Magazine article Dance Magazine

Amy Fitterer: Association Director

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Amy Fitterer: Association Director

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You could say Dance/USA's new executive director, Amy Fitterer, has been rehearsing for this role her entire life. The dancer-turned-arts administrator is well prepared to lead the national arts advocacy organization into the future, and she thanks her dance training for that. She admits, however, that the timing surprised her.

"When the opportunity arose, I needed a little nudging," says the 32-year-old. "I thought I had it in me to be an executive director, but that it would happen later in life. I went through the application process for my experience, and to my surprise it worked out."

Fitterer grew up in Connecticut and began taking ballet classes at The Nutmeg Conservatory when she was five. Two years later, she started classical piano classes. "I became serious in both art forms very quickly," she says. By 14, with coaching from Eleanor D'Antuano in roles like Clara, Dew Drop and Swanilda, Fitterer was dancing lead roles in full-length ballets. At the same time, she started accompanying classes on the piano. Sharon Dante, founder of Nutmeg, says she's not surprised that Fitterer is now excelling in an arts administration career. "Amy is one of those individuals who simply excelled in everything she did."

Fitterer attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a piano performance major--and she continued to dance daily. After graduation she moved to California, taught music at Lisa Spector's Music School and joined the Peninsula Ballet Theatre, performing at night and on weekends. …

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