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Geena Ngaaje
DCNT President

Originally from Cameroon, West Africa, she trained for more than 13 years in African tribal dances.  She has been teaching since the age of 17, and is knowledgeable in jazz, lyrical and children’s combination classes.  Some of her dance and choreography credits include Brookhaven College Bears Cheer Squad, Radio Disney AM 620, Alter’d Ego, CNN Fit Nation, Dallas Stars Ice Girls, Texas Legends Dancers, and recording artist J’anelle Avery.  She was a character stage dancer for Black Eye Peas during the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show.

She is the founder and creative director of the Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival, owner and master choreographer for Hip Hop Heels, and artistic director of Alter'd Ego.  She also produces and stage directs the Face of Africa USA pageants, and is the choreographer for the Sideline Dolls.

Performer. Instructor. Designer. Choreographer. Producer. Director. Entrepreneur. She indeed does this and so much more. If you ask something of her, rarely does she fail to come through. Her faith in God and His faithful mercies see her through everything. The paths she has chosen to travel down may never have any true explanation. However, they have shaped and molded every fiber of her being and for this she is thankful. She possibly cannot imagine living her life any other way, and truly looks forward to the future every day.

Tiffany Bailey

Past President; Editor, Dance! North Texas

Tiffany Bailey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of North Texas in 2008. Pairing her love for dance and books, she went on to receive a Master of Information Science degree in 2012. Tiffany Bailey manages the Fine Arts Division of the Dallas Public Library, a role she’s had since 2016. She is passionate about applying her librarian skills towards organizing archival collections for performance art companies and organizations. She has been with the Dance Council of North Texas since 2014 currently serving as the Archivist, Dance! North Texas Editor and President of the Board of Directors.

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.


Thom Clower
Co-Chair Scholarship Committee
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.

Sharon Bowdich Easley
Board Director

Joel Ferrell
Board Director

Jason Fowler
Board Director

Debbie Sherrington
Board Director

Brandon Tijerina

Board Director

Bhuvana Venkatraman

Board Director
Bhuvana Venkatraman, Founder/Executive Director of Tejas Dance, believes in the ever-expanding potential of all art forms, Bharatanatyam in particular. She wants to blend the great art with changing times and concepts; and also gain acceptance in different cultural milieus. She has performed in several Thematic Dance Productions for Arathi School of Dance, Expressions School of Dance, Soorya Dance Company & ThinkIndia Foundation. She is the Founder of Tejas Dance to enrich and popularize Bharatanatyam; and also to identify and encourage talent in the field. She is also the co-founder of Indique Dance Company.

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.

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.


Carter Alexander
Loris Anthony Beckles
Pamela Gaines
Pat White
Shelby Stanley Campbell

Alex Adiguzel

Donna Miller - Miller Consulting
Grant Writing & Consulting