Board of Directors

The Young Dance Board of Directors represents a broad range of talented individuals in the Twin Cities. The primary role of the Board of Directors is to guide Young Dance toward fulfilling its educational and professional mission.

Board of Directors


Rachel Gagliardi (Board Chair)

I hold a strong passion for dance education in my own life and the current educational opportunities in my children's lives.  I'm excited to support the education for all vision that Young Dance cultivates.

Angelique Lele

Angelique Lele has been performing on stage for most of her life. From the Bharatiya temple as a child (her dad used to direct plays there…nepotism? Maybe); to co- founding an all woman’s theater company in Los Angeles; to performing as an aerialist. Two years after a fall from her trapeze landed her in her wheelchair, she discovered Young Dance and there was an instant attraction. Young Dance introduced her to the world of integrative dance. She loved the new physicality, strength, and grace that it allowed her to express. She is honored to be a part of this amazing dance community.

Beth Slater

Beth Slater Winnick is a local artist and activist who's worked in the U.S. Senate as Legislative Clerk and at the United Nations Association as Communications Director. She holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University focusing on Non-Profit Management and Communications. After living on the east coast for twenty years, she came back home to Minneapolis, where she's settled into her most important role, that of parenting three hooligans (including an enthusiastic Young Dance company member!) with her philosophizing Prince Charming. Possessing two left feet, she lives vicariously through Young Dance.

Ella Tomlinson

Hi! I'm Ella Tomlinson and I'm one of the co-student representatives to the board along with Noah Morris. I'm fifteen years old and took my first Young Dance class when I was three, joining the company when I was seven. I'm so happy I did, because Young Dance has shaped who I am as a person, and I wouldn't be the same without it. Outside of Young Dance I'm interested in US government and politics, acting, coffee, and music. 

Jen Aulwes

Jen Aulwes is the Communications Director for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Prior to moving back to the Midwest, Jen worked as a communications and advocacy specialist in Washington, DC at a number of national non-profit organizations. She lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and three children.

Jon Morris

Being part of Young Dance for the last several years has been transformational for our children. I am grateful for the chance to give back to this fantastic organization through board service.

Laura Fritz

Laura is a toddler teacher at a Montessori school in Minneapolis and truly enjoys changing the world and working for peace through children. She is excited to support community building, self-expression, and quality movement opportunities for all children by serving on the Young Dance Board.

Liz Hannan

I am excited to serve on the board to support the amazing work of Young Dance. Through YD, my son has learned so much about dance and movement. He has also learned about being part of a community that is accepting, respectful and allows students to grow and express themselves in a safe environment. I'm looking forward to contributing any way that I can! (Pictured L to R: Liz, Her Son Michael, and husband Paul)