Earthdance Staff and Long-Term Volunteers

Sarah Young
Executive Director

Sarah leads organizational vision and programmatic direction, oversees development and marketing efforts, provides overall staff management, and engages in long-term and strategic planning for Earthdance alongside the Executive Director of Business and Finance, and the Board of Directors.

She is relieved that her life's journey has finally led her to Earthdance! She is enjoying a deep and long relationship to dance, and is constantly curious about the body's capacity for learning and creativity, its relationship to social constructs, and its symbiosis with the natural environment. How can we continually allow for dynamic, easeful responsiveness within clearly articulated structures? While living in New York City, Sarah had the pleasure to perform for choreographers such as Hilary Easton, Steven Koplowitz, Ann Robideaux and Alexx Shilling, Jill Sigman, and David Dorfman. She was a long-time member of the Treehouse Shakers, bringing modern dance and storytelling to young audiences, and assisted Dana Salisbury's Dark Dining Projects. Her own work has been shown at various small venues throughout NYC. She has enjoyed numerous dance festivals, and countless CI Jams. From 2008-10, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, collaborating to develop women's weaving associations in the High Atlas Mountains. With her husband, Brahim, she developed Ainabi Tours to share Morocco's rich culture with others.

Sarah is a Wisconsin native and studied dance and international arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study indigenous dance in Zimbabwe. Through these studies, Sarah founded Flying Art, an international exchange of art among youth which continues to connect kids through their art worldwide. She is currently a student of The Feldenkrais Practitioners' Training Program. 

sarah [at] earthdance [dot] net

Prakash Laufer
Associate Director of Finance

Prakash Laufer has been connected to Earthdance and the dance community in Western Massachusetts for many years. Prakash's passion is in the connections between dance, spirituality, activism, and social entrepreneurship. He began studying dance at Dartmouth College in 1970, and eventually completed his Masters degree in Dance-Movement Therapy at Antioch New England. He began a life-long meditation and yoga practice in 1971. For 18 years, he was the CEO and co-owner of Motherwear, a catalog company for nursing mothers. For the past 7 years, he has been an organizer and DJ with Dance Spirit in Northampton. He served for 6 years on the Board of United For a Fair Economy, helped organize a national conference on economic democracy and a local conference on sustainability and local economy. He has raised 5 daughters, 4 who were adopted from around the world, and has 3 grandsons who live nearby. He brings to Earthdance his love for dance, community, and deep connections with a global, multi-racial family of spiritual activists, artists, and yogis!

finance [at] earthdance [dot] net

Jason Comcowich
Head Chef & Kitchen Manager
Jason is a student of design and the flow of energy. Focusing on guiding cultural myths and the management of resources, he collaborates in cultivating systems of ecological attunement leading to more equitable and efficient management of our global yields. From our kinespheres to the stratosphere, he seeks the stuck places in the connective tissues of being, inviting release into a more fluid dialog.
To him, resource control and exchange is the heart of freedom and community. As the ship's cook, he intends to keep refining the food systems that keep Earthdance nourished, fostering local resilience by working with the farming communities of the region. Trained in permaculture design, he will also be expanding the perennial food production on site and creating offerings for the community to engage with the Earthdance grounds.  
And the guy can cook.
executivechef [at] earthdance [dot] net
Kelsey Hobbs
Office Manager

Kelsey is honored and excited to continue her journey with Earthdance as the Office Manager. She looks forward to deepening connections within this community, serving as one of many roots that help to feed and nurture the powerful work of this special place. She is eager to continue her explorations with the arts of improvisation, creative expression, and alternate paradigms for living in (and with) this world. She is so grateful to share and learn from such a wonderfully creative, open and diverse community of explorers here at Earthdance!

As the Office Manager, she serves as the primary "gatekeeper", or contact person, for Earthdance, bridging communication between Earthdance staff and the surrounding community (and beyond). She manages registration for Earthdance events, maintains the Earthdance store, and works together with the Earthdance core staff team to keep Earthdance thriving and running smoothly.

contact [at] earthdance [dot] net

Mark Messer
Operations Manager

operations [at] earthdance [dot] net

David Sharpe
Building and Grounds Manager
Gayle Spinazze
Marketing & Development Coordinator

Gayle is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and proud Cleveland native, although she's enjoying getting to know the people and pace of Western Massachusetts and the Earthdance community.  Being a part of this vast but intricate network of experience, knowledge, and love is allowing her to explore the concepts of home and rooting oneself, themes which are becoming increasingly present in her habitual photography and writing. 

As Development & Marketing Coordinator at Earthdance, she helps articulate and build strategies towards actualizing the fundraising and marketing efforts of Earthdance as a beloved center for somatic, artistic, ecological, and communal praxes.

development [at] earthdance [dot] net

Victor Mistretta
Building & Grounds Assistant
Jake Wise
Volunteer Web Developer
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