Meet the Editors


Lauren Wingenroth, Editor in Chief

Jayme Thornton

Lauren is the editor in chief of Dance Teacher magazine and the Dance Business Weekly newsletter. She also serves as an associate editor at Dance Magazine. Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lauren is a graduate of Barnard College, where she studied dance and English and was an Athena Leadership Scholar. She has performed works by artists like Annie B Parson, Mark Dendy and Reggie Wilson, and has choreographed several original musical theater works. She has presented her research on gender inequity in ballet at the Women in Dance Leadership Conference, and served as an adjudicator at the American College Dance Festival. She previously served as the chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee.

Contact her: lwingenroth@dancemedia.com

Karen Hildebrand, Editor at Large

Kyle Froman

Karen Hildebrand joined Dance Magazine in 2001 as education editor and has led the Dance Teacher team since 2009. She hails from Colorado where she was active in the Denver/Boulder dance communities. Contact her at: khildebrand@dancemedia.com

Amy Brandt, Consulting Editor

Nathan Sayers

Amy has been the editor in chief of Pointe magazine since 2014, following a 19-year dance career. She danced professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, among others, and performed in honor of Ms. Farrell at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. While pursuing her college degree part-time, she began writing extensively for several dance publications, including Pointe's "Ask Amy" advice column. Amy graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English and World Literatures, and currently serves on its advisory board. She also serves as consulting editor for Dance Teacher. Contact her at: abrandt@dancemedia.com

Joe Sullivan, Managing Editor

Kyle Froman

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. Contact him at: jsullivan@dancemedia.com

Basia Hellwig, Senior Editor

Ben Ferrari, courtesy of Hellwig

Basia was editor in chief of Dance Retailer News from 2016 to 2019 and wrote for the magazine for almost a decade. She has edited magazines and websites for brands such as Consumer Reports, Reader's Digest, Scientific American and AARP. She launched and edited Working Woman magazine's entrepreneurial coverage, which was a National Magazine Award finalist, and created the first website of Catalyst, a nonprofit with a mission to accelerate progress for women at work. She's blogged on the businesses of artisanal producers and makers at Brooklyn Artisan and edits content for Investopedia.com. Contact her at: bhellwig@dancemedia.com

Emily Giacalone, Art Director

Kyle Froman


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: egiacalone@dancemedia.com

Natasha Sokol, Social Media Editor

Cooper Billington, courtesy of Sokol

Natasha is a graduate of Chapman University, where she studied dance and digital marketing. While attending school, Natasha was represented by Go2Talent Agency and developed her role in the more industry-focused dance community, supplying her with years of commercial dance experience. Contact her at: nsokol@dancemedia.com




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