PRESIDENT– Norma Porter, MA is a journalist, dancer and educator. She is the Founding Publisher and Editor of Black Dance Magazine. Norma’s recent conference presentations and workshops include FROM THE FEET MAGAZINE TO BLACK DANCE MAGAZINE AND BEYOND at the January 2020 IABD Conference in Philadelphia, PA and Agbadza! Go, Take!, a movement workshop/presentation (co-facilitated with colleagues) at the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University in February 2020. She is the recipient of the 2019 Dance/USA conference travel award, where spoke on a panel entitled “Evolutions in Dance Writing: Documenting the 21st Century,” in Cleveland, OH. She dances with Bessie-nominated artist Lela Aisha Jones|Flyground, Enya-Kalia Creations and Dr. yonTande Whitney Hunter. Norma is an expert in college dance recruitment and assists hundreds of students/families with the college application/audition and college transition processes.
VICE PRESIDENT– Nycal Anthony-Townsend, MHS has over 30 years professional experience in education and human services management for government, academic institutions, and non-profit agencies. As President of AQE Solutions, a management consulting firm, she determines the company’s strategic vision and implements business development priorities. She has a proven history of commitment to reducing educational inequities and health disparities among underserved communities through training, technical assistance, research and evaluation. Mrs. Anthony-Townsend has secured grant funding totaling more than $100 million for community service, education and health programs nationally. For over a decade, she served as a Board of Director member for National Black College Hall of Fame Foundation, Creed Arts Academy Charter School, and Mentoring Matters. Mrs. Anthony-Townsend is the Board Human Resource Committee Chair for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and founding Board member of the Prince Georges County Region. Prior to founding AQE Solutions, Ms. Anthony-Townsend served as a senior administrator for universities and non-profit organizations. She studied Biology at Simmons College and earned a Masters of Human Services from Lincoln University and completed an Education Policy Fellowship from Institute of Educational Leadership. She is actively pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
SECRETARY – Adrienne Claggett is the CEO of AC Silver Collection, a high-end line of sterling silver jewelry. With over 25 years of experience in the private, nonprofit and public sectors and years of running her successful business, Adrienne brings a wealth of knowledge to her post as Board Secretary for the Black Dance Resource Center.She spent 25 years at the American Red Cross in several positions including, but not limited to Direct Mail Manager, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Project Coordinator and Executive Assistant. During her tenure at the American Red Cross, Adrienne advocated for the organization’s 450 chapters and supported the organization’s 5-year effort to remain complaint with the Food and Drug Administration. Her project management skills helped the American Red Cross run successful direct mail campaigns, and raise funds to help the organization to continue to provide important aid to disaster efforts and conduct ongoing biomedical research. Furthermore, Adrienne has used her organizational skills to orient new hires, manage administrative workflow and the annual Holiday Angel Program, which provides gifts to children and families by partnering with social service agencies and school districts in the Washington, DC area.Adrienne has completed course work in the areas of Business Administration at the Southeastern University and Prince George’s Community College. She is certified in Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, SharePoint and SmartCAPA.
TREASURER – Abby Carlozzo presently serves as the Development & Fundraising Coordinator for Black Dance Magazine and an Assistant Director at a preschool in Austin, TX ,where she is able to incorporate elements of dance into the creative curriculum classroom. Abby is the author of “Embodying Rhythm: Improvisation as Agency in African Dance”, a chapter featured in Hot Feet and Social Change: African Dance and Diaspora Communities edited by Kariamu Welsh, Esailama G. A. Diuof, and Yvonne Daniel. Abby graduated with a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University before going on to pursue her MA in Dance from Temple University. In 2014, she conducted research in cross-cultural collaboration and studied various neo-traditional and contemporary West African dance forms in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Inspired by this collaborative endeavor, Abby’s current research focuses on the diverse approaches to dance improvisation that exist in the United States.
The Black Dance Resource Center creates resources about and for the international Black Dance community and global community-at-large that aid in the preservation of Black dance culture.
Black Dance Resource Center
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