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.
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.
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.
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
Shelby Stanley Campbell
Terrance M. Johnson
Co-Chair Dance Planet Committee
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.
Sasha Monik Moreno
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
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
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.
Loris Anthony Beckles
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.
Creative Director Dance! North Texas, Dance Planet