Board of Directors 2016-2017

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.

Rachel Gagliardi

I hold a strong passion for dance education in my own life and the current educational opportunities in my children's lives.  I'm excited to support the education for all vision that Young Dance cultivates.

Jon Morris

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.


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.