Billie Jo Joy is New Executive Director of The Dance Complex
The Board of Directors of The Dance Complex is happy to announce that Billie Jo Joy has accepted the newly created job of Executive Director of The Dance Complex in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Billie Jo comes to The Dance Complex with a wealth of practical, artistic, and spiritual experience. She is a gifted yoga teacher with numerous credits as a dancer (Paula Josa Jones PerformanceWorks 1991-94), choreographer, actor, writer, director; working on stage and in film. She has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and worked there as a manager and researcher in international education developmen
t, and on a portfolio of mind-body medicine projects. She teaches yoga and improvisation at Art & Soul, a studio she co-founded and co-manages (since 2000) in Cambridge. She also teaches movement for actors at Emerson College, and has taught at The Boston Conservatory and Very Special Arts. She leads international and national yoga retreats. Billie Jo will be responsible for continuing to develop the landmark volunteer-based dance center, working within, and for, the many communities that comprise The Dance Complex. Of her new position, Billie Jo says, “I am honored to be able to serve the dance community in this new role. The legacy of multi-cultural movement and volunteerism is a great foundation for future growth. We aim to please the occasional hoofer and support artists to explore cutting edge work.”
Shifting her role, founder Rozann Kraus will oversee the SCC, faculty concerts, and manage the premier of a costume co-op, Betty’s Closet.
The Dance Complex was founded in 1991 to save the historic Odd Fellows Hall as a space for dance. Members of the dance community rallied to save this vital building, when the former owners closed its doors and declared bankruptcy. Rozann Kraus goaded the dance community, the City of Cambridge and the Central Square Business Association to work together, and the Dance Complex purchased The Odd Fellows Dance Hall, securing a home for the movement arts.
The Dance Complex has become a regional center for dance and movement arts, servicing a multicultural spectrum of activities. Operating as a rental facility, over 60 teachers representing more than 20 countries teach classes and conduct workshops in a wide variety of movement art forms. It is run by artist, volunteer-based and has no membership or registration fees.
The Dance Complex receives support from many individuals, The Massachusetts Cultural Council and programmatic support from the Cambridge Arts Council. It is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that is listed in the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
The Dance Complex 536 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge MA 02139