Advisory Board

Alpha Chapter Advisor

Professor Robin Gee

Robin Gee, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, holds an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College and specializes in African, Caribbean dance forms, and modern dance techniques. She is the recipient of the West African Research Association's Post Doctoral Fellowship in African Research and the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Grant in 2005 for her work on dance documentation in Guinea, West Africa. She is most recently the recipient of the American Association of University Women's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for her work on The Mande Lagacy - A Multimedia Dance Documentation Project. She is a 2012 Fulbright Award Recipient.

rmgee@uncg.edu

Beta Chapter Advisor

Professor Natasha L. Davis

Natasha L. Davis, a native North Carolinian, is the Assistant Professor of Dance and Artistic Director of the MSU Dance Ensemble at Morehead State University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah University and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dance has taken Natasha throughout the southeastern United States and abroad as a performer, teacher, and choreographer. Natasha is also a former dance educator in the North Carolina public schools and has been a guest teacher at numerous dance festivals throughout the southeast including the Regional High School Dance Festival (VA), the National High School Dance Festival (FL), and the American College Dance Festival Regional Conferences. A certified Pilates Mat instructor, Natasha teaches a range of dance courses including; modern, jazz, African, Afro-Modern, ballet, tap, hip-hop, dance composition, dance improvisation, dance appreciation, and dance history.

nldavis@moreheadstate.edu

Gamma Chapter Advisor

Professor Adriane Fang

ADRIANE FANG is a dancer, teacher and choreographer with a keen interest in multi-disciplinary collaboration.  She was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 1996-2006 and has worked with several other choreographers including Colleen Thomas, Nancy Bannon, Wally Cardona and Alvin Mayes.  She was awarded a 2014 Local Dance Commissioning Project Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to present her full-length work, Grains.  Currently on faculty at the University of Maryland, Adriane is the recipient of a 2007 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance with Doug Varone and Dancers.

afang1@umd.edu

Delta Chapter Advisor

Professor Vanessa Coles

Vanessa Jackson Coles is an Associate Professor and Director of the Coppin State University Dance program. She was the first CAPA (Creative and Performing Artists) Scholar at the University of Maryland College Park and a graduate teaching assistant at Temple University where she received her MFA dance. She has taught at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, University of Maryland at College Park, and directed the dance program at The Community College of Baltimore County for several years prior to coming to Coppin. She also has a MA in Instructional Technology Systems received from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and recently received her 200 hour yoga certification. Vanessa has received several City and State grants for her Kids in Motion Outreach program.

vcoles@coppin.edu

Epsilon Chapter Advisor

Professor Jen Guy-Metcalf

Jen Guy Metcalf is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University. She is a teacher, choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, and scholar. Her research interests include dance pedagogy, the use of video technology in the classroom as a teaching tool, and rehearsal process. Metcalf’s creative research focuses on producing innovative choreography and incorporating multi-media in dance performance. Metcalf teaches Ballet I-VI, Pointe, Special Topics in Dance, Dance Ensemble, Choreography I-II, The Global Experience, and Independent Studies in Dance.

jguy@elon.edu

Epsilon Chapter Advisor

Professor Jason Aryeh

Jason Aryeh is an Assistant Professor of Dance. He is a choreographer and artist scholar. His research interests include the infusion of modern techniques with West African dance movements/forms to dance training, choreography and performance. Aryeh has worked with numerous artists in developing movements of infusion into choreography and performance artist to name a few, includes Darwin Prioleau, Clyde Morgan, Habib Idrisu, Chuck Davis, Khalid Saleem and Robin Gee. Aryeh has won many awards including the prestigious student award at the ongoing American Dance Festival (ADF) as a Faculty Assistant.

jaryeh@elon.edu

Eta Chapter Advisor

Professor Tracey Bonner

Tracey Bonner is the BFA Dance Coordinator within the theatre and dance program in the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University. She is an active freelance choreographer, director, master teacher, and performer (AEA) in the greater Cincinnati region and beyond.

Tracey received her BFA from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, her MFA from University of California, Irvine, and continues to pursue additional academic interests. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her artistic work, and most recently served as an Al Smith Artistic Fellow for the Kentucky Arts Council (2017) for her work combining dance and social justice. Other choreographic or directorial awards include productions of West Side Story (California, 2008), RENT!(Kentucky, 2010), Chess (Tennessee, 2014), Gala honors at the American College Dance Association, south region for her original work entitled An Ingrown Life(Arkansas, 2014), and adjudicated performance invitations including Big River Arts Festival (West Virginia, 2017).

As an Assistant Professor at NKU, Ms. Bonner has quadrupled enrollment in the BFA dance program, increased exposure and revenue for dance, facilitated two high profile artistic residency with the illustrious Mercedes Ellington and the Taylor 2 of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and established a new performance program at NKU entitled The Emerging Choreographers Showcase. As an artistic academic, Tracey’s current research projects are layered and collaborative in nature, and she continues to refine and re-develop the dance curriculum to better meet current students’ needs.

Tracey maintains production of her original concert and theatrical work outside of NKU. She also continues to teach masterclass, adjudication regional and national dance competitions, teach at various private studios, as well as a multitude of other dance and theatre related activities where she seeks to empower young artist to greatness.

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National Officers

Founder & National Advisor

Kara Jenelle Wade

Kara earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education & Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She created Delta Chi Xi with the purpose to serve in Dance Departments on a collegiate level, as well as to build a network for dance professionals. She is currently pursuing her career in the Los Angeles area, and has been blessed to tour internationally with Step Afrika!, perform live with Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jidenna, Fantasia, and more. Beyond her performance career, she strongly believes in giving back to others as she has raised sponsorship for her mission trips and study abroad to Kenya, El Salvador and South Africa. While she continues to develop as an artist, she also pours into the growth of Delta Chi Xi for her fellow students of dance. www.KaraJenelle.com

karajenelle@gmail.com

National President

Tarayjah Hoey-Gordon

Tarayjah Hoey-Gordon was born in Shelby, NC. At a very young age she fell in love with music and her passion for dance had blossomed. She holds a B.A in Dance Education (K-12 Licensure) with a Minor in Theatre, International Honors, from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Tarayjah has been a Hip Hop instructor for poverty stricken communities, taught Adult Dance Theatre Workshops at various intensive workshops, has taught internationally in China and Italy, and is a former Teachers Assistant for Hip Hop at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Tarayjah is an independent artist and travels up and down the east coast as a Dance Educator. Her passion for dance is lived through her motto: “Dance Now Cry Later.”  She is currently working on her Masters in Dance Education at Northern Colorado University. 

National Vice President & Secretary

Brianna Forbes

Brianna Forbes better known as Bre Forbes, Originally from Durham, North Carolina, grew up street dancing, performing at community events, alongside playing sports.  Ms. Forbes graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, having received her BA in Media Studies and minored in Dance. During her senior year in the Fall of 2014, she went on to become a proud member of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity Inc. In her time with DCX, Brianna performed with her brothers at events and briefly studied under various artists. After graduating college, she then went on to work as a Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance instructor for KidShine Performing Arts Company located in Charlotte, NC. Currently, she is a proud member of Dance Now Cry Later founded by Tarayjah Hoey, and recently finished her term as a Hip Hop Dance instructor for the wonderful kids at Leap of Faith Dance Academy also located in Charlotte, NC.  Ms. Forbes enjoys movement and teaching people how to use dance as an avenue to experience life, and hopes to continue to pursue a career as a growing artist, educator, and future company owner.  

  

National Public Relations Officer

Zachary Fryman

Zachary (Zack) Fryman was born and raised in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. He recently graduated from Morehead State University with a B.A. in Theatre and a Minor in Dance. He began dancing during his sophomore year in college. Thus embarked him on a journey to become a proud member and served as Vice President and President of the Beta Chapter of Delta Chi Xi The Honorary Dance Fraternity Inc. His time with DCX includes choreographing Rowan County High School's theatre productions, teaching numerous workshops at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, and continuing Beta Chapter's new project Out of the Dark, a student showcase. His involvement with the dance department at Morehead State University, includes performing in three concerts and two presidential galas. Zack has choreographed pieces for the 2017 Spring Presidential Gala and the 2017 Fall Dance Concert Engima. Zack is currently a cast member with Disney Parks and continues to PREPARE, CHALLENGE, and MOTIVATE young people to discover their best through theatrical and real-life experiences. Zack hopes that you find the dance inside of you!

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