NCDEO Advisory Board
Beth Wright Fath graduated from UNC-Greensboro with an MFA in Dance and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Currently she is on faculty at NC State. Prior to NC State, she was an Associate Professor and Director of Dance at Peace College. She also taught at Meredith College, Cardinal Gibbons High School, and in studios in NC and WV.
Beth has performed and presented her work: at Movement Research and Danspace; at American Dance Festival’s Opening Acts; at ACDA conferences; with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Rick McCullough, NickWalk Dance Project, 2 Near the Edge, Rhynard And Dancers; regionally in WV and NV. She produced curated performances as a founding member of Five Chick Posse Productions and as a co-producer of NC Dances. Additionally, Beth is a former officer and Board member for NCDA.
Susan is a dance educator with 40 years’ experience, NC licensed K-12, with a BA in Dramatic Arts from UNC-CH and MFA in Dance from UNC-G, has taught in Chapel Hill Carrboro City and Wake County Public Schools Pre-K-12, UNC-CH, NCSU and Meredith College. She has been NC Visiting Artist, United Arts Council Artist in Residence, Master Teacher, and Guest Artist. Susan was director/performer/choreographer with DANSYNC, performed with The Dance Project and the Annie Sailer Dance Company. Presently she facilitates workshops/residencies to Special Programs, Retirement Communities, Pre-K to 12, studios and universities incorporating Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance and curriculum integration.
Susan Hill is the Director of the Dance Program and Fine Arts Department Chair at Mills Park Middle School in Cary, NC. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The State University of New York at Purchase and her teaching licensure from East Carolina University. Susan also works with Raleigh Little Theater as an instructor and choreographer, as a guest artist with City Ballet for their annual Nutcracker, and works on various dance related projects for Wake County Public Schools.
Jill Holcroft-Williams began teaching dance thirty years ago after obtaining her BFA in Dance from East Carolina University. Jill continued her studies at ECU by completing her dance certification and theater degree. After ten years of teaching middle school in Lenior County, Jill transfer to Pitt County and began teaching at DH Conley High School. Continuing her belief in always learning, Jill earned a Masters of Arts in Dance Education in 2008 from UNCG. Over the years, Jill has been a mentor/clinical teacher to over 39 student interns and establishing a NHSDA Dance Honor Society chapter. In 2006, Jill was NCAAHPERD/DANCE’s K-12 Dance Educator of the Year and last year, Jill was DH Conley’s Teacher of the Year. Recently, Jill’s Professional associations include NDEO, NCDEO, and ECU Friends of the Theater Board member.
Dr. Marissa Beth Nesbit is Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Dance Education program at East Carolina University. Prior to joining the faculty at ECU, she completed her PhD in Art Education at The Ohio State University, where she was awarded both the Graduate Associate Teaching Award and the Manuel Barkan Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Nesbit has extensive experience teaching dance in K-12 schools through programs with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was Director of Dance Education. She also holds an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a BA in Psychobiology from Pitzer College.
Sonya Monts has over 20 years experience in the private studio setting. She previously owned and directed her own private studio, The Dancer’s Extension, and was the dance teaching artist for Polk County Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College (SC), and in 2015 earned her Certificate in Dance Education from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). For the NDEO, Sonya has been a chapter sponsor for the National Honor Society of Dance Arts; adjudicated the Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award; served on the strategic planning committee; contributes to to online member forums; contributes and serves on the editorial board for the Dance Education in Practice journal; and has presented her work at the state and national levels. After thorough review of her teaching portfolio, Sonya became a Registered Dance Educator in 2014. In 2016, Sonya was named NDEO’s Outstanding Dance Educator – Private Sector.