Jan Virgin to Retire
Jan Virgin to Step Down as Executive Director of Dance Kaleidoscope
Virgin retires on June 30, 2021, after nearly 25 years
December 7, 2020
Dance Kaleidoscope (DK) announced today that Executive Director Jan Virgin will retire on June 30, 2021, after leading the company for nearly half its existence. During her tenure, Virgin has been known to audiences, donors, and grantors for forming lasting relationships in the community that made everyone feel part of the DK family.
Virgin, who has led the company for half its existence, has grown its operating budget and donations by over 100%. The Indianapolis Business Journal has recognized DK as one of the largest Indianapolis-area performing arts organizations for the past 11 years. Under Virgin’s leadership, DK’s audience attendance rose 75%. She joined the company in early 1997.
Years of maintaining relationships with major grantors led to Lilly Endowment awarding DK $5 million in 2015 for the formation of an endowment—the first in the company’s history. She was also responsible for DK receiving significant grants from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Glick Philanthropies, and many others.
Recognizing the need for a permanent home for DK, Virgin initiated the search for the right space. Since August 10, 2020, the company’s artistic staff has resided in the new Dance Kaleidoscope Studios, located in the Circle City Industrial Complex near Massachusetts Ave.
Virgin also developed relationships with artistic and executive directors at numerous other Indianapolis-based arts organizations. She opened doors that resulted in artistic collaborations with American Pianists Association, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
“Joining DK was the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Virgin. “I will miss seeing the beautiful dancers who have inspired me every day, but I look forward to spending more time with my family and friends.”
DK has assembled a committee that will oversee the search for a new executive director. Information about the application process is expected to be announced in January.