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 Legacy - A Multimedia Dance Documentation Project. She is a 2012 Fulbright Award Recipient.
Beta Chapter Advisor
Professor Natasha L. Davis
Natasha L. Davis is the Associate Professor of Dance at Morehead State University located in Morehead, KY. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Ms. Davis holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, NC). Ms. Davis has taught, performed, and choreographed throughout the United States as well as China, London, and South Africa. Dance has afforded her the opportunity to teach and perform at universities, dance studios, theme parks, outdoor theaters, dance competitions, conventions, workshops, college championship games, and as a former professional dancer in the NBA. As a former dance educator in the North Carolina public schools, she served on the curriculum committee which focused on the expansion of dance education for K-12. Natasha teaches modern, jazz, African, Afro-Modern, Afro-Jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, dance improvisation, dance composition, dance history and she is a certified Pilates Mat instructor. Natasha is also an illustrious member of the first nationally recognized African-American Greek lettered sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
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.
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.
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.
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 artists to greatness.
Theta Chapter Advisor
Professor Susannah LeMarquand
A graduate of The University of Tampa, Susannah was honored to help create the dance major curriculum, based on brain-compatible dance education. Her scholarship and research focuses in the field of dance pedagogy, and choreography in the world of commercial dance. Her choreographic research has recently delved in to the embodiment practices of higher education students during performance. Susannah directs the UT Student Dance Happenings, mentoring students in their own choreographic processes, and the Spring Dance Concerts which give students the opportunity to work with professional choreographers of national/international/regional status.
Founder & National President
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
National Board Advisor
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 Board Advisor
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-Gordon, 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.
Dre Nuzum, originally from Toledo, Ohio, grew up adopted into a big family, which led him to get involved in various sports & acrobatics. Dre graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky, with a BA in Convergent Media & a Dance Minor. It wasn’t until his Junior year that he got involved with the dance program, learning to balance between playing college football and being involved in the dance program. That year, in 2014, he became a proud member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity Inc., also serving as their President his senior year of 2015. While with DCX, he was involved in multiple events and fundraisers for the chapter, most notably their “Valentine’s Dance-a-gram” & “Dance Marathon”, as well as performing in 4 musicals, 2 Gala Events, & 2 Spring Dance Concerts.
After Graduating college, he ended up performing on tour all of 2017, then moved on teaching hip-hop and breakdancing in Cincinnati, OH,2018-2020. He's currently a Life & Health Coach living in Austin,TX, teaching parkour & tumbling with hopes to continue spreading his knowledge of dance and movement to the next generation.
Kristen Dowd is a proud North Carolina native who grew up with a mixed background in sports and performing arts. Her overwhelming passion for the arts eventually led her to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies and Media Studies with a minor in dance. Kristen proudly became a member of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity Inc. in the fall of 2014. Alongside her brothers, Kristen continued to uphold the P.O.I.N.T.E system and help push the chapter into a new light on the campus. Kristen has been a guest clinician for color guard, a line dance instructor, a step instructor, and a guest choreographer on various occasions. She hopes to help continue to push and expand the vision for the organization