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Dance Place Announces New Executive Artistic Director Christopher K. Morgan

The Dance Place Board of Directors is delighted to announce Christopher K. Morgan as Dance Place’s new Executive Artistic Director starting September 1, 2017. Christopher takes on his new role at Dance Place as a natural progression from his career as an award-winning choreographer, community leader and advocate for diversity in the arts. Morgan leads a new chapter in Dance Place’s history to strengthen and sustain its vital role in building the field of dance, community development and creative placemaking.

Morgan assumes this leadership position on September 1, 2017, following a month of mentorship by Dance Place’s departing Directors Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley. The Executive Artistic Director will serve as the single leader of Dance Place, replacing the unique co-director structure pioneered by Carla and Deborah. The two current Directors retire from their roles August 31, transitioning to Directors Emeritus.

Board Chair Jannes Gibson says, “The Board is proud to welcome Christopher as Dance Place’s next leader. We are confident in Christopher’s ability to fulfill our three-year strategic plan and implement his own vision for the organization’s future. His confidence and ease connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds truly exemplifies Dance Place’s mission and furthers the legacy created by Carla and Deborah.”

Led by our Board of Directors, Dance Place has prepared for leadership transition over the last two years. Board member Denise Rollins was selected to chair an executive search committee in spring 2016: “I was honored to work closely with consultant Candace Jackson of CJAM Consulting in a rigorous national search. Candace’s professional and expert guidance helped us reach a wide group of qualified applicants in the national arts sector. We were very impressed with Christopher’s leadership skills, knowledge, background and expertise and feel that he represents the best of Washington, DC and the nation.”

Christopher K. Morgan brings over 20 years of experience as a dancer, educator, choreographer and arts facilitator to Dance Place. He is the Artistic & Executive Director of Washington DC-area contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Dance Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland and Director of the Dance Omi International Dance Collective. Recently, he has been at the forefront of national and international discussions on cultural appropriation, diversity, equity and inclusion, serving on panels at the National Performance Network, American Realness Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others.

On his new role, Morgan says, “I am humbled to be accepting this position at Dance Place and am thrilled at the prospect of continuing its unique legacy. I will carry forward this work with care, passion and an incredible work ethic that befits the organization, its staff and current Directors.”

Director Deborah Riley says, “Dance Place will thrive with Christopher’s fresh energy and gracious stewardship. The Dance Place family and dance community are in very capable hands.”

Founding Director Carla Perlo agrees, “I have every confidence in Christopher as an artist, teacher, administrator, leader and visionary. With the support of our dedicated Board, excellent staff, state of the art facility, vibrant community and loyal stakeholders, the future of Dance Place under Christopher’s leadership will be bright.”

(via Dance Place. Photo courtesy of Dance Place)