DR. TECSIA EVANS, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Dr. Evans is the founder and Artistic Director for Ross Dance Company. She is a
director, choreographer, dancer, and instructor. She received her Bachelor of Arts
degree in Psychology and Dance from the University of California, Berkeley and her
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. Evans
has danced for over 18 years in jazz, modern, hip hop, and praise dance. Evans has
been teaching dance for over 12 years and in the past has been part of teaching staffs
such as JAMZ and the Alvin Ailey dance camp at UC Berkeley.
Evans' truly enjoys using her gifts in dancing and teaching to praise Christ and to
strengthen a community of praise dancers. As the founder of the Praise Dance
Conferences & Concerts in Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles Dr. Evans is
committed to using dance as a way to inspire others and to bring those in closer
relationship with Christ. Dr. Evans has been blessed with the opportunity to lead Ross
with her husband for the last 11 years and looks forward to continuing her work for God's
LORAN TOLBERT, SENIOR COMPANY MEMBER & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RELATIONS
Loran Tolbert has received formal dance training in ballet, tap, modern and hip-hop
beginning at age six in her hometown of Los Angeles. She attended Florida State
University to pursue a B.S. in Communication Disorders and immediately moved to San
Francisco to obtain a M.S. in order to work as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist.
She began dancing again in 2006 with Antoine Hunter’s Urban Jazz Dance Company. She
actively choreographs for her church praise dance ministry at Jubilee Christian Center.
She is also a co-coordinator for the Bay Area Praise Dance Festival and Conference. This
is Loran's ninth season with the company. She plans to dance the rest of her life.
M.J. Bogatin, Advisory Council
Mary Ross, Advisory Council
DWIGHT EVANS, PRESIDENT
Dwight Evans is the President of the Board of Directors. He received his Bachelors in
Architecture and Masters in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Dwight has worked on the design of many structures in the Bay Area such as the Oakland
Museum and Napa Valley College Performance Center. He throughly enjoys being a
structural engineer and applying his gifts of creativity and design towards Ross. Rather it
be designing Ross' latest flier or leading the Board of Directors, Dwight is blessed to be
given the opportunity to use his talents for God's glory. During his free time, Dwight enjoys
tutoring youth, yoga and practicing his Spanish.
DERRICK MINTER, BOARD MEMBER
Derrick Minter (Ailey master teaching artist) was born in Los Angeles and raised in
Oklahoma where he received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma in modern
pedagogy and journalism. After moving to New York, he received a scholarship at both the
Martha Graham School of Dance and The Ailey School. He has performed with the Joseph
Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Ailey II, the Martha Graham Ensemble and Milton Myers
Dance Company.As a guest artist, Mr. Minter has conducted master classes at numerous
institutions including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Arts Institute, the National
Dance Institute, Ailey Camp, and the American Dance Festival. Mr. Minter was also the
rehearsal director for Ailey II. He is pleased to be part of the Board member for Ross Dance.
Karsyn Raquel Carter was born in Oakland, CA. She started dancing at the age of three,
taking ballet classes. When she was introduced to praise dancing at the age of 15, after
that, she began pursing dance as a passion and ministry. In 2013 she joined Ross Dance
Company as an apprentice and now serves as a company member. She is currently a
student at William Jessup University pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in
Psychology and serves the director of the praise dance ministry at her church. She loves
God, people and DANCE.
KARSYN RAQUEL CARTER, COMPANY MEMBER
Cherie Williams has been dancing since the age of three. She has danced at the studio
level, collegiate level, and at the professional level with Ross Dance Company for
several years. She received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and her masters from
USC. Today, Cherie uses the gift of dance to glorify God and encourage the body of Christ,
as part of her testimony involves Christ revealing to her how much more effective her life as
a dancer could be if she used it for her Creator instead of for self. She has ministered at
several praise dance events in the LA area, and teaches technique at the Ross Dance
Conference. She has been blessed with the opportunity to be part of an opening dance for
Christian rapper Sho Baraka and had ministered several pieces with LA's Passion for Christ
CHERIE WILLIAMS, GUEST ARTIST
Blair Marion Parkman began praise dance in her church at the young age of seven. She
later received formal dance training through the performing arts program at Cass Technical
High-school in Detroit, MI. In college, she studied as a dance minor at Wayne State
University, and finally became a student at The Ailey School in New York City. She has
continued to stay involved in the dance community, performing, teaching and supporting
the arts. She has also been immersed in advertising and currently works for an ad
technology company in San Francisco . This is Blair's first season with the company and
she loves continuing her passion in the art of dance while serving God at the same time.
BLAIR MARION PARKMAN, COMPANY MEMBER