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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 Sullivan 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:

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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 Mark Morris Dance Center. Rachel edits DT Notes, Face to Face, Business, History, Higher Ed and the bi-weekly e-newsletter. Contact her at:


Alyssa Marks, Assistant Editor

Alyssa Marks graduated with high honors from The University of Alabama with a BA in dance and in English, as well as a minor in The Blount Undergraduate Initiative, a Liberal Arts program. Dance has been part of her life for 20 years. Her training began in her small Alabama hometown and progressed to Nashville, Tennessee, before she attended university. Now in New York, Alyssa immensely enjoys time spent training under and dancing for many wonderful teachers at Broadway Dance Center. She edits DT’s Fashion feature and handles all social media. Contact her at:

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Rachel Caldwell, Assistant Editor

Rachel Caldwell graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Dance and from Mills College with a MFA in Dance. She is from Houston, Texas, where she grew up studying ballet, tap, jazz and Scottish highland dance. Rachel edits DT Notes, Teachers’ Tools, Health, History, Higher Ed and Technique. 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: