About the Trustees

In the Spring of 2015, Jan asked Virginia Freeman Dupont, Laura McDuffee, and Kelly Swindell, all long-time Van Dyke Dance Group company members, to act as "trustees" of her artistic work. The Van Dyke Dance Group will continue as a repertory company performing and setting the choreography of Jan Van Dyke. Trustees will maintain an archive of repertory, restage and set select repertory for performances, and approve the performance and teaching of Van Dyke choreography and technique by individuals or groups outside of the Van Dyke Dance Group.

VDDG Trustees
Kelly Swindell has been a dancer for most of her life. Her dance training includes classical ballet as a high school student at the NC School of the Arts (now UNCSA) and contemporary dance at UNC-Greensboro, where she first began working with Jan Van Dyke in 1987. Kelly was a founding member of the Van Dyke Dance Group and Gamble/Van Dyke Dance. She has a M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from UNCSA and a B.A. in History from UNCG. Kelly is honored to have been named a trustee of Jan Van Dyke's work and hopes to maintain Jan's legacy of precision, line, and musicality for the next generation of dancers. When not performing, Kelly is the Assistant Brand Manager at Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN and is on the board of directors of Dance Project, Inc.
Kelly Swindell has been a dancer for most of her life. Her dance training includes classical ballet as a high school student at the NC School of the Arts (now UNCSA) and contemporary dance at UNC-Greensboro, where she first began working with Jan Van Dyke in 1987. Kelly was a founding member of the Van Dyke Dance Group and Gamble/Van Dyke Dance. She has a M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from UNCSA and a B.A. in History from UNCG. Kelly is honored to have been named a trustee of Jan Van Dyke's work and hopes to maintain Jan's legacy of precision, line, and musicality for the next generation of dancers. When not performing, Kelly is the Assistant Brand Manager at Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN and is on the board of directors of Dance Project, Inc.
Laura has been a member of Jan Van Dyke's company for over 20 years. Interested in nonprofit management, Laura worked as an administrative assistant for Jan for a year and has been on the board of Dance Project. She then went on to earn a Master of Public Affairs from UNCG. Since 2002, Laura has served in various leadership roles in statewide initiatives partnering with North Carolina's homeless service agencies. Currently, she is working in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest University. Laura is honored to be acting as a trustee of Jan's work and looks forward to continuing her legacy.
Laura has been a member of Jan Van Dyke's company for over 20 years. Interested in nonprofit management, Laura worked as an administrative assistant for Jan for a year and has been on the board of Dance Project. She then went on to earn a Master of Public Affairs from UNCG. Since 2002, Laura has served in various leadership roles in statewide initiatives partnering with North Carolina's homeless service agencies. Currently, she is working in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest University. Laura is honored to be acting as a trustee of Jan's work and looks forward to continuing her legacy.
Virginia Freeman Dupont has been a member of the Van Dyke Dance Group since 1995. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNCG with a BFA in dance and a BA in English, and in 2003 earned an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She is a performer and has served as Associate Director with the John Gamble Dance Theater; additionally, she choreographs, performs and teaches throughout North Carolina. Virginia is adjunct faculty at UNCG and also serves as the Ballet Program Director for the Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts.
Virginia Freeman Dupont has been a member of the Van Dyke Dance Group since 1995. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNCG with a BFA in dance and a BA in English, and in 2003 earned an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She is a performer and has served as Associate Director with the John Gamble Dance Theater; additionally, she choreographs, performs and teaches throughout North Carolina. Virginia is adjunct faculty at UNCG and also serves as the Ballet Program Director for the Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts.
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