Dance Media Names Caitlin Sims as Its New Content Director and Dance Magazine Editor in Chief

By Amy Jones

(New York, NY), July 11, 2022—Dance Media ( has named Caitlin Sims as the new editor in chief of its award-winning flagship publication, Dance Magazine, as well as content director for the whole of Dance Media, encompassing six dance media brands with an audience reach of approximately 10 million dancers and dance lovers.

Sims comes to her role from San Francisco Ballet, where she was the senior manager of content and editorial since 2016, overseeing all communications and social media. She began her journalism career by serving as Dance Magazine’s news editor for four years, as editorial director of Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher for seven years, and helping to launch Pointe magazine before becoming a freelance editor-at-large for Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Pointe. Sims’ freelance articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, Stagebill and more. 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. It is a privilege to have her lead the content vision for Dance Media into the future as we expand coverage across disciplines, channels and audiences,” states Joanna Harp, president of Dance Media.

Dance Media launched its digital transformation three years ago, so Sims takes the helm at a very exciting and strategic time. With a focus on digital audience expansion, audio/video content of all types, a return to in-person events and continued leading quality content for and about the dance world, Sims will add her leadership and global dance views to carry the brands, and the dance community at large, forward. Sims replaces longtime editor in chief and content director Jennifer Stahl, who departed earlier this year, after 15 years with the Dance Magazine brand. 

“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 dance in all its forms. I’ve spent the last six years taking a close-up look at the ballet world, and I look forward to widening my view to the entire field and all of the creativity and brilliance of dance in the current moment.”

In addition to Sims’ appointment and the renewed commitment to Dance Media’s future, Dance Media has promoted Joanna Harp to president, leading all aspects of the evolving media business. Harp has spent the past three and a half years leading from her position as chief revenue officer/publisher and continues to build new opportunities for dance businesses, dance companies, dance professionals and students through new media and event channels. 


Dance Magazine is Dance Media’s flagship brand, inspiring and informing the dance field for more than 90 years. Through its robust ongoing digital transformation, including website, social channels, live and virtual events, as well as its print publication and more, the brand reaches students, professionals and dance lovers around the world. Written by accomplished journalists and active dancers, Dance Magazine tells the stories behind today’s most exciting artists and gives readers essential information on how the industry is evolving and growing.


Dance Media, owned by Frederic M. Seegal, publishes Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit and Dance Business Weekly. These brands reach dance students, dance professionals and dance lovers around the world through their many channels, spanning print, digital, social and more. Dance Media’s mission is to inform, inspire and advocate for dancers and the greater dance world, and continue to be the global leader in producing dance content of the highest quality that educates both dancers and nondancers, gives audiences exclusive insider access to the art form, and begins and deepens important conversations. For more information, visit

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