Joshua Blake Carter

Artistic Director

For the past 14 years, Joshua Blake Carter has been an integral part of maintaining the history and identity of Giordano Dance Company, a legacy organization, while simultaneously helping to push boundaries as a choreographer and company leader.  

Joshua brings to Dance Kaleidoscope a love for storytelling and creation along with artistic and leadership experience working through a DEIA lens as an advocate for dance in the larger community.

Joshua will relocate to Indianapolis from Chicago to begin rehearsals in July for the 2023-24 Season with Dance Kaleidoscope.  

Kim Gutfreund

Executive Director

Kim Gutfreund joined Dance Kaleidoscope as Executive Director in June 2021.  Kim has more than twenty-five years of nonprofit leadership experience, serving as executive director of Jackson School of the Arts in Michigan and as the founding executive director of Peter Sparling Dance Co. in Ann Arbor.  As executive director of the school of the arts for 16 years, Kim was a driving force behind the tremendous growth of the organization and the community’s arts and cultural sector.  She positioned the organization as a leading provider of accessible arts education and developed a public-private partnership with the City of Jackson to relocate the organization downtown to support organizational growth and the city’s economic developments. At the school of the arts, she planned and managed the capital campaign to transform the historic Masonic Temple into a center for the arts, and when she arrived at Dance Kaleidoscope, with the Board and David Hochoy, completed the $2 million capital campaign to create an artistic home for the company.  

Ms. Gutfreund has been active in volunteer activities and has served on numerous boards. Most recently she served as Chair of the Jackson Public Arts Commission and on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance, Business and Professional Women, the Jackson Symphony Guild and was a frequent panelist for the Michigan Arts and Culture Council. She also served 6 years on the Board of Directors of Classic Turning, Inc., a manufacturing company that specializes in machining precision components for the aerospace, medical, defense, precision industrial and high performance automotive industries where she led marketing and customer service initiatives.

After graduating from Valdosta State University with a BA in English, she worked in advertising and public relations in New York City and then at the American Express Foundation in the international philanthropic department. 

Laura E. Glover

Lighting Designer & Production Manager

Laura E. Glover, Lighting Designer/Production Manager, in her 33rd season with DK, owns international acclaim for her lighting with Dance Kaleidoscope, Ballets de San Juan, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, and Taylor 2. Ms. Glover is also a company member of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, as well as having lit productions for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Summit Performance Indianapolis, American Lives Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Butler Ballet, and the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. 

Her dance lighting includes over 100 world premieres and the reconstruction of the lighting of Jean Rosenthal, Thomas Skelton, Jennifer Tipton, and David Finley. Ms. Glover was awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Indy Arts Council in 2001 and 2019 and holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase, where she studied with Brian MacDevitt and William Mintzer.

Laura is sponsored by Mark and Ann Varnau.

Liberty Harris

Rehearsal Director & Director of Education

Liberty Harris was a DK company dancer for fifteen years. In that time she realized her passion and gift for teaching DK repertory, and for leading DK education programs. In her current position, she is in the Dance Kaleidoscope Studios at CCIC with the company each day teaching and coaching the dancers as they rehearse. Liberty also helps shape and run DK’s education outreach programs, and the DK Kids public dance classes. Liberty is thankful for this position to help take DK to new heights and to share her passion for dance with younger generations.

Liberty is sponsored by Mitch Hopwood and Jay Hemphill.

Stuart Lewis

Associate Artistic Director & Director of Community Engagement

Stuart Lewis began dancing in Lynchburg, Virginia as a student of Keith Lee and then at Virginia School of the Arts at the instruction of Adam Sage, Dominique Angel, Lisa Thomas, Tyrone Brooks, Martha Faesi, and Sonny Robinson. He graduated cum laude from Butler University with a BA in Dance, concentrating in pedagogy. While at Butler, Stuart was fortunate to study with teachers such as Susan McGuire, Marek Cholewa, Derek Reid, Patrick Hinson, and Cynthia Pratt. Stuart spent nine years as a dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope under the direction of David Hochoy where he danced featured roles such as the Revivalist in Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring and soloist roles in David Hochoy’s Carmina Burana, An American in Paris, and Magical Mystery Tour. Stuart has attended programs with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Ballet West. He has performed repertory by dance pantheons such as Paul Taylor, Talley Beatty, Nacho Duato, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Stephanie Martinez.

Stuart’s choreographic work has been featured in concerts produced by Dance Kaleidoscope, Phoenix Rising Dance Company, Ballet Theatre of Indiana, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, and Butler Ballet. He was the choreographer for the short film Dreaming of You(th), which premiered at the Indy Shorts International Film Festival in July 2023. His work has also been featured at numerous dance festivals including Regional Dance America Midstates and Ballet Alliance. In addition to concert dance, Stuart has choreographed multiple theatre productions, including the Indiana premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Stuart has been teaching ballet and modern disciplines across the country for over a decade. He has been on faculty at summer intensive programs for Water Street Dance Milwaukee, Mutual Dance Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Virginia School of the Arts. In 2016 he staged a full-length The Nutcracker at Dancers Studio Inc in Columbus, Indiana.

As Director of Community Engagement, Stuart strives to continue integrating Dance Kaleidoscope’s artistic excellence in contemporary dance throughout the Indianapolis community. In his first year in this role, he facilitated new partnerships with organizations such as Access Pass as part of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Eskenazi Health, Harrison Center for the Arts, and Anderson University. He is looking forward to continuing to make Dance Kaleidoscope programming more accessible to the Indianapolis community.

Stuart is sponsored by Dilling Group Real Estate and Oren Cooley.

Katie Angel

Operations Manager

Over 25 years ago, a young teenager volunteered backstage to change gels and costumes for a dance company. Little did she know how working a Dance Kaleidoscope show would change the course of her life. A Butler graduate, Katie Angel stage managed for DK for twelve years, taking some time off for maternity leave for her son, Jason. Katie is an accomplished producer, stage manager, director, and performer. Occasionally she will take on other challenges, including lighting design, sound design, teaching technical theatre, and fight choreography. 

Favorite productions include directing/fight choreography for She Kills Monsters, performing at GenCon and Emerald City Comic-Con, production stage managing the ISO’s Yuletide, and lighting designer for Cirque Indy’s Flight of the Living Dead. Katie also performed as the Friendly Witch of Pumpkin Town for the Indianapolis Zoo’s ZooBoo! She is thrilled to be back with Dance Kaleidoscope as their Operations Manager. 

Jay Hemphill

Programs and Administrative Manager

After years of watching from the audience, Jay Hemphill joined the Dance Kaleidoscope family in April 2023. Before coming to DK, he was the artistic director at Arts for Lawrence. He was pivotal in creating visual and performing arts programming for the Theater at the Fort and the Fort Ben Cultural Campus. An Indianapolis-based actor, writer, and theatre educator, Jay has performed and taught throughout the Midwest and Southeast for over three decades. 

In May 2020, Jay received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University. Jay also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Away from Dance Kaleidoscope, he lives in the historic Herron-Morton neighborhood with his partner of 17 years and their miniature schnauzers, George and Otis.

Terri D. Moore

Costume & wardrobe manager

Terri D. Moore is joining Dance Kaleidoscope as the new Costume and Wardrobe Manager. She has been a stitcher, makeup, and wig stylist for over 35 years. Terri has built costumes for North Carolina Repertory Theater, Wagon Wheel Theater, and Butler University Ballet. Terri was the Hair and Makeup Supervisor for the second national tour of Spamalot and has worked on many other touring productions, including Hamilton in June 2023. 

She designed costumes for Footlite Musicals’ 2014 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and worked on Actors Theater of Indiana’s 2022 production of Working: The Musical. Terri has been a proud member of Local 893 IATSE since 2009. 

David Hochoy

Artistic Director Emeritus

After 32 seasons with Dance Kaleidoscope, retired Artistic Director Emeritus David Hochoy is truly an international ambassador. David Hochoy was born in Trinidad, West Indies. After receiving a B. Sc. at McGill University in Montreal, where he began studying for a career as a doctor, he continued his graduate work in theatre earning an M.A. in Directing from Penn State. It was there, at age 20, David took his first dance class and discovered his true love of dance.

David is sponsored by Virgil and Robert Paul Chan.