Earthdance Staff

Executive Director

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Spirit Joseph
Interim Executive Director

Spirit Joseph currently serves as Earthdance’s Interim Executive Director. He served as Earthdance's Board President from 2014-19, and Earthdance's Co-Executive Director from 2005-11. He holds an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management with a concentration in Finance. Spirit discovered Contact Improvisation in 2000. He dove deeply into the form, attending many jams and workshops for several years, then expanded his study to various forms of dance improvisation & somatic movement. He has performed with Dance Generators (multi-generational dance company, Northampton, MA) and Group Atness (improvisational dance collective which he co-founded). He’s interested in building more rigorous programming for Earthdance, continuing to improve the artist’s experience, and doing the internal work that enables an organization to mature and thrive. 

Jacqueline (Jax) Westhead
Operations Director

Jacqueline's passions are steeped in her facilitation work and teaching for which she has both travelled the globe and had residencies in various cities and institutions around the US for over 25 years. Her workshops and consulting are somatic based and integrate movement, voice, witnessing and communication practices. Her work supports groups and individuals finding more opportunity towards shifting patterns and connecting more deeply, 

The development of her work emerged from her career as a dancer and performer in Chicago where she had the honor to collaborate and perform with an array of incredible teachers and artists. Her movement interests have leaned towards CI and Butoh while she has integrated her trainings in somatics, music, meditation, conflict transformation, and counseling.

Jacqueline continues to expand her understanding of humanity, her work, and the role it plays in our evolving world. She is motivated by the active exploration of Awareness, Curiosity and Kindness and how these support us to dismantle oppressive systems and grow our essential personal superpower of Love. If you are curious and want to learn more, she wrote and published a book called Touching the Invisible: A Field Guide for Living. You can also check out her website to find out more about her work:

Victor Mistretta
Building & Grounds
Emily Cavin

Emily Cavin became a non-resident visitor/member of Earthdance in the Intentional Community days in 1989, and was a resident member from 1990 to 1992.  She contributed to the community by working on bookkeeping, among other tasks, including playing a small role in helping to build what is now 9 Mountain Retreat Center.  In the interim, she has stayed connected through her passion for joining in whenever Penny Schultz holds a Community Sing, and as a nearby neighbor, and even occasionally by participating in a workshop.  She studied performing arts in a conservatory program long ago in her college days, (very long ago!) and is currently a Hilltown Resident, Singer, Dancer as she is able, Gardener, and an Earth-Centered Spiritualist and Ritualist. She also designs, creates, and sometimes even sells, unique Sterling Silver Jewelry.  She has supported herself in all these endeavors by holding “day jobs” as a bookkeeper, and as of April 2017, brings those skills back to Earthdance…..because, Hey! – someone’s gotta do it!!  And it is a good place to be!

Taja Will
Equity and Justice Coordinator
Taja Will (pronouns Taja/they) is a queer, Latinx (Chilean) transracial adoptee, performer, choreographer, somatic therapist and healing justice facilitator. Taja’s approach integrates improvisation, somatic modalities, text and vocals in contemporary performance. Their aesthetic is one of spontaneity, bold choice making, sonic and kinetic partnership and the ability to move in relationship to risk and intimacy. Will’s work explores visceral connections to current socio-cultural realities through ritual, archetypes and everyday magic.

Will’s work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Including local performances at the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening, the Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks, the Radical Recess series, Right Here Showcase and the Candy Box Dance Festival. Will is the recipient of a 2018 McKnight Choreography Fellowship, administered by the Cowles Center and funded by The McKnight Foundation. Will has recently received support from the National Association of Latinx Arts & Culture, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and was a finalist for Queer Art’s(NYC) Eva Yaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. 

As a performer they have collaborated with Sara Shelton Mann, Rosy Simas, Keith Hennessy, Aniccha Arts (Pramila Vasudevan), Deborah Jinza Thayer, Timmy Rehborg, Off Leash Area, Vanessa Voskuil, Body Cartography Project and Miguel Gutierrez among others. 

Will has been an educator, guest teacher and adjunct faculty at several institutions across the United States. They also work as a Healing Justice consultant with a focus on racial equity, anti-oppression training, awareness of power and privilege, they are available for speaking engagements, conflict mediating and advocational praxis for artists in experimental forms, BIPOC artists and the LGBTQIA2+ communities. For more information visit
Photo credit: Nanne Sorvold


Giordana Patumi
Marketing Coordinator

Giordana is a dancer and performer, art manager, marketing specialist, and a writer contributor for two online art journals.Born in Perugia (Italy), after completing her high school diploma, she got accepted to undertake a professional one-year program at the Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School in Denmark where she came in contact with different teachers and styles. She later moved to London, where she completed a bachelor's degree in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with First Class Honors. She performed original works by Heidi Rustgaard, Rahel Vonmoos, and Zoi Dimitriou among others as well as repertory pieces such as Emanuel Gat's work Sunnyand extracts of Hofesh Shechter’ Sun. 

Over the years, she developed an interest in participating in the "behind the scene" work involved in putting on a performance. To further deepen her knowledge, after having the opportunity to teach the student of the BA in contemporary dance of the University of Murcia (Spain), she decided to attend a Master in Performing Arts Management held by the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala and MIP Politecnico di Milano. Her studies comprised of lectures with International experts of the fields about promoting stage arts as a fundamental social, political, and economic asset as a means for conserving and passing on to future generations a people’s cultural heritage and identity, with a particular focus on Europe, North America, and emerging markets.As part of her Master, she moved to New York and joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as an intern.  After attending a specialized course in marketing and social media for the art sector, she started working as a freelancer for dance and performing arts organizations and companies in the field of marketing, administration, social media, and production.