Earthdance Board of Directors

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Spirit Joseph (President)

Spirit Joseph served as Co-Executive Director of Earthdance from 2005-2011. He currently works as a Program Manager for the Cooperative Fund of New England, which provides financing and technical assistance to cooperatives throughout new England. Spirit holds an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management with a concentration in finance, and also serves on the Board of Windhorse Associates. He discovered Contact Improvisation in 2000 and dove deeply into the form, attending every jam and workshop he could find for several years. He later expanded to study various forms of dance improvisation and somatic movement. In the past, Spirit has performed with the Dance Generators (a multi-generational dance company based in Northampton) and with Group Atness (an improvisational dance collective which he co-founded with several other dancers).

Gopi Krishna (Vice President)

Gopi Krishna has worked Instructing Outward Bound Courses through the Great Smoky Mountains with the North Carolina Outward Bound School in Morganton, NC. He has been a carpenter and Licensed General Contractor since 1986. He also worked as the Director of Hampshire College Men's center from 1993-94; was a YouthBuild Instructor in Springfield, MA from 2001-2; is a past Board Member of the Men's Resource Center of Western Massachusetts; and has served on the Board of the Northampton Zen Center. He is Co-Founder of the Julius Ford/Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community (JF/HTHLC), a year-round initiative that creates opportunities for critical thinking, healthy living, and co-creating community among inter-generational educators, activists, artists, community builders, and under-served youth. HF/HTHLC holds an annual Conference, held by and sponsored in part by Earthdance. Gopi also proposed and initiated the process for Earthdance receiving non-profit 501-C3 status in the spring of 1990. Gopi, his wife, Bi-sek Hsiao, and their daughter, Paloma Hsiao-Shelton, live a 10 minute walk from Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Read more about Gopi and his participation at Earthdance here.

I'm in deep resonance with my multi-dimensional dynamic African diaspora sisters and brothers. We have an inherent Love for life, our families and our beautiful planet Earth. Our sacred mission is to enjoy this gift from spirit and create lives well lived. See us now on this continent as the love warriors we are- here to set the captives free! RNA in the DNA...It's just that way!
Chris Orth (Secretary)

Chris Orth has been part of the dance community since 1974 when friends introduced him to Dance Free in Cambridge. Though he flirted with Contact Improvisation over the years, he was in his sixties before he became a regular at Jams. A long time DNE member, he felt at home at Earthdance right away. Chris had a 20 year career in finance as an Accountant and Budget Analyst before his fascination with new technology lead him to change careers. For the last 15 years he has worked as a programmer and currently works for a prominent tech company in downtown Boston. Chris is known as approachable, open-minded, and a person people choose to confide in. These qualities help him navigate his career, and find diplomatic solutions when others can’t. He has two grown daughters and lives in the suburbs of Boston.

Angelica Dzeli Palmer (Treasurer)

Through song, dance and storytelling, Dzeli creates visceral and emotional work rooted in the earth. Dzeli has performed, taught, led workshops and hosted events interweaving community, activism and the arts for many years. Dzeli has a Masters in Creative Inquiry and Social Activism from the Experimental Performance Institute at New College of California in San Francisco and a Bachelors in Statistics and International Sustainable Development from Cornell University. She is also an Accounting Consultant and, since 2004, has been assisting entrepreneurs to align their businesses with their values and to streamline their internal systems. Dzeli came of age in the circus and dance world of San Francisco and is eternally grateful to be a part of Earthdance and all of its magic.  She lives in Cooperstown, NY.

Susan Arnsten-Russell

Susan M. Arnsten-Russell is known to many, in the Earthdance community and beyond, as a dancer and an artist. Susan is also known as a gardener, a mother, a wife and an occupational therapist.  All of these roles depended on careful cultivation of resources and collaboration with diverse groups of people. Susan is committed to the continued existence of Earthdance. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Molly Kitchen

Molly Kitchen works with moving bodies and soulful connections in her roles as a yoga teacher, a community herbalist, a wellness mentor, a gardener, and a dancer. She teaches public yoga classes in Northampton, Greenfield, and Shelburne Falls, and also teaches semester-long courses at Hampshire College. She loves bringing her life passions together in new ways, and empowering others to live vibrant, healthy, passionate lives themselves.  Her website is She's excited to bring her skills and open mind to the Earthdance Board, and looks forward to giving back to this community that has given her so much wonder, sweetness, and creative fodder.

Zevey Steinitz

Zevey Steinitz is a progressive educator with over twenty years of elementary classroom teaching experience in public and independent school settings. She currently works as an educational consultant for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and Welcoming Schools, an initiative of the Human Rights Campaign. In addition, she works part-time at Smith College, mentoring students pursuing elementary teaching licensure. She received the Cambridge Peace and Justice Award in 2000 for her work on conflict resolution. She has been a featured teacher in The Next Move Series, a teacher training video course developed and filmed by The Annenberg/CPB Channel in conjunction with Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution. Her website is When she is not in the classroom, Zevey is an improvisational dancer and outdoor enthusiast. She lives with her family in Haydenville, Massachusetts. 

James Arana

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