Board of Directors 2014-2015

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

Advisory Board


Michele Steinwald
Linda Shapiro
Erin Thompson
Laurie Van Wieren

Board of Directors


Laura Busian

Laura is a life-long resident of Minnesota and currently resides in St. Paul.  She is an attorney and will obtain her Master of Public Affairs degree, with a concentration in Community and Economic Development, in August 2015.  She is also a yoga instructor and has taught classes at various yoga studios throughout the Twin Cities since 2010.  Laura has always appreciated movement, recognizing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits it provides, and was drawn to Young Dance and its mission of “transforming lives through movement.”  Laura is excited to be a part of an organization that fosters both personal and collective expression and builds community.

Krystal Stackhouse

Krystal Stackhouse joined Young Dance as a board member because of her passion for the performing arts and past experience directing a high school and college dance company that showcased a variety of dance styles. Right now,  Krystal works at Genesys Works as the School and Community Partner Manager after graduating from Carleton College where she manages the student recruitment process, student selection process, and relationships with schools and community partners.


Kim Skalbeck

Kim is a special education teacher in Minneapolis and a mother of a Young Dancer.  Seeing the unique opportunities Young Dance gives her daughter to explore her creativity through movement and collaboration inspired her to join the board.  Kim feels excited and passionate about working with Young Dance.

Jon Dicus

Jon’s daughter has been with Young Dance for 7 years.  He joined the board three years ago.  As a parent of young children, He realizes that the organizations that serve his kids depend on the support and involvement of parents.  Jon states, “serving on the board has been a great learning experience for me.  It has been fun and rewarding to work with my fellow board members and the Young Dance staff, who are passionate and committed to the mission of Transforming Lives Through Movement."  He would encourage other parents to consider getting involved with the Young Dance board.

Jessica Briggs

I acquired my BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota in 2008. I have worked in Dance both on and off the stage for the past 15 years. I am proud to serve on the board of Young Dance and help continue its mission to the community.

Jay Hammond

Jay has been on the Young Dance Board since 2013, and currently serves as Treasurer.  Originally a native Californian, he has been a commercial banker since graduating from San Jose State University in 1983, and is currently President of Highland Bank, a family-owned community bank with offices located throughout the Twin Cities.  Jay got involved in Young Dance through his relationship with his step daughter, Hope Grathwol, who has been a dancer with Young Dance for nearly ten years.  Hope also serves as the student representative on the Young Dance board.

Hope Grathwol

Young Dance is people not a place, and I am grateful for the relationships I have with them. I intimately know Young Dance as a student of many years who also gets to witness and take part in administrative duties that make it all happen. Being student representative on the board for some time among other unofficial titles such as high five giver and most skippy las (the competition is fierce) has allowed me to understand that we are all Young Dance. I speak of the teachers and students, board members and staff, guest artists, audience members and all the people we touch with our truth! We are a community held together by dance and dedicated to the young and the growing. You, and you, and you, and me.

Hillary Chan

Hillary is from Minnetonka, Minnesota, and has a passion for giving back to her community. She joined the board in January 2015, and is excited about Young Dance because it allows youth of all abilities to express their unique selves and bond with each other through a universal language - Dance!

Becky Heist

Becky Heist directed the Dance Program at Macalester College for over 30 years.  She is currently collaborating with the Christopher Watson Dance Company, creating a piece for their 25th anniversary year.  She continues to make dance films and is co-director of “Dance Flicks,” a newly established dance film festival.