Board of Directors

We are honored to have a Board of Directors for ClancyWorks who are dedicated to our organization, passionate for our vision and joyfully enthusiastic about our work. They represent a talented group of experts in various fields, including marketing, fundraising, legal issues, dance and arts administration.

Ed Burleson (President) has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a minor in dance from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts degree in modern dance from the University of New Mexico. Ed has choreographed, performed, and taught dance locally and internationally. In January 2008, Ed joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. He served as a U.S. diplomat in Manila, the Philippines; Tokyo, Japan; Washington, D.C.; Kabul, Afghanistan; The Hague, Netherlands; and Chennai, India.  Ed also spent time in the classroom as a teacher, first teaching English in Japan for three years and then teaching 7th grade mathematics in a Houston suburb.

Nanci Brown (Treasurer) has worked as a social worker in private practice and in schools for kids and teens with emotional disabilities for the past 12 years. Prior to this line of work, she was a theatrical agent representing actors on Broadway, in film and on TV. Ms. Brown advises the company on Arts in Education programming as well as artistic development.

Glenna Blessing (Secretary) served as the Chair of the dance program at the George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology in Baltimore, MD from 2003 to 2012. Previously a member of the ClancyWorks Dance Company, Ms. Blessing advises ClancyWorks on audience development, professional development, arts in education and artistic matters.

Michelle T. Davy (Fundraising, Audience Development, Arts in Education Programming) is currently the Director of the Davy Dance Academy, founded in 2012 and located in Annapolis, Maryland.   Michelle is an active member of the Maryland Dance Community and has previously served on the MD Council for Dance Board of Directors as well as the Capitol Region Educators of Dance Organization.  Ms. Davy advises ClancyWorks on community engagement, audience development, and arts education programs and professional development.

Ronita Macklin (Fundraising, Communications) is a Foreign Service Officer, particularly the Post Management Officer for Australia, New
Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Working for the Department of State for the past eight years, Ronita has represented the United States at several embassies around the world. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ronita served as a Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall (D-GA) and as a Finance Assistant to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee headquarters in Washington, DC. In 2002, Ronita founded The Macklin Group, LLC, a consulting firm focused on education and developing tailored math and science curriculums to increase standardized test scores for youth in the Washington, DC area.

Iliad Terra (Marketing, Fundraising) currently works as the Director of Interiors at SK+I Architects, and also does architectural consultant in the evolving field of smart building. He volunteers with a number of nonprofits in the region.  Iliad contributes his expertise in fundraising, marketing and development to ClancyWorks.

Keith Turner (Audience Development, Marketing, Documentation, Photography) has been the staff 3D Graphics Specialist for DVA Architects. And has done 3D modeling and architectural design for various architectural firms and contractors in the DC region. He is also an accomplished photographer, web designer, and part-time woodworker.

Fernando Silva (At Large, Technical & Marketing Adviser) currently works for ClancyWorks as Technical and Marketing Director. Since the inception of ClancyWorks, Fernando has designed all of the marketing brochures and announcements for performance presentations and educational events conducted by the company.


Adrienne Clancy (Founding & Artistic Director) is the founding director of ClancyWorks. She leads artistic projects and educational residencies as well as managing the daily administrative duties. In addition to directing ClancyWorks, Adrienne is the Treasurer of CREDO (Capital Region of Educators in Dance Organization), a nonprofit service organization for dance educators.

Tamaya Toulouse (Organizational Strategy, Touring Development) brought to the ClancyWorks Board of Directors 20 years of program management, governmentrelations and community outreach experience in performing arts, small business, healthcare, public relations, adult education, marketing, government, and working with diverse populations. Tamaya has earned a Master’s degree in Small Business Management, Bachelor’s degree in arts, and is conversational in Spanish. Her specific contribution to ClancyWorks is the interest to help expand the touring performance and educational work of the Company within the Southwestern United States, and to help rekindle as well as cultivate new professional relationships and donors for ClancyWorks.


Dance Educator's Training Institute

DETI is Going Virtual!

Our annual Dance Educator's Training Institute (DETI) is scheduled to take place August 17-19, 2020.

This year, we've decided to take DETI online, due to COVID-19.

While we are saddened not to be able to hold DETI in person, we are excited to welcome people from around the world, who might not otherwise be able to join us! We will have more information about DETI Online in the coming days.

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