Dance Place Welcomes Interim Executive Director

Dance Place Welcomes Interim Executive Director

The Dance Place Board of Directors and staff are thrilled to announce Shermica Farquhar as their Interim Executive Director to lead the organization during this time of transition.

Shermica is a seasoned executive with diverse experiences crossing industries and functions – from leading the regional expansion of a charter school network, to restructuring teams for Fortune 500 companies and guiding executives through organizational change. But as a multidisciplinary artist, dance is her first love. She is trained in modern, salsa, hip hop, Afro-Caribbean, and West African disciplines and is a certified instructor of the groundbreaking Afro-diasporic Talawa Technique.

She has made her mark on the DC Cultural scene spreading the joy of carnival through her Soka Tribe, a cultural organization that has taught across 15 cities, 5 countries, and countless stages, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and as part of its REACH Center opening ceremonies. Shermica sits on the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs, is the founder of the Return to the Reason Festival in Accra, Ghana and Washington, D.C, and is a former 202Creates Fellow.

Dance Place continues to thoughtfully prepare for the departure of current Executive Artistic Director Christopher K. Morgan. The Dance Place Board and staff is currently assessing emerging leadership model trends to better inform the future leadership and organizational structure of Dance Place. To that end, they are engaging executive search firm Good Insight to conduct a national search for their next leadership.

In the interim, Shermica will take the reins to continue Christopher’s great work implementing Dance Place’s major programs, enhancing their image, and overseeing operations in order to ensure that Dance Place can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. They are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Their thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of the Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.

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