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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Amanda Stone
DCNT Past President; Co-Chair Scholarship 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
DCNT President

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
Treasurer

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.

Shelby Stanley Campbell
Secretary
Shelby graduated from SMU with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude. At SMU, she performed masterworks by George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Maurice Bejart and Danny Buraczeski. She also studied and performed in Copenhagen, Denmark. Shelby is an active member of the Dallas dance community, having performed with the Bruce Wood Dance Project, The Dallas Opera, 8&1 Dance Company, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, 6 o'Clock Dance Theatre, Festival Ballet of North Central Texas, Beacham Dance Theater, and In Flight Dance Theater.

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 came to the US to study fashion design and retail advertising at North Texas State University where she received a BFA. 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tiffany Bailey
Editor, Dance! North Texas

Thom Clower
Board Director
Known as one of the most energetic and inspiring teachers across the country, Thom Clower’s “evangelistic” approach to teaching has touched the lives and careers of dancers around the world for 40 years. With extensive training in the Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Bournonville techniques, Mr. Clower combines the qualities of each one of these styles to present a technique that is true and versatile. Trained in Dallas, School of American Ballet, Paris, Amsterdam, and London, Thom performed eleven seasons with Dallas Ballet, served as Artistic Director of Ballet Dallas for eight seasons, Ballet Master for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Artistic Director of Yuma Ballet Theatre in Arizona. Believing very strongly in Regional Dance America, Mr. Clower served as the Director of Ballet at numerous RDA Craft of Choreography Conferences (NCI), and at The Glenda Brown Choreography Project. He has been a guest teacher for Regional Festivals since 1992, and faculty at the National Festival both in 1997 and 2007. Mr. Clower has proudly served in the capacity of Adjudicator for SERBA, RDA/NE, RDA/Mid States, RDA/SW, and will once again Adjudicate for SERBA in 2019. Since 2001 Thom Clower has worked around the world as a freelance master teacher and choreographer. He has been a guest teacher for Oklahoma City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Atlanta Ballet.  He has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, as Associate Ballet Master for  Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and has served annually as Ballet Master for Young! Tanzsommer – Stars of Tomorrow Austria since 2002.

Kelly Lannin
Co-Chair Dance Planet Committee

Kelly Lannin is native of El Paso where she received her classical training from Ingeborg Heuser. Kelly has a dance degree from TWU and has been Artistic Director of LakeCities Ballet Theatre since 1989 and was a charter member of the company in 1984. She is also school director and co-owner of the Ballet Conservatory, Lewisville.  A 4-time winner of the "Outstanding Teacher Award" by the Youth America Grand Prix, her former students currently dance professionally at New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre and others. In addition to the Dance Council of North Texas Board of Directors where she is co-chair of Dance Planet, she is also a member of the LakeCities Ballet Board of Directors and an honorary director of the Lewisville Lake Symphony Board.  Kelly has been honored by the Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance with their Community Angel Award for bringing recognition to the City of Lewisville through the arts. She is happily married to Ken Lannin for 33 years and they have a wonderful daughter, Kendall, who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in voice.


Stacey Lotten
Board Director


Sasha Monik Moreno
Board Director

Sasha Monik Moreno is an associate attorney with Lira Bravo Law and her practice focuses on family-based immigration and removal defense. She previously practiced law in the areas of foreclosure defense and corporate transactions. She has also previously worked in the advertising sector where she predominantly focused on marketing efforts geared towards the U.S. Hispanic audience.

Sasha is committed to serving her community and is actively involved in various organizations and professional associations. She currently serves as the Dallas Chapter President of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association. She was recently selected to be a 2016-2017 fellow of the Latino Center for Leadership Development Academy and is a member of the 2016-2017 Dallas Mayor’s Star Council. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Dallas Bar Association, and Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.

Sasha was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her Bachelors of Art in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Texas. In 2011, she graduated from Pepperdine School of Law with her Juris Doctor and Masters in Dispute Resolution. She was admitted into the State Bar of California in 2011.

Sherri Wooten
Board Director

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.

EMERITUS/HONORARY DIRECTOR
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.

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.


ADVISORY BOARD

Carter Alexander
Loris Anthony Beckles
Pamela Gaines
Pat White


DCNT STAFF
Christie Bondade (Nelson)
Advertising Director and Member 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. Currently Christie resides in Dallas, TX and is on faculty at Southern Methodist University, Richland College and Collin College. Ms. Nelson holds her 200hr RYT Yoga Certification and is registered through Yoga Alliance and teaches free yoga and wellness classes at Collin College.

Sarah Nesbit
Creative Director Dance! North Texas, Dance Planet

Alex Adiguzel
Accountant

Donna Miller - Miller Consulting
Grant Writing & Consulting






EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Amanda Stone
DCNT Past President; Co-Chair Scholarship 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
DCNT President

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
Treasurer

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.

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 came to the US to study fashion design and retail advertising at North Texas State University where she received a BFA. 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dalia Ayala

Shelby Stanley Campbell

Thom Clower

Terrance M. Johnson

Kelly Lannin
Co-Chair Dance Planet Committee

Kelly Lannin is native of El Paso where she received her classical training from Ingeborg Heuser. Kelly has a dance degree from TWU and has been Artistic Director of LakeCities Ballet Theatre since 1989 and was a charter member of the company in 1984. She is also school director and co-owner of the Ballet Conservatory, Lewisville.  A 4-time winner of the "Outstanding Teacher Award" by the Youth America Grand Prix, her former students currently dance professionally at New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre and others. In addition to the Dance Council of North Texas Board of Directors where she is co-chair of Dance Planet, she is also a member of the LakeCities Ballet Board of Directors and an honorary director of the Lewisville Lake Symphony Board.  Kelly has been honored by the Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance with their Community Angel Award for bringing recognition to the City of Lewisville through the arts. She is happily married to Ken Lannin for 33 years and they have a wonderful daughter, Kendall, who recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in voice.


Stacey Lotten

Sasha Monik Moreno, Esq

Sherri Wooten
Board Member

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.

EMERITUS/HONORARY DIRECTOR
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.

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.


ADVISORY BOARD

Carter Alexander
Loris Anthony Beckles
Pamela Gaines
Paul Rich
Pat White
Tiffany Bailey


DCNT STAFF
Christie Nelson
Advertising Director and Member 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 Southern Methodist University, 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.

Sarah Nesbit
Creative Director Dance! North Texas, Dance Planet

Klay Rogers CPA
Accountant