Meet the Editors

Amy Brandt

Editor in Chief

A native of Libertyville, Illinois, Amy has been the editor in chief of Pointe since 2014. She danced professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, among others, performing a large repertoire that included 19th century classics and works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins and Alonzo King. Amy also performed in honor of Ms. Farrell at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. In 2009, she began writing Pointe‘s “Ask Amy” advice column. Amy graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English and World Literatures in 2014, and she has served on the department’s advisory board. She is also senior consulting editor for Dance Teacher. Contact her at: [email protected]

Madeline Schrock

Senior Managing Editor

A native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Madeline is the senior managing editor of Dance Media, where she oversees the production of Dance Magazine and is the project manager of DanceTeacher+. She studied ballet at Southern Indiana School for the Arts and was later introduced to modern dance by Bill Evans. While completing her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, she was cast in a historical reconstruction of Alwin Nikolais’ Noumenon celebrating his centennial. Prior to joining Dance Media in 2011, she worked on dance videography projects for Bates Dance Festival and served as marketing and education manager for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Contact her at: [email protected]

Catie Robinson

Managing Editor

Catie Robinson is a managing editor at Dance Media, where she works primarily on Pointe, Dance Teacher, and Dance Spirit. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2020 with degrees in Dance and Journalism. She performed in southern California with Anaheim Ballet before completing a yearlong administrative fellowship with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. She continues to dance in New York City. Contact her at: [email protected]

Kyra Laubacher

Digital Editor

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kyra began dancing before she could speak. In 2020, she was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in English Literature. Following graduation, she danced with Eugene Ballet and #instaballet in Eugene, Oregon. Kyra began working for Dance Media as Pointe‘s 2020 summer editorial intern, continuing as a contributing writer prior to her appointment as assistant editor in 2022. She currently studies manuscript editing at the University of Chicago. Contact her at: [email protected]

Advisory Board

Stella Abrera

Artistic director, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Frank Andersen

Bournonville producer

Aesha Ash

Associate chair of faculty, School of American Ballet

Erika Davis

CEO, Regional Dance America

Sasha De Sola

Principal dancer, San Francisco Ballet

Chyrstyn Fentroy

Principal dancer, Boston Ballet

Terry Hyde

MA, MBACP, psychotherapist, Counselling for Dancers

Julie Kent

Co-artistic director, Houston Ballet

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa


Noelani Pantastico

Freelance teacher, former principal dancer Pacific Northwest Ballet

Tiler Peck

Principal dancer, New York City Ballet

Cathy Radovan

COO, Bloch Inc.

Raymond Rodriguez

Dean, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

Calvin Royal III

Principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre

Larissa Saveliev

Founder and artistic director, Youth America Grand Prix

Marie Scioscia

MS, RD, CDN, founder Cinch Nutrition

Mavis Staines

Artistic director and CEO, Canada’s National Ballet School

Michael Vernon

Professor of ballet, Indiana University

Connor Walsh

Principal dancer, Houston Ballet

Iain Webb

Artistic director, The Sarasota Ballet