Earthdance Board of Directors

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.

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).

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.

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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.

James Arana

Bio coming soon!