Meet the Editors

Jennifer Stahl

Helen Hope

Editor

Dance Media has been Helen’s professional home ever since summer 2013, when (as a rising college sophomore) she was Dance Spirit’s youngest-ever intern. In 2016, upon graduating summa cum laude from Connecticut College with a degree in East Asian Studies and minor in dance, Helen joined Dance Media full-time. After three years as a fashion/web editor for Dance TeacherDance Spirit, and Dance Business Weekly, Helen made the leap to freelancing in 2019. She is now The Dance Edit’s proofreader/editorial consultant and a frequent contributor to all Dance Media publications, as well as to More Than Just Great Dancing’s INSight Magazine. Helen also teaches dance for The School at Mark Morris Dance Group and for MMDG’s programming in NYC public schools. She holds teaching certifications from American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum (Pre-Primary through Level 5) and Mark Morris Dance Group’s Teaching Artist Training Program. Later this spring, Helen will return to Connecticut College as a guest lecturer in dance writing. Contact her at [email protected].

Lydia Murray

Managing Editor

Lydia holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in integrated marketing communication from Marist College. As a student, she wrote about dance for the campus arts and entertainment magazine Generator Magazine and won the award of Crew MVP as an interviewer for the Marist Poll. After serving as a freelance social media manager, she returned to Marist as program assistant in the International Programs department. Lydia received a Project Plie scholarship to intern at American Ballet Theatre in 2018, where she assisted the associate director of education and training in coordinating the organization’s outreach programs. She subsequently became the intern program fellow/assistant to the deputy director at Jacob’s Pillow, where she managed the intern program, served on the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) Task Force and coordinated the 2019 National Dance Presenters’ Forum. While studying on scholarship at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Lydia performed for Pope Benedict XVI alongside MOMIX and danced lead roles in The Nutcracker. She continues to take class in the city. Contact her at: [email protected].

Nyamekye Smith

Nyamekye Smith

Assistant Editor

At an early age, Nyamekye’s interest in spelling and grammar was almost as intense as her love for dance. She competed on school dance teams from middle school until about halfway through college, dabbling in a multitude of styles from hip hop and jazz to modern and contemporary. Nyamekye graduated from Florida Atlantic University, where she majored in communications, and was one of the first students in the history of the college to minor in dance. After graduating, she had a burning desire to hone her individuality as a dancer and connect with the movers that inspired her most. As someone whose life has been spent writing essays for school and living in the rabbit hole that is YouTube dance videos, Nyamekye is grateful to be able to work within the industry that she’s most passionate about, and continue to gain knowledge that’ll help her grow as a dancer and a writer. Contact her at [email protected].