Earthdance Staff

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.

spirit@earthdance.net 

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 sensing from within the oppressive thoughts, language and behaviors that are woven into each of us while offering opportunity to make new choices and connect 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 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: soundbodywisdom.com

Jacqueline first came to Earthdance in 1992 and it changed her life. She returned over the years to study, train and dance and is delighted to be back supporting Earthdance in new ways.

operations@earthdance.net

Caelum Massicotte
Head Chef

Caelum is Earthdance's Head Chef and one of our (as well as Nine Mountain's) extraordinary chefs. He applies his background in cooking with his family, in restaurants, and his Masters in Human Nutrition to empower guests to deepen their connection with healthy and sustainable food.

Kale specializes in meeting the needs of special diets with organic and seasonal food for intentional gatherings, festivals and retreats.

kitchen@earthdance.net

Victor Mistretta
Building & Grounds Assistant
Emily Cavin
Bookkeeper

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!

finance@earthdance.net

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 www.tajawilartist.com
 
Photo credit: Nanne Sorvold