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 20 years in jazz, modern, hip hop, and praise dance. Evans has
been teaching dance for over 15 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. 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 13 years
and looks forward to continuing her work for God's kingdom.
LORAN TOLBERT, 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 is also a choreographs for Ross Dance and co-coordinates the praise dance
conference. She also loves spending time with her lovely husband and two daughters.
DWIGHT EVANS, PRESIDENT
Dwight Evans received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Masters in Civil
Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Dwight has worked on the design
of many structures in the Bay Area such as the Oakland Museum, Facebook's
Headquarters, Napa Valley College Performance Center and the Yard shipping container
complex behind Giants' stadium. He enjoys using his talents for God's glory. During his
free time, Dwight enjoys being with his two boys, speaking Spanish and practicing yoga.
Karsyn Raquel Carter was born in Oakland, CA and started dancing at the age of three. At
the age of 15, she was introduced to praise dance and began pursing dance as a passion
and ministry. She later joined her high school dance company and continued taking dance
classes throughout her college career. In 2013 she joined Ross Dance Company as an
apprentice and in 2015, became a full company member. She has served as the praise
dance director at various churches in the Bay Area, and has danced all over the west
coast. Karsyn has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Christian Leadership and is looking
forward to continuing her education in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling.
KARSYN RAQUEL CARTER, COMPANY MEMBER
Cherie is from Los Angeles, CA. She is trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, tap and
jazz and has been dancing for 28 years. She received her bachelor's degree from UC
Berkeley, her masters from USC, and currently works full time as a Manager at a regional
CPA firm. She has ministered at several praise dance events in the LA area with Zeneith
Performing Arts and has previously taught 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, dance background in Deitrick Haddon’s “Church Clap” music video and
perform at Campus Crusade for Christ’ biannual conference. She is grateful for the
opportunity to be a part of Ross Dance Company’s Praise Dance Concert for the 7th year
and use the gift of dance to exalt our Savior.
CHERIE WILLIAMS, GUEST ARTIST
Tiana was born and raised in Southern California and has received dance training in ballet,
tap, and jazz since age 10. She attended the University of Southern California, graduating
with a BA in Theatre. While there, Tiana danced with the USC Repertory Dance Company,
a hip-hop team (USC Fly Girls), and co-founded a praise dance group (Anointed Vessels of
Praise). Since moving to the Bay Area in 2005, Tiana worked for the Non-Profit Mental
Health organization Seneca Family of Agencies for over 8 years where she specialized in
behavior intervention for emotionally disturbed youth. She was also the Co-Artistic Director
of Covenant Worship Center's Worship in Arts Ministry in Berkeley California and has
danced with Tania Santiago's Afro-Brazilian Dance company in San Francisco. She
became a Ross company member in 2010 and has served as the Youth Director of Ross'
Bay Area Praise dance conferences. Currently, this mother of 3 beautiful children, is the
founding Dean of Students for a public charter school in Richmond California as well as a
U-Jam fitness instructor for 24 HR fitness. Dance has always been a vital part of Tiana's life
and she is thrilled to be able to use dance as a way to praise, exalt and serve the Lord.
TIANA JONES-BEY, COMPANY MEMBER