DCNT Chairman; Co-Chair Scholarship Committee
Serves as DCNT’s co-chair of the Scholarship Program Committee.
Amanda was the first person worldwide to receive a grant from Federal Republic of Germany for study and performance in Berlin. After dancing in Los Angeles with Dramatic Dance Ensemble, she became artistic director for Dance Wyoming! with the mission to bring live dance and music to rural areas. Amanda’s choreography credits include Amity Singers in Hollywood and Oregon Shakespearean Festival. With Zoe Artz Projects she produced dance tributes to American composers William Grant Still and Leo Sowerby on the 100th anniversary of their births. Amanda taught and choreographed for Irving Ballet Company and taught ballet to competitive gymnasts for five years. She was finalist for Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award in 1989 and was adjunct faculty at Northeast Texas Community College 2002-2009.
Tracy Jordan is a veteran of thirty years in national and regional tours, circus, cruise ships, dinner theatre, cabaret, night clubs, commercials, voice-overs and industrial shows from coast to coast. His credits include a stint as the singing star of Folies Bergere in Las Vegas besides performing and dancing with such stars as Juliet Prowse, Mickey Rooney, Donald O’Connor, Tammy Grimes and Herschel Bernardi.
Klay Rogers graduated from the University of Texas in 1982 with a BBA in Accounting. He earned his CPA in 1984. Mr. Roger's first position was that of a financial auditor. After that, he worked in tax software development and sales. For the last 18 years, Mr. Rogers has been self-employed as a tax accountant, focusing on corporate tax and financial statement preparation.
A long time advocate of dance and the arts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Pamela is the secretary of the DCNT Board. Pamela has lived in the Dallas area for over 30 years, and started dancing at the age of 3, studying all forms of dance. In college she focused on ballet. Today, she is still dancing at Brookhaven Community College and has performed in many of the college’s performances. Pamela graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B.A. and, in 1999, earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI. Pamela currently works at Southwest Airlines as a manager in the information technology area.
She is active with several philanthropic activities that support women and children in crisis. She served on the board in many key positions for Women’s Service League. Pamela has been active in Phi Mu Fraternity at the national level. Locally, she has served on the Dallas Area Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter board as president, membership chairman, Panhellenic chairman, treasurer and currently is the Philanthropy Chairman. Nationally, Pamela serves as an officer for Phi Mu Fraternity.
DCNT VP of Communications; Co-Chair Scholarship Committee
Mair (my-er) studied dance for many years and has been a longtime supporter of the arts. Born and raised in South America, she received a BFA from North Texas State University. Mair has worked as a freelance graphic designer/art director with clients that have included small boutiques, Neiman-Marcus, Dillards, and JCPenney. She has also designed and constructed costumes for both soloists and pre-professional ballet companies. As Vice President of Communications for DCNT, Mair contributes graphic design and oversees all media.
Penelope Logan Furry
DCNT VP of Strategic Planning
Penelope Logan Furry received her early training in Nashville, TN. She holds a BFA in Dance performance from SMU. Penelope worked as a dancer dance captain and choreographer in musicals, industrial shows and commercials. She transitioned to a corporate career with leadership positions at The Container Store, Neiman Marcus and Atmos Energy. She is a sought-after speaker for project management topics.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carter Alexander joined Hartford Ballet working with his mentor, Truman Finney. Carter danced with Pennsylvania Ballet and also principal and soloist roles with Kansas City Ballet. Carter served as Artistic Associate of Massachusetts Youth Ballet and School Principal with Miami City Ballet under direction of Edward Villella. He was the recipient of 2002 DCNT/Natalie Skelton Award. He is Associate Artistic Director at Chamberlain Ballet.
DCNT Archivist; Dance! North Texas Editor
Tiffany earned a B.A. in Dance at the University of North Texas as well as a Masters of Science degree in Library and Information Science. With over 15 years of dance experience through performance, study and advocacy, Tiffany now enjoys applying her knowledge to supporting dance in the North Texas area. As Chair of the Archival Collections Committee, Tiffany joins the Dance Council of North Texas Board with over 4 years of archival and information organization experience. Tiffany currently works at the Dallas Public Library where she serves as the Dance Librarian and helps to manage the Fine Arts Archives.
Loris Anthony Beckles
Loris Beckles was born in Guyana, South America. He immigrated to the USA after his family in the late 1960s. Loris spent years in New York when he danced with Ailey II Company, Eleo Pomare and Joan Miller among others. Moving to Dallas in 1996, he is Artistic Director of Beckles Dancing Company, founder of ARGA NOVA DANCE, and coordinator of South Dallas Dance Festival. Loris is a Past-President of DCNT.
Ms. jon Fewell
DCNT Volunteers Chair; Chair Tap Celebration
Harry Stone Recreation Center
Ms. jon, a native of Boston, has resided in Garland since 1971. Is she a native Texan yet? Ms. jon is the mother of 5 children; she has 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She has been a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing since 1984 and adores teaching ballet and tap. She produced and directed The Performing Arts Variety show to benefit Aid Arms Life Walk.
DCNT Volunteers Co-Chair
Dance aficionado, Realtor
Kelly Lannin (filling vacancy for unexpired term) is native of El Paso. Kelly has a dance degree from TWU and celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Lake Cities Ballet. Ballet Conservatory, Lewisville, opened its doors in 1991. Kelly serves on the Board of Directors for Lewisville Lake Symphony. Her daughter, Kendall, a voice major with emphasis in opera repertoire, is entering her senior year at Oklahoma City University.
DCNT Adaptive Dance Chair
Misty Owens, recently returned to Dallas after 12 years of teaching, choreographing and performing in NYC. She has been dancing with the Peggy Spina Tap Company in NYC since 1993 performing in such venues as Jacob’s Pillow, Town Hall, F.I.T., The New School and the Spina Loft. While in NY, she taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University and the Mark Morris Dance Group where she was the Artistic Director of Student Companies I & II and also a Founding Teacher of the Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes. Misty wrote extensively about dance for Parkinson’s Disease for her MFA thesis and has presented the program at conferences and symposiums in the US, Canada and England. Misty regularly trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach around the US. Misty is currently teaching Dance for Movement Disorders at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, is an adjunct faculty member at UT Dallas, and is Co-Director of the London School of Dance with Gwen Owens. In 2007, she was presented the Dallas Dance Council Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Achievement.
Lynne Richardson is a life-long devotee of dance since starting dance class at age four in her native England. Her short-lived performance career ended in Israel at age 30; she continued to teach and choreograph musicals for another ten years. Since arriving in Dallas in 1987, Lynne has been a fervent supporter of dance. She sponsors the Margaret Rylatt Tap Scholarship to honor the memory of her mother.
Brandon Tijerina is Artistic Director for the award winning theatre department at Rowlett High School. He has directed and choreographed more than 50 musicals. “Mr. T,” — as his students call him — is working toward building a musical theatre department at Rowlett HS. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Dallas Swing Dance Society and has won many awards nationwide when he competes in the Lindy Hop.
Pat White is Communications Manager for the Internal Media Production team at AT&T Corporate. She is a graduate of SMU with a degree in English and Journalism. Pat was Exxon Mobil intern for DCNT in 2011. She is a huge advocate for stimulating change and having an impact within the community through dance and the arts.
Sherri Wooten began dancing at the age of 3, getting her early training from Natalie Skelton and Margaret Hagler. At the age of 15 Sherri began teaching at a recreation center and then opened her own studio in 1991. She has attended numerous competitions, conventions and master classes; she has judged beauty pageants, competitions and auditions. Sherri holds a BS in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Health. Sherri has served as co-director for DCNT’s Hoofin' Crew for three years.
Jerry Bywaters Cochran
DCNT Emeritus Director
Jerry Bywaters Cochran grew up in a Dallas family that was actively involved in the arts. After high school she attended the Juilliard School in New York. She received a Juilliard degree with majors in both modern dance and ballet, and on graduation received an award from the American Guild of Musical Artists as the outstanding graduate in her field. She was the first instructor in stage movement for the Dallas Theater Center and for ten years directed a school devoted exclusively to modern dance in Dallas. In 1968 she inaugurated the modern dance program at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth and remained in charge of that program for seventeen years. Her choreography has been performed on the Juilliard Concert Series in New York; by the Dallas Civic Ballet, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and the Dance Ensemble of Dallas; in numerous performances at Texas Christian University; and by companies and soloists in Washington, New Orleans, Kansas City, many Texas cities, and Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1982 the Fort Worth Art Museum received a grant from the NEA to present two of her works, along with two works of New York choreographer Lucinda Childs, in a concert entitled, "Contemporary Choreography: Two Views." In 1992, her achievements were recognized on two occasions -- first, by the Dallas Dance Council, which honored her with their annual "Mary" award for her lifetime contribution to dance, then by the TCU dance alumni group, which presented her a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the development of the Department of Ballet and Modern Dance at Texas Christian University.
Honorary Board Member
Mr. Michael A. Jenkins has been President of Leisure and Recreation Concepts Inc. (LARC) since 1970. Mr. Jenkins has been President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. since 1974. He serves as an Executive Director of Bonnie & Clyde the Musical Ltd Liability Co Mr. Jenkins has been Independent Director of RG America Inc. (formerly, Invvision Capital Inc) since March 2004. He served as an Independent Director of Silverleaf Resorts Inc. from August 5, 2009 to May 2011. Mr. Jenkins attended Baylor University from 1960 to 1963.
The Dallas Flamenco Festival Inc & The FLAME Foundation
Executive Producer of the Dallas Flamenco Festival Inc.
Chef/owner of Mobile Gourmet /World Cuisine Catering.
Interim Executive Director
Advertising Manager A native of Dallas, TX, Christie Nelson is a choreographer, improviser and educator whose work has been presented nationally and internationally. Christie earned an MFA in choreography specializing in production from the CalArts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. She earned her BA in Dance with a focus in choreography from Texas Woman’s University. She has performed works by renowned choreographers Michael Foley, Robert Battle, Adam Hougland, John Mead, Doug Elkins, Luis Montero and Larry Keigwin. Ms. Nelson’s artistic work is deeply rooted in collaboration and improvisation while developed from social issues, deconstruction, exploring character as well as drawing from personal and interpersonal experiences. Noted commissioned solos with Mary Williford-Shade, Megan Yankee, L. Brooke Schlecte and Andrew Wojtal.Residencies include Feldstärke International 09, at CentQuatre Paris, France; Pact Zollverein Essen, Germany; and CalArts Los Angeles, California. Christie has continuously upheld her creative scholarship while teaching, and makes work with collaborators across the United States as well as new works with artists in her collaborative collective, Grid Arts. Christie is currently a guest artist and collaborator with companies; Out on a Limb Dance Company (Waco/Dallas), Big Rig Dance Collective (Denton, TX), and The Bell House (Tulsa, OK). Currently Christie resides in Dallas, TX and is on faculty at Texas Woman’s University and Collin College. Ms. Nelson holds her 200hr RYT Yoga Certification and is registered through Yoga Alliance currently teaching classes at Gaia Flow Yoga.
Creative Director Dance! North Texas, Dance Planet