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 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robert de Warren - Full Bio

ROBERT DE WARREN - Founder - President  - Artistic Director Emeritus

In a career at the forefront of the international Art of Dance, Robert de Warren has enriched the organizations he has worked with; as a dancer, director, choreographer designer and educator in four continents.  His expertise, patience and dedication have given many dance institution and artists today, a solid step in achieving their future success. His longstanding collaboration with most of the notable dance personalities of our time, offer a treasure of information and knowledge as a resource for future generations.


 

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CAROLL MICHELS - Chair
 

Caroll Michels, a career coach and artist-advocate, has helped thousands of artists with career strategies and development.  She is the author of the classic handbook How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist:  Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul which is now going into its 7thedition.   Her artwork has been exhibited in museums in the United States and abroad, including the Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris; Haus am Waldsee, Internationale Kunst in Berlin, Germany, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  In New York, she was on the faculty of the New School University and served as chairperson of the Fine Arts Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

 

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GEORGETTE D'AMELIO – Secretary
 

Arts advocate and arts educator for more than 40 years, Georgette D’Amelio has taught thousands of Manatee County students in elementary, middle and senior high schools. Trained as an art therapist, D’Amelio has presented numerous workshops on the arts and the disabled, including the use of the healing arts for children with autism, attention deficit disorder and emotional disabilities.   As an art therapist, she wrote several articles that were featured in the national magazine Arts Education.  In addition, D’Amelio was a hospice grief counselor for children.   As a fine artist and book illustrator, D’Amelio’s artwork is featured in local galleries, and she continues her work with children.

 

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DR. SHERRY LAWRENCE  Director - Education
 
Dr. Sherry Lawrence serves as Chair of the Argosy University College of Education Advisory Board (Sarasota/Tampa), representing the educational community in guiding the College of Education, the campus, and programs related to candidate preparation and student learning. Dr. Lawrence has worked with thousands of students and professionals in the areas of fine and performing arts and gifted education.  She is a member of the Arts Education Task Force for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, and the U.S. National Committee for United Nations Women.  She holds a doctorate in behavioral science.

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 ARTISTIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Elita Krums-Kane, Founding Chair Wendy Perron, Past Editor in Chief/Dance Magazine,
Robert de Warren
 

Former ABT Prima Ballerina - Director Washington B
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JULIE KENT -

American International Contemporry Ballet Star
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DREW JACOBY