Dance Media Announces Caitlin Sims as Dance Magazine’s New Editor in Chief and Promotes Joanna Harp to President

July 12, 2022

Dance Media is pleased to introduce Caitlin Sims as the new editor in chief of Dance Magazine and the content director for Dance Media. Sims replaces longtime editor in chief and content director Jennifer Stahl, who departed earlier this year after 15 years with the Dance Magazine brand.

Sims brings two decades of dance journalism experience to her new role—and, in fact, began her career by serving as Dance Magazine’s news editor for four years, then as editorial director of Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher for seven years, and finally helping to launch Pointe magazine before becoming a freelance editor-at-large for Dance SpiritDance Teacher and Pointe. Sims’ freelance articles have appeared in The New York TimesNewsdayStagebill and more.

“I’m thrilled to return to the publications where my career in dance writing and editing began more than 20 years ago,” says Sims, “and to join Dance Media in reimagining how to reflect and document the creativity and brilliance of dance in the current moment.”

Sims was most recently the senior manager of content and editorial at San Francisco Ballet, where she oversaw all communications and social media since 2016. Sims holds degrees in political science and economics from Stanford University, and will continue to be based in San Francisco.

“Caitlin is a consummate professional and an immensely talented editor and content creator, with a tremendous knowledge and passion for dance,” says Joanna Harp, who has been promoted to president of Dance Media. Harp has spent the past three and a half years leading from her position as chief revenue officer/publisher.

Now, in partnership with Sims and the Dance Media team, Harp will cultivate new opportunities for dancers, teachers, studios and students through new media and events—and will continue to produce dance journalism of the highest caliber.