Dorothy Fried, co-founder and artistic director of the Kinetics Dance Theatre, has announced she will resign her position in July, citing professional and personal considerations.
Ms. Fried, who helped found the Ellicott City-based modern dance troupe seven years ago, said late Monday that she is frustrated at the inability of the small company of part-time dancers to "take a step up" and "become more professional" in the present recessionary economic environment and at what she described as two years of negative reviews in The Sun.
She also said she needed a "bigger income" than the $20,000 she earns now and is weary after a nearly yearlong bout with breast cancer.
"Right now, my feeling is it's too hard for me to keep [running the company]," said Ms. Fried, who added that she would like to continue to direct the company's dance school and junior troupe.
Jim McDunn, Kinetics board chairman, said the company, which has a budget of $130,000 a year, was "just starting to address" the question of a new artistic director.
Mr. McDunn said next year the company would discontinue presenting performances by other dance companies; the series concludes later this month with two performances by the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble.
Although the series broke even financially, it placed excessive demands on the time of the company's staff, which includes just one full-time member besides Ms. Fried, Mr. Dunn said.