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A renowned dance instructor has been named executive director of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the school announced Tuesday.

Cathy Young has served as the conservatory’s Dean of Dance since 2011 and is credited with expanding the dance program from 60 students when she joined to 150 students in 2017, Berklee said in a statement.

The role of executive director is a new position for the conservatory, which merged with Berklee College of Music in 2016.

“I am deeply honored,” Young said upon being named. “As executive director, I will honor our history, culture, and values, while focusing on innovation and forward-thinking strategy, to lead us into a sustainable and ever more brilliant future.”

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Young earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She has worked in education and the performing arts for more than 30 years, and is a nationally recognized master teacher, according to the school.

Young is also credited with developing partnerships between the conservatory and the Royal Academy of Dance in London and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, according to the statement.

“Cathy Young’s leadership has propelled Boston Conservatory’s dance program to the number one ranking in contemporary dance in the United States,” said Berklee President Roger H. Brown. “I am enthusiastic about her vision for Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and her ability to roll up her sleeves and make it happen,”


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