Emory Friends of Dance Board of Directors
2017-2018 Friends of Dance Board of Directors:
Kate Balzer (President), Andrea J. Catchings, Sharon Carelock, Lynne Clark, Alyson Goodman, Sheri Latham, Jennifer McCormick, Edward McNally, Jessica Portugal, Rose Shields, Kendall Simpson (ex-officio, Treasurer/Secretary), Lori Teague (ex-officio), Patton White
Kate Balzer is the development and communications coordinator for The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to being a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls and to end generational poverty. A graduate of Monterey Institute of International Studies, she received her master of public administration in international management with a focus on international development and social change organizations. With over 10 years in the nonprofit sector, she is experienced in nonprofit management, volunteer management, event planning, and communications. Previous nonprofits include Several Dancers Core, Theatrical Outfit, Chicago Cares, and Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Atlanta. Most recently, she completed the graduate certificate in nonprofit management at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Emory University.
Andrea J. Catchings is an Atlanta-based teacher/choreographer whose philosophy hinges on the notion that everyone has the ability to dance—and to connect through dance. Her teaching style—informed by years of training as a competitive gymnast, as well as a track and field athlete—focuses on strength conditioning, technical proficiency, and authentic self-expression.
While pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Emory University, Andrea performed extensively with the Emory Dance Program and other student dance organizations. She followed her passion for dance to Temple University where she earned an MFA in 2006.
Andrea is a former member of Full Radius Dance and has performed with other independent choreographers in Atlanta. She also served on faculty with Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education teaching Limon-based technique for beginner, intermediate/advanced, and pre-professional levels. With an emphasis on the creative process to foster a sense of permanence in the finished work, she strives to develop critical-thinking movers who are fully engaged in a meaningful, invigorating exchange of ideas.
Ms. Catchings currently serves on the performance committee for Eyedrum and is a professor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. She continues to teach and choreograph for various dance studios, schools, festivals, and art events throughout the southeast.
Lynne Clark moved to Atlanta in 1997. She quickly fell in love with the city and all it had to offer. With her husband and daughter, she takes part in many different cultural activities. Upon discovering the dance world, Lynne and her family fell head over heels with dance and its vibrant community. Soon the Clarks became hands-on volunteers for many local arts organizations, for both dance and theater. Lynne has actively participated in many recent and diverse productions such as Hidden Away (the Library at Night), Dearly Departures, and Terminus. In 2010, Lynne and her daughter attended their first Emory Dance event, and the rest, as they say, is history. Now, they attend as many Emory Dance events as possible.
Francine K. Johnson has had a passion for dance her entire life. She grew up in a large family beef cattle business in Ohio. Her formal dance training began when she was accepted into the Ohio State dance program. She got a bachelors degree in fine arts there with a major in dance performance and a minor in education. After a few years working as an artist, she returned to school and completed a masters in business, also from Ohio State.
She spent 23 years at Abbott, a Fortune 100 healthcare/pharmaceutical corporation. She also held 12 positions in that time and relocated eight times, including two international assignments—one in Oxford, England and the other in Paris, France.
Her core is to connect, collaborate, and create, with all. She has evolved her artistic endeavours into muliti-media, especially writing books. She enjoys being a patron of all art forms. Her current passions are helping others achieve their dreams and being a positive force in her global community.
Jennifer McCormick began her interest in the performing arts at the age of six while attending her cousin’s dance recital and that interest hasn’t slowed down since. Studying dance through college and beyond, Jennifer began her nonprofit administration career interning with such organizations as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Aspen, and the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida. Following the completion of a BS in dance/arts administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jennifer transferred to Atlanta to pursue employment with Several Dancers Core. During her time at SDC, Jennifer completed her MBA at Oglethorpe University where she graduated with distinction and received the Faculty Award for Academic Achievement. Jennifer’s career then moved into the world of higher education administration, working with institutions such as Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University School of Medicine, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a regional branch campus of the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. Jennifer currently serves as the accreditation and assessment coordinator in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Georgia State University.
Jennifer’s previous board experience includes serving eight terms on her homeowner’s association board of directors (seven as secretary). In 2016, Jennifer completed The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s “Women on Board: Level 1.” In her free time, Jennifer enjoys working in her yard, taking yoga classes, and spending time with her dog, Peanut.
Longtime ATL creative connector and sensory concierge Edward (never "Ed") McNally creates / promotes immersive experiences, rooftop cocktail parties and other unique cultural happenings here and across the US. A seasoned Burner since 2000, Edward explores urban jungles and wild places around the city and way, way beyond seeking passionate creative souls, transformative performances, primal communal rituals and serenely tranquil spaces. Creative Loafing recently invited him to post a bi-weekly online column showcasing innovators and issues impacting Atlanta’s performing arts scene. Edward is an avid and astute patron of contemporary dance and theatre across the city, attending more than fifty performances a year presented by visiting and Atlanta-based dancers, choreographers, actors and directors. He has actively promoted, and occasionally participated in, performances by gloATL, T. Lang Dance, Zoetic Dance Ensemble and Push Push Theatre, among others. Edward is a founding board member of Fly on a Wall, the ATL-based idea house / movement theater group.
Past lives include serving in communications positions for the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Board of 7 Stages Theatre and on the jury for Forward Atlanta’s annual Emerging (Visual) Artist Award. An Atlanta resident since 1970, Edward and his British-born wife Siobhan Gilchrist share their Capital View home (circa 1916) with their amazing dogs Ninja and Molly.
Rose Shields received her BFA in dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007. She had the privilege to perform with UNCSA’s outreach program, The Open Dream Ensemble, a musical theater company bringing arts and education to kids all over the southeast. Rose was delighted to continue helping students be active learners through the use of arts and academic integration when she became a substitute teacher for three years with the Gwinnett County Public Schools. Rose has been energized through performing with Brooks & Company Dance, Bubba Carr, Serenbe Playhouse, Young Audiences Woodruff Arts Center, The Imperial OPA Circus, and ELEMENT Acrobats. She currently is in her third season as a dance artist with CORE Performance Company. Being very energetic herself, Rose enjoys climbing trees, break dancing, and making use of all styles of dance and physical expression.