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 13 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 13 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.
DWIGHT EVANS, PRESIDENT
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 be
the opportunity to use his talents for God's glory. During his free time, Dwight enjoys
tutoring youth, yoga and practicing his Spanish.
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
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
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
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). After graduating, Tiana moved to the Bay Area where she works as a behavioral
coach for emotionally-disturbed youth, has danced with Tania Santiago’s Afro-Brazilian
company, Aguas da Bahia, and was the Co-Artistic Director of Covenant Worship Center’s
Worship in Arts Ministry in Berkeley.
TIANA JONES-BEY, COMPANY MEMBER
Grace was born in Portland Oregon and begin dancing at the tender age of 4. She was
raised between Sacramento and Richmond California where her love for dance grew. After
graduating from college and starting a family Grace opened her first dance company and
began to share her passion for dance and use it to glorify God. Today Grace is one of the
two leaders and choreographers for Center of Praise Ministries named motions of Praise as
well as being the founder and choreographer of the praise dance group On One Accord.
MALAIKA (GRACE) OSBORNE, COMPANY DANCER