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Karen Hildebrand, Editor in Chief

Karen Hildebrand is vice president-editorial for all dance publications and websites of DanceMedia (Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Pointe and Dance Retailer News). She first became a dance education advocate as education editor for Dance Magazine and Dance Magazine College Guide. She hails from Colorado where she was active in the Denver/Boulder dance communities. Contact her at:

Joe Sullivan, Managing Editor

Joe started out in the dance world as a fact checker with Dance Magazine. In the years since, he’s worked as a copy editor for all of DanceMedia’s publications, seen many amazing performances and helped edit two dance books: Shoot Me While I’m Happy, a tap dance memoir by Jane Goldberg, and American Ballet Theatre’s The Healthy Dancer: ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health. He edits Dance Teacher’s Lead News section and can be reached at

Amy Brandt, Associate Editor

Amy Brandt joins Dance Teacher on the heels of an 18-year dance career. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs training in ballet, tap and musical theater, and she danced professionally for the Milwaukee Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and numerous ballet and contemporary dance companies in New York City. She writes Pointe magazine’s Ask Amy advice column and graduates with a BA in English from Marymount Manhattan College this May. Amy edits Technique, Higher Ed and Theory & Practice and can be contacted at

Andrea Marks, Assistant Editor

Andrea Marks graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in English and a minor in Dance. She grew up in Connecticut, where she trained at the School of the Hartford Ballet and The Hartt School. Lately though, she can’t get enough Zumba and yoga! Andrea edits DT’s Fashion feature, Health, Chat Room and Teachers’ Tools. Contact her at

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Rachel Rizzuto, Assistant Editor

Rachel Rizzuto graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English. New York is a far cry from her upbringing in Chalmette, Louisiana, but she is currently a very happy dancer with Mari Meade Dance Collective and takes class at Dance New Amsterdam. Rachel edits DT Notes, Business, History, and the bi-weekly e-newsletter.  Contact her at:

Emily Giacalone, Art Director

Emily Giacalone earned a BFA in Communication Design (majoring in Illustration) from Pratt Institute. She got her start in magazine design with George Magazine and has worked on a variety of publications including Vogue, Four Seasons, Show People, Pilates Style, Pointe and Dance Retailer News. Contact her at: