July 02, 2018

Kay Kendall Elected Chair of the CityDance Board of Directors

Washington, DC, July 8, 2018 - CityDance announced today the election of Kay Kendall as Chair of the CityDance Board of Directors. Kendall follows Karen Thomas, who held the position for eight years steering the organization to financial stability and programmatic focus and expansion.

Kendall joined the CityDance Board of Directors in 2009 and has been instrumental in securing the organization’s growth over the past nine years. She steps in as board chair at a pivotal point in CityDance’s history, as the organization looks for a new home for its DREAM Program. DREAM is an after-school program that provides free dance training, college readiness and academic and family services to underserved students throughout the District.

On accepting her new role, Kendall said, “I feel honored to follow in the footsteps of Karen Thomas, who has gracefully paved the way for me to step in during this time of transition. I have tremendous admiration for CityDance President and CEO Alexe Nowakowski and look forward to working with her and the board to realize our vision of building and sustaining a thriving dance community in our Nation’s Capital.”

Kendall brings more than four decades of arts, education and community outreach experience and leadership to this vital post. Kendall is currently the Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the arts agency of the District of Columbia. She was a 25-year board member of the Washington Ballet, including eight years as its chair, and is currently on the board of THEARC. As the founder of Kendall+Associates in 2008, she was a consultant on fundraising and nonprofit board governance, helping community groups build leadership and organizational strength. Since coming to Washington in 1977, Kendall has also been involved with the Maret School, the Kingsbury Center, Ashoka International and Children's Hospital.

“I am so delighted to welcome Kay Kendall as CityDance’s new board chair,” said Nowakowski. “Kay’s impact on the arts in DC is nothing short of legendary and as CityDance embarks on a bold vision for growth, I cannot think of anyone more qualified to lead CityDance through this next exciting chapter.”