Kim Stroud, Director of the Arts at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, started in 1993 and has served as dance department chair, assistant director and director of the arts. She also currently serves as the General Director of the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University. Ms. Stroud's former positions include: Administrator for the Dance Programs for City Youth through the School of the Hartford Ballet, General Director and Dance Chair for the Center for Creative Youth and Head of the Diversity Committee for the International NETWORK of Performing and Visual Arts Schools. Ms. Stroud has been on faculty at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City, SUNY Purchase, University of Hartford and The Hartford Conservatory. She was a Principal Soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company for eleven years, touring the world. She has also danced and toured with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, performed in the Universal Studio film production of The Wiz, and as a guest artist with Katherine Dunham and the Gemini Dance Company. Ms. Stroud has been a master teacher for such institutions as the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Southern California at Los Angeles, University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, Randolf-Macon Women's College in Virginia, University of Hartford, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. Ms. Stroud received Teacher Recognition from The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in 2000 and from the Connecticut Dance Alliance in 2007. The National Dance Education Organization named Ms. Stroud Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year in 2005 and in 2009 she received the Teacher of the Year award from the International Arts Schools Network. Kim's most recent honors were being named a member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO, and receiving a citation from Mayor Eddie Perez and the City of Hartford for teaching. In 2012 she was named Outstanding Dance Educator by Dance Teacher Magazine.