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The Dance Archive Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Joan Brown
Joan has undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance from the Universities of Utah and Colorado, respectively. She has extensive teaching and choreographic credentials in the public schools, in private studios, and in the NEA Education Program as well as having helped write the dance curricula for Denver schools and the state of Colorado, and serving on the state Department of Education Arts Advisory Board. She owns JB Decorating, was co-founder of Colorado Contemporary Dance, served 4 years on the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities Artist-in-Residence program, is a long-time Board member of The Dance Archive serving as president for over 10 years, and was selected as a Legend in Dance in 2010. Joan serves as the Coordinator for The Dance Archive Legends in Dance program.

Christin Crampton Day
Christin is Executive Director of Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA). She has over 30 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit leadership and management, including experience in strategic planning, communications, public relations, marketing, sales, development and fundraising. Christin previously served as Executive Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. For 13 years she served on the Board of Trustees for Colorado Ballet and today serves on the Emeritus Board. In 2018, she was appointed to the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. Christin is the Chair of The Dance Archive Board Marketing Committee.

Ann Hunt
Ann holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah where she received the prestigious Elizabeth R. Hayes dance scholarship. While in college, she taught creative movement for the Salt Lake City School District and ballet and jazz at Elite Dance Studio. She performed with the university's Performing Dance Company as well as well as with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company's 2002 Olympic performance. After finishing her degree, Ann became the Artistic Director of the Juan Diego Catholic High School Dance Department in Draper, Utah, where she taught contemporary, jazz, ballet, ballroom, and choreography. She was a member of the Utah Dance Education Organization and the National Dance Education Organization. Ms. Hunt has been on faculty at Leap Dance Studio for six years, was a guest artist at Denver School of the Arts, is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, serves on the Colorado Dance Education Board, and currently volunteers her time in the dance department at Denver's South High School. Ann most recently produced her own show Pairings and looks forward to creating more shows in the future.

Joanna Lamb, Board Vice President
Joanna danced for 16 years before attending the Stephens
Dance College program. Due to extensive injuries, she retired from dancing at 20. She has remained an avid dance enthusiast and supporter of dance in the Denver community. In 2007 she graduated from the University of Denver with her MLIS, specializing in Archives and Records Management. She currently works as a InfoGov Analyst at SM Energy and serves on multiple community boards and committees.

Sandra Minton
Minton was a tenured, full professor and Dance Program Coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado, 1972-1998. Following her tenure, she taught dance education courses for teachers, was a dance specialist in the public schools and currently is Co-Coordinator of the Dance Education MA at UNC. Minton has published her research and written books including Choreography: A Basic Approach through Improvisation, 4th edition, and Thinking with the Dancing Brain: Embodying Neuroscience, with co-author Rima Faber. She was on the 2014 state dance certification committee, twice helped write the state dance standards, is a Fulbright recipient, and graduate of UCLA and Texas Woman's University.

Michelle O'Bryan Hamel, Board President
Michelle is a Denver native who studied, performed with, and taught for Lillian Cushing School of Dance. She has also taught for the Denver Ballet Academy, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and for many summers at the National Music Camp. She has performed as a principal dancer with the Denver Civic Ballet, with David Taylor Dance Theatre, and as a guest performer in Anchorage, AK, and Bartlesville, OK. She has a degree in Interior Design from the University of Denver.

Nancy McElroy
Nancy received a Master of Arts in Dance degree from CU in 1979 and worked in administration of the CU dance program until her retirement in 2010. During the 80's and 90's she taught a variety of movement classes in Boulder, Arvada, and Louisville, and continues to take a weekly ballet class and regular Zumba classes. She was a long-time Board member of the former Colorado Dance Alliance and was president for two terms. She serves as the editor of The Dance Archive Foot Note newsletter.

Michael Ritchie
Michael owns an architectural salvage business, Unassimilated, and he renovates and restores buildings in Curtis Park Historic District. He is an arts activist, philanthropist, and long-time member of The Dance Archive Board. Michael organizes and hosts the annual trip to the Vail Dance Festival.

Sheila Sharpe
Sheila has taught International Folk Dance (FD) in Colorado for 25 years. She's taught classes through or for Denver Free University, Colorado Free University, Synagogues, at camps, and given FD workshops in and out of state. She's also taught at wedding receptions, birthday parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and special school and life events. She is a member of the One World Folk Dance Group performing in schools, libraries, retirement homes, care facilities, festivals, and at various business events. Currently, Sheila is active in folk dance clubs in Colorado and continues to attend folk dance workshops when they become available.

Marlo Wagner
Marlo has an MS in Nutrition and worked as a dietitian and diabetes educator at the Department of Veteran Affairs for 13 years. She spent 7 years on the board of the Denver Ballet Guild and was president in 2017-18. She has volunteered in the Young Dancers Competition, Showcase of Dance, and Le Bal de Ballet. Marlo has been Chair of the St Mary's Academy Gala for 3 years and has volunteered extensively for the Regis Jesuit High School Lark Fundraiser.

Julia Wilkinson-Manley
A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Julia Wilkinson Manley is the Artistic Director of Colorado Conservatory of Dance (CCD). Julia trained with the Corpus Christi Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, and the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education before receiving her BFA in Ballet Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt. Prior to beginning her career with CCD (then Ballet Nouveau Colorado) in 2002, she was a professional dancer with Ballet Ireland, David Taylor Dance Theater, and BNC. Passionate about dance history and education, she has served on the Dance Archive board since 2012 and is currently the Chair of the Board's Development Committee.

Phyllis Wicklund
In 1987 Beulah Cherne asked Phyllis to join the Carson-Brierly Dance Library board. It was when the name had just changed by adding "Brierly." With the name change came the need for updated bylaws which she worked on with Paul Frame since as a parliamentarian that is where her expertise lies. She is not a dancer except on the ballroom floor, but loves watching dance, especially ballet. It has been her privilege to sit on what is now The Dance Archive board for many years, to have been in charge of membership, and to watch the many changes that have taken place.

Margaret Ziehm
Margaret became a member of the Carson-Brierly Dance Library in 1987. She has served as president, secretary, and treasurer while supporting the library's growth from a small room on the campus of Colorado Women's College to its fine new home on the campus of the University of Denver. Margaret studied dance with Florence Ruston, Lillian Cushing, Maxine Williamson, and Charlotte Irey. She taught ballet in Littleton for 30 years and conducted workshops for Littleton and Jefferson County schools as well as organizing a children's theater group. Margaret worked with a local community theater as the Production Manager/Stage Manager and was actively involved with many productions, including one performed in Monaco and another in Heidelberg, Germany. She now keeps busy serving on the boards of the restored officer's quarters museum located at Fort Logan and the Dance Archive.

University of Denver Library Staff

Katherine Crowe, Secretary
Kate Crowe is Curator of Special Collections and Archives, which includes oversight for the Dance Archive, at the University of Denver. Kate oversees the acquisition and curation of collections, as well as all instruction, reference, and outreach for the department. Kate's research interests include: gaps and silences in the historical record, exhibitions as archival outreach, and critical pedagogy utilizing primary sources.

Nathalie Proulx
Nathalie Proulx is the Archivist of The Dance Archive at the University of Denver. Nathalie works with the community to provide reference services, acquire and process archival collections, and create educational exhibitions and documentaries through archival research and materials.

Nancy Clark , Community Relations Manager

Woody Colahan
Ellwood Colahan holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, an M.A. in Music Theory, and an M.L.I.S. in Library Science, all from the University of Denver, where he now serves as Music and Performing Arts Reference Librarian and teaches a graduate music bibliography course under a separate adjunct appointment. His research interests are varied; he has presented nationally and regionally on the bibliography of classical guitar repertoire, on gamified library and classroom instruction, on diversification in academic music library collections, and on issues in contemporary Balinese gamelan music. Before receiving his appointment at DU, Mr. Colahan taught classical guitar and guitar ensemble at Adams State University, Colorado State University (Pueblo), Pikes Peak Community College, and Pueblo Community College. Mr. Colahan serves as media review editor for Soundboard Scholar, a peer-reviewed journal of guitar studies. He is Program Director of the Denver Chapter of the American Recorder Society, and served from 1993-96 as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the West African nation of Guinea. Mr. Colahan lives in Denver with his wife, Ni Nyoman Erawati, and their two children.