We are thrilled to welcome Dinah Gray who will assume her role as Director of Dance for White Mountain and the Creative Edge Dance Studio this summer. Dinah brings 20 years of dance experience as a teacher, choreographer, and performer. She has danced professionally, taught in an after-school studio program, and is currently teaching dance at the University of Virginia, serving as an artistic associate at the Charlottesville Ballet, and teaching yoga and pilates at St. Anne’s Belfield School (a boarding school in Virginia). Dinah studied dance in a pre-professional program at the Virginia School for the Arts and earned her B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography at Goucher College. She also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Kathy Kohatsu, who has owned Creative Edge and served as its Director for many years, has decided to pursue other professional opportunities. As Kathy was contemplating this decision, she approached White Mountain, with whom CEDS has partnered for the last few years, about taking over the running of the studio, feeling that this could be a good way to maintain the strength of both the studio and White Mountain’s dance program. This was an exciting opportunity for the school and in February, the Executive Committee of the board voted unanimously to assume ownership and management of Creative Edge. This will allow for stability for the studio and continued enhancement of opportunities for White Mountain dancers. Tim Breen, Head of School, states, “ We are incredibly grateful to Kathy for her leadership of Creative Edge and her partnership over the years with White Mountain. We have been lucky to be associated with such a strong dance program, and we are excited about what the future holds.”
Dinah and her husband JJ Cromer, who will be teaching history at White Mountain, along with their two daughters are all looking forward to joining the White Mountain community. When asked what she is looking forward to in this new role Dinah said the following:
“Having the opportunity to guide and sustain a robust and established program like the one at Creative Edge Dance Studio is exciting and humbling. The array of classes offered at CEDS, the dedicated faculty, and the top-notch facility offers White Mountain students a dance opportunity that is rare and unique in an independent school of its size. I look forward to maintaining the strength and vibrancy of the CEDS program, to helping further integrate White Mountain and CEDS, and to guiding White Mountain students through their upper school dance education.”
Click here to watch a video in which Dinah discusses her background as well as her work as a teacher and choreographer.
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