Roxey Ballet Welcomes Alumni to the Board of Directors

Roxey Ballet is pleased to welcome the following Alumni to the Board of Directors. In addition to Alumni, Austin Jarboe, joining the Board as Treasurer last year, we are excited to announce Christine McDowell, Solana Hoffman-Carter and Rebeca Taggart as new Board Members.

Christine McDowell lives in Boston, Massachusetts and manages corporate events for an application development technology company, Mendix. With the shift to digital events in 2020, this year's flagship customer event hosted over 8,000 global attendees and influenced over 20 million euros in revenue. Prior to COVID-19 (when events were in-person), Christine crafted event strategy and traveled throughout North America and Europe managing events to drive brand awareness, expand current accounts and build partnerships with her former company, Seismic. In addition to event marketing, Christine teaches ballet at Boston University and Boston College and performs with a contemporary ballet company, Dance Visions Inc. Christine is an alum of the Mill Ballet School and Roxey Ballet. She holds her BA from Boston University and MFA from New York University.

Solana Yemaya Hoffmann-Carter (she/her) is a dance artist and Waldorf teacher living between New York City and central Jersey. She began her formal training at the Mill Ballet School in 1998 and has never stopped dancing. Since receiving her BFA in dance and minoring in Religion and Philosophy at the University of the Arts, she has worked with many NYC based companies, projects and people, such as Movement of the People Dance Company, Silva Dance Company, Jasmine Hearn and Dancers, Adrienne Westwood, Ismael Ivo, Rosangela Silvastre and Moving Spirits Inc, to name a few. While seizing every opportunity to travel internationally, she continues to pursue her passion of discovering and connection with new people and places. Driven to work within creative spaces that continuously strive to provide an inclusive and equitable environment, she has found many opportunities to teach, which furthered her desire for a practice in education. Currently at the Sunbridge Institute she has launched into her studies of Waldorf education while keeping her language of movement always at the forefront.

Rebecca Taggart is a former Roxey Ballet seated dancer, teaching artist and featured soloist in Celebrating Diversity for many years. She is a Roxey Ballet ADA and Special Education Advisor who team teaches Wheels and Bodies in Motion classes. She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth as a Certified Special Education Teacher currently teaching students with Autism, virtually, while working on her Master’s Degree in Education.

The first fundraising event organized by the new alumni members is Roxey Ballet's Digital Spring Alumni Night on April 9, 2021 from 7 - 8:30pm. This event will feature Tara Jarboe as MC with live interviews, excerpts of past performances, live feed performances of current repertory with a Happy Hour and Break Out Rooms. Keep your eyes peeled for additional information coming soon!

To support this ongoing Alumni event Roxey Ballet has created the Alumni Channel on our website for Alumni to revisit past performances. Please visit this site and send us recommendations for shows you would like to see again!

While the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on all our lives, and the ballet company is no exception, the strength of our community to unite and solidify towards keeping Roxey Ballet alive showcases the spirit of our humanity. We are honored to welcome these new Trustees to support Roxey Ballet's Moving Forward efforts beyond the pandemic.

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