Felicia grew up in New York City and received a BA from Swarthmore College and JD from Fordham University School of Law. Before joining DRC, Felicia was co-Director of Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc.), opening and overseeing Pentacle’s Los Angeles office from 2006 to 2015. Felicia has served as a panelist for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the LA County Arts Commission. She served on Steering Committee for the Arts for LA 2014 Convergence, and the New York City Department of Education Committee for Blueprint in the Arts. Felicia sits on the Board of Trustees of Dance/US and the Advisory Board of Show Box LA. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Koreatown Youth and Community Center.
J. Alexandra Mathews
Associate Director, Director of Programming
Alex grew up internationally and throughout the U.S. She has been a Los Angeles based blend of artist, poet, dancer, yogi, administrator, and arts advocate since 2007. She attended UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department with an emphasis in dance and choreography. Since September 2012, she has served as the Program Manager for the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, which annually distributes unrestricted prizes of 75K to five mid career risk-taking artists. She's worked as a Managing Director with Pentacle, an administrative resource for contemporary dance and performance artists, and as an administrator at the Bates Dance Festival during its 30th anniversary year. From June 2014-2015, she fulfilled the Executive Director position for the Dance Resource Center. With a keen interest in strategy and development, and a drive to strengthen ties with the imaginative local art scene, she's confident in the improvements and changes being made at DRC. She now serves as the Associate Director and Director of Programming for DRC.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Raélle immigrated to California in 1999, where she went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from UCLA World Arts and Culture with an emphasis in dance and choreography. Beginning her performance training under the Royal Academy of Dance ballet program, Raélle furthered her studies in various forms of dance, pilates and musical theater and continued to pursue her passion for the arts -teaching, performing, choreographing, directing, and producing. Raélle is resident dance instructor/choreographer at Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles and has been Associate to the Director at Cadence Arts Network, Inc for over ten years. Raélle was Program Coordinator and Managing Director of Pentacle programs in Los Angeles and held the position as Education Director at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. She has also been invited to judge various performance competitions such as Dancing with the South Bay Stars and Open Call at the McCallum Theater and currently serves on the board for Fusion Performing Dance Academy. Adept and most comfortable in the studio and on the stage, Raélle has performed at some of California's most prestigious venues with Pacifico Dance Company and Fusion Dance Theater and has recently released her first music album. Raélle is dedicated to the performing arts on and off the stage!
Director of Member Services & Marketing
A Chicago native, Alex received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Journalism and Communications, with a minor in Dance and was on a competitive ballroom dance team while in school. After spending two years in Chicago working for Groupon in Merchant Research and Data Analysis, she decided that she wanted to get back to her dance roots. Alex has since moved to Los Angeles and has received her MA in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University. She began at the Dance Resource Center in October 2013, serving as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator and the Programs and Membership Manager. She also serves as the Managing Director (through DRC's Back Office program) for Antics Performance. In her spare time, she enjoys hitting up the art gallery scene and attending various theatre and dance shows in the community.
Director of Development
Raised in San Diego, Susan Josephs has spent much of her life involved in the performing arts as a dancer, actor, playwright, dramaturge and journalist. A graduate of UCLA, she spent a decade in New York training extensively in modern, African and Caribbean dance, performing in numerous Off-Off Broadway productions, writing plays and developing her craft as an arts journalist. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2005, she proceeded to gain firsthand knowledge of the local dance scene, both by taking classes and writing about dance for the Los Angeles Times from 2006 to 2014. Her articles and essays about dance and other subjects have appeared in over a dozen other publications including Salon, LA Weekly and the Chicago Tribune and three of her plays have been produced, most recently “The Interview” at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. Passionate about helping others hone their artistic work, she has written dramatic texts and served as a dramaturgical eye for performing artists including the Israeli vocal artist Victoria Hanna and the choreographer Maria Gillespie. She’s thrilled to be part of the DRC team, where she can apply her writing skills and passion for arts advocacy.
Editor for Dance News
A Los Angeles native, Emily began dancing at a very young age, training in several different styles of dance. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine, under the tutelage of Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, Donald McKayle, Loretta Livingston and other impactful educators. Emily shifted her passion from performing to arts administration through her deep involvement with the UCI Dance Department. She worked with the Department Chair to develop the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, as well as head and produce a series of variations classes and showcases. After receiving her degree, she worked with Laguna Dance Festival and Director Jodie Gates as an Assistant to the Director. Soon after, Emily was fortunate to be selected through the DeVos Institute for an internship with the Dance Programming Department at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. After returning to Los Angeles, she began working for the Dance Resource Center and Pentacle. She currently serves as a Back Office Managing Director for Donna Sternberg & Dancers, and is excited to be rejoining the DRC team as the Editor for Dance News.
Dancer Health Program Associate
Rosanna was born in Glendale, Ca. Her passion for dance started at a young age competing and performing till the age of 18. Rosanna received her undergraduate degree from California State University of Los Angeles in Exercise Science. After graduation, she worked as a Physical Therapy Aide in Pasadena, Ca helping patients rehabilitate from numerous orthopedic injuries including dancer related diagnoses. She started at the Dance Resource Center in January 2016 as the Dance Program Health Associate after participating as a student Physical Therapist at the Day of Dancer Health Screening in November 2016. Rosanna is currently attending Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Ca to receive her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. She aspires to specialize in Orthopedics including treating dancers’ injuries.