Meet the Editors
Margaret Fuhrer, Editor in Chief
When I was 3, I told my mom I wanted to be a ballerina. She thought I just wanted a tutu, so she made me one—but she quickly discovered I was serious! Two years later I started taking ballet classes, and I've been dancing ever since. During high school, I attended summer programs at the Chautauqua Institution and Boston Ballet. Later, I attended Princeton University, where I discovered choreography in a fantastic student-run dance group. College was also where I fell in love with writing. After graduation, I earned a master's degree in journalism through New York University's Cultural Reporting and Criticism program. In 2014, I published a book, American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History. I'm thrilled to be combining all of my passions at Dance Spirit, where I've been an editor for more than a decade.
Amanda Sherwin, Assistant Managing Editor
After baby me spent several months glued to the window at my older sister's dance classes, my mom finally decided to let me join in, and I've been hooked on dance ever since. I grew up a classic #compkid, performing and competing with my dance team throughout Florida and spending my summers training at Broadway Dance Center, where I fell in love with all things NYC. So I was ecstatic to move to the Big Apple, first to study dance and journalism at Marymount Manhattan College, and then to train full-time in BDC's Professional Semester program. Now, it's a dream come true to be writing about my #1 passion—and even cooler to be working for the magazine I grew up reading!
Cadence Neenan, Assistant Editor
When I was a little girl, my mom wouldn't put me in ballet classes—she was convinced that ballet was all about pink tutus. Eventually, I wore her down, and about three classes in, she (and I) realized ballet was a lot more than shiny shoes and sparkly tiaras. Soon after, I grew into a full-fledged bunhead, dancing at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut, and at summer intensives with the Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre. In high school, I also discovered my love of writing, which took me to Tulane University, where I double majored in English and political science, wrote for the student newspaper, and continued to study dance. Today, I'm beyond excited to be living the dream—reading, writing, and talking about dance all day every day!
Natasha Sokol, Social Media Editor
Ever since I was able to walk, I've been dancing. I originally started as a studio dancer and eventually transformed into the classic comp kid, attending as many conventions, master classes, and competitions as possible. Once high school came around, I joined my school's competitive dance teams. Realizing I hadn't yet found my dance niche, I also joined a competitive hip-hop team, which introduced me to the hip-hop community—and quickly opened my eyes to an entire new dance world, which I became very keen on. I studied dance and communications at Chapman University while maintaining my place in the more industry-focused dance community with representation from Go2Talent Agency. And now I'm working in yet another part of this field I love as Social Media Editor for Dance Spirit—a dream come true.