Mesha Covington
Jaclyn Ellis*
Kandace Howie*
Le’Brandi Johnson
Rowlette Simmons*
Luchana Tomlinson*
Nancy Zagbayou*
*Executive board


Mesha Nicole Covington-Meme Senior
Chemical Engineering
The Queen City! (Charlotte, NC)

When I was three I began taking lessons at a local dance company, and I haven’t looked back since. I have had the opportunity to explore many different dance styles and techniques such as tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, African, liturgical, and modern. I view dance not only as a way to communicate to others, but also as a method of better understanding myself. Although I know I will not be physically capable of dancing forever, it will always be a positive motivation in my life. “So when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…I hope you dance.”
Love and blessings!

Jaclyn Ellis
Bioprocess Engineering
Durham, NC
This is my forth year in DanceVisions, and all I can say is that thus far, it has been an honor to be apart of such a dynamic dance group. I have a new found appreciation for dance because of these girls and it just grows stronger everyday. I have paritcipated in many dance groups since middle school but have not been able to express myself like I have since joining DV. So to all DV members: “Keep movin’...keep grovin’!!!”

Natalie Marie Gibson-Secretary
Textile Technology, Medical Textiles, and Business
Pittsburgh (born in LA, been in Raleigh for 3 yrs)
Hobbies: Dancing of course!! Currently enrolled in my 15th year of dance, and have taken classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip-Hop, and modern. Hobbies outside the dance studio, any kind of sport from golfing to dirt biking.
“Dance like nobody is watching”

Shonda Hooper-Publicity Manager
Animal Science
This is my second year with Dance Visions. I started dancing at the age of three in Fayetteville, NC. Then, I attended Gaston Dance Theater in Gastonia, NC. I studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Some of the summer sessions that I have attended are University of the Arts in Philadelphia and American Dance Festival in Durham, NC.

Kandace Howey-President
Kandace has been dancing since the age of two. She has studied jazz, tap, ballet, modern, lyrical, and African dance at Miss Donna's School of Dance, Rhythm Dance Studio, and Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, N.C. This is her second year in Dance Visions, and looks forward to many more.

Le'Brandi Johnson-Treasurer
Hillsborough, NC
“If at first you don’t succeed dust yourself off and try again...”
Being a dancer isn’t just about dancing to music or having the best technique in the world, but it is about self-expression and self-appreciation. Everyone dances to their own drum of life. So, if you get knocked down, don’t stay down—do the worm until you find the courage to get back up. Enjoy the show and the rhythm of DV’s drum. Smoochies.....

Rowlette Christy Simmons
Charlotte, NC
This is my third year in DanceVisions. It seems like I have been dancing forever and a day! I enjoy dancing because it is a way for me to relieve and express myself in a creative way. When all else fails, turn on some music and get your groove going (smile). May God continue to bless you all and thanks again for coming out to show your support.
Stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worse that you
Must not QUIT.

Luchana Tomlinson-Wardrobe Coordinator
Elmont, New York
I love dance because it allows me express my inner feelings, and it helps me release stress.
“All of the flowers of Tomorrow are in the seeds of Today.”

Nancy Zagbayou Vice-President
Political Science, French
Raleigh, NC, originally from the Ivory Coast, Africa
Dance is music in motion
My artistic journey started at Rose Mary dance studio when I was three years old. I fell in love with the art and from then on, we became one... I have danced with people from all walks of life and I am forever thankful for my experiences. Dance is my passion, Dance is my way to express my most secret emotions, Dance is the way I relieve my frustrations. Dance is a medium which has the power to transmit a message. I hope that you can see and hear the message we have for you today.