BOARD of DIRECTORS
FOUNDERS | Irada Djelassi | Katherine Hooper
Denis Murphy is a Senior Vice President of Investor Services at the private bank Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and holds a B.A. in History from Boston College. He joined BoSoma in 2015, served as the Treasurer and is now President of the Board. Growing up in New Jersey, his appreciation of dance was first instilled by his father, a frequent attendee of the New York City Ballet and continued with his wife, a dancer herself and now a dance teacher. Denis is excited to be part of a dynamic and different dance company in BoSoma that is bringing a unique style to the greater Boston arts community.
JULIA AMARAL SYKES
Julia earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. While in New York, she had the opportunity to learn and perform choreography by various world renowned choreographers, including Ron K. Brown, Bill T. Jones, Jennifer Muller, Nathan Trice, and Twyla Tharp, among others. Upon moving back to her native Massachusetts, Julia began dancing with various companies in the Boston area until she joined BoSoma in 2018. She currently teaches at Center Stage Dance Academy in Plymouth, as well as BoSoma School. Julia joined the Board of Directors in 2020.
Don Crowell is a native to the North Shore and is the Broker/Owner of the boutique Real Estate company in Wenham, Plumeria Realty. When he’s not selling homes, Donnie can be found managing and maintaining the historic Larcom Theatre, which he, along with his wife Lisa, purchased in 2016. Don has always had interest in dance, but it wasn’t until he was challenged to take part of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity called: “Dancing with the Realtors” that caused him to act on it. After 10 weeks of taking ballroom dance classes, competing in Foxtrot and Swing, Don shocked himself when he left the competition with 3 trophies, including gold for “Best Overall Dancer”. After this introduction to dance, Don began taking weekly lessons, and focused on Salsa dancing. With the birth of his 2 sons, Benjamin and Elijah, he has since traded in his dance skills, for diaper changing skills. Because of his love for dance though, Don jumped at the opportunity to work with the BoSoma Dance company back in 2017, when they performed: “The Dinner Table” at the Larcom Theatre. From then on, Don has become one of the biggest fans of the BoSoma Dance company, and hopes to help in showcasing this wonderful group to the North Shore and Beyond!
Drew is a recent addition to the BoSoma Board. He has served as President (3 years) and board member at Chorus pro Musica for 4 years. He has a deep interest in music and the arts. He has been a choral singer for the better part of 37 years. Drew’s career has spanned technical writing, software project and program management and enterprise software service sales and delivery. He has worked for companies such as Digital Equipment Corp, BBN, GTE and EMC. He has a BA in English and an M.Ed and is currently working on an MS in Management. “I believe that BoSoma represents hard work, dedication and excellence in the dance community. It is a pleasure working with, and learning from, people who can add so much by educating children and providing a quality artistic audience experience."
Katherine Hooper, Owner, an Essex local, began her dance training at RDS Performing Arts in Dover, MA and continued her professional training at the University of North Carolina, then finished her BFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Five College Dance Program. As an undergraduate, she co-developed an Arts Collective and an Improvisation Group while producing, directing and choreographing 2 full-scale productions. Following graduation, Katherine moved to Colorado where she co-founded Performance Works, Ltd., a contemporary dance and theatre company. In 2005, she was acknowledged by Boston Uncommon Magazine as ‘One to Watch’. Since 2005, Katherine has been commissioned to set work on the Lee Lund Dance Company, in Connecticut, for their annual pre-professional concert. On an annual basis, she teaches master classes at various New England area Universities, Colleges and Dance Studios, most recently at Plymouth State University, NH and Beth Walsh Dance Studio, MA. Katherine opened Mass Motion Dance North in Peabody in 2010. In 2014, she was awarded the ‘Support Your Studio’ grant by the Dizzy Feet Foundation for her commitment to bringing dance to the local community through teaching and performances and for her passionate teaching within her studio inspiring young dancers of all levels to achieve their best through dance. As the recipient of this award, the Mass Motion Dance faculty and students received a workshop and master class with Season 9 So You Think You Can Dance winner, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. BoSoma is passionate about getting students active and excited about learning within a creative, physical and academic community both inside the studio and within the classroom. Inspiring the creative and athletic mind is key to our children's success.