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Amanda Stone
DCNT Past President; 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
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

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.

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.

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 studied 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.

Tiffany Bailey
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
Board Member

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.

Kelly Lannin
Board Member

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.

Paul Rich

Board Member

Brandon Tijerina
Board Member

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
Board Member

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
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.

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.


Delilah Buitrón

The Dallas Flamenco Festival Inc & The FLAME Foundation

Grace Fleenor
Executive Director

Grace Salcido Fleenor is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm whose goal in life is to empower others to be the best person they can become using movement as her primary method of communication. Mrs. Fleenor used dance to teach respect, social awareness and confidence to hundreds of fifth and eighth grade students throughout the metropolis every semester through the Dancing Classrooms North Texas Program. As an experienced Global Senior Teaching Artist, Educational Liaison, and Site Auditor for Dancing Classrooms, Grace brought value as the Program Director of the Dancing Classrooms North Texas Program. Fleenor frequently attended training with her mentor, the creator of Dancing Classrooms Pierre Dulaine at American Ballroom Theater, NYC.
Grace grew up in a musical family full of love and support. This upbringing combined with her strong faith helped to shape her into a natural and empathetic leader. These qualities are obvious to everyone who has had the pleasure of dancing, working out and/or transforming their lives with Grace. Starting as a substitute in the local gym in her home town, she transformed her own body and health as she has inspired thousands of others over the past 20 years to do the same. After many years of developing a following from leading workouts at numerous premier fitness facilities to being featured as a Fitness Personality and Motivational Speaker across the metropolis, Grace recognized that certain combination of movements she created produced more rapid results than conventional techniques. Following a vivid childhood dream, Grace, since then created her own Company, Feel ViVO™ (Feel Alive). Beyond offering a dance fitness class Feel ViVO™ has become a community that shares the same passion of health from the inside out!
Feel ViVO™ aims to continue building a community of women, men, children who feel strong, healthy and confident in their own skin, while positively influencing others to do the same.
After her studies at New Mexico State University, Grace moved to Dallas to begin her career as a Marketing Manager at a premiere marketing firm in Dallas. Soon thereafter met her husband and is a proud mother to 8 year old son, Austin and almost 2 year daughter, Camila.

Rick Bousquet
Interim Operations Manager

Heidi Hardy
Creative Director

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

Darrel Harris, CPA