Board of Directors

The Young Dance Board of Directors represents a broad range of talented individuals in the Twin Cities. The primary role of the Board of Directors is to guide Young Dance toward fulfilling its educational and professional mission.

Board of Directors


Jon Morris - Board Chair

Being part of Young Dance for the last several years has been transformational for our children. I am grateful for the chance to give back to this fantastic organization through board service.

Angelique Lele

Angelique Lele has been performing on stage for most of her life. From the Bharatiya temple as a child (her dad used to direct plays there…nepotism? Maybe); to co- founding an all woman’s theater company in Los Angeles; to performing as an aerialist. Two years after a fall from her trapeze landed her in her wheelchair, she discovered Young Dance and there was an instant attraction. Young Dance introduced her to the world of integrative dance. She loved the new physicality, strength, and grace that it allowed her to express. She is honored to be a part of this amazing dance community.

Beth Slater - Vice Chair

Beth Slater Winnick is a local artist and activist who's worked in the U.S. Senate as Legislative Clerk and at the United Nations Association as Communications Director. She holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University focusing on Non-Profit Management and Communications. After living on the east coast for twenty years, she came back home to Minneapolis, where she's settled into her most important role, that of parenting three hooligans (including an enthusiastic Young Dance company member!) with her philosophizing Prince Charming. Possessing two left feet, she lives vicariously through Young Dance.

Ella Tomlinson

Hi! I'm Ella Tomlinson and I'm one of the co-student representatives to the board along with Noah Morris. I'm fifteen years old and took my first Young Dance class when I was three, joining the company when I was seven. I'm so happy I did, because Young Dance has shaped who I am as a person, and I wouldn't be the same without it. Outside of Young Dance I'm interested in US government and politics, acting, coffee, and music. 

Erin McNeil - Treasurer

Erin McNeil is a museum professional and writer living in North Minneapolis. Originally from Colorado, she received her MFA in Photography and MA in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is active in the local Minneapolis arts and theatre scene and passionate about Young Dance’s creative community.

Laura Fritz

Laura is a toddler teacher at a Montessori school in Minneapolis and truly enjoys changing the world and working for peace through children. She is excited to support community building, self-expression, and quality movement opportunities for all children by serving on the Young Dance Board.

Liz Hannan - Secretary

I am excited to serve on the board to support the amazing work of Young Dance. Through YD, my son has learned so much about dance and movement. He has also learned about being part of a community that is accepting, respectful and allows students to grow and express themselves in a safe environment. I'm looking forward to contributing any way that I can! (Pictured L to R: Liz, Her Son Michael, and husband Paul)

Betsy Walts

I am choosing to serve on the board because I see the value of an organization that supports children of all abilities and dreams to reach their highest potential. I appreciate my daughters opportunity to connect with dancers at all levels, take an active role in social justice issues, and find a voice through choreography. Young Dance has given her the opportunities to do this, and I want to help ensure the continued growth of the program.