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Sally Hansen
DCNT Chairman of the Board
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.

Kirt Hathaway
DCNT President

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.

Amanda Stone
DCNT President-Elect
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.

Laura Price

DCNT Treasurer

Trade Analyst, Saputo Dairy Foods; Dance Instructor

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 T.I.T.A.S. 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. Gayle is also deeply involved with the Bruce Wood Dance Project and the Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition.

Mair Cawston
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.

Pamela Gaines
DCNT Secretary

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.

Carter Alexander
Board Member
Tiffany Bailey
DCNT Archivist
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 was born in Guyana, South America.  He emigrated after his family in the late 1960s.  Loris spent 28 years in New York, during which time he danced with Ailey II company, Eleo Pomare and Joan Miller, among others.  Moving to Dallas in 1996, he is the Artistic Director of the Beckles Dancing Company, founder of ARGA NOVA DANCE, and coordinator of the South Dallas Dance Festival.  The tenth annual festival was celebrated in November, 2010. Loris is a past president of DCNT.

Rebecca Butler
Board Member
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.

Ms. jon Fewell

DCNT Volunteers Chair; Chair Tap Celebration
Harry Stone Recreation Center

Shorena Gachechiladze

Board Member

Director Gocha & Shorena Ballroom Dance


Gloria Guzman
DCNT Volunteers Co-Chair

Dance aficionado, Realtor


Linda James
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.

Michael Jenkins
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.

Tracy Jordan
Board Member
Judy Klopfenstein
Board Member
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.

Janice LaPointe-Crump
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.

Gwen Owens
Board Member

With over 45 years of experience, Gwen is an inspirational teacher of young children. A professional dancer in London and Europe, she performed on stage and BBC Television and film before coming to Dallas and opening her own studio. Gwen was affiliated with the Royal Academy of Dancing for many years, entering the graded exams as a young student and completing the Teacher Training Courses, both in America and London. She is a certified member of the Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing. She brings a rare versatility to her Dance Program that reflects years of study and a love of many types of Dance.
An avid supporter of DCNT, Owens’ studio is actively involved in DCNT’s annual festivals: Dance Planet and National Tap Dance Day.  She has taught musical theatre for the Garland Civic Theatre Children’s Camps and is currently the Children’s Coordinator for the Moscow Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium.  Her daughters, Michele and Misty, are accomplished professional dancers and dance educators. Many of her former students have continued their studies in college and have successful careers as performers, teachers and studio owners.

Misty Owens
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 Rainwater
Board Member
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.

Paul Rich

Board Member


Lynne Richardson

Board Member

Revathi Satyu
Board Member

Revathi Satyu is a pioneer in bringing g 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.


Robert Stewart
Board Members

Christian “Chris” Waits
Board Member
Chris is a professional master craftsman photographer - Professional Photographers of America and Charter Fellow and Past President of Dallas Professional Photographers. He serves as photographer for Dallas Summer Musicals and is completing his third year on the DCNT Board.


Delilah Buitrón

Board Member

The Dallas Flamenco Festival Inc & The FLAME Foundation

Troy Gardner
Advisory Board Member
Executive Producer of the Dallas Flamenco Festival Inc.
Chef/owner of Mobile Gourmet /World Cuisine Catering. 



Pamela Deslorieux
DCNT Executive Director

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

Sarah Nesbit
Creative Director Dance! North Texas, Dance Planet
Darrel Harris, CPA
Caitlin Miller
DCNT Advertising Manager
Caitlin has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with a focus in Creative Advertising & Art Direction from the highly lauded Texas Creative Sequence at the University of Texas at Austin. During her two years at the Dance Council of North Texas, Caitlin has helped streamline the advertising submission process, bring on new advertisers and develop new advertising opportunities and partnerships.
Elizabeth Van Vleck
DCNT Administrative Manager

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.