on the faculty of the Accademia d'Amore, as a stage director, choreographer, and baroque gesture expert. In addition Anna holds workshops in historical dance in various K-12 and university settings, and teaches creative dance in elementary schools as an Artist-in-Residence. 
    Rachel Kimball, Chair-Elect
is a teaching artist, choreographer and educator. Rachel currently is the director of the University of Utah Tanner Dance, Arts in Education Program (Outreach)as well as an adjunct professor at Westminster College. Rachel teaches in and oversees dance specialists in 4 Utah school districts and 19 elementary schools. Rachel enjoys working with classroom teachers in the classroom as well as through ongoing Professional Development Workshops. She is currently working on a pilot distance learning dance project to reach students in rural areas of Utah. As a teaching artist, she has taught in numerous communities throughout the western United States as well as taught and presented internationally in Taiwan, and Denmark. Rachel holds a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah. Rachel also sits on the board of daCi (Dance and the Child International) USA chapter as a member at large. She continues teaching and choreographing as faculty for the Children's Dance Theatre and the Tanner Dance Studio Programs. Rachel is committed to the philosophy and vision of students finding their own voice through dance.
    Carol Day, Treasurer
retired in May of 2016 after 29 years of teaching in elementary schools. She is an arts advocate. During years of taking professional development classes she has danced with many of the greatest Utah dance educators. In 2008 she participated in Anne Green Gilbert's Creative Dance Institute where her dream of teaching baby brain dance classes began. She has been leading elementary students in the brain dance for at least ten years. Carol is the treasurer of dance and the child international (daCi) Utah. She helps organize an annual day of dance which brings people together in an intergenerational setting to dance. 
    Marlene Strang, Secretary
is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Colorado Ballet’s Academy and Outreach programs. She is an alumna of the dance programming office at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she worked with a variety of dance professionals from around the world. Marlene is a co-founder and artistic director of Elevation Dance, a Boulder, Colorado based children’s dance company. She received her B.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis in education from Arizona State University, where she also obtained her secondary teaching certificate. Marlene’s research on dance education was presented at the National Dance Education Organization conference and published in Dance Magazine. Most recently Marlene was commissioned to set work on Anne Green Gilbert’s Kaleidoscope dance company and the dancers of Colorado Ballet. Marlene has also danced with local and national choreographers.
    Chris Roberts, National Representative
has taught children and adults for 34 years. He received his B.S. degree in Elementary Education/Special Education from Brigham Young University and has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented) from BYU. He has been teaching dance (along with everything else) to children every day for the past 14 years. Chris has taught dance workshops for the Utah State Office of Education and has co-taught with Marilyn Berrett in Brazil at the daCi World Conference. Chris was a keynote presenter at the Fall Networking Arts Conference in Ogden, UT and was a co-presenter in a panel and lecture-demonstration (with Marilyn Berrett and Julie Ahlander) at the 2003 National Dance Education Organization conference in Albuquerque, NM. He also co-presented a paper (with Marilyn Berrett) at the 2006 NDEO conference in Long Beach, CA. Chris is a proud graduate of Anne Green Gilbert's Summer Dance Institute in Seattle. He loves giving children the opportunity to express their creativity through dance. In 2012 Chris received the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Award for Educational Leadership.
    Mary Lynn Babcock, Past National Representative
is a choreographer, teacher and movement analyst who holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University. Her work has been presented across the US and in Portugal, Jamaica, the Netherlands, and Egypt. Dance professor at the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas, she teaches Laban Studies, modern dance, improvisation and introduction to composition, and dance and technology where her research has taken her into interactive media and performance. She is founder and artistic director of Satellite-Dance, an interdisciplinary, interarts/intermedia dance collective. 
    Dr. Mila Parrish, Newsletter Liaison
is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in dance pedagogy, educational technology and multimedia development. She received a BFA in choreography and performance and K-12 Teachers Certification from the University of Michigan; an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Art Education. Parrish was a professional dancer and choreographer in NYC, performing with modern, ballet and theatre companies, most notably, The Jean Erdman Theater of Dance, with whom she toured nationally. Mila has served on the board of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), Dance and the Child International (daCi), and the Dance Notation Bureau (DNB). Currently, she is the Director of Technology for NDEO. For five years she directed Moving Inventors a community arts school with a hands-on dance laboratory for teacher education. Mila is very active in professional development, leading seminars and workshops throughout the U.S. and in China, Finland, and the Netherlands. She has been on faculty at Columbia University, Ohio State University and Arizona State University.
    Madeline Cantor, Membership Relations
is Associate Director of the Dance program at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania where she teaches technique, composition, original repertory and arts teaching. Current activities related to the teaching of dance to children include a 7-year association with an elementary school as a dance teacher for 2nd and 6th grade classes; coordinator of Dance TAG (Teaching Artists Group) which is a peer-to-peer program in Philadelphia of continuing professional education; member of the advisory board charged with reviewing dance lessons on PE Central, a national physical education resource; and facilitator of training workshops on creative movement for day care providers.  
    Heather Francis
received a degree in dance education from BYU and directs a dance and dance integrated math program at a junior high school in Salt Lake City, UT. Heather also enjoys serving on the UDEO board and teaching modern and creative dance classes in community and studio programs. Heather has been a member of the daCi international organization since 2009 and has helped organize the daCi Utah Day of Dance every year since 2010. She is honored to be nominated and would be thrilled to serve on the national daCi board.
    Joy Guarino
is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Dance at SUNY Buffalo State teaching a variety of studio, dance education, history, and composition courses. She develops courses, conducts research, and presents on dance/movement integration and service learning. As an arts-in-education professional, she is committed to creating meaningful children’s programs. Whether we are teaching technique or aesthetics or developing professionals or advocates, everyone should have access to quality dance education. I'm dedicated to the daCi mission.
    Diana Timothy
grew up in the Tanner Dance program. She graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor’s degrees in modern dance and strategic communication, and is completing a master’s in Community Leadership at Westminster College. Diana directs the Tanner Dance Tipping Point and In Motion performing companies, and is assistant director of the Arts in Education Program. Having attended daCi conferences as a young dancer and a professional, I have been positively impacted by the opportunity to move with so many diverse dancers. I am committed to continuing the spirit of artistic connectedness that daCi represents. 



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