Staff + Board

Staff

  • Genevieve Carson

    Artistic DirectorDancer
    Genevieve Carson | Photo by Ruben Contreras

    Company Member since 2009

    Genevieve Carson, Artistic Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC), is a Los Angeles based choreographer and dancer. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University, where she was recognized for outstanding achievements in choreography. She has worked extensively in both the concert and commercial dance worlds as a choreographer and performer.

    Genevieve’s work has been commissioned and produced by LACDC, UC Santa Barbara Dance Company, Celebrate Dance Festival at the Alex Theater, Grand Arts, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Palm Springs Repertoire Theater, UC Irvine, the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines, Super Bowl XLIX, Firefly Music Festival, the Standard Hotel, Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge, LA Convention Center and Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

    Her commercial choreographic collaborations are as eclectic as Los Angeles itself: Indie rock band Foster the People, Earth Harp Collective (for Super Bowl XLIX), Devendra Banhart, Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, Comedy Central’s The Kroll Show and Jon Benjamin Has a Van.  

    As a dancer, she has had the honor to perform with LACDC, AXIOM, Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide, kDub Dance, The Big Show Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Pappas and Dancers, and Bare Dance Company. Additional credits include the Emmys, Samsung, BENCH, Cotton On, TEDx and music videos for Blood Orange, Low and Saint Motel.  Genevieve has taught master classes throughout Los Angeles and internationally. Since 2012, she has served on faculty at AMDA where she choreographs, teaches contemporary movement and directs concerts.

  • Eva Angeloff

    Company Manager

    Eva Angeloff is an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart who has been dancing everywhere in between for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Indiana University, spent four years as a principal dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company, and received a Masters of Arts in Dance and Dance Education from NYU in 2006. Her passion is movement, and she has taught Modern Dance and Dance History as an Adjunct Professor at Long Beach City College and has performed at a numerous venues around Los Angeles and the country with Ptero Dance Theatre. In 2009 she became a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga in studios, community centers, at festivals, and high in the Himalayas ever since. She currently teaches therapeutic dance and movement to cancer patients and survivors in partnership with Elizabeth's Canvas in Santa Monica. Eva remains dedicated to honoring the community, craft, and the art of dance. She is thrilled, thrilled and honored, to be part of LACDC and is truly inspired by the mission of this company and the members and supporters who believe in the power of movement and community.

  • Jamila Glass

    DancerMedia Coordinator
    Jamila Glass | Photo by Ruben Contreras

    Founding Company Member in 2005

    Jamila Glass joined the company in 2005 as a founding member. She began her formal training as a nine-year-old scholarship student at The Discovery Dance Group in Houston, Texas. She continued dancing in her spare time as a vocal music major at the multi-Grammy award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Jamila graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cinema-Television (Film & Video Production) and a Minor in Advertising.

    Additionally, she has worked with David Dorfman, Ryan Heffington, Kevin Williamson, Nina McNeely, Adam Parson, and Mecca Vazie Andrews. Other credits include Netflix Original film Mascots from Christopher Guest, Paul McCartney, Colbie Caillat, Flula, Hi Fashion, Foster the People tour, Zumba Fitness World Party video game, American Apparel, Samsung, TEDx, Dance Spirit Magazine, the NY Times Best Selling photography book Dancers Among Us, and multiple Star Magic Tours, which included performances at the Lincoln Center & the Shrine Auditorium.  Her choreography work includes Caught a Ghost's "Get Your Life" Music Video (from the Dear White People soundtrack), Brooke Fraser's "Kings & Queens" Music Video, and multiple works for LACDC.  

    She has also served as LACDC's Media Coordinator & Summer Intensive Assistant Director for the past 9 years.  Beyond the stage, Jamila, a director/screenwriter, is currently producing films through her production company The Cutting Room where she also freelances as a video editor for television & film. She was the Lead Editor for Black & Sexy TV where her work aired on cable channels BET & Centric and she has produced and directed 9 critically-acclaimed short dance films that have garnered international praise. (www.jamilaglass.com).

Board Members

  • Michelle Jolly

    Co-FounderSecretaryBoard Member
    Michelle Jolly

    Michelle Jolly (Mierz) is co-founder and previous Executive Director of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company. She trained as a dancer herself since the age of four. Michelle combined her passion for dance and her business background to create LACDC with Kate Hutter at USC. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from the USC Marshall School of Business Honors Program/ Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies with a BS. Her professional credits outside of LACDC include work with the consulting firm, CounterIntuity, as a Project Manager, interim operations manager for the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Associate Producer with LA Stage Alliance for the 2004 Ovation Awards, and Associate Producer for the Choreography Media Honors 2008-2009. In 2011, Michelle graduated from Yale University's School of Management with her MBA. She now resides in her hometown of Seattle, WA and is a Principal Product Manager at Amazon.com.

  • Casey Cowan Gale

    TreasurerBoard Member

    Casey Cowan Gale's extensive experience ranges from co-designing the lighting for the world premiere of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches to designing the architectural lighting for ABC's Nightline offices in Washington D.C. Her most recent work includes the lighting designs for The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Mame, Camelot and The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, all directed by Gordon Hunt. For her work she has received a Dramalogue Award, the L.A. Weekly Award, and awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. She served for 6 years as a lighting designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed the lighting for various attractions at Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Walt Disney World. She spent an additional 5 years at Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development researching and evaluating lighting technology for any and all branches of the Walt Disney Company. Casey was the Director of Lighting Design for the University of Southern California School of Theatre for 8 years, and is currently a free lance Lighting Designer.

  • Lauren Dragicevich

    Board Member

    Lauren Dragicevich has a wonderfully storied history with LACDC.  She met Kate Hutter while attending the University of Southern California and participating in USC’s Repertory Dance Company.  Lauren was also a member of the Trojan Dance Force at USC and had formal training in various forms of dance growing up from the age of 3.  In 2005, Lauren joined LACDC as one of the founding dancers. 

    After graduating from USC in 2007 with a BFA in Acting, Lauren began a career in entertainment marketing, using her creative roots to build media and artwork for the film, TV and gaming industries.  Campaigns include work for Disney, Relativity, Focus World, Activision, Ubisoft and Microsoft.  During this time, Lauren also served as LACDC’s Operations Coordinator from 2010 to 2013 and has since volunteered at events.

    In a city as rich and diverse as Los Angeles, Lauren enjoys volunteering as a means to get involved with the community.  Previous and ongoing commitments include; Torrance Memorial Hospital, Marley’s PitStop Rescue, Long Beach Police and World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.

  • Emily Wanserski

    Board Member
    Emily Wanserski

    A dancer and choreographer, Emily Wanserski is inspired by creation at the intersection of movement and immersive technology. As the Executive Producer of RareFaction Interactive, she leads the company's efforts in generating movement-based work and manages the company's creative, logistic, and financial processes. Previously, Emily worked with Hollywood Production Designer Alex McDowell, RDI (Fight Club, Minority Report, Man of Steel) at 5D Global Studio, a cross-discipline design studio whose clients included Boeing, Intel, Unity, Sundance, and Warner Brothers, among others. From 2011-2014, Emily was the Managing Director of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, a site-specific performance company in LA; she has also worked with Parsons Dance and Keigwin + Company in Manhattan. 

    Currently, Emily is on the University of Michigan's School of Literature Science and the Arts Young Alumni Council. She recently spoke at the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces 2016 at Brown University, as well as Design For Dance 2016 and the 2016 Dance/USA conference. She holds dual degrees—BA in Political Science and a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.