DCNT Chairman of the Board
DCNT Membership Chair
Born in Dallas, Texas, Kirt Hathaway began his formal ballet training
in 1973 in Houston, Texas at the Margo Marshall School of Ballet. He was
a charter member of the Dallas Ballet where he was principal dancer for
many years. During his time in the Dallas Ballet, Kirt developed a
reputation as an exciting and dynamic performer. He has choreographed
and produced many ballets from his classical and original choreographic
repertoire for the company. He was a soloist with Cincinnati Ballet and
Houston Ballet, and a principal dancer with Ballet de Santiago. Prior
to returning to Dallas, Kirt was associate artistic director of
Lexington Ballet and artistic director of Ballet Arkansas. As a guest
artist and director, he has staged many classical ballets and created
over 20 works for companies. Kirt, with his wife Linda Hathaway, is
co-artistic director of Collin County Ballet Theatre, founded in 2001,
with a mission of bringing quality professional performances
to Collin County and the North Texas area.
DCNT Co-chair of Scholarships
Serves as DCNT’s co-chair of the Scholarship Program Committee and directs DCNT’s annual tap celebration in conjunction with Dallas Summer Musicals.
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.
Kelly Van Den Handel
Gayle Ziaks Halperin
DCNT VP of Development; Chair of Dance Planet
Gayle is an independent performing arts professional. A former professional dancer with the Mel Wong Company in New York, Gayle relocated to Dallas where she received her M.F.A. from Texas Woman’s University. She was assistant professor for six years and retired after the birth of her second son. Gayle is a certified Pilates instructor. Today she is best known as a philanthropist and was honored in 2011 as a Distinguished Alumna of TWU. She has served on the TITAS board as President of the Board of Trustees, is former DCNT president and serves as Vice President for Development. The annual Dance Planet festival which she has directed since 1997 is her special project. In 2014, Gayle serves as the chair for the highly successful Dallas DanceFest. Since the untimely death of Bruce Wood, Gayle has committed to keep his company, Bruce Wood Dance Project, in operation. Gayle is deeply involved with the Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition.
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 has worked as a freelance graphic designer/art director with clients that have included Neiman-Marcus, Dillards, and JCPenney. Mair has also designed and constructed costumes for both soloists and pre-professional ballet companies. As Vice President of Communications for
DCNT, she contributes
graphic design and oversees all media.
DCNT VP of Institutional Planning
Born and raised in Dallas, Ms. Hansen enjoys a rich retirement after a full career in computers with LTV, TI, Tymshare and GE. That was a great time to help many industries make good use of computing power, so it was fun. Returning to Dallas in 1984, her current volunteer work includes DCNT, Theatre Three, ARCE NT (archaeology), Reading & Radio Resource and Project Vote Smart (non-partisan), and on TITAS’s honorary board.
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.
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.
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.
April Berry, former principal with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, served as Artistic Director for Dallas Black Dance Theatre during its 38th season. April strongly believes in community service and has served on Elder G. Hawkins Board in NY, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Dance in Columbus. April is founder of Arts ’n Community, a professional agency providing consultations and resources to emerging and mid-sized dance organizations.
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.
Jane Evelyn Chalk Davis
DCNT Chair of Youth Council
Jane has had a dance career spanning five decades. Jane was there at the beginning of the Dance Council, and received the Larry White Dance Educator Award in 2009. Teaching dance has been her passion for over 30 years. Beginning with Dancers Unlimited in the 1980's and Dallas CCCD colleges in the 1990's, she has been teaching full time in Dallas ISD for 11 years. She is currently enjoying teaching wonderful students at Conrad High School. Jane is constantly embracing dance excellence in all forms and styles. Jane is a member of the DCNT Board and chairs the Youth Council. Currently Jane enjoys teaching her wonderful students at Conrad High School.
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.
Penelope Logan Furry
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 show 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.
DCNT Volunteers Co-Chair
Dance aficionado, Realtor
Patty Harrington Delaney
Patty Harrington Delaney is Chair of the SMU Division of Dance. As Associate Professor, she teaches choreography, dance theory and history. She is a specialist in Laban Studies and was awarded Professional Notator status by the Dance Notation Bureau. Her educational DVD on La Malinche won a Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival. University of Texas Press and Dance Chronicle have published her writings.
Claire Hanson was born in Dallas and began her training at Dallas Ballet Center in 1984. After attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she received a B.S. in Dance and Art History from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 2001. In 2002, Claire moved to Los Angeles and became a founding member of Meh-Tropolis Dance Theatre (2002-2008) and has since danced with numerous other Los Angeles companies including Faux Pas (2008), Intersection Dance Project (2009), Visceral Resolution (2010-2011), Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (2010-2015) and Inked Dance (2013-2015). Utilizing her Art History background, Claire worked in the Antiquities Conservation Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2007-2015). In March of 2015, she relocated back to Dallas!
Kylonnie Jackson is a senior professional at Texas Instruments with a background in software design and development, auditing and business analysis. A native Texan, Kylonnie spent most of her youth between various Texas cities and Okinawa, Japan before receiving her BS in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M. As an active TI volunteer, she been involved with organizing diversity/inclusion events as well as a reading and math tutor for children.
Editor of Dance! NTX
Linda James joined the dance faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas in 1982. Previously, she taught at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 1998, 2001, and 2007, the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program and the U. S. Department of Education honored Dr. James as a Distinguished Teacher. In 2005, Dr. James was named a National Endowment of the Arts/Arts in Journalism Fellow for her work as editor of Dance! North Texas published by the Dance Council of North Texas. In recent years, she delivered keynote addresses to the National Dance Association and the CORPS de Ballet. She completed a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman's 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,
Judy, a native Texan, grew up in Greenville, Texas where she began her dance training with Betty Hogue. She attended Texas Woman’s University as a dance major before moving to New York City where she extensively trained, began her professional career and met her husband, Brent. Since 1987, Judy and Brent have been directors and owners of Dallas Ballet Center and artistic directors of City Dance Theatre now called Dallas Ballet Company, an honor company with Regional Dance America/SW. Judy has directed and restaged more than eight full-length ballets, has guest taught for numerous summer workshops and has restaged ballets for many ballet schools and student companies. Under her artistic directorship of Dallas Ballet Company, the non-profit, pre-professional company has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City and at the Youn Tanzsommer Dance Festival in Austria. Judy and Brent have participated and performed in numerous Dance Council events such as The Dallas Morning News Dance Festival, Dance for the Planet, National Tap Dance Celebration, and Taste Dance! Addison Style. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August and have three daughters who grew up and trained at the Dallas Ballet Center. Judy has served as deaf education interpreter at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School.
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.
Dance Council Honors Chair
Retired as Professor Emerita from the faculty of Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance, Janice's first lessons were in her mother’s studio in Chicago and she danced professionally before turning to teaching and choreographing. She is a cultural dance historian whose major interests have been the style of Romantic choreographers, like August Bournonville, the influence of Gene Kelly on women, and dance education pedagogy. Having authored two books and numerous articles, Janice has given her share of scholarly presentations. She was honored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance with an Honor Award (2012) and received DCNT’s Mary Bywaters Award (2007). She continues to choreograph musical theatre and movement for plays often with sets designed by her husband, Gail Crump. She is a mother to four amazing guys, Gibby, Jamison, Geoffrey & Joseph, and a proud grandmum.
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.
Randy has been doing computer software design, programming, support, and consulting for over 30 years. Much of his career was in the area of Telecommunications. He traveled extensively in the U.S. and internationally as part of his consulting work. In recent years, he has done work in Embedded Systems design and programming, and in EDI (Electronic Data Interchange).
He is currently a contractor with a large energy retailer doing programming and operational support for their transaction processing systems. He designed and implemented software that helped to make their pilot conversion to a new billing system successful (SAP). He is now the technical lead there for several products that communicate X.12 messages with other trading partners in the Texas energy market.
Rainwater’s avocation was dance for about 18 years. He danced, created choreography and designed costumes, as well as directed and rehearsed a number of pieces that he and various partners danced for the Spring Creek Ballet. He also performed with a number of area companies, and freelanced in various Nutcracker and other productions in Texas and other states. Besides DCNT, Randy is the managing director of a local dance company. One of his favorite annual events is Dance Planet.
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.
Jasmine Mychell Sargent
Jasmine Mychell Sargent received her BA in Dance with Secondary Teacher Certification from TWU. A graduate of BTWHSPVA, Jasmine now shares her passion and appreciation for performing arts with her students and other youth in her local community. She is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator with DISD. Jasmine grants her students the same culturing and shaping that the arts have bestowed to her life and career.
Revathi Satyu is a pioneer in bringing the art of Bharata Natyam to Dallas, TX. She had her training under illustrious Gurus, U.S. Krishna Rao and Chandrabhaga Devi, Pandanallur Muthiah Pillai, Tanjore K.P. Kittappa Pillai and Mysore Venkatalakshamma. Revathi was a sought after Bharata Natyam dancer and stage actress in India from 1965-1974, performing for Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar , Maharaja of Mysore; Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President V. V. Giri amongst others; and was chosen by the Government of India to represent her State at the Expo World Fair in Montreal, Canada in 1972. Revathi established the Arathi School of Dance in Dallas and San Antonio in 1980 and has graduated over 100 students. She is the recipient of several awards including Singar Mani; Karnataka Kalashri; Bharata Kala Rathna; Sangita Sambrahma; and recently the Mary McLarry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dance Council of North Texas. Revathi has been the choreographer and Artistic Director for a number of dance dramas, raising funds for deserving causes. She is currently the President of Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Dance Council if North Texas board of directors, and the Founder/Director of Arathi School of Dance in Dallas, TX.
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.
The Dallas Flamenco Festival Inc & The FLAME Foundation
Advisory Board Member
Executive Producer of the Dallas Flamenco Festival Inc.
Chef/owner of Mobile Gourmet /World Cuisine Catering.
Pam earned a M. S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Dance Performance and Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island (URI). She founded and directed the University of Rhode Island Dance Company and taught dance for several years in Rhode Island and Illinois. She has extensive administrative and leadership skills. A community volunteer at BTWHSPVA and St. Mark's School of Dallas, she was a founding Board Member of the Music Guild, PTSA Board Member, The Entertainers, among others. She was a Senior Class Representative and orchestrated the 2006 senior class activities and was one of four Auction Chairs who raised an unprecedented $450,000 in 2004.
Creative Director Dance! North Texas, Dance Planet
Elizabeth Van Vleck
Elizabeth holds a B.S., Magna Cum Laude, from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program in NYC, and a M.F.A. in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University. She danced professionally and was both teacher and rehearsal director for Shapiro & Smith Dance, setting their work on professional dance companies and academic dance programs all over the United States. From 2000-2005, Elizabeth worked as a teaching artist for the New York City Ballet Education Department and the National Dance Institute (NDI). A Personal Trainer since 1987, Ms. Van Vleck has trained celebrities, US government officials, and European royalty traveling extensively throughout Europe, Morocco, Switzerland, and the Dominican Republic. After receiving her MFA, Elizabeth was the Operations and Production Manager, and Associate Producer for Special Projects for the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). While in Los Angeles, Elizabeth also provided hands-on consulting for Diavolo, BODYTRAFFIC, Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY, and Pasadena Dance Theatre. She was Production Coordinator for Diavolo with the Creative Campus Innovations Project, Transit Space (2012) and Fluid Infinities (2013). She has also worked with Diavolo Artistic Director, Jacques Heim as Presentation Coordinator on other large-scale projects. Elizabeth served on the board of directors for Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY in its transition to become a 501(c)3. Ms. Van Vleck is a life long advocate for the arts, especially the dance community and continues to act as mentor to emerging dancers and choreographers.
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.