Joy Madden is a choreographer, performer and bodyworker. She has performed throughout the US and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2001 she co-founded The Moving Laboratory, an innovative performing arts incubator in Boston, MA. She served as the Managing Director of Boston Dance Alliance from 2000-2003. Since moving to Vermont in 2007, her work has been presented by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington Dances, Arts Riot, The Burlington Fringe Festival, UVM, and The Philly Fringe, among others. In 2014 and 2015, she served as Community Mentor for Stephan Koplowitz’s online course, Creating Site Specific Dance and Performance Works, by California Institute of the Arts. Joy joined the VDA Board of Directors in 2019.
Jessie Owens is the founder of Ergo Movement, a collaborative performance project based in Burlington, Vermont. She holds a BA in Dance from Smith College, where she attended as an Ada Comstock, or non-traditional scholar.
She is the current Vice President of the Vermont Dance Alliance, where she is working to support dance in all of its forms.
Laila grew up dancing in Central Vermont, discovering her commitment to movement at an early age. Her childhood was rich in diverse examples of artists, teachers, and learners who taught her that creative work can have endless forms.
Having always felt pulled in multiple directions, Laila studied dance and movement integration in early education at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, in efforts to align her passions for dance and working with young children. At Hampshire College Laila performed works by Katie Martin and Deborah Goffe, and studied with Angie Hauser, Stephen Petronio, Constance Vallis-Hill, and Cynthia McLaughlin, among others. She now works as a preschool teacher at a therapeutic early education center, working to integrate creative movement into her classroom. Laila is thrilled for the myriad of possibilities that the Vermont Dance Alliance brings forth, and is very grateful to connect with other artists.