About The Editors

Who are we, anyway? Meet the dance nerds behind The Dance Edit Podcast.

Margaret Fuhrer is editor in chief and producer of The Dance Edit newsletter and podcast. A ballet dancer by training and commercial dance fanatic thanks to the 12 years she worked at Dance Spirit, she has an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s in journalism from New York University. She’s written for all of Dance Media’s publications and for The New York Times, Playbill, and The Huffington Post; her book, American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History, came out in 2014. She’s also mom to two little dancers-to-be (fingers and toes crossed). Reach her at mfuhrer@dancemedia.com.

Courtney Escoyne, senior editor at Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher, is co-host of The Dance Edit Podcast. She has a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her Dance Magazine essay “‘Good Morning America’ Thinks It’s Totally Acceptable to Laugh at a 6-Year-Old For Taking Ballet” won a 2020 Eddie Award, and she’s also written for ESPNW, Pointe, and Time Out New York. When not busy with any of the above, she’s most likely curled up with a book or playing Dungeons & Dragons. Reach her at cescoyne@dancemedia.com.

Lydia Murray, managing editor of Pointe, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and Dance Business Weekly, is co-host of The Dance Edit Podcast. After graduating from The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, she earned a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in integrated marketing communication from Marist College. She previously served on fellowship as the internship program coordinator/assistant to the deputy director of Jacob’s Pillow, and interned at American Ballet Theatre. Outside of work, she can be found geeking out about vintage fashion, film noir, and burlesque. Reach her at lmurray@dancemedia.com.

Amy Brandt, a native of Libertyville, IL, is the editor in chief of Pointe and a co-host for The Dance Edit podcast. She danced professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, among others, performing a large repertoire that included 19th century classics and works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, and Alonzo King. Amy also performed in honor of Ms. Farrell at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. In 2009, she began writing Pointe's “Ask Amy” advice column. Amy graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English and World Literatures in 2014, and has served on the department’s advisory board. She is also senior consulting editor for Dance Teacher. Contact her at abrandt@dancemedia.com.