Gainesville, FL, June 25, 2018- Dance Alive National Ballet (Dance Alive) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee May to the position of Executive Director. Ms. May, a well-known and respected business and community leader, was selected after an extensive national search. The Board of Directors has the fullest confidence that Ms. May will use her years of business and non-profit experience in fundraising, team building and leadership to foster the growth of Dance Alive.
Previously Ms. May served as Chairperson and Executive Director of the non-profit Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN) where she was instrumental in developing community partnerships and sponsorships for key programs and for successfully growing GAIN membership from 200 to over 3600 members. Ms. May’s extensive experience in finance, general management, strategy, fundraising and business development coupled with the expansive network she had developed throughout Florida and nationally is a tremendous asset for Dance Alive.
“We are very excited to have found Lee. She brings the professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge of both the business and non-profit world that are essential in taking Dance Alive forward”, commented Gary Ascani, President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Ascani added, “Lee’s business acumen along with her love of the arts is the perfect combination to lead Dance Alive to new heights.”
Ms. May will take over the Executive Director duties previously performed by Kim Tuttle, a co-founder of Dance Alive. Ms. Tuttle, the company’s Executive Artistic Director, will retain the position of Artistic Director.
“Having Lee join Dance Alive National Ballet as our Executive Director is absolutely thrilling. I can’t imagine anyone more perfect for the position. Lee brings to the job her expertise and experience, her intuition and insight, coupled with a management style that is fluid, tenacious and joyous. She is a very creative and successful business woman and a wonderful person to work with” said, Kim Tuttle, Artistic Director and principal co-owner of Dance Alive.
About Dance Alive National Ballet
Dance Alive National Ballet, has been Gainesville’s own professional ballet company for 52 years and features an international roster of award winning dancers. DANB’s repertoire ranges from the quintessential classic Nutcracker to the neo-classical beauty of Balanchine and the cutting-edge movement of bold contemporary ballet. Throughout this choreographic tapestry are woven the ballets of Artistic Director Kim Tuttle and Choreographer-in-Residence Judy Skinner whose distinctive artistic styles brand the Company. DANB is the official ‘Arts Ambassadors for Gainesville’ and was the State Touring Company of Florida for a record holding 40 consecutive years. The Company has toured Russia, Brazil. Bulgaria, Costa Rica and the continental United States. Each year DANB presents a brilliant home series at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville and provides an award-winning educational and outreach program and regional programming in neighboring counties. In addition to its regional touring, the Company is the resident ballet company at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala and the Legacy Park Center in Alachua, FL.
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